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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 animated comedy based on the hit Nickelodeon kids' cartoon. There are quite a few moments of iffy humor throughout the movie, including scenes of babies peeing rainbows, jokes centered on defecation and flatulence, and a mom who says, "born under Venus, look for a ---- " before she's interrupted. During a musical sequence in a maternity ward, a baby looks down and sings, "that's what that thing looks like." There is also cartoon violence and peril as the kids get lost in the woods after riding their "Reptar" wagon downhill on busy roads, through the woods, off a cliff, and into the water below. The kids must face off against monkeys and wolves. A dog drags one of the kids along in search of the missing kids. A plane crashes. The movie addresses how young kids may feel sad after the birth of a sibling, when they find that they don't have the same relationship with their parents as they once did.
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What's the story?
THE RUGRATS MOVIE takes its toddler heroes through two adventures -- getting lost in the woods and having to share parents with a new baby. Frustrated that his new baby brother is getting all the attention, Tommy Pickles devises a scheme to return the infant to the hospital. But things go awry, and Tommy and the rest of the gang find themselves lost in the woods. Will they make it back to the safety of home?
Is it any good?
Fans of the television series will be happily at home with this movie. Kids will like the potty humor, although some may be concerned by the drooling wolf, mischievous monkeys, or the other perils the kids face as they try to find their way back home. Parents may appreciate the use of voice talents like David Spade, Busta Rhymes, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Rugrats' trademark "kid-cam" use of floor- level perspective provides a few bright moments, and the kids' efforts to understand the world around them are occasionally fresh and funny. The movie is not much more than a long version of the television show, but for many in its targeted audience, that's just fine.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Tommy's concerns about his new baby brother, Dylan. How does a new baby change the family dynamic? What's positive about being an older sibling?
Did the violence and peril seem necessary to the movie, or did it seem like it was forced in to make the movie more exciting?
Does this '90s movie still seem relevant, or does it seem dated?
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