Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stig Bergqvist
|Produced by||Arlene Klasky
|Written by||J. David Stem
David N. Weiss
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Edited by||John Bryant|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||85 minutes|
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, also known as Rugrats II, is a 2000 American animated comedy-drama film and the sequel to The Rugrats Movie that follows the continuing adventures of the Rugrats. In the film, Chuckie Finster takes the lead character role as he searches to find a new mother. The film was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Klasky Csupo and distributed by Paramount Pictures and released into theaters on November 17, 2000. The film grossed $76.5 million domestically and $103.3 million worldwide.
This movie marks the appearance of the first significant villains in the Rugrats franchise, the child-hating Coco LaBouche (voiced by Susan Sarandon) and her accomplice, Jean-Claude (voiced by John Lithgow).
Like The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie starts with a parody of another classic: the 1972 drama film The Godfather, at the wedding reception of Lou Pickles and his new wife, Lulu. A mother-child dance during the reception saddens Chuckie Finster, who realizes that he has lived most of his life without his mother, Melinda, who died of a sudden illness shortly after he was born. His father, Chas, shares Chuckie's loneliness.
Tommy Pickles' father, Stu, is summoned to EuroReptarland, a Japanese amusement park in Paris, France, to fix a malfunctioning Reptar robot. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, Angelica Pickles, Dil Pickles, their dog Spike and all their parents travel to Paris to take a vacation at the park.
Coco LaBouche, the cold-hearted child-hating head of EuroReptarland, yearns to be the head of the entire Reptar franchise after her boss, Mr. Yamaguchi, resigns as the president. Yamaguchi says that his successor has to love children to be able to do the job, so LaBouche lies to him, by claiming to be engaged to a man with a child. Upon the Rugrats' arrival in Paris, and later at EuroReptarland, Angelica overhears a conversation between Coco and Yamaguchi before being caught. To save herself, Angelica suggests that Coco marry Chas. Coco strikes up a relationship with Chas but her attempts to bond with Chuckie fall flat. The adults and babies meet Kira Watanabe and her daughter, Kimi, who both hail from Japan, but are now living in France. Kira works as Coco's assistant and helps her to win Chas' affections. Meanwhile, Spike gets lost in the streets of Paris and falls in love with a stray standard poodle named Fifi.
Kira tells the babies the in-universe origins of Reptar, explaining he was a feared angry monster until a princess revealed his gentler side to make the frightened humans like him. Chuckie decides the princess should be his new mother, and is aided by his friends to reach an animatronic replica of the princess in the park, but they are stopped by Coco's ninja security guards. At the show's premiere, Angelica informs Coco of Chuckie's wish, so Coco sneaks into the stage production of Reptar and takes the stage as the princess, luring Chuckie into her arms to make it look like she is wonderful with children, Chas is thrilled, deciding she would make an excellent mother and chooses on the spot to marry her, much to everyone's surprise, including his friends.
On her wedding day, Coco, aided by Jean-Claude, traps the children in a warehouse after stealing Chuckie's teddy bear, Wawa. Chuckie doesn't think having a princess for a mother was right for him, because he wants a mother like his friends have. He rallies the children to crash Chas's wedding at the Notre Dame cathedral using the Reptar robot. They are chased by Jean-Claude, who pilots Reptar's nemesis, the Robosnail robot. The chase culminates in a fight on a bridge and Chuckie knocks Robosnail into the Seine river. Chas's wedding in Notre Dame proves to be quite horrendous, with Coco forcing Chas to go through with the wedding despite Chuckie's absence, and rushing the Archbishop of Paris until she completely loses her temper and throws the Bible at him. Chuckie crashes the wedding, Coco pretends to be happy to see Chuckie but just then Jean-Claude bursts in and accidentally reveals Coco's true nature by announcing that her kidnapping plot had failed. Chas, seeing Coco for the wicked liar she really is, angrily calls the wedding off. Angelica divulges Coco's plan to Yamaguchi, who is also in attendance. Yamaguchi fires Coco from EuroReptarland. When Coco tries to leave she realizes the babies are on her wedding train and angry yanks them off in front of everyone. Angelica angrily tells Coco that she can only do that to the babies and as a humiliated Coco leaves the church Angelica steps on the wedding dress ripping it revealing Coco's underwear. An embarrassed Coco says it will be the last time everyone sees her underpants before a bunch of tourists snap pictures of her. Spike chases the humiliated Coco from the cathedral with Jean-Claude in tow. Kira arrives at the church having been thrown out of the wedding car hours earlier and professes her love to Chas.
Chas and Kira fall in love and get married upon returning to America. Spike's new girlfriend, Fifi, gets adopted by the Finster family. Chuckie gets Kira as a new mother, and Kimi as a new sister. The film culminates with a cake fight between the characters.
- E.G. Daily as Tommy Pickles, Chuckie's best friend; he is the courageous and adventurous leader of the Rugrats.
