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Rugrats Go Wild

Fun meet-up of Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys on deserted island.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 81 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie is intended to entertain, not educate. For musically savvy parents, in case you ever wondered what it would be like if Bruce Willis (the voice of Spike the Dog in this film) sang a version of the Iggy Pop classic "Lust for Life," here's your golden opportunity. 

Positive messages

The movie offers a message about cooperation, taking care of each other, and the importance of family. A character who idolizes an adventurous host of a nature television series realizes that his dad is more of a hero. 

Positive role models

The babies act like, well, babies. The adults are cartoonish parodies of adults. The teen character is a cartoonish parody of teenagers everywhere. 

Violence & scariness

In the midst of a tempestuous storm, characters sailing on a tiny ship are thrown overboard as the ship sinks. A character is hit on the head with a coconut. A tiger scratches the finger of one of the characters. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

One character asks, "Who cut the cheese?" 


The movie promotes two Nickelodeon shows.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

During a fantasy sequence, a baby character is shown held aloft in a chair holding a tiki drink in her hands. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this feature-length version of the 1990s Nickelodeon animated series Rugrats does not shy away from gross-out sight gags. On two occasions, birds poop on characters' heads. Characters burp, make reference to "cutting the cheese." Every time the dog sneezes, mucous either hangs out of his nose or the mucous hits another character. This same dog is seen trying to "do its business" with its hind leg raised. Babies pick their noses; they try to eat millipedes. There is also some cartoonish violence -- a character is hit on the head with a coconut, a tiny ship is overturned during a raging storm in the middle of the ocean, sending the characters swimming for their lives. 

What's the story?

The two worlds of the popular Klasky/Csupo Nickelodeon series come together when the Rugrats get shipwrecked on a deserted island and meet up with the Wild Thornberrys in what turns into a mildly pleasant mix of malapropisms and pop culture references, diaper humor, snippets of rock classics, a little adventure, and a message about cooperation, taking care of each other, and the importance of family.

Is it any good?


This animated tale is pleasant for the kids and not too painful for their parents. The voice of Bruce Willis adds enormous charm and energy to the story, and as soon as he is on board, we know that any day-saving that needs to be done will be in good hands.

The story shows the different ways people react when things go badly. At first, the adults blame one another, but then they select a leader and begin to cooperate, which prompts a question about how we choose our heroes.  In another worthwhile plotline, Debbie Thornberry lets her parents know that she wants to spend more time with them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Angelica wants so badly to be able to boss people around and why it's so hard for her to be kind or generous.

  • How do you think this Rugrats movie compares with the Rugrats TV show? 

  • Why is it fun to see the world through babies' eyes? 

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 13, 2003
DVD/Streaming release date:December 16, 2003
Cast:Bruce Willis, Jodi Carlisle, Nancy Cartwright
Director:Kate Boutilier
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild crude humor.

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Kid, 12 years old December 13, 2009


What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2010

Best Rugrat Movie

This is the only Rugrat movie that made me laugh, excited, and interested. It is funny, cute, and good. Very cool.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 April 12, 2011

Kids may like it

Not a great movie, but okay. Perfect for younger kids.