Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Rugrats in Paris The Movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Stig Bergqvist
  • Paul Demeyer
Produced by
Written by
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh[1]
Edited by John Bryant
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)
Running time
78–85 minutes[2][3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $103.3 million[2]

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 American animated comedy-drama film and the sequel to The Rugrats Movie that follows the continuing adventures of the Rugrats.[4] 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.[2]

The film grossed $76.5 million domestically and $103.3 million worldwide.[2]

The film marks the first appearance of two villains in the Rugrats franchise, the child-hating Coco LaBouche and her accomplice, Jean-Claude. The film also marks the first appearance of new Rugrats character Kimi Finster and her mother Kira.


The film opens with a parody of 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, Lil, Angelica, Dil, 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 president 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 from punishment, Angelica reveals that Chas is looking for a wife and suggests that Coco marry him. Coco strikes up a relationship with Chas, but her attempts to bond with Chuckie fall flat. The adults and babies meet Coco's much-put-upon assistant 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 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 backstage and takes the spotlight as the princess, luring Chuckie into her arms to make her seem wonderful with children. Chas is thrilled, deciding she would make an excellent mother and decides on the spot to marry her, much to everyone's surprise, including his friends.

On her wedding day, Coco, aided by her accomplice Jean-Claude, traps the children in a warehouse after stealing Chuckie's teddy bear, Wawa. Feeling miserable, 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 his father'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. The wedding in Notre Dame proves to be quite dreadful, 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, and Coco then 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. Seeing Coco for the evil liar she really is, Chas angrily calls the wedding off. Angelica divulges Coco's plan to Yamaguchi, who is also in attendance, and the former president 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 only she can do that and, as a humiliated Coco leaves the church, Angelica stomps on the wedding dress, ripping it revealing Coco's underwear. Spike chases the humiliated Coco from the cathedral with Jean-Claude in tow. Kira arrives at the church after 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, is adopted by the Finster family. Chuckie gets Kira as a new mother, and Kimi as a new sister. The film ends with a cake fight between the characters and their families.



Rugrats in Paris: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)
Recorded 1999 – January 2000
Genre R&B, hip hop, pop
Length 50:55
Label Maverick Records
Nick Records
Rugrats soundtrack chronology
The Rugrats Movie: Music from the Motion Picture
Rugrats in Paris: Music from the Motion Picturue
Rugrats Go Wild: Music from the Motion Picture
Singles from Rugrats in Paris: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
    Released: July 25, 2000
  2. "My Getaway"
    Released: November 5, 2000
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]

A soundtrack for the film, titled "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music from the Motion Picture" was released on November 7, 2000 on Maverick Records.[6] Like the last soundtrack, it also contains an enhanced part: the theme song to the film "Jazzy Rugrat Love" by Teena Marie.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "My Getaway"   T-Boz 3:50
2. "You Don't Stand a Chance"   Amanda 3:44
3. "Life Is a Party"   Aaron Carter 3:26
4. "Who Let the Dogs Out?"   Baha Men 3:18
5. "Final Heartbreak"   Jessica Simpson 3:42
6. "When You Love"   Sinéad O'Connor 5:18
7. "I'm Telling You This"   No Authority 4:08
8. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"   Geri Halliwell 3:03
9. "Chuckie Chan (Martial Arts Expert of Reptarland)"   Isaac Hayes & Alex Brown 4:19
10. "L'Histoire d'une fée, c'est..."   Mylène Farmer 5:12
11. "I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever"   Cyndi Lauper 3:47
12. "Excuse My French"   2Be3 3:03
13. "Bad Girls"   Cheryl Chase & The Sumos 4:05
Bonus enhanced track on enhanced CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
14. "Jazzy Rugrat Love" (Theme from Rugrats in Paris) Teena Marie 5:07
Total length:


Box office[edit]

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.[7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 75% rating from critics based on 73 reviews, with the critical consensus: "When the Rugrats go to Paris, the result is Nickelodeon-style fun. The plot is effectively character-driven, and features catchy songs and great celebrity voice-acting."[3] Metacritic gives a film a 62% based on 25 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[9]


Rugrats in Paris: The Movie was released in theatres on November 17, 2000.

Home media[edit]

Paramount Home Video released the film on VHS and DVD on March 27, 2001. In 2009, Paramount released the film via iTunes and the PlayStation Store.[10][11][12]

On March 15, 2011, Rugrats in Paris, as well as The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, were re-released on a three-disc trilogy collection.

As of October 2014, the film is currently available to stream on Netflix.


A third installment entitled Rugrats Go Wild was released on June 13, 2003 featuring the characters from The Wild Thornberrys.


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