Rugrats (film series)
|Rugrats (film series)|
|Directed by||Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien (1) |
Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer (2)
Norton Virgien and John Eng (3)
David Bowers (4)
|Produced by||Arlene Klasky |
Gábor Csupó (1-3)
Karen Rosenfelt (4)
|Screenplay by||David N. Weiss and J. David Stem (1 & 2) |
Jill Gorey and Barbara Herndon (2)
Kate Boutilier (2 & 3)
David Goodman (4)
by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Edited by||John Bryant |
Kimberly Rettberg (1 & 3)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 20, 1998 – June 13, 2003; January 29, 2021|
The Rugrats film series is a series of animated comedy adventure films based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series, Rugrats, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain. The first three films were released in 1998, 2000, and 2003 with a fourth one set for release in 2021. The three films received mostly mixed reviews from film reviewers, but were all commercial successes, collectively grossing nearly $300 million worldwide.
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
The story escalates when self-proclaimed leader, Tommy Pickles, is thrust into an impossible situation with the birth of his new brother, Dil. This new kid is grabbing all the attention and won't stop crying. With the help of the other toddlers, Lil and Phil, Tommy decides that the baby should be returned to the hospital for fixing. They all hop on their little wagon and take a high-speed ride straight into the deep woods where they realize they're lost. Chased around by a wolf and monkeys, the Rugrats clan must get home in one piece. This film guest stars David Spade as Ranger Frank, Whoopi Goldberg as Ranger Margret, and Tim Curry as Rex Pester. Meanwhile, Angelica Pickles, Tommy's cousin, sets out to find the babies and hurt them after they accidentally take her Cynthia doll with them.
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
The film focuses on Chuckie Finster as he is on a search for a new mother. In this movie, Tommy's father, Stu, is invited to stay in Paris, France to rebuild a robotic Reptar used in a play. After convincing from Angelica, Stu's child-hating boss, Coco LaBouche, attempts to marry Chuckie's father, Chas, just to become the head of her company, Chuckie and the other Rugrats must stop her from becoming his mother. This film guest stars Susan Sarandon as Coco LaBouche, John Lithgow as Jean-Claude, and Mako Iwamatsu as Mr. Yamaguchi. This is Christine Cavanaugh's final film role before her retirement in 2001 and death in 2014. The film features a classical version of the Rugrats theme song at the start of the film.
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
This film is a crossover between the Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. In this film, Stu and Didi Pickles decide to take a special vacation with their children, Tommy and Dil, with their friends coming along for the ride. However, the ship Stu has chartered isn't especially seaworthy, and their party ends up stranded on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The kids figure the day is saved when they discover that famous explorer and television personality Sir Nigel Thornberry is also on the island with his family, but after he gets a world-class knock on the head from a coconut, Nigel's upper intellectual register gets knocked out of commission. The Rugrats are then forced to turn to Nigel's daughter, Eliza, who not only knows the wilds, but can talk to animals, which comes as quite a surprise to Spike, the Pickles' family pooch. In addition to The Wild Thornberrys cast members reprising their roles, this film guest stars Bruce Willis as the voice of Spike, Chrissie Hynde as Siri the clouded leopard, and Ethan Phillips as Toa. This is also the first and only time Nancy Cartwright voiced Chuckie Finster in a film since his original voice actress retired in 2001. During its theatrical release, the film was presented with scratch-and-sniff cards (which are handed out at the box-office) to enhance the film experience. The scratch-and-sniff cards were also included on the home video version of the film. The film was not as successful as its two predecessors.
Untitled Rugrats movie (2021)
On July 16, 2018, Variety reported that a new Rugrats movie was in production alongside a revival of the series with a release date originally set for November 13, 2020. The movie will be a live action/CGI hybrid film, to be written by David Goodman and will be produced by Paramount Animation, a division of Paramount Pictures. On February 27, 2019, it was announced that the movie would be pushed back to January 29, 2021, with Clifford the Big Red Dog taking over the original release date. On April 26, 2019, it was announced that David Bowers will be set as director, along with Karen Rosenfelt as producer.
Cast and crew
|The Rugrats Movie||Igor Kovalyov
|David N. Weiss
J. David Stem
|Mark Mothersbaugh||John Bryant |
|Rugrats in Paris||Stig Bergqvist
|J. David Stem
David N. Weiss
|Rugrats Go Wild||Norton Virgien
|Kate Boutilier||John Bryant |
|Untitled live-action/CGI hybrid film||David Bowers||Karen Rosenfelt||TBA||David Goodman||TBA||TBA|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|North America Opening weekend||North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
North America Opening weekend
|All time |
|The Rugrats Movie||November 20, 1998||$27,321,470||$100,494,675||$40,400,000||$140,894,675||549||643||$24,000,000|||
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||November 17, 2000||$22,718,184||$76,507,756||$26,783,375||$103,291,131||713||919||$30,000,000|||
|Rugrats Go Wild||June 13, 2003||$11,556,869||$39,402,572||$16,002,494||$55,405,066||1,613||1,953||$25,000,000|||
Critical and public response
|The Rugrats Movie||60% (50 reviews)||N/A|
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||76% (74 reviews)||62 (25 reviews)|
|Rugrats Go Wild||40% (88 reviews)||38 (27 reviews)|
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