The Rugrats Movie (1998)


Directors: Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien
Screenplay: David N. Weiss and J. David Stem
Main Cast
: E.G. Daily, Tara Charendoff, Christine Cavanaugh, Kathie Soucie, Cheryl Caser, Cree Summer, Busta Rhymes, David Spade, Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Margaret Cho, Edie McClurg, Lenny Kravitz, Lisa Loeb, Lou Rawls, Iggy Pop, Beck

A different poster than the standard.

A different poster than the standard.

Some notes before the movie in general:

Geoffrey: I did not see this movie in 1998.  While I did watch the show at my grandmother’s, and she was going to take me…something internally told me not to watch it.  One day, I’ll remember to listen to that internal something-or-other.  Recently, I tried to re-watch the series (which I did love as a kid) and found it pretty unwatchable…but having never seen the movie, I wondered if it was something better.  

Claudia: I probably saw Rugrats the Movie in the summer of 1999.  In those days, on the hottest summer days, mom would take my siblings and me to the local $1 movie theatre so we could cool down while watching a G-rated movie.  Whichever G-rated movie was playing, regardless of personal interest and film quality.  The films we saw ran the quality gamut from Babe to The Pebble & the Penguin.  Rugrats the Movie fell somewhere between those two.  Since that summer, I had not seen this movie.  Not being a fan of the Rugrats TV series, I remember feeling that it was a decent enough way to pass a hot summer afternoon, but I would not go out of my way to watch it again.  Would I change my opinion after a second viewing?  

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