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Directed byIgor Kovalyov (1)
Norton Virgien (1 & 3)
Stig Bergqvist (2)
Paul Demeyer (2)
John Eng (3)
Screenplay byDavid N. Weiss (1 & 2)
J. David Stem (1 & 2)
Jill Gorey (2)
Barbara Herndon (2)
Kate Boutilier (2 & 3)
Based onRugrats
by Arlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Paul Germain
Produced byArlene Klasky (1-3)
Gábor Csupó (1-3)
Edited byJohn Bryant (1-3)
Kimberly Rettberg (1 & 3)
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
November 20, 1998June 13, 2003
Running time
238 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$79 million
Box office$299,590,872

The Rugrats film series is a series of animated comedy-adventure films based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series, Rugrats, created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain. The three films were released in 1998, 2000, and 2003. The first and third films received mixed reviews, while the second received generally positive reviews. The series also experienced declining commercial success with each film.


The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Main article: The Rugrats Movie

The story escalates when Tommy Pickles, is put into difficult situation with the birth of his new brother, Dil, who will not stop crying and is taking all of their parents' attention. Lil and Phil, suggest that Dil should be returned to the hospital, though Tommy and Chuckie object. They eventually get into the Reptar Wagon take a high-speed ride straight into the deep woods where they get lost. Being pursued by a wolf, the babies must find their way home. Meanwhile, Angelica Pickles sets out to find the babies after they accidentally take her Cynthia doll with them. 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)

Main article: Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

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 stage musical. After convincing from Angelica, 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 theatrical film role before her retirement in 2001 and death in 2014. The film features a classical version of the Rugrats theme song at the start of the film.

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 vacation with their children, Tommy and Dil, with their friends coming along. However, the ship Stu has chartered is not especially seaworthy, and their party ends up stranded on an uncharted island in the Pacific. The kids decide to search for television personality Sir Nigel Thornberry, who is also on the island with his family. Meanwhile, Nigel's daughter, Eliza, who can talk to animals, meets Spike, the Pickles' dog. 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 and only 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 were 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. The film was the least successful of the series both critically and commercially.

Cast and crew

Voice cast

Further information: List of Rugrats characters

Characters Films
The Rugrats Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Rugrats Go Wild
1998 2000 2003
Thomas "Tommy" Pickles E. G. Daily
Charles "Chuckie" Finster Jr. Christine Cavanaugh Nancy Cartwright
Phillip "Phil" DeVille Kath Soucie
Lillian "Lil" DeVille
Angelica Pickles Cheryl Chase
Dylan "Dil" Pickles Tara Strong
Susie Carmichael Cree Summer
Spike Frank Welker Bruce Willis
Kimi Finster Dionne Quan
Stuart "Stu" Pickles Jack Riley
Diane "Didi" Pickles Melanie Chartoff
Grandpa Louis "Lou" Pickles Joe Alaskey
Charlotte Pickles Tress MacNeille
Andrew "Drew" Pickles Michael Bell
Charles "Chas" Finster Sr.
Kira Finster Julia Kato
Elizibeth "Betty" DeVille Kath Soucie
Howard DeVille Philip Proctor
Ranger Frank David Spade
Ranger Margret Whoopi Goldberg
Rex Pester Tim Curry
Dr. Lipschitz Tony Jay Tony Jay
Grandpa Boris Kropotkin Michael Bell Silent cameo
Grandma Minka Kropotkin Melanie Chartoff
Aunt Miriam Pickles Andrea Martin
Dr. Lucille "Lucy" Carmichael Hattie Winston
Lulu Pickles Debbie Reynolds
Coco LaBouche Susan Sarandon
Jean-Claude John Lithgow
Mr. Yamaguchi Mako
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


Film Director(s) Producer(s) Executive producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Editor(s)
The Rugrats Movie Igor Kovalyov
Norton Virgien
Arlene Klasky
Gábor Csupó
Albie Hecht
Debby Beece
David N. Weiss
J. David Stem
Mark Mothersbaugh John Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg
Rugrats in Paris Stig Bergqvist
Paul Demeyer
Albie Hecht
Julia Pistor
Eryk Casemiro
Hal Waite
David N. Weiss
J. David Stem
Jill Gorey
Barbara Herndon
Kate Boutilier
John Bryant
Rugrats Go Wild Norton Virgien
John Eng
Albie Hecht
Julia Pistor
Eryk Casemiro
Hal Waite
Kate Boutilier John Bryant
Kimberly Rettberg


Further information on the reception of each film: The Rugrats Movie § Reception, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie § Reception, and Rugrats Go Wild § Reception

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
All time
The Rugrats Movie November 20, 1998 $27,321,470 $100,494,675 $40,400,000 $140,894,675 749 1,228 $24,000,000 [1]
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie November 17, 2000 $22,718,184 $76,507,756 $26,783,375 $103,291,131 1,049 1,603 $30,000,000 [2]
Rugrats Go Wild June 13, 2003 $11,556,869 $39,402,572 $16,002,494 $55,405,066 2,214 2,661 $25,000,000 [3]
Total $61,596,523 $216,405,003 $46,825,869 $299,590,872 $79,000,000 [4]
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Critical and public response

Each film is linked to the "Critical response" section of its article

Film Critical Public
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore[5]
The Rugrats Movie 59% (51 reviews)[6] 62 (20 reviews)[7] A-
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 76% (74 reviews)[8] 62 (25 reviews)[9] A-
Rugrats Go Wild 39% (89 reviews)[10] 38 (27 reviews)[11] A-

See also


  1. ^ "The Rugrats Movie (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Rugrats Go Wild (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Movie Franchises and Brands Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on April 13, 2022. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  6. ^ "The Rugrats Movie (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  7. ^ "The Rugrats Movie". Metacritic.
  8. ^ "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  9. ^ "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  10. ^ "Rugrats Go Wild (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  11. ^ "Rugrats Go Wild". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-23.