In RUGRATS GO WILD, the Rugrat babies from the Nickelodeon TV channel meet THE WILD THORNBERRYS when little Tommy’s father, Stu Pickles, takes the Rugrat families on a South Pacific cruise in a rickety boat. The adults become mad at Stu because they thought they were going on a real luxury boat. They get even angrier when a huge ocean storm leaves them stranded on a desert island.
Everyone goes their separate ways, including the babies. The babies discover that Tommy’s hero, Nigel Thornberry, is also on the island, with his family, looking for a rare leopard. Nigel’s two daughters, Danielle and Eliza, who can talk with animals, are upset that the family never takes a vacation together. Nigel and their mother go looking for the leopard anyway. They decide that it’s better if they look for the leopard separately, because they need to get some TV footage right away.
Nigel discovers the Rugrat babies alone in the jungle. He tries to help them, but he gets knocked unconscious and thinks he’s a three-year-old.
Meanwhile, mean, selfish little Angelica, who enjoys bossing the babies around, meets Danielle and asks her to give her lessons. As this is happens, Eliza and her monkey companion, Darwin, meet Spike, Tommy’s dog, who’s looking for the Rugrat babies and is surprised to learn that Eliza can talk with him. The leopard shows up at that moment, however, but Spike, whose character is voiced by Bruce Willis, chases the leopard away, yet not before he and the leopard, played by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders rock group, sing a jaunty tune about the eternal battle between dogs and cats.
Eventually, Angelica strands the babies and Nigel underwater in Nigel’s bathosphere and it’s up to the Rugrat adults, Nigel’s three children, and even Spike the dog to pull together to save them the Rugrat babies from the leopard and from mean little Angelica’s carelessness. Of course, everything ends up happily.
RUGRATS GO WILD successfully combines the two popular Nickelodeon series created by Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, with a little help from Paul Germain and others. Children, especially fans of the two series, will enjoy the antics on the island. There’s a lot of fun things going on to keep them interested. Bruce Willis as the voice of Spike helps liven things up for older audience members, but E. G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright, and Cheryl Chase as Tommy, Tommy’s friend Chuckie, and Angelica also help things moving along.
RUGRATS GO WILD has some crude bathroom humor and crude language, however, to give parents pause. The comedy and action also may be a bit too intense for younger children.
Despite this, the movie has a positive moral message, that families should work together and play together. This message comes through most strongly at the lively finish.
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SUMMARY: In RUGRATS GO WILD, a feature length cartoon, little Tommy Pickles and his baby friends are stranded on an island, where they meet animal expert Nigel Thornberry, who’s looking for a rare leopard. RUGRATS GO WILD has a positive moral message that families should work together and play together, but it also has some light crude humor and language.
(BB, Pa, FR, L, V, N, M) Solid moral worldview with a moral message that families should work and play together and baby refers to God, but images of pagan island totems in two scenes (but used only for decoration and atmosphere) and one brief comical reference to Buddhist meditation during credits; several uses of the word butt, implied seasickness, baby eats bugs, bird dung images, and several jokes about diapers and dogs using trees and sniffing themselves; comical and action violence includes huge ocean storm tips boat over, children rolling down hills, man knocked out a couple times, man falls down cliff and lands on his crotch, and dog teases leopard, which lunges at him and tries to claw him; rear nudity and upper nudity of babies; no alcohol use or smoking; and, adults argue, girl can talk with animals, and selfish, bossy little girl antagonizes babies.