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Rugrats Go Wild

  • Drama
  • Children's
  • 2003
  • Norton Virgien
  • 77 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Spike the DogBruce Willis
Siri the LeopardChrissie Hynde
Chuckie FinsterNancy Cartwright
Philip Deville / Lillian Deville / Betty DevilleKath Soucie
Angelica PicklesCheryl Chase
Tommy PicklesElizabeth Daily
Dil PicklesTara Charendoff
Didi PicklesMelanie Chartoff
Stu PicklesJack Riley
Charlotte PicklesTress MacNeille
Chas Finster / Drew PicklesMichael Bell
KimiDionne Quan
Susie CarmichaelCree Summer
Eliza ThornberryLacey Chabert
Nigel ThornberryTim Curry
Debbie ThornberryDanielle Harris
DarwinTom Kane
Donnie ThornberryFlea
Marianne ThornberrryJodi Carlisle

Crew

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DirectorNorton Virgien
DirectorJohn Eng

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2003-08-08
Language
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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