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'''''The Rugrats Movie''''', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the title says]], is the first of three movies based on the Creator/KlaskyCsupo-produced {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. Released to theaters on November 20, 1998, it was the third theatrical film released by Nickelodeon Movies and also their first animated one. It was also a huge WesternAnimation milestone, becoming the first non-Disney animated feature to gross $100 million in the United States.

Released between the show's fifth and sixth seasons, the plot concerns the Rugrats having to deal with an unhappy amount of changes that have come as a result of the birth of Tommy's new baby brother, Dil (who for some reason can't talk like the rest of them). Tommy feels he's being neglected by his parents in favor of Dil, and the other babies feel he's an obnoxious clingy twit. Things get worse when the babies get stranded in the forest with Stu's new toy, the Reptar Wagon, and a bunch of monkeys who have escaped from a traveling circus. Will the babies learn to cope with Dil and make it back home?

See also ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'' and ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'' for the sequels.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: When Rex Pester lists the babies that have gone missing, he gets all their names wrong.
* AdultFear: Your children (including a newborn) are lost in a forest, where they're in danger of the elements, rogue circus animals, and each other.
** And the ones older than the newborn are all under age four. Heck, three out of five of the remaining children are under '''two'''.
** Also this dialogue when police woman Lt. Klavin is asking Didi important questions about her missing kids.
-->'''Lt. Klavin''': Mrs. Pickles, does your son have any enemies?\\
'''Didi''': Oh...\\
'''Lt. Klavin''': Uh-huh. Any underworld or mob connections?\\
'''Didi''': He is a ''baby!''
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted for a change. 'Cause ''this time around'', the situation is actually ''very'' serious.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Angelica hurts her foot after kicking the Reptar Wagon out the door and she hops up and down for a few seconds before hearing her show come back on.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub has the surprisingly melancholy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVt5lEcCdP0 "Winter's Review"]] by Music/{{SHAZNA}} as its theme song.
* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_TyO0PEwpo "Take Me There"]] by Mya feat. Blackstreet, Mase, & Blinky Blink.
** The above-mentioned "Winter's Review" counts as well.
** Incidentally, Music/DavidBowie was asked by the producers to provide a song for the movie. The result was "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGF4ev2vH4 Safe]]", which has the qualities of this trope. However, the song ultimately went unused.
* BigDamnHeroes: Spike, just as the wolf is ready to pounce.
** Chuckie, Phil and Lil have one, using the Reptar Wagon to rescue Tommy and Dil from the monkeys.
* BigDamnMovie: The show never had the babies going on ''this'' kind of adventure. Most of the adventures within the show were purely in the imagination of the babies, or were adventures through relatively mundane environments that would seem fascinating and new to a young child. The movie, on the other hand, has them literally lost in the wilderness.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Angelica Pickles, although downplayed from the show--she's not afraid of looking obnoxious by singing about how awful babies are in front of the adults, at any rate.
* BookEnds: The prologue and the epilogue feature an "[[Franchise/IndianaJones Okeydokey Jones]]" game of pretend, though in the latter Dil makes an appearance.
* ChekhovsGun: The Reptar wagon, and Stu's Dactar glider.
** The Circus Monkeys.
** The pocket watch that Stu gives Tommy to show him the responsibility his son now has as a big brother. Tommy's "sponsitility" watch becomes ''very'' vital to the plot.
** The babies end up in a Mattress Truck that Stu [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inadvertently causes to swerve and crash into the forest]]. While the babies are of course unharmed, the aftermath of the Mattress Truck accident is the first scene of investigation for the Parents.
*** Dil's pacifier falls out of the Reptar Wagon on to the road. Later when Spike is towing Angelica across the road, Spike finds the pacifier on the ground and stops. But Angelica keeps going, and Spike is tugged along on his leash as he and Angelica fall into a ditch in the woods. Later, when the police and the adults are investigating the Mattress Truck Accident, Lt. Klavin finds Dil's pacifier and shows it to Stu and Didi, who gasp in shock.
