RUGRATS IN PARIS: THE MOVIE
Starring: Christine Cavanaugh, Cheryl
Chase, E. G. Daily, Kath
Soucie, Melanie Chartoff, John
Lithgow, Debbie Reynolds, &
Genre: Animated Comedy
Runtime: 74 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Stig Bergqvist & Paul Demeyer
Executive Producer: Albie Hecht, Julia Pistor,
Eryk Casemiro, & Hal Waite
Producer: Gabor Csupo & Arlene Klasky
Writer: David N. Weiss, J. David Stem,
Jill Gorey, Barbara Herndon, &
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Chuckie Finster, though only a toddler, knows the value of having a mother. Having lost his own mother, he longs for a new mother to “comfort and hold him.” When he finds out his dad, Chazz, is starting to date again, Chuckie gets excited that he may get a new mom. With the encouragement of his best friend Tommy Pickles and the rest of the group, he feels confident that it will be soon.
Meanwhile, overseas in Paris, France, Coco LaBouche is infuriated by the failure of Reptar, a robotic monster, to perform in her production. A seemingly heartless woman, she calls Tommy’s dad, Stu, who is Reptar’s creator, demanding that he and his entire family come immediately to Paris. Soon, the Pickles and the Finsters are on their way, taking the search for Chazz’s dating life and Chuckie’s new mom to Europe.
Coco, however, despises children, until her boss informs her chances for the promotion she seeks are better with a stable family life. Overhearing the conversation while scarfing down chocolates is Angelica Pickles, Tommy’s older and bossier sister whose intentions are generally for her own benefit. When Coco discovers Angelica hiding under a table eating her sweets, Angelica says that she can find a husband for Coco so she can avoid being punished. Coco agrees and promises that she will give Angelica her own parade and let her be the flower girl at the wedding.
Angelica tells Coco about Chazz, who interested in Coco’s assistant, Kira. Coco quickly intervenes, and with all of the charm she can muster, she begins to sweep Chazz off his feet. Chuckie, however, doesn’t care for Coco at all and longs for a princess to be his new mom. Soon, Coco’s true self is revealed, and everyone discovers that romance and fairy tales do not always measure up to true love.
Though RUGRATS IN PARIS stresses looking beyond temporary things to things that are everlasting, it also shows, regrettably, hasty and poor decision-making by the adults. Furthermore, there are frequent “gross” elements involved with toddlers such as: discussion of “poop,” talk about a bidet as a “potty that squirts you back,” implied vomiting, baby takes bag of implied vomit with him thinking it is food, baby wets pants, flatulence, and depiction of dog urinating on wall.
Even so, the celebrity voicing of Coco (Susan Sarandon of ANYWHERE BUT HERE), her bad assistant Jean Claude (John Lithgow of TV’s THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN) and Lulu (Debbie Reynolds) is well done.
Regrettably, the scenes don’t seem to flow well together. For instance, there is an early scene where the GODFATHER movies are spoofed. This scene is clever and funny, but somewhat out of place.
Ultimately, RUGRATS IN PARIS is a fun movie with positive references to family and emphasizing morals, that is flawed by some scatological elements. While toddlers often do things that are not exactly pleasant, using these actions as comic points throughout a movie may hinder any parental efforts to try to deter or minimize these things, especially among small children.
RUGRATS IN PARIS is a fun movie emphasizing morals, that is flawed by scatological elements that are often gross. While toddlers often do things that are not exactly pleasant, using these actions as comic points throughout a movie may hinder any parental efforts to try to deter or minimize these things, especially among small children