"Over My Dad's Pottie!"
Rugrats in Paris - The Movie
Review by Ross Anthony

I enjoyed this film so much, I wondered if it overshot the intended audience. So I asked a few little tikes after the film. Two were too shy, but their mom said they loved it. And the other one, he left the theater singing, "Who let the dogs out!" the Baha Men's catchy chorus off the film's Soundtrackicon . That should clinch it then, a strong follow-up to the first "Rugrats - The Movie."

The opening logo comes together in brilliant computer-animated ease forming the familiar fun Nickelodeon-styled "Rugrats," then the lights dim as the text changes to "The Rugrats in Paris - The MovieGodfather" font. You can expect this parody to pepper spice the rest of this kids' flick. But there are plenty of other adult ingredients, and two diapers full of pottie humor to go around for everyone.

After taking the consequence, Tommy is scorned by Angelica, "That's what you get for winging your buggers on Susie." Undaunted Tommy smiles, "So that's where I left 'em!"

Mr. Pickles gets a call from France summoning him to fix the huge Godzilla-spoof robot he engineered for the Disneyland-spoof EuroReptarland. Of course he takes the whole family. But this movie's star is really Chuckie. Chuckie's need for a new mom compels him to search deep down and find the courage to approach a beautiful princess. But he isn't the only one scheming prospective partners for his single dad.

"What are dates?"
"Big raisons that make you poop."

Though most of the animation is painted in the old fashion 2-D style; the colors are Rugrats in Paris - The MovieStarburst juicy, and the action paced for those with little tiny attention spans - so don't expect to be bored. These little munchkins get into everything! And of course, songs tie it all together. You'll no doubt be singing "Who let the dogs out" during your walk to the parking lot. But there are a few other notes of note as well: "Chuckie Chan," the dream sequence ("He'll break up the party if he's not on the pottie"), and "Reptar I love you" (a refreshing poke-funnery of those Disney classic odes).

Chuckie-full of juicy one liners, you'll have to keep your ears open:
"I love their fries and all ... but."
"See how nice his head stays on."
"It's a nerd, it's a pain, it's Angelica!"


  • Rugrats in Paris - The Movie. Copyright © 2000. Rated G.
  • Starring Voices: E.G. Daily, Tara Charendoff, Cheryl Chase, Christine Cavanaugh, Cree Summer Franck, Kath Soucie, Michael Bell, Tress Macneille, Casey Kasem, Joe Alasky, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Riley, Susan Sarandon, John Lithgow, Julia Kato, Melanie Chartoff.
  • Directed by Paul Demeyer, Stig Bergqvist.
  • Written by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss, Jill Gorey & Barbara Herndon and Kate Boutilier.
  • Produced by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo at Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount/Klasky-Csupo.


Copyright © 2000. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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