History Headscratchers / Rugrats

7th May '18 4:26:28 PM fearlessnikki
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** ''All Grown Up'' is set nine years later and Tommy says he's ten in Season 1, with Dil being a grade below him.
31st Mar '18 9:38:39 AM Psychopulse
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* I've been meaning to ask this for a while now. In the episode "Special Delivery", Tommy is declared overweight on a scale, then a crane picks him up and he slides down a chute with a loop-de-loop and knocks over some packages in the process. What kind of chute did he slide down, and how can it have a loop-de-loop of all things? More importantly, how did no one know that a 1 year old baby was being sent through the mail system?

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* I've been meaning to ask this for a while now. In the episode "Special Delivery", Tommy is declared overweight on a scale, then a crane picks him up and he slides down a package chute with a loop-de-loop and knocks over some packages in the process. What kind of How can a package chute did he slide down, and how can it have a loop-de-loop of all things? More importantly, how did no one know that a 1 year old baby was being sent through the mail system?
22nd Mar '18 2:48:30 PM Technomaru
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** Is the baby language universal? I mean what if Tommy speaks to a baby who is Mexican and the baby's language is Spanish... would Tommy still understand it?
** If the baby language is a translation to whatever the viewers understand then how can the babies make malapropism mistakes?
21st Mar '18 6:34:15 PM Minni128
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**Actually, I think 5 or 6 is supposed to be the cutoff point, as Angelica and Susie are about three if not four, thus they're at a "halfway" point.


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***Not just that, there are some books that do explain things for a small child in regards to where babies come from.


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*Pepper. Sparky is her brother that lives with the Pickles, while Pepper lives with the Finsters.
3rd Feb '18 10:35:12 PM Unicorndance
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[[folder: Woof Woof! My Name is...???]]
* Apparently in some episode airings, Spike and Fifi's little daughter who lives with the Finsters is called Sparky, and other times it's Pepper. What should we call her then?
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4th Dec '17 4:31:04 PM fearlessnikki
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** So simply in between Seasons 1 and 2 is when Melinda died. The babies just don't notice this. In fact, it's said that Melinda was "in the hospital" and long enough to have kept a diary. So she could still have been around in the early Season 1 episodes but wouldn't have been over at the Pickles house because she was in and out of hospital appointments. Chuckie was being babysat there probably to avoid having to take him into the hospital with her. She was able to make the odd barbecue but the other babies wouldn't have seen her regularly enough to know her as Chuckie's mother.


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** And just because we only see him inventing, doesn't mean he isn't selling. In the episode with the basement, Stu is being commissioned to get all the dolls made on a deadline - so that's where the money comes from.


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** To which Betty responds "That idiot thought Phil and Lil were intestinal gas" - so he's not the brightest doctor.


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** Different parents have different ideas it seems. Drew and Charlotte are first timers and have no idea how to tackle a subject like that with Angelica. Randy and Lucy meanwhile have four children and seem sensible enough to tell them the truth - to the extent that they were capable of understanding. Creator/MaraWilson said her mother gave her TheTalk when she was only five years old.
9th Sep '17 7:43:36 PM Khrunwahl02
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** Susie's mother is a doctor, so would probably be more willing to tell Susie the truth as opposed to dumbing things down. Also, Susie has two older siblings (a teenager and a preteen) who seemed obnoxious enough to tell Susie the reason [[note]] Alisa (the teen) is not always obnoxious, but she has her moments. [[/folder]] (and her brother Edwin is pretty much a genius, even though he believes in the tooth fairy).

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** Susie's mother is a doctor, so would probably be more willing to tell Susie the truth as opposed to dumbing things down. Also, Susie has two older siblings (a teenager and a preteen) who seemed obnoxious enough to tell Susie the reason [[note]] Alisa (the teen) is not always obnoxious, but she has her moments. [[/folder]] (and her brother Edwin is pretty much a genius, even though he believes in the tooth fairy).
4th Aug '17 3:00:47 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** He's on the same plane of communication as Phil, Lil, and Tommy (i.e., can talk to them but not the grown-ups), but throughout the series, he shows a higher level of intelligence than the other three babies. He tends to have good foresight going into potentially bad situations, he's extremely GenreSavvy, and he's the only baby to actually say his first word in the show. And in the episode "Home Movies," Chuckie's drawings are arguably even better than Angelica's, and Chuckie actually learned to draw much later in the series (and it's revealed that he's ''left-handed'', despite using his right hand in the Home Movies episode).

