The Rugrats Movie

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The Rugrats Movie ★★★ 1998 (G)

Precocious one-year-old Tommy is afraid he'll be forgotten by his parents with the arrival of baby brother Dil, so he and his pals decide to return the infant to the hospital. Boarding a talking wagon named Reptar (invented by Tommy's father), they embark on an adventure that takes them to a scary forest where they run into wolves, a “wizard,” and a band of escaped circus monkeys that kidnap Dil in the film's most frightening sequence. While dishing out lessons about responsibility, bravery, friendship, and jealousy, film also contains parodies of and homages to several films, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The humor works on many levels, so this one is enjoyable for all ages. 79m/C VHS, DVD. D: Norton Virgien, Igor Kovalyov; W: David N. Weiss, J. David Stem; M: Mark Mothersbaugh; V: Elizabeth (E.G. Dailey) Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Tara Strong, Melanie Chartoff, Jack Riley, Joe Alaskey, Phil(ip) Proctor, Whoopi Goldberg, David Spade, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Case, Cree Summer, Michael Bell, Tress MacNeille, Busta Rhymes.