** The goat that Grandpa Boris gives to Didi.
* TheChewToy: Rex [[MeaningfulName Pester]]. Being an arrogant nosy, jerk reporter in a kids' cartoon movie it is kind of expected.
** First, Stu accidentally slams into his helicopter while riding Dectar, ripping out the ''throttle'' sending him crashing into the forest.
-->'''Rex''' (sobbing): And I never won an Emmy!
** He later reappears with an arm in a sling, pushing away another reporter already on the scene. He is promptly attacked by the monkeys who steal his toupee, with Betty cheering them on.
-->'''Rex''': No! Not my toupeé! No!\\
'''Betty''': (''laughs'') Go get him, you little simians!\\
'''Charlotte''': Hey, Rex! Time for your closeup!\\
'''Chaz''': [''in mock sympathy''] Oh dear, too bad.
** For the babies, Angelica is the one who goes through the worst. She gets dragged around the woods by Spike (and the monkeys at one point), she almost gets killed by the wolf twice, she goes through the most ClothingDamage, and she flies into the air and gets dangled over a bridge by her detective outfit.
* ClothingDamage: Each of the Rugrats especially Angelica's outfits get damaged while in the woods during the climax, Stu's also gets damaged when he crashes through the shed on his Dactar plane. Even Cynthia is looking pretty ragged by the end.
* CousinOliver: Dil. After all, this is his debut.
* DarkerAndEdgier: All the great memories we had of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' are on display here; life-threatening situations, murderous animals, psychological tension tearing the group apart, the works.
* DeathGlare: Tommy has a few of these when he loses it and blows up at Dil. It's one of the things that causes Dil to change.
* DescriptionCut: Didi explains that Stu and Drew are brothers and they get along wonderfully. Cut to them fighting.
* {{Determinator}}: Pretty much all the main cast. The babies searching for "the Lizard" to get home, Angelica searching for Cynthia, and the adults searching for the kids.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Spike who saves the babies from the huge vicious wolf, ending with both of them falling off the bridge and over a waterfall. Fortunately, Spike manages to survive by landing at the bottom of the bridge.]]
** Also, for a brief second [[spoiler: Phil, as Lil thinks a tree fell on him, but he really accidentally left his shoes behind as he ran for cover.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: The Wolf, [[spoiler: who's pulled off the bridge by Spike into the River.]]
* DroppedGlasses: At one point the monkeys steal Chuckie's glasses. A bit later Chuckie complains that the situation couldn't get any worse only to step on his glasses cracking the lenses. For the rest of the movie he has a hard time seeing due to the broken glasses having a kaleidoscope effect.
* EurekaMoment: When Chaz & Howard notice baby footprints and wheel tracks in the woods, the adults realize the kids are in the woods, on the Reptar Wagon. When Drew angrily calls Stu out on this, it gives Stu the idea to find the kids on his Dactar Glider.
-->'''Stu''': They must be in my Reptar Wagon!\\
'''Drew''' [''sarcastically'']: "It's the perfect children's toy!" [''angrily''] You and your stupid inventions!\\
'''Stu''' [''thinking'']: My stupid inventions...''That's IT!''
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Until Tommy opens Dil's banana baby food and turns it into a subversion. [[spoiler: Then un-subverted once the Circus owners find them and they give Rex his comeuppance.]]
* FakeOutOpening: The Rugrats in a "[[Franchise/IndianaJones Okeydokey Jones]]" fantasy sequence.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The monkeys that take over their owners' circus train and end up crashing it into the forest.
** The wolf that Spike pulls Angelica away from in the beginning [[spoiler: returns to menace the kids later.]] The wolf itself is subtly foreshadowed by the remarks about Little Red Riding Hood by the babies when they first get lost.
** If you listen closely, when Angelica tells Spike to quiet down with the barking, you can hear "One Way or Another" playing on the TV. Angelica ends up singing her own version later during the storm.
