Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
|Rugrats in Paris:|
Theatrical release poster
by Arlene Klasky
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Edited by||John Bryant|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$103.3 million|
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 animated comedy film based on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats. It is the sequel to 1998's The Rugrats Movie and the second film in the Rugrats film series. This film marks the first appearance of Kimi Watanabe and her mother, Kira. The film also marks the only appearance of two villains in the Rugrats franchise, Coco LaBouche, a cruel and tyrannical woman who dislikes children, including babies, and her accomplice, Jean-Claude. The events of the film take place before the seventh season of Rugrats.
The film was released in the United States on November 17, 2000. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $103 million worldwide against a production budget of $30 million.
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 over two years of his life without his mother, who died shortly after he was born. His father, Chas, shares Chuckie's loneliness.
Meanwhile, Tommy Pickles' father, Stu, is summoned to Reptarland, a Japanese amusement park in Paris, to fix a malfunctioning Reptar robot. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil DeVille, Angelica Pickles, Dil Pickles, their dog Spike, and their parents travel to Paris to take a vacation at the park.
Coco LaBouche (Susan Sarandon), the head of Reptarland, plans to succeed Mr. Yamaguchi (Mako) as the president of the entire Reptar franchise and its parent company, Yamaguchi Industries, upon his retirement. Yamaguchi says that his successor has to love children to be able to do the job, so Coco tricks him into thinking that she is engaged to a man with a child. Upon the Rugrats' arrival at EuroReptarland, Angelica overhears a conversation between Coco and Yamaguchi before being caught. To save herself, 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 fail. The adults and babies meet Coco's overworked assistant, Kira Watanabe and her daughter, Kimi Watanabe, who hail from Japan, but are now living in France. Kira helps LaBouche 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 origins of Reptar, explaining he was a feared monster until a princess revealed his gentle 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 ecstatic, deciding she would make an excellent mother and decides on the spot to marry her.
On her wedding day, Coco, aided by her accomplice Jean-Claude (John Lithgow), kidnaps the children and traps them in a warehouse, including Angelica. Chuckie rallies the children to crash his father's wedding at Notre Dame 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 river.
Chuckie interrupts the wedding and Jean-Claude accidentally reveals Coco's true nature by announcing that her kidnapping plot had failed. Chas, knowing Coco's true nature, angrily calls the wedding off. Angelica reveals Coco's plans to Yamaguchi, who is also in attendance, and the former president fires Coco from Reptarland. Angelica rips Coco's wedding dress and Spike chases the humiliated Coco from the church with Jean-Claude in tow. Kira arrives at the church after having been thrown out of the wedding car earlier and apologizes to Chas for what Coco did to him and Chuckie. Chas and Kira fall in love, after having something in common, and get married upon returning home. 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 crowd breaks out into a cake fight, as Chuckie says to Tommy, "Well, i guess this is how it's going to be from now on". A slice of cake splatters on the screen and the film ends with Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out?" playing as the credits roll.
- Susan Sarandon as Coco LaBouche
- John Lithgow as Jean-Claude
- Mako as Mr. Yamaguchi
- Marlene Mituko, Darrel Kunitomi and Goh Misawa as the villagers of the "Princess Spectacular" show
- Tim Curry as a sumo singer
- Billy West as a sumo singer
- Kevin Michael Richardson as a sumo singer
- Paul DeMeyer as the street cleaner and dog catcher
- Phillip Simon as the animatronic bus driver
- Richard Michel as the French worker
- Charlie Adler as the inspector
- Phillipe Benichou as the ninja
- Dan Castellaneta as the priest
- Lisa McClowry as the princess
- Casey Kasem as the wedding DJ
- Roger Rose as the Finster wedding DJ
- Margaret Smith as the stewardess
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||November 7, 2000|
|Rugrats soundtrack chronology|
|Singles from Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music From the Motion Picture|
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. Like the last soundtrack, it also contains an enhanced part: the theme song to the film "Jazzy Rugrat Love" by Teena Marie.
|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 (from Spice Girls)||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|
|14.||"Jazzy Rugrat Love" (Theme from Rugrats in Paris)||Teena Marie||5:07|
On August 29, 2017, Rugrats in Paris was re-released again on DVD.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 76% approval rating from critics based on 73 reviews. The critical consensus reads: "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." Metacritic gives a film a 62/100 based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Roger Ebert gave the film a 3/4, stating, "The point is, adults can attend this movie with a fair degree of pleasure. That's not always the case with movies for kids, as no parent needs to be reminded. There may even be some moms who insist that the kids need to see this movie. You know who you are."Common Sense Media gave the film a 3/5 rating, stating, "Eighty minutes of visual surprises, clever comedy." Empire gave the film a 3/5, stating, "Just as good as the last outing, this is great kiddie fare with some filmic references for the adults."
Plugged In wrote, "If parents are wanting more of what they see on the Rugrats TV show (plenty of potty humor, disrespectful language and zero discipline), then this movie lives up to expectations. Never is a child scolded for making a mess or reprimanded for being rude (of course, some of this is due to the fact that many of the characters aren’t old enough to talk and only communicate with each other). The movie is cleverly written—it actually has the ability to hold adults’ attention for longer than three minutes—but it’s not funny that chaos is the norm and children get to do whatever they want whenever they want. Neither is it appropriate for a children’s film to tip its hat to such R-rated flicks as The Godfather and A Few Good Men."
The film grossed $76.5 million in North America and $26.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $103.3 million, against a $30 million budget.
In the United States, it opened at #2, grossing $22,718,184 in its opening weekend for an average of $7,743 from 2,934 venues. In the United Kingdom, Bridget Jones's Diary dethroned Rugrats in Paris to #3, thus placing it behind Bridget Jones and Spy Kids.
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