Rugrats Go Wild

Rugrats Go Wild

Norton Virgien (2003)

77min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nickelodeon's decision to combine Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys on screen probably looked like financial genius on paper. After all, both franchises have enjoyed success in feature-length form, and the similarities between their larger-than-life characters will also be blatantly obvious to regular viewers. To some extent, the pairing proves a justified success - the cartoon romp is a fast-moving carnival of primary colours, in which the vacationing Rugrats are stranded on an apparently deserted island, unaware that the Thornberry clan are shooting a nature documentary there. Such an exotic setting initially works well, as the babies toddle through richly created rainforests teeming with beautifully animated wildlife. Unfortunately, the absence of a strong plot weakens the visual confection, exposing the film's lame humour and nauseating songs. Even guest voice talent Bruce Willis and Chrissie Hynde lack the necessary panache, while the interactive "odorama" gimmick becomes exhausted almost immediately.

Summary

A leaky boat leaves the precocious youngsters stranded on a jungle island, but their luck changes when explorers the Wild Thornberrys come to their rescue. However, Thornberry dad Nigel loses his memory, so it falls to his daughter Eliza to save the day. Children's animated adventure, with the voices of Nancy Cartwright, Bruce Willis, Lacey Chabert, Elizabeth Daily and Tim Curry.

Cast & Crew

Spike the Dog Bruce Willis
Siri the Leopard Chrissie Hynde
Chuckie Finster Nancy Cartwright
Philip Deville / Lillian Deville / Betty Deville Kath Soucie
Angelica Pickles Cheryl Chase
Tommy Pickles Elizabeth Daily
Dil Pickles Tara Charendoff
Didi Pickles Melanie Chartoff
Stu Pickles Jack Riley
Charlotte Pickles Tress MacNeille
Chas Finster / Drew Pickles Michael Bell
Kimi Dionne Quan
Susie Carmichael Cree Summer
Eliza Thornberry Lacey Chabert
Nigel Thornberry Tim Curry
Debbie Thornberry Danielle Harris
Darwin Tom Kane
Donnie Thornberry Flea
Marianne Thornberrry Jodi Carlisle
Director Norton Virgien
Director John Eng
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 8 Aug 2003
Drama Children's