Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 comedy film based on the 1991 Nickelodeon series, Rugrats. This is the first sequel of The Rugrats Movie, the 2nd of the Rugrats films, and this film introduces Kira Watanabe and her daughter, Kimi, who both become friends of the main cast.
In the long-running animated series' second feature film, the focus is on the show's perennial second banana, Chuckie (Christine Cavanaugh). Dads Stu (Jack Riley) and Chaz (Michael Bell) are unexpectedly sent to Euro-Reptarland in Paris, where the animatronic dinosaurs they built for the amusement park are malfunctioning, much to the displeasure of manager Coco La Bouche (Susan Sarandon). When the dislikable Coco gets interested in the single Chaz, Chuckie and his friends swing into action.
Why It Deserves a Trip to Reptarland
- This is an amazing sequel to The Rugrats Movie, giving us another unforgettable movie.
- It's incredibly faithful to the source material.
- The animation is wonderful and follows a good pace that makes it better than the TV series and even the previous film.
- The voice acting is still great, especially new main cast members, Dionne Quan as Kimi and Julia Kato as Kira, and also special guest stars Susan Sarandon as Coco and John Lithgow as Jean-Claude.
- It takes us back to the dramatic and sad topic from the episode, Mother's Day, where we learn that Chuckie had a mother who died when he was very young and he's desperate for a new mom.
- The plot is really good and well written, the Rugrats go to Paris in France, and help Chuckie find a new mom.
- Coco LaBouche and Jean-Claude are the only real villains in the Rugrats franchise, that were executed a lot better, with Klasky-Csupo learning from their mistake with Miss Carol from the infamous episode, "The Word of The Day". Coco and Jean-Claude are both one of the most awesomest villains in Nickelodeon history. They are both well casted by good voice actors that put an extremely amazing amount of effort in their voice acting, they are both intimidating, villainy cruel, also really entertaining and menacing, and portrayed as these awesome and clever characters: Coco is the greedy, child-hating person and had a clever plan with the help of her accomplice, Jean-Claude, who hates children just as much as she does and used a Robo-Snail robot against the Rugrats in the Reptar robot. They were both great villains for the movie.
- The characters from the TV series are still their lovable selves. Some even get character development:
- Chas, Chuckie’s dad, gave his son his old cute Wawa teddy bear that his late wife, Chuckie’s mother, gave him. He also was focused on getting Chuckie a mom, that he didn’t see through Coco’s wickedness while dating her and almost marrying her. But after Chuckie comes in and stops the wedding, saying his first word to the adults, he was so proud of his son talking, and after seeing Jean-Claude reveal some of Coco’s plan, he calls off the wedding. Then, after Coco and Jean-Calude’s defeat, he apologizes to his son for not paying attention to his feelings, and grows closer to him. In the process, Kira is revealed to be the one helping Coco, and is the woman who is truly in love with Chas, and he soon marries her at the end of the film, giving Chuckie a new loving step-mom as well a new cute step-sister.
- Chuckie gets the best development in the film, even more than the previous film. He realizes it’s lonely with just his dad, he still loves his dad, but wishes to have a mom in their lives. Throughout the journey, Chuckie was so interested in having a Princess mom, after hearing the story, he soon realized while he and his friends were at the warehouse, that a normal mom is what he really needed, admitting to his friends while crying. After Angelica apologizes to him for helping Coco, Chuckie becomes braver in the climax, taking out Jean-Claude and the Robo-Snail suit using the Reptar suit, and braving the scary door knob at the church, to stop the wedding and saying his first word to the adults, "NO!", making his dad proud. After Coco and Jean-Claude’s defeat, he happily embraces his dad and his Wawa, and happily accepts Kira as his new loving step-mom, as well as Kimi as his new cute step-sister.
- Kira and Kimi were greatly introduced here, both being added to the main cast, with Kira being the caring mother of Kimi, and becomes Chas’s current wife and Chuckie’s new step-mom, and Kimi being the new cute friend to the Rugrats, and becomes Chuckie’s new step-sister.
- Dil and Angelica are more tolerable here than most of their TV show appearances:
- Dil is less annoying in this movie, which is a relief, and also, he has some funny moments in the film.
