Friday, November 22, 2013

The Rugrats Movie (1998) review


This childhood favorite of mine still holds true to the relaxed and nostalgic feeling for me, but with age came a less involved attitude toward the more juvenile aspects of the movie.

PLOT:Tommy Pickles (E.G. Daily) and his family star in this new adventure when Tommy's new brother, Dil Pickles, is born. Dil, however, seems to be a big nuisance, for all he does is cry and hog the attention from Tommy's parents. One day, Tommy's friends decide to take him "back to the baby store" in Stu's invention, the Reptar wagon. This attempt doesn't go well and ends with Dil and the babies stranded in the middle of the forest with Angelica (Cheryl Chase) and Spike looking for them. Now it's a search for the babies by the Pickles family and their neighbors and an adventure for the babies to get out of the woods. However, Dil is growing more and more stressful by the minute, and Tommy's running out of ways to deal with him, as well as the rest of the babies. Will the babies find their way out of the forest with Dil calm? It's an okay plot executed decently.

VOICES:The voices in this movie are the same as they've been for the series. E. G. Daily, Cheryl Chase, Christine Cavanaugh, and Kath Soucie all play their parts as Tommy, Angelica, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil as well as they could. It wasn't a big difference from the show. The performances that seemed to stand out more from the series would have been Jack Riley as Stu Pickles, Michael Patrick Bell as Drew Pickles, and Joe Alaskey as Grandpa. The emotion they put into this seemed a bit more amped-up as compared to the series. Along with these, the additions of Tim Curry as Rex Pester, Whoopi Goldberg as Ranger Margaret, and David Spade as Ranger Frank were the best voices in the movie. I really enjoyed their work.

SCORE:The score and soundtrack in here is more juvenile than anything. The various songs sung by the characters weren't particularly enjoyable, but the deeper soundtrack with names like Blackstreet and Busta Rhymes weren't half bad. As for the juvenile soundtrack, there was a pretty nice cameo from Lenny Kravitz, Beck, the B-52s and others. I enjoyed that.

ANIMATION:The animation in this movie kept the same style as the series but fine-tuned it for the big screen. It was more detailed and thematic than its relaxed look on TV.

OTHER CONTENT:This movie still holds a part of me close considering it was a great part of my childhood. The nostalgic characters, humor, and songs from the nineties and my childhood still hold a part of me. However, my age brought a dislike for the more juvenile humor types. This is definitely a family movie, with some more adult jokes and lots of little laughs throughout. The aspect I still appreciate about this movie is the heart-warming lesson about how responsibility and love can change a person. I'm still a sucker for the charms this movie has. The movie is a lot more juvenile to me now, but the lessons still take effect.

OVERALL,a good movie with an okay plot, some same and some improved acting, juvenile original score and cool nineties score, finely-tuned animation, nostalgia from my childhood, and a charming lesson, but this movie seems so juvenile to me now for the most part.

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