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** He's on the same plane of communication as Phil, Lil, and Tommy (i.e., can talk to them but not the grown-ups), but throughout the series, he shows a higher level of intelligence than the other three babies. He tends to have good foresight going into potentially bad situations, he's extremely GenreSavvy, and he's the only baby to actually say his first word in the show. And in the episode "Home Movies," Chuckie's drawings are arguably even better than Angelica's, and Chuckie actually learned to draw much later in the series (and it's revealed that he's ''left-handed'', despite using his right hand in the Home Movies episode).
3rd Aug '17 6:41:04 AM MsCC93
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* This is about ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' but it doesn't have a Headscratchers page. Why are they all pre-teens? They act like high schoolers, they're treated like high schoolers, they have high school problems, etc.
** The episode of Rugrats that inspired the series was originally a celebration of Rugrat's tenth anniversary and was intended to show what the characters would be like if they'd aged ten years. What with the majority of the cast being between one and three they'd have to be preteens. The problem was that the writers apparently had no idea how 11-13 year olds acted in real life and decided to just make them act high school aged. It's a fairly common thing seen in various media featuring kids: Grade schoolers act like middle schoolers, middle schoolers like high schoolers and high schoolers like college students. Seriously, I was still pretending to be Pokemon when I was 11, not going to concerts!
*** Why not age them up?
*** Actually, this whole "kids act like teenagers in television because they have no clue how kids really are" actually became {{Truth In Television}}. Kids see television as a role model for life sometimes, and they see "Oh, so this is how I'm supposed to be." Seriously. Remember those novels, ''Literature/TheClique''? Before they all decided to go goth and read ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', they all acted like the girls in those novels. Even though we were barely out of elementary school. Besides that, kids always want to look and act more adult anyway. And are very mean to anyone who isn't as 'mature' as them. Tommy and the gang could be trying to be more adult, and their parents, being not-as-competent-as-they-think-they-are, would encourage this by humoring them.
*** It's pretty FridgeBrilliance there - Just hang around ''any'' elementary school and they'll start trying to act "older" so they fit in with the "Cool" crowd.
** I said this on the Headscratchers for ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', but when has ''any'' high-school-and-below-themed work ''EVER'' accurately represented those years? Sides, if they acted like "actual" eleven year olds, you'd be here talking about how ''annoying'' they are and how nobody can identify with the protagonists. We wouldn't actually ''have'' an original series if the characters in the original series acted like ''real'' babies that were like, one to three - there's that appeal of having the kids act older than they really are in fiction.
** Well, they did act twice their age when they were babies. I mean seriously, Angelica acted like a six year old.
** "All Grown Up" takes place nine years into the future. That means that they would be aged 9-13 (counting Dil). I thought they were about 15 when I first saw the show, and was shocked when I found out that most of them were only like, 10. Seriously, 10 year olds shouldn't even be old enough for middle school. Just look at Timmy Turner. He's also 10, and acts nothing like the kids in "All Grown Up." It could be that the writers didn't know how to make story-line out of things 10 year olds really do, but if that was the case, they should've just made them teenagers in high school.
** Something else to consider is the audience. A portion of the kids who had grown up with the Rugrats were either at, approaching or a little past pre-teenhood when All Grown Up premiered, and so maybe they thought it would go over well with that demographic.
** I teach at a middle school that's attached to an elementary school. Assuming the kids are in anywhere from fifth to eighth grade, their actions aren't particularly unrealistic. Kids these days act way older than you'd expect, and today's middle schoolers are yesterday's high schoolers.
** Think about this: In the original Rugrats, the kids are about 1-3 years old, but were much smarter. Maybe they just kept the trend: age them 10 years and make them smarter than their age.
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* What exactly happened in ''All Growed Up''? It's implied they went into the future (or at least from their baby PointOfView), but it's obviously not that. Also, I watched the special again, and it seems a bit heavy set on the lampshading of Rugrat things.
