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The Rugrats Movie
Title-RugratsMovie
Directed by: Igor Kovalyov
Norton Virgien
Produced by: Arlene Klasky
Gabor Csupo
Written by: David N. Weiss
J. David Stem
Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh
Editing by: John Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release date: November 20, 1998
Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Film rating: G rating
Followed by: Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
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The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 animated adventure-comedy-drama film, the third theatrical film produced by Nickelodeon Movies, their first Nicktoon theatrical film, and the first of three movies based on the 1991 television cartoon series of the same name. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and released into theaters on November 20, 1998. It also became the first non-Disney animated film to gross over $100 million in the United States.

Plot

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The film starts with a parody of the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark where Tommy and his friends are trying to obtain the artifact (actually an ice cream sundae in the refrigerator). Afterwards, the Rugrats are chased out of the temple by a boulder - which is actually Didi, pregnant with her and Stu's second child, which everyone believes will be a girl. Tommy is at first enthusiastic about having a younger sibling, although Angelica warns him that once the sibling is born, Stu and Didi will forget him. Eventually, the baby is born and turns out to be a boy, who they name Dil, after Didi's cousin.

Unfortunately, Angelica's words appear to be true when Dil quickly becomes very selfish, crying non-stop for attention, keeping all of the Rugrats' toys for himself, and refusing to share with Tommy. He also takes the attention of Didi and Stu, leading Tommy to feel ignored. After a particularly nasty fight between Tommy and Dil over Tommy's teddy bear, Stu has a conversation with Tommy about being a big brother and the responsibility he now has and assures him that one day he will be happy to have Dil as his little brother. He also gives Tommy a locket with a picture of Tommy and Dil taped together and a watch inside which he calls his "sponsitility", his term for responsibility.

Dil pushes Chuckie and the twins too far, and they decide to take him back to the hospital, despite Tommy's objections. They end up driving recklessly through the streets in a Reptar Wagon which Stu had built for a contest. Along the way, Dil had secretly stolen Angelica's Cynthia doll, which prompts her to take Spike and they embark on a quest to find the babies. Around the same time, a circus train suffers an accident in the same woods and a group of wild monkeys escape from the wreckage, while the monkeys' owners, the Banana Brothers, attempt to search for them. The parents soon discover their kids' absence, and call the police and rangers for help, and the news leaks out and reporters come to interview them.

The babies eventually crash in the woods, where they realize that they are lost. They spot a ranger's cabin where they believe a "lizard" (their mispronunciation of "wizard") lives, and decide to go there, believing that the wizard can take them home. Soon they come upon the circus monkeys, who then abduct Dil. Tommy vows to find Dil by himself, because Chuckie, Phil, and Lil agree they are better off without him. Tommy eventually finds Dil during a storm, and are forced to take shelter under a tree. But as Tommy tries to take care of him, Dil selfishly drinks all of their milk and keeps a large blanket for himself, eventually tearing it in half and causing Tommy to fall into a puddle of mud. Tommy finally snaps and very nearly pours banana baby food on Dil for the monkeys to take him away, but Tommy's rage and the storm's lightning and thunder frighten Dil so much that he sees the error of his ways and turns over a new leaf. The brothers reconcile and sleep peacefully.

The next morning, the other babies find Tommy and Dil, and after running into Angelica and Spike they make their way to the "lizard." While on a bridge, they are confronted by the monkeys but are then scared off by a wolf, who has been hunting down the babies since they arrived in the woods. Spike intervenes and fights the wolf until they both fall from the bridge to their apparent deaths. Meanwhile, Stu, who has been looking for the babies via aircraft, finally finds them, but crash lands into the ranger's cabin. Believing he is the "lizard," the babies wish for Spike back instead of going home. Stu then falls through the bridge and finds Spike, who had actually survived the fall. The babies are then reunited with their families, and the monkeys with their circus owners.

In the final scene, the babies are having the same imaginary adventure they had when the movie began, but this time are successful with Dil's help, finally accepting him as one of them.

Cast

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The Rugrats Movie on the cover of Nickelodeon Magazine, November 1998.

Release

The film was released in theaters with a CatDog short titled "Fetch", in which Cat wins a radio contest and attempts to answer the phone as Dog chases down his tennis ball. This short was later broadcast, with some slight edits, as part of an episode of CatDog's second season. However, the VHS and DVD releases included a different CatDog short, "Winslow's Home Videos".

