Rugrats (film series)

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Rugrats (film series)
Directed byIgor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien (1)
Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer (2)
Norton Virgien and John Eng (3)
Produced byArlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Screenplay byDavid N. Weiss and J. David Stem (1 & 2)
Jill Gorey and Barbara Herndon (2)
Kate Boutilier (2 & 3)
David Goodman (4)
Based onRugrats
by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain
Starring
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Edited byJohn Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg (1 & 3)
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
November 20, 1998June 13, 2003; November 13, 2020
Running time
238 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$79 million
Box office$299,590,872

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 2020. The three films received mostly mixed reviews from film reviewers, but were all commercial successes, collectively grossing nearly $300 million worldwide.

Films[edit]

The Rugrats Movie (1998)[edit]

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)[edit]

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 natural causes of death in 2014. The film features a Mozart version of the "Rugrats" theme song at the start of the film.

Rugrats Go Wild (2003)[edit]

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 live-action/CGI hybrid film (2020)[edit]

On July 16, 2018, Variety announced that a new Rugrats movie was set for release on November 13, 2020. The movie will be written by David Goodman and will be produced by the new Paramount Players division of Paramount Pictures. It is set to be a live action/CGI hybrid film.[1][2][3]

Cast and crew[edit]

Cast[edit]

Characters Films
The Rugrats Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Rugrats Go Wild
1998 2000 2003
Tommy Pickles Elizabeth Daily
Chuckie Finster Christine Cavanaugh Nancy Cartwright
Phillip "Phil" DeVille Kath Soucie
Lillian "Lil" DeVille
Angelica Pickles Cheryl Chase
Dylan "Dil" Pickles Tara Strong
Susie Carmichael Cree Summer
Spike Frank Welker Bruce Willis
Kimi Finster Dionne Quan
Stuart "Stu" Pickles Jack Riley
Diane "Didi" Pickles Melanie Chartoff
Grandpa Lou Pickles Joe Alaskey
Charlotte Pickles Tress MacNeille
Andrew "Drew" Pickles Michael Bell
Chaz Finster
Kira Finster Julia Kato
Elizibeth "Betty" DeVille Kath Soucie
Howard DeVille Philip Proctor
Ranger Frank David Spade
Ranger Margret Whoopi Goldberg
Rex Pester Tim Curry
Dr. Lipschitz Tony Jay Tony Jay
Grandpa Boris Kropotkin Michael Bell Silent cameo
Grandma Minka Kropotkin Melanie Chartoff
Aunt Miriam Pickles Andrea Martin
Dr. Lucy Carmichael Hattie Winston
Lulu Pickles Debbie Reynolds
Coco LaBouche Susan Sarandon
Jean-Claude John Lithgow
Mr. Yamaguchi Mako Iwamatsu
Eliza Thornberry Lacey Chabert
Darwin Thornberry Tom Kane
Nigel Thornberry Tim Curry
Donnie Thornberry Flea
Debbie Thornberry Danielle Harris
Marianne Thornberry Jodi Carlisle
Siri Chrissie Hynde
Toa Ethan Phillips

Crew[edit]

Film Director(s) Producer(s) Executive producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Editor(s)
The Rugrats Movie Igor Kovalyov
Norton Virgien
Arlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Albie Henct
Debby Beece
David N. Weiss
J. David Stem
Mark Mothersbaugh John Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg
Rugrats in Paris Stig Bergqvist
Paul Demeyer
Albie Henct
Julia Pistor
J. David Stem
David N. Weiss
Jill Gorey
Barbara Herndon
Kate Boutilier
John Bryant
Rugrats Go Wild Norton Virgien
John Eng
Eryk Casemiro
Hal White
Kate Boutilier John Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg
Untitled live-action/CGI hybrid film TBA TBA TBA David Goodman TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

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
North America
The Rugrats Movie November 20, 1998 $27,321,470 $100,494,675 $40,400,000 $140,894,675 549 643 $24,000,000 [4]
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 [5]
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 [6]
Total $61,596,523 $216,405,003 $46,825,869 $299,590,872 $79,000,000 [7]
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Rugrats Movie 59% (49 reviews)[8] N/A
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 75% (73 reviews)[9] 62 (25 reviews)[10]
Rugrats Go Wild 41% (86 reviews)[11] 38 (27 reviews)[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/rugrats-tv-relaunch-movie-1202874434/
  2. ^ http://www.vulture.com/2018/07/nickelodeon-announces-rugrats-reboot-and-cgi-movie.html
  3. ^ https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/flashback/rugrats-reboot-gets-green-light/news-story/f322f934bdd3fb3a023ceb27108d7ea9
  4. ^ "The Rugrats Movie (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Rugrats Go Wild (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Movie Franchises and Brands Index". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  8. ^ "The Rugrats Movie (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  10. ^ "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  11. ^ "Rugrats Go Wild (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  12. ^ "Rugrats Go Wild". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-23.