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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Chuckie gets sad because all the other babies have moms to love and take care of them. Coco is loud and villainess at times. She orders Jean-Claude to lock the babies in a warehouse. With its Japanese theme park in Paris, the movie gently pokes fun at globalization. The babies climb out of a moving ride. Phil and Lil eat bugs, boogers, etc., and stuff all kinds of things in their diapers. When Angelica steps on Coco's dress, it rips and we see her underpants.Violence: The babies, inside a giant mechanical Reptar, battle a giant mechanical snail. Chuckie imagines he's a martial arts expert.
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What's the story?
RUGRATS IN PARIS finds the stars of Nickelodeon's popular cartoon series in Europe. Dad Chas needs to fix the robots at EuroReptarland (sort of a Japanese Disneyland run by Mr. Yamaguchi, or "Mr. Yummy Sushi" if you're a Rugrat), so he brings his son Chuckie and Chuckie's little friends with him. Chuckie sets out to find his dad a girlfriend (and himself a new mother), and the Rugrats gang meets with one adventure after another, culminating in a Godzilla-movie-like pursuit in and around the landmarks of Paris.
Is it any good?
If you haven't seen Rugrats before, you may have a bit of trouble figuring out which babies belong to which parents and what they're all doing in the movie. This movie is very much an extension of the television series; in fact, Nickelodeon televised a prequel to the movie just before its release. But although fans will be more in the know, even newcomers will enjoy the eighty minutes of visual surprises and clever comedy.
Younger kid viewers won't get the touches of social commentary but will find the babies hilarious and their far-fetched adventures exciting. Amidst all the ooey gooey action is a heartfelt story about the love between parents and children. The usually timid Chuckie, whose mommy is in heaven, grows up a little and gets to show his brave side. The expertly voiced cast gets a multiracial boost with the addition of Kira and Kimi, an Asian mother and daughter who are now be regulars on the series.
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