** The argument between Stu and Drew when we first see them sets up the relationship that, at first, Tommy will have with Dil because of how the brothers (both Stu and Drew and Tommy and Dil) don't connect.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The song sung by the babies in the maternity ward is chock full of dick jokes -- including one baby staring down his diaper and singing "so THAT'S what that thing looks like!" -- as well as one baby commenting that her cord's been cut, which causes a male one to look in his diaper and exclaim "Consider yourself lucky!".
** When the mothers are discussing how Dr. Lipschitz has predicted that Dil will be a girl, Charlotte starts to say "Born under Venus, look for a--" before her phone cuts her off.
** Dr. Lipschitz, who is revealed in one episode to be a borderline quack, has a name that sounds like "lip shits".
** When Angelica asks Drew "How come you told mommy that Aunt Didi got saddled with a loser?" Young audiences probably won't get what "saddled with" means until they've reached adolescence. Stu is, understandably, insulted, while Angelica can be justified, since she ''really'' has no idea what she's saying.
** When Tommy's "diapie" falls down while speaking to the other babies at one point, Lil is visibly enjoying the view more than the boys.
** Not to mention the rap song that plays while the babies "drive" around very clearly says "So fast the wind will blow-dry your asshole!". ''Wow''.
* GrossOutShow: Dil pees on the other Rugrats as they attempt to change his diaper at one point.
** Or the "fountain" during the musical number. Rainbow at the end aside...
* HartmanHips: Miriam Pickles.
* HateSink: Rex Pester, the obnoxious news reporter, who gets Drew to fight Stu and tells Didi that she might never see her children again.
* HeelRealization: When Tommy [[spoiler: is about to pour Dil's banana baby food on him and let the monkeys take him]], Dil realizes that he's been a real brat and hugs his brother to apologize. Dil spends the rest of the movie being nice to Tommy and helping the rest of the babies escape the monkeys.
* HeroicDog : As (ironically) the wolf realized, Spike is more than ready to go PapaWolf to protect the children.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Spike. Or at least it seems this way at first.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Lil has one after [[spoiler: she thinks Phil was crushed by a tree]].
* HighPressureEmotion: Drew Pickles' head boils red after finding out Stu [[PapaWolf lost Angelica]]. One guess as to what Drew [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown attempts to do afterwards]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Twice, Ranger Frank gives Ranger Margaret some helpful advice, before promptly acting like the ''opposite'' of the advice he just told her.
-->'''Ranger Frank:''' You see Margaret, out here in the country, you have to be just a little tougher. (sees the Reptar Wagon floating in the river from his telescope): AAAH!! THE DRAGON I JUST SAW IT I SAW IT!\\
'''Ranger Margaret''': Where where? (looks through the telescope) Here? Where?
** Later when the adults arrive at the ranger station and discuss the situation,
-->'''Ranger Frank''': I know you rookies can get excited and lose your heads, but veterans like me know the key is to remain calm and cool and collected.\\
(the adults enter; panicking; Frank falls from his chair)\\
'''Didi''': Please! Our kids are lost in the storm! You've ''got'' to help us!\\
'''Ranger Frank''' (delirious) : There's dragons out there! I'm a park ranger! Not a knight at a Round Table! GO FIND SOMEONE WITH A LANCE!\\
'''Ranger Margaret''': Never mind him. Come with me!\\
(Margaret leaves with the adults, leaving Frank whimpering and crying hysterically)
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Ranger Frank while worried about dragons.
-->'''Ranger Frank''': There's dragons out there! I'm a park ranger! not a knight at a Round Table! GO FIND SOMEONE WITH A LANCE!
* ItsAllAboutMe: Dil has this attitude [[spoiler:until Tommy blows up at him and is about to let the monkeys take him away. At that moment, Dil suffers a HeelRealization.]]
