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

Chuckie Finster Nancy Cartwright
Eliza Thornberry Lacey Chabert
Spike Bruce Willis
Tommy Pickles Elizabeth Daily
Nigel Thornberry Tim Curry
Donnie Thornberry Flea
Piki LL Cool J
Siri Chrissie Hynde
Grandpa Lou Joe Alaskey
Director Norton Virgien
Director John Eng
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: DVD
Drama Children's