Rugrats (film series)

Rugrats (film series)
Directed by Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien (1)
Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer (2)
Norton Virgien and John Eng (3)
Produced by Arlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Screenplay by David N. Weiss and J. David Stem (1 & 2)
Jill Gorey and Barbara Herndon (2)
Kate Boutilier (2 & 3)
Based on Rugrats
by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain
Starring E.G. Daily
Christine Cavanaugh
Nancy Cartwright
Kath Soucie
Cheryl Chase
Tara Strong
Cree Summer
Dionne Quan
(Complete list)
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Edited by John Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg (1 & 3)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
1: November 20, 1998
2: November 17, 2000
3: June 13, 2003
Running time
238 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $79 million
Box office $299,590,872

The Rugrats film series is a trilogy of animated adventure films based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, Rugrats, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain. The TV series, one of Nickelodeon's all-time most popular, as well as one of the longest-running cartoon series in American history, ran from 1991 until 2004, while the three films were released in 1998, 2000, and 2003. The three films received mostly mixed to positive reviews from film reviewers, but were all commercial successes, collectively grossing nearly $300,000,000 worldwide making it the 25th highest-grossing animated film series of all time.


The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Main article: The Rugrats Movie

The story escalates when self-proclaimed leader, Tommy Pickles, is thrust into an impossible situation with the birth of his new brother, Dil. This new kid is grabbing all the attention and won't stop crying. With the help of the other toddlers, Lil and Phil, Tommy decides that the baby should be returned to the hospital for fixing. They all hop on their little wagon and take a high-speed ride straight into the deep woods where they realize they're lost. Chased around by animals, the Rugrats clan must get home in one piece. This film guest stars David Spade as Ranger Frank, Whoopi Goldberg as Ranger Margret, and Tim Curry as Rex Pester.

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)

The film focuses on Chuckie Finster as he is on a search for a new mother. In this movie, Tommy's father, Stu, is invited to stay in Paris, France to rebuild a robotic Reptar used in a play. But when Stu's child-hating boss, Coco LaBouche, attempts to marry Chuckie's father, Chas, just to become the head of her company, Chuckie and the other Rugrats must stop her from becoming his mother. This film guest stars Susan Sarandon as Coco LaBouche, John Lithgow as Jean-Claude, and Mako Iwamatsu as Mr. Yamaguchi. This is Christine Cavanaugh's final film role before her retirement in 2001.

Rugrats Go Wild (2003)

Main article: Rugrats Go Wild

This film is a crossover between the Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. In this film, Stu and Didi Pickles decide to take a special vacation with their children, Tommy and Dil, with their friends coming along for the ride. However, the ship Stu has chartered isn't especially seaworthy, and their party ends up stranded on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The kids figure the day is saved when they discover that famous explorer and television personality Sir Nigel Thornberry is also on the island with his family, but after he gets a world-class knock on the head from a coconut, Nigel's upper intellectual register gets knocked out of commission. The Rugrats are then forced to turn to Nigel's daughter, Eliza, who not only knows the wilds, but can talk to animals, which comes as quite a surprise to Spike, the Pickles' family pooch. In addition to The Wild Thornberrys cast members reprising their roles, this film guest stars Bruce Willis as the voice of Spike, Chrissie Hynde as Siri the clouded leopard, and Ethan Phillips as Toa. This is also the first time Nancy Cartwright voiced Chuckie Finster in a film since his original voice actress retired in 2001. During its theatrical release, the film was presented with scratch-and-sniff cards (which are handed out at the box-office) to enhance the film experience. The scratch-and-sniff cards were also included on the home video version of the film.

Nicktoons (TBA)

The Rugrats will appear in an upcoming Nicktoons film adaptation.[1]


Further information: List of Rugrats characters
Characters Films
The Rugrats Movie
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Rugrats Go Wild
Tommy Pickles Elizabeth Daily
Chuckie Finster Christine Cavanaugh Nancy Cartwright
Phil and Lil DeVille Kath Soucie
Angelica Pickles Cheryl Chase
Dil Pickles Tara Strong
Susie Carmichael Cree Summer
Spike Frank Welker Bruce Willis
Kimi Finster Dionne Quan
Stu Pickles Jack Riley
Didi Pickles Melanie Chartoff
Grandpa Pickles Joe Alaskey
Charlotte Pickles Tress MacNeille
Drew Pickles Michael Bell
Chaz Finster
Kira Finster Julia Kato
Betty DeVille Kath Soucie
Howard DeVille Philip Proctor
Dr. Lipschitz Tony Jay Tony Jay
Ranger Frank David Spade
Ranger Margret Whoopi Goldberg
Rex Pester Tim Curry
Lulu Pickles Debbie Reynolds
Coco LaBouche Susan Sarandon
Jean-Claude John Lithgow
Mr. Yamaguchi Mako Iwamatsu
Eliza Thornberry Lacey Chabert
Darwin Thornberry Tom Kane
Nigel Thornberry Tim Curry
Donnie Thornberry Flea
Debbie Thornberry Danielle Harris
Marianne Thornberry Jodi Carlisle
Siri Chrissie Hynde
Toa Ethan Phillips
Reptar Levi Curl
Busta Rhymes


Box office performance

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref(s)
North America Opening weekend North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America Opening weekend
All time
North America
The Rugrats Movie November 20, 1998 $27,321,470 $100,494,675 $40,400,000 $140,894,675 515 614 $24,000,000 [2]
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie November 17, 2000 $22,718,184 $76,507,756 $26,783,375 $103,291,131 669 878 $30,000,000 [3]
Rugrats Go Wild June 13, 2003 $11,556,869 $39,402,572 $16,002,494 $55,405,066 1,532 1,877 $25,000,000 [4]
Total $61,596,523 $216,405,003 $46,825,869 $299,590,872 $79,000,000 [5]
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Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Rugrats Movie 59% (49 reviews)[6]
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 75% (73 reviews)[7] 62 (25 reviews)[8]
Rugrats Go Wild 41% (86 reviews)[9] 38 (27 reviews)[10]
average 58% 50
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See also


  1. Mike Fleming Jr (January 27, 2016), "Paramount, Jared Hess Channel Classic Nickelodeon Shows For 'NickToons' Film", Deadline Hollywood, retrieved February 5, 2016
  2. "The Rugrats Movie (1998) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. "Rugrats Go Wild (2003) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. "Movie Franchises and Brands Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  6. "The Rugrats Movie (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  7. "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  8. "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  9. "Rugrats Go Wild (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  10. "Rugrats Go Wild". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
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