* JustTrainWrong: You can't just stop a freight train at a station for a coffee break like it's a car at a rest stop. Also why is there a [[SteamNeverDies 19th century steam train operating in the late 90's?]] While circus trains still exist today, they use modern locomotives and rolling stock and the train operators are not affiliated with the circus. There would also be numerous safety regulations that would not allow leaving a loaded and operational circus train unattended.
* KarmaHoudini: Dil. He is an utter brat who is allowed to hit the other babies, steals all of Tommy's toys, and generally enjoys being greedy. And the big emotional moment of the film... is Tommy apologizing to Dil for getting upset. While Dil does learn to be a bit less greedy he never is punished for his actions.
** Then again, we are talking about a ''newborn''.
* KickTheDog: Rex is full of these moments, such as harassing Didi about how she'll "never see her children again".
* LaserGuidedKarma: At the end, arrogant Main/JerkAss reporter Rex Pester (already injured from Stu accidentally causing his chopper to crash) finally meets his karma when [[spoiler:being ambushed by the circus monkeys, to everyone's amusement]]
* TheLoad: Dil.
* MeaningfulName: Rex Pester, the nosy and irritating reporter covering the lost kids' story.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: When Stu is speeding his car after Grandpa Lou lost the kids, he's right behind the mattress delivery truck that the babies are currently inside of. The truck door opens briefly, but Stu isn't watching the road at that moment, as he's talking to Grandpa. ("We'll never find the babies with this jerk in front of us!") Then the truck door closes shut just as Stu turns his attention back to the road. Stu then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero inadvertently causes the truck to swerve and crash through the guard rail and roll off the road, into the forest]]. Good thing the truck driver jumped out just in time.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Tommy's diaper falls down because of Dil during an argument at one point, and it quickly dissolves all the tension in the scene while the other kids start giggling.
* {{Narrator}}: Chuckie, ''very'' briefly at the beginning and the end.
* NatureIsNotNice: The woods that the babies get lost in are big and dark woods. The babies almost fall over a waterfall, Dil gets taken away by escaped circus monkeys, and also a wolf stalks and almost kills the babies.
* NeverMyFault: It's quite clear that the entire mess is Grandpa Lou's fault, who ''once again'' fell asleep while watching the kids. Grandpa tells Didi that Stu lost the kids, but Didi doesn't buy it. They both call Grandpa out on this.
-->'''Grandpa''': [[NeverMyFault Einstein here lost the kids.]]\\
'''Stu''': ''I'' lost the kids?!\\
'''Grandpa''': See?\\
[''Didi gasps and [[DramaticDrop drops her grocery bag]], sending all products rolling on the floor'']
*** Later when the police arrive at the scene:
-->'''Didi''': I can't believe you left them with your father! The man slept through Pearl Harbor for heaven's sake!\\
'''Grandpa''': I sounded the alarm as soon as I could!
** Also the fact that the babies are lost in the woods is the twins' fault, as they tried to put Dil in the wagon against Tommy's wishes and Chuckie tried to talk them out of it, but they wouldn't listen. Tommy even calls the twins out on it, while Chuckie is just in the middle of the argument.
-->'''Phil''': This is all Dil's fault, right, Chuckie?\\
'''Chuckie''': Uh...\\
'''Tommy''': Nuh-uh! This never would've happened if you guys hadn't put him in the wagon in the first place! Right, Chuckie?\\
'''Chuckie''': Uh...Nuh-uh?
* OhCrap:
** Stu and Grandpa when they first realize the babies are lost.
** The babies the first time they hear the wolf howl in the distance, and then again when the wolf actually appears on the bridge.
* OutOfFocus: Once the babies get lost, Angelica gets the least screen time out of everybody including the adults up until the climax.
* PapaWolf: ''ALL'' of the dads are alarmed at the loss of their children but Drew takes the cake, preparing to strangle Stu for losing his daughter. And this is toward his younger brother!