Box office

The Rugrats Movie was released on November 20, 1998, and made US$27,321,470 in its opening weekend,[1] from 2,782 theaters, averaging about $9,821 per venue and ranking as the #1 movie that weekend.[2] In total, The Rugrats Movie made US$140,894,675, $100,494,675 from the domestic market and $40,400,000 from its foreign release.[1] It also debuted #1 at the UK box office.[3][4][5]

Critical reception

The Rugrats Movie was met with mixed to positive reactions from critics. It received a 59% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with 29 "Fresh" reviews and 20 "Rotten" reviews, certifying it as "Rotten".[6]

Video games

Video games were released for Game Boy and Game Boy Color titled The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats: The Movie respectively, with the former being released on June 19, 1998[7] and the latter on March 12, 1999.[8] Both games were developed by Software Creations and released by THQ.[8][9] They were side-scrolling video games and featured 8 levels, with the plot revolving around finding a replacement for Dil after he disappears.[10] IGN's Peer Schneider graded the Game Boy Color game with an overall score of 5 out of 10.[11] Schneider states that the game doesn't have much "to hold the attention of older game", but that "kids will love the easy gameplay, recognizable characters and memorable Rugrats tunes". He closes with saying that "unless you're looking for something to entertain and challenge at the same time, parents can't go wrong in buying the game for their kids."[11] Writing for GameSpot, Cameron Davis gave the Rugrats: The Movie a mixed review, stating that it wasn't "groundbreaking or innovative", but that the game "does what it sets out to do well".[12] Davis noted that the game was aimed at children and praised the "difficulty level" as being "set just right", so that "younger players can explore the levels in comfort thanks to the good collision detection and responsive controls, while those with a bit more Game Boy experience can use the generous time limits to ferret out hidden objects". The game overall was given a 6.2 by the critic.[12] On aggregator site GameRankings, The Rugrats Movie is rated as a 55%[9] while Rugrats: The Movie earned a 61.75%.[13]

Deleted scenes

See also: Deleted scenes from Nickelodeon movies

Two scenes were cut from the film during production in order to bring the film to 85 minutes. The first sequence revolved around Stu and Didi in a nightmare sequence where Dr. Lipschitz berates their parenting through song. The other sequence occurs as the Rugrats are pushing the Reptar Wagon through the woods, debating what to do about Dil in army chant style. These two scenes were cut from the theatrical version and were not included in the VHS and DVD releases. However, they were already animated at the time, and the scenes are shown on the CBS and Nickelodeon TV airings of the film. Both scenes were also present in the print novelization.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 THE RUGRATS MOVIE. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on December 22, 2009.
  2. FABRIKANT, Geraldine (December 28, 1998). "'Prince of Egypt' Is No King at the Box-Office". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/28/business/prince-of-egypt-is-no-king-at-the-box-office.html?scp=4&sq=The%20Rugrats%20Movie&st=cse. Retrieved on December 24, 2009. 
  3. "Rugrats top UK box office ". BBC. April 10, 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1270844.stm. Retrieved on 2010-11-13. 
  4. Natale, Richard (November 23, 1998). "Rugrats' Outruns 'Enemy' ". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1998/nov/23/entertainment/ca-46816. Retrieved on 2010-11-10. 
  5. Welkos, Robert W. (November 24, 1998). "Weekend Box Office : 'Rugrats' Has Kid Power ". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1998/nov/24/entertainment/ca-47071. Retrieved on 2010-11-10. 
  6. The Rugrats Movie (1998). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on December 22, 2009.
  7. The Rubrats Movie. IGN. Retrieved on December 22, 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rugrats: The Movie. IGN. Retrieved on December 22, 2009.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Rugrats Movie. GameRankings. Retrieved on December 24, 2009.
  10. The Rugrats Movie. MobyGames. Retrieved on December 24, 2009.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Schneider, Peer. Rugrats: The Movie. IGN. Retrieved on December 22, 2009.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Davis, Cameron. Rugrats: The Movie Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on December 24, 2009.
  13. Rugrats: The Movie. GameRankings. Retrieved on December 24, 2009.

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