- Like the previous movie, and unlike most of her TV Show appearances, Angelica is tolerable here, even more tolerable than the previous film. The parts where she helped Coco were written well, since Coco was a great villain, and Angelica would understandably be a part of the wickedness. Her greatest moments come after Coco betrays her, as she felt bad for Chuckie being motherless, and started to regret working for Coco. She also apologizes to the Rugrats, especially Chuckie, after revealing she helped Coco, helped the babies in the climax, and exposed Coco’s plan to the adults. There was also a funny moment when she tears Coco’s dress after Coco messes with her "dumb babies", exposing Coco's undergarments, making Coco leave humiliated and defeated.
- The film also has a good parody of The Godfather (another movie from Paramount), at the beginning and end of the film, when the Rugrats played and pretended to be the characters, reacting some of the scenes from the film.
- The soundtrack is really good, as many of the songs are enjoyable and memorable, most particularly "Who Let the Dogs Out?" (which has a music video in the DVD’s bonus features and at the end of the VHS as the special presentation), and "I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever".
- There are still many goofy and funny moments, like when Lil threw some goo to the ninja’s and left some of them stuck, and the moment when Angelica tears Coco’s dress, revealing her undergarments. The funniest moment was the cake fight at Chas and Kira’s wedding at the end of the film.
- Good romance in the film, particularly Grandpa Lou and Lulu (the character from "Acorn Nuts and Diapey Butts"), the Pickles dog Spike and the Finster’s new dog Fifi, and most importantly, Chas and Kira.
- Tons of heartwarming moments, like when Chas and Chuckie were reflecting on their time with Chuckie’s mother, and the moment when Angelica comforted Chuckie and apologized to him for her bad actions. Also, the best heartwarming moments are when Chas and Chuckie reunite in the church and embrace each other in an emotional father-son hug, as well as the moment during Chas and Kira’s wedding, when Chas dances with his new step-daughter Kimi, and Chuckie happily dances and embraces with his new step-mom, Kira, which was very touching and emotional.
- The ending was great, hilarious and very heartwarming.
- This ended the first 6 seasons of Rugrats on a high note.
- Misleading Title: While the title of the film states that the movie takes place in Paris, it is instead focused on Reptarland, while a great Reptar theme park, is a Japanese one. Why is the entire setting in Paris, France when it could've been Japan? As a result, the Paris parts don't gain a lot of focus which is kind of misleading from that title. The story would've not changed if the locations were switched, and not to mention that the scenes located in Paris (apart from the brief montage of departing the airport and the scenes with Spike and Fifi) aren't shown until the last half of the film. The french elements of the movie could've been replaced with a Japanese theme and would be at least been more fitting.
- Even Chas pointed out how it's odd to have "a japanese theme park in the middle of Paris.".
- Just like The Rugrats Movie, the story can be predictable at times.
- While still a good movie and sequel, this is another aspect of the TV show going downhill, with the introduction of Kimi. While she was greatly introduced, she quickly became another annoying character in the TV show, depending on anyone’s view, and sometimes even more annoying than Dil in some episodes. But it’s honestly still not as bad as other TV shows that went downhill, and later in All Grown Up!, the spin-off of Rugrats, Kimi grew to be a great, likable and less annoying older kid.
The film grossed $76.5 million in North America and $26.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $103.3 million, against a $30 million budget.
In the United States, it opened at #2, grossing $22.7 million in its opening weekend for an average of $7,743 from 2,934 venues. In the United Kingdom, it opened at #3, behind Bridget Jones's Diary and Spy Kids.
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie received more positive reviews than the previous film. On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 74 reviews and an average rating of 6.29/10. The site's critical consensus read: "When the Rugrats go to Paris, the result is Nickelodeon-style fun. The plot is effectively character-driven, and features catchy songs and great celebrity voice-acting." It is the highest-rated Rugrats film on the website. Metacritic gave a film a weighted average score of 62 out of 100 based, on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.
- This is the last Rugrats movie to use the 1986 Paramount Pictures logo and the 1998 Klasky-Csupo logo.
- Chas Finster was the only parent in this movie to appear in regular clothes instead of vacation clothes.
- Angelica's doll Cynthia doesn't appear until the end of the movie.
- Several scenes in the film’s original trailer differ greatly from the finished film; most notably Spike urinating on the Eiffel Tower (in the trailer this occurs during the daytime, while in the actual movie he does so at night).
- This is the second time Spike runs away from his family, the first was in the episode, "Spike Runs Away".
- The Klasky-Csupo logo is closed captioned in the VHS release.