- Tara Strong as Dil Pickles, Tommy's younger brother.
- Cheryl Chase as Angelica Pickles, Tommy and Dil's bratty older cousin.
- Christine Cavanaugh as Chuckie Finster, the most cowardly of the Rugrats; his goal is to find a new mother, after his real mother died shortly after he was born.
- Kath Soucie as Philip and Lillian DeVille, the fraternal twin brother and sister Rugrats; Soucie was also the voice of Betty DeVille, Philip and Lillian DeVille's mother.
- Michael Bell as Chas Finster, Chuckie's father who's a widower (that is, until he marries Kira at the end of the film); Bell was also the voice of Drew Pickles, Angelica's father and Stu's older brother.
- Dionne Quan as Kimi Watanabe, Kira's naive and fearless daughter, she becomes Chuckie's stepsister at the end of the film.
- Susan Sarandon as Coco Labouche, the cruel and child-hating director of Reptarland, who only wants to marry Chas so that she can get a promotion.
- John Lithgow as Jean-Claude, Coco's partner
- Jack Riley as Stu Pickles, Tommy and Dil's inventor father, He was called down to Paris to fix his Reptar robot.
- Melanie Chartoff as Didi Pickles, Tommy and Dil's mother and Stu's wife.
- Julia Kato as Kira Watanabe, Coco's assistant. She marries Chas at the end of the film and becomes Chuckie's stepmother.
- Cree Summer as Susie Carmichael, one of Angelica's friends.
- Tress MacNeille as Charlotte Pickles, Angelica's workaholic mother.
- Phil Proctor as Howard DeVille, Betty's nervous husband Phil and Lil's father
- Joe Alaskey as Grandpa Lou Pickles, Tommy, Dil and Angelica's grandfather and Stu and Drew's father.
- Casey Kasem as DJ.
- Mako as Mr. Yamaguchi, Coco's boss.
- Tim Curry, Kevin Michael Richardson and Billy West as the three Sumo Wrestler/Singers.
- Debbie Reynolds as Lulu Pickles, Grandpa Lou's second wife and the stepmother of Stu and Drew. At her and Lou's wedding reception, Stu and Drew tell their dad, Lou, that they're really happy for him and that they love Lulu. Lou agrees with his sons, but admits that while he loves Lulu, he'll always love his first wife, Stu and Drew's mother, Trixie (her real name was Beatrix). Lou explains to Stu and Drew that it was his love for Trixie that helped him to love again.
- Dan Castellaneta as Archbishop Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris
- Roger Rose as the Finster Wedding DJ.
- Lisa McClowry as The Princess.
- Charlie Adler as the French police officer
|Rugrats in Paris Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||July 12, 1998|
|Recorded||1996 – May 1998|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop, pop|
|Rugrats soundtrack chronology|
|Singles from Rugrats in Paris Soundtrack|
A soundtrack for the film was released on July 12, 1998 on Maverick Records. Like the last soundtrack, it also contains an enhanced part: the theme song to the film "Jazzy Rugrat Love" by Teena Marie.
- "My Getaway" – T-Boz (3:50)
- "You Don't Stand a Chance" – Amanda (3:44)
- "Life Is a Party" – Aaron Carter (3:26)
- "Who Let the Dogs Out?" – Baha Men (3:18)
- "Final Heartbreak" – Jessica Simpson (3:42)
- "When You Love" – Sinéad O'Connor (5:18)
- "Sometimes" - Britney Spears (4:04)
- "I'm Telling You This" – No Authority (4:08)
- "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" – Geri Halliwell (3:03)
- "Chuckie Chan (Martial Arts Expert of Reptarland)" – Isaac Hayes & Alex Brown (4:19)
- "L'Histoire d'une fée, c'est..." – Mylène Farmer (5:12)
- "I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever" – Cyndi Lauper (3:47)
- "Excuse My French" – 2Be3 (3:03)
- "Bad Girls" – Angelica & The Sumos (4:05)
- "Jazzy Rugrat Love (Theme from Rugrats in Paris)" – Teena Marie (5:07) (bonus enhanced track on enhanced CD)
The film grossed $103,291,131 worldwide out of its $30 million budget, tripling the budget in box office results. This film was released on November 17, 2000 to $22,718,184 for an average of $7,743 from 2,934 venues. The film received a more positive reception than its predecessor. On film review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned 75% favorability by critics, higher than its predecessor The Rugrats Movie, which received only 59%, and Rugrats Go Wild, which received only 41%.
Paramount Home Video released the film on VHS and DVD on March 27, 2001, almost two years post the home release of The Rugrats Movie with the coming soon promo of the Rugrats 10 anniversary Decade in Diapers and 10th anniversary special on home video in the summer of 2001. In 2009, Paramount put the film in iTunes and the PlayStation Store.
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