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This animated film brings all of the Nickelodeon TV show’s characters to the big screen including a new character, Baby Dil. The movie, like the show, exhibits good, responsible social lessons for children, but the main essence of the Rugrats has always been the humorous wordplay (Baby Dil’s last name is Pickles) and the exhibition of life from a kid’s point of view.
A beginning sequence where the babies see a pregnant mom probably remains the most memorable example of how the filmmakers use the children’s’ point of view to add laughter and originality to the film.
Not surprisingly, this imaginative film engages all ages with plenty of action to keep children’s attention, though it does borrow a noticeable bit of material from Indiana Jones. The story broadens the scope of the characters’ normal setting when the kids get lost outside the house.
A few fun, but average, songs add some appeal to the story, but Disney has already made this element a constant in animated films for kids, besides The Rugrats never did songs on the TV series anyway. “Okey Dookey Jones” and the lesson of “spons-i-tility” (responsibility) help hold the audience’s interest while teaching important values to children.
Originality and the baby characters’ dialogue represent the strength of this movie that continues an exciting animated assault upon audiences as every movie studio tries to give Disney some competition. This competition increases the amount of good quality animated films and can only benefit you, the audience.
This genre competition increases the amount of good quality animated films and can only benefit movie audiences. The Academy Awards have taken notice and plan to add an best animated film category when at least eight animated movies are produced in the same year.
The key to the Rugrats movie success has been the appeal to adults as well as children, plus several seasons worth of quality television programs. This movie stays true to the TV show’s original concept, and successfully expands the characters.
It’s not a surprise that the film works well, the TV show (in its seventh year at the time) consistently grabbed high ratings and young peoples’ imaginations.
This film has plenty of action to keep children’s attention, but like the film Antz which came out a few months ago, this “kid” picture entertains adults as well. The Rugrats Movie is recommended (*** out of four stars) and is rated G for all ages.
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