** I think it's just supposed to be a look into their future for us, and they didn't really experience it. Of course, I haven't seen the special in years so I could be wrong.
*** I have seen the special, and I agree, that was rather strange. I guess the time machine worked so that the babies went to the future, but aged into their All Grown Up ages and accepted that they had to act like teens. [[AllJustADream Or maybe Tommy dreamed the special]]. In my opinion, TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot that would've involved the babies meeting their teen selves and realizing how they've changed and how they are the same.
** Um, you do remember that previous episodes of this show included the babies entering a Reptar movie, acting out both the Passover and Chanukah stories, playing pretend through fairy tales, and imagining themselves as superheroes, right? The whole thing was probably just another ImagineSpot, and it would have stayed that way if the concept hadn't proven to be a successful pilot.
*** That would make sense but for the fact that the alleged ImagineSpot lasts but a few seconds in real time and leads to TheStinger, "Only ten more years until Angelica is nice to us." [[MST3KMantra Of course, there's no way what they did should have worked, either.]]
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3rd Aug '17 6:36:59 AM MsCC93
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* Isn't Susie a little young to know where babies really come from?
** Susie's mother is a doctor, so would probably be more willing to tell Susie the truth as opposed to dumbing things down. Also, Susie has two older siblings (a teenager and a preteen) who seemed obnoxious enough to tell Susie the reason [[note]] Alisa (the teen) is not always obnoxious, but she has her moments. [[/folder]] (and her brother Edwin is pretty much a genius, even though he believes in the tooth fairy).
** Also, for all we know she whispered into Angelica's ear something along the lines of "it grows in a mommy's tummy for 9 months and then comes out."
** I don't really think she was too young. I'm pretty sure I knew that babies came from their mom's tummy when I was in preschool, but I didn't know all the details, or how the baby got in the mom's tummy.
** I knew EVERYTHING by the time I was 5, probably earlier, with only television and an 8 year-old sister to tell me. Her older siblings would have definitely told her everything as well.
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* Isn't Susie a little young to know where babies really come from?
** Susie's mother is a doctor, so would probably be more willing to tell Susie the truth as opposed to dumbing things down. Also, Susie has two older siblings (a teenager and a preteen) who seemed obnoxious enough to tell Susie the reason [[note]] Alisa (the teen) is not always obnoxious, but she has her moments. [[/folder]] (and her brother Edwin is pretty much a genius, even though he believes in the tooth fairy).
** Also, for all we know she whispered into Angelica's ear something along the lines of "it grows in a mommy's tummy for 9 months and then comes out."
** I don't really think she was too young. I'm pretty sure I knew that babies came from their mom's tummy when I was in preschool, but I didn't know all the details, or how the baby got in the mom's tummy.
** I knew EVERYTHING by the time I was 5, probably earlier, with only television and an 8 year-old sister to tell me. Her older siblings would have definitely told her everything as well.
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[[folder: Susie Knows Too Much?]]
* Isn't Susie a little young to know where babies really come from?
** Susie's mother is a doctor, so would probably be more willing to tell Susie the truth as opposed to dumbing things down. Also, Susie has two older siblings (a teenager and a preteen) who seemed obnoxious enough to tell Susie the reason [[note]] Alisa (the teen) is not always obnoxious, but she has her moments. [[/folder]] (and her brother Edwin is pretty much a genius, even though he believes in the tooth fairy).
** Also, for all we know she whispered into Angelica's ear something along the lines of "it grows in a mommy's tummy for 9 months and then comes out."
** I don't really think she was too young. I'm pretty sure I knew that babies came from their mom's tummy when I was in preschool, but I didn't know all the details, or how the baby got in the mom's tummy.
** I knew EVERYTHING by the time I was 5, probably earlier, with only television and an 8 year-old sister to tell me. Her older siblings would have definitely told her everything as well.
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