Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 American animated comedy-drama film based on the Nickelodeon animated television series of the same name, Rugrats. It is the sequel to 1998's The Rugrats Movie and the second film in the Rugrats film series. In the film, Chuckie Finster takes the lead character role as he searches to find a new mother. The film marks the only appearance of two villains in the Rugrats franchise, Coco LaBouche, a cruel woman who hates children, including babies, and her accomplice, Jean-Claude. The film also marks the first appearance of new Rugrats character Kimi Finster, and her mother, Kira.
The film was released in the United States on November 17, 2000, and grossed $103.3 million worldwide.
The film opens with a parody of Paramount's 1972 film The Godfather at the wedding reception of Lou Pickles and his new wife, Lulu (his first wife Trixie, the mother of Stu and Drew, died before the series began). A mother-child dance during the reception saddens Chuckie Finster, who realizes that he has lived over two years of his life without his mother, who died of an illness shortly after he was born. His father, Chaz, shares Chuckie's loneliness.
Tommy Pickles' father, Stu, is summoned to EuroReptarland, a Japanese amusement park in Paris, France, to fix a malfunctioning Reptar robot. Due to a misunderstanding (as the company only needed Stu but summoned him at midnight due to the time change while he was sleeping), Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica, Dil, their dog Spike, and all their parents travel to Paris to take a vacation at the park.
Coco LaBouche, the cold-hearted, child-hating head of EuroReptarland, yearns to be the president of the entire Reptar franchise and its parent company, Yamaguchi Industries, after her employer, Mr. Yamaguchi, reveals his plans to retire as president. Yamaguchi says that his successor has to love children to be able to do the job, so LaBouche lies to him by claiming to be engaged to a man with a child. Upon the Rugrats' arrival at EuroReptarland, Angelica overhears a conversation between Coco and Yamaguchi before being caught. To save herself, Angelica reveals that Chaz is looking for a wife and suggests that Coco marry him.
Coco strikes up a relationship with Chaz, but her attempts to bond with Chuckie fail. The adults and babies meet Coco's overworked assistant Kira Watanabe and her daughter, Kimi, who hail from Japan, but are now living in France. Kira helps LaBouche to win Chaz's affections. Meanwhile, Spike gets lost in the streets of Paris and falls in love with a stray poodle named Fifi.
Kira tells the babies the origins of Reptar, explaining he was a feared monster until a princess revealed his gentler side to make the frightened humans like him. Chuckie decides the princess should be his new mother, and is aided by his friends to reach an animatronic replica of the princess in the park, but they are stopped by Coco's ninja security guards. At the show's premiere, Angelica informs Coco of Chuckie's wish, so Coco sneaks backstage and takes the spotlight as the princess, luring Chuckie into her arms to make her seem wonderful with children. Chaz is ecstatic, deciding she would make an excellent mother and decides on the spot to marry her.
On her wedding day, Coco, aided by her accomplice Jean-Claude, kidnaps the children and traps them in a warehouse, including Angelica. Kira confronts Coco about deceiving Chaz and Chuckie and she throws her out of the limo. Chuckie rallies the children to crash his father's wedding at the Notre Dame cathedral using the Reptar robot. They are chased by Jean-Claude, who pilots Reptar's nemesis, the Robosnail robot. The chase culminates in a fight on a bridge, and Chuckie knocks Robosnail into the Seine River.
Chuckie crashes the wedding, and Coco pretends to be happy to see Chuckie, but Jean-Claude bursts in and accidentally reveals Coco's true nature by announcing that her kidnapping plot had failed. Chaz, seeing Coco for the liar she truly is, calls the wedding off. Angelica reveals Coco's plans to Yamaguchi, who is also in attendance, and the former president fires Coco from EuroReptarland for her treachery. When Coco tries to leave, she realizes the babies are on her wedding train and angrily yanks them off in front of everyone.
Angelica, as Coco leaves the church, stomps on the wedding dress and rips it, revealing her underwear. Spike chases the humiliated and defeated Coco from the church with Jean-Claude in tow. Kira arrives at the church to return Chuckie's bear having been thrown out of the limo earlier and apologizes to Chaz for what Coco did to him and Chuckie. Chaz and Kira eventually fall in love with each other and get married upon returning to the United States. Spike's new girlfriend, Fifi, is adopted by the Finster family. Chuckie gets Kira as a new mother, and Kimi as a new sister. The film ends with the babies and grown-ups having a cake fight and the camera backs up and a piece of cake is thrown at the camera and the screen fades to black.
Why It Rocks
- It takes us back to the Rugrats episode "Mother's Day", where we learn that Chuckie had a mother who died when he was very young.
- Great soundtrack.
- It makes a reference to Lady and the Tramp, where Spike and Fifi eat a slice of pizza together.
- Heartwarming story.
- Many twists and turns.
- Coco LaBouche is a really entertaining and menacing antagonist.
- The two new characters are pretty funny.
- "My Getaway" is a pretty good song.
- Great animation with a much brighter colour platie than the first one.
- It uses the slice-of-life formula very well, which is about Chuckie and his late mother.
- The new character Kimi is adorable.
- The Godfather reference at the beginning and end of the movie was well done.
- Angelica gained a bit more Likeablitiy in the 3rd act, where she apologised to the babies for causing this mess, felt sorry for Chuckie being Motherless and defended the Babies from Coco in the climax.
- EuroReptarland is Japanese. Why is it in Paris?
- Like The Rugrats Movie, the story can be predictable at times.
- The scene where Angelica steps on Coco's wedding dress, revealing her panties, stockings, and garter belt in front of everybody (including people with cameras) is similar to the scene in "It Takes Two", where the real Alyssa Calloway (having been pretending to be Amanda Lemmon) steps on Clarice Kensington's wedding dress (as she is storming out of the church, embarrassed). Clarice Kensington, the main antagonist of It Takes Two, shares several similarities with Coco, including being a child-hater and a gold-digger.