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Rugrats Go Wild
Review by Ross Anthony

After having enjoyed the first "Rugrats" movie, I (yes, as an adult) actually went out of my way to make this screening. And was I (as an adult) satisfied? quenched even? Or tragically disappointed? Uneventfully, the answer is -- neither.

"Rugrats Go Wild" starts out with a bang of color, movement, music, fun and song, but after the first act, meanders. Though, at times, sweetly sincere, the Rugrats Go Wildmovie doesn't pack the emotion impact nor the thematic message we're all coming to expect from "movie cartoons."

That said, the picture is never boring and the kids in the theater seemed to be quite engaged. Adults will appreciate the several movie spoof moments from "Titanic" to "Perfect Storm" in poke-funnery image and score. I especially enjoyed the "Piano" rib.

Oh, I was surprised to learn that "Tim Curry" voices the charmingly fumbling Nigel Thornberry, both in film and on TV. Some of you may remember Curry from the not so similar midnight film: "Rocky Horror"

This Rugrats plays like a modern version of "Giligan's Island," but with an extended cast of characters so large it enlists the players from two Saturday morning cartoon programs. Both TV programs, btw, are very well done. I'd caught the Wild Thornberry's a couple of Saturdays during breakfast -- the show impressed me enough that I regretted missing the movie version.

Of note: Spike (the dog) opens his mouth and speaks with a human voice for the first time ever and guess whose human voice he's using? Bruce Willis. Also, fun for the older crowd -- Chrissie Hynde (of Pretenders fame -- you know, "my my my imagination") breaths life into the island's rarely seen white spotted leopard.

Oh, I was all excited about the odorama. But as hard as I scratched and as windily as I sniffed -- I didn't smell nothing more than my fingernail on cardboard.

  • Rugrats Go Wild. Copyright © 2003. Rated PG.
  • Starring the voices of: E.G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie, Dionne Quan, Cheryl Chase, Tim Curry, Joe Alaskey, Tress MacNeille, Michael Bell, Melanic Chartoff, Julia Kato, Phil Proctor, Jack Riley, Tara Strong, Cree Summer, Danielle Harris, Jodi Carlisle, Lacey Chabert, Flea, Tom Kane, Tony Jay, Ethan Phillips, Chrissie Hynde and Bruce Willis.
  • Directed by Norton Virgien, John Eng.
  • Produced by Arlene Klasky Gabor Csupo.
  • Written by Tracy Kramer, Terry Thoren, Patrick Stapleton at Nicelodeon/Paramount.


Copyright © 2001. 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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