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Rugrats Go Wild (2003)

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The Rugrats get tangled in an exotic adventure, where they're helped by the Thornberrys, a family that travels the world making nature documentaries.

Directors:

John Eng, Norton Virgien

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Kate Boutilier, Monica Piper (punch-up writer) | 16 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Daily ... Tommy Pickles (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Nancy Cartwright ... Chuckie Finster (voice)
Kath Soucie ... Phil DeVille / Lil DeVille / Betty DeVille (voice)
Dionne Quan ... Kimi Finster (voice)
Cheryl Chase ... Angelica Pickles (voice)
Tim Curry ... Nigel Thornberry (voice)
Joe Alaskey ... Grandpa Lou Pickles (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Charlotte Pickles (voice)
Michael Bell ... Drew Pickles / Charles 'Chaz' Finster, Sr. (voice)
Melanie Chartoff ... Didi Pickles (voice)
Julia Kato ... Kira Finster (voice)
Phil Proctor ... Howard DeVille (voice)
Jack Riley ... Stu Pickles (voice)
Tara Strong ... Dil Pickles (voice)
Cree Summer ... Susie Carmichael (voice)
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Storyline

The Rugrats and family become stranded on an island, and Stu is blamed. The kids wander off into the jungle, and Spike loses his sense of smell due to sneezing. This becomes a problem when a clouded leopard named Siri finds out about the babies and goes after them, and the situation only gets worse when the kids become trapped underwater with an amnesic Nigel, losing oxygen fast... Written by Red Yoshi

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild crude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rugrats Movie III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,556,869, 15 June 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,399,750, 21 September 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,203,787, 7 November 2003
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only animated sequel to be produced at 2:35.1 unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1 to be released on VHS. See more »

Goofs

When Donnie Thornberry is being chased, he has Chuckie's sneakers on, but they disappear and reappear in subsequent shots.. See more »

Quotes

Spike: Hey, chimp boy. Will you stop worrying? I know all about cats with a capital "K". Sit on a window sill, hack up a fur ball... Oh! That is very ferocious!
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Spike: They all twitch their whiskers one whisker at a time, just like you and me.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

TV versions of the movie remove the flashing numbers for the scratch and sniff cards that were included in the theatrical and home release versions. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Holiday
by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by Cree Summer
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A diaper full of dreams
12 November 2009 | by Ali_John_CatterallSee all my reviews

Little Tommy Pickles (Daily) worships plummy explorer Nigel Thornberry (Curry), and wishes he could join him on his adventures - much to the disdain of his sister, the brattish Angelica (Chase): "You're just a backyard baby with a diaper full of dreams." He soon gets his chance when the Rugrats are stranded on a jungle island, where the Thornberrys are tracking a rare and dangerous leopard.

Judging by the critical reception heralding Rugrats' arrival, you'd be forgiven for thinking this should join the ranks of that very special genre: films so toxic they ought only to be handled with asbestos mittens. Comments like "Dull, forgettable tripe" and - Lord save us - "A monstrosity", certainly don't inspire confidence.

In fairness, Rugrats Go Wild really isn't that bad; it just doesn't hold a candle to 2002's charming and superior The Wild Thornberrys Movie, possibly accounting for the hysterical sense of betrayal. As with most post-'The Simpsons' animations, spoofy references abound; everything from The Poseidon Adventure to Taxi Driver and From Here To Eternity is duly - if unimaginatively - sent up.

If the rather more interesting Thornberry family have been more or less shunted into second billing, Willis almost redeems this shrill, mismatched affair with his powerhouse turn as Spike, the Rugrats scatologically-minded family dog - particularly when sparring with deadly leopard Siri (Hynde, on sexily malevolent vocals).

But if Willis gets the best lines, it's Red Hot Chilli Peppers' bassist Flea, as the pint-sized tornado Donnie Thornberry, whose crazed, unintelligible gibberish leaves the most exhilarating impression.


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