* PlotHole: When Stu & Grandpa go to the airport control tower and check to see if the kids are on the plane where the crate is, but find out the goat is there instead. This makes no sense; There's ''no possible way'' the goat would've made it on to the plane, as x-ray scanners at airport security would've detected it.
* PoliceAreUseless: Played straight with Ranger Frank who is too busy deliriously ranting about the "dragon" (actually the Reptar Wagon) he saw to be of any use to the Parents, but averted with Ranger Margaret.
-->'''Ranger Frank''': There's dragons out there! I'm a park ranger! not a knight at a Round Table! GO FIND SOMEONE WITH A LANCE!\\
'''Ranger Margaret''': Never mind him! Come with me!\\
(Margaret leaves with the parents, leaving Frank whimpering and sobbing hysterically)
* PredatorsAreMean: The wolf. For the most part it acts like a normal wolf, but the one trait that puts it more on the evil end of the scale is that it spends most of the movie [[EatsBabies specifically targeting the babies]].
* RageBreakingPoint: After saving him from the monkeys, Dil's constant selfishness finally pushes Tommy over the edge, and he promptly chews him out.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The film has an entire opening FakeOutOpening recreating the first scene of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' straight down to the original score. Hell, Tommy dons the moniker and outfit of Indy, or "Okeydokey Jones", later on in the movie.
* RefuseToRescueTheDisliked:
** Dil gets taken by a pack of runaway circus monkeys. Tommy sets off to rescue him, and asks Chuckie, Phil, and Lil if they're going to help him. Phil and Lil refuse, because they see Dil as nothing but a nuisance. Chuckie refuses to help Tommy by reminding him of all the times throughout the movie he didn't help him (because at those times, Dil needed his attention).
** This is repeated later in the movie, when Chuckie suffers a HeelRealization and insists they go back to help Tommy. Phil and Lil again refuse, reminding him he only cared about Dil's wellbeing rather than his. Chuckie makes the meek reasoning "Well somebody has to... don't they?". It seems to work.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Tommy briefly gives this to Dil after the latter selfishly drinks all the milk leaving Tommy nothing, and after Dil refused to share the blanket and laughing at Tommy when he fell in the mud.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* SavageWolves: One that stalks and tries to kill the babies.
* ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou: At the climax, the monkeys corner the babies, but suddenly flee. The babies cheer... only to turn and see a huge vicious wolf slowly stalking them ready to pounce. Thankfully, Spike saves them just in time.
* SelflessWish: The babies are very willing to make one. [[spoiler: Rather than wish to go home like they originally wanted, they wish to get Spike back.]]
* ShoutOut:
** "[[Franchise/IndianaJones Okeydokey Jones]]". The FakeOutOpening even has the theme song!
** Angelica quotes an altered version of Creator/TommyLeeJones' famous line from ''Film/TheFugitive'' when resolving to find the babies.
* SleepCute: Tommy and Dil under the blanket, under the tree.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:After the closing credits, we see Grampa sleeping in the Reptar Wagon...[[HereWeGoAgain which the goat then accidentally knocks onto the road.]]]]
* ToiletHumor: Frequently, such as when the babies in the nursery make a pee rainbow.
* WhamLine: After they find the wolf's paw print, Tommy seems to imitate the wolf's howl. Phil compliments him on the imitation, [[OhCrap only for Tommy to say he didn't do it]]. Uh-oh.
-->''(Tommy trips over something)''\\
'''Chuckie''': Tommy, are you okay?\\
'''Tommy''': I'm fine. I just tripped in a little hole, that's all.\\
(''camera zooms on a large paw print on the ground'')\\
'''Chuckie''': Gosh, it looks kinda like Spike's feet, only if he was a giant.\\
'''Phil''': I saw feetprints like that in our storybook. A wolf made them, and then he ate that Little Red Riding girl.\\
'''Chuckie''': The wolf ate a girl?\\
'''Phil''': They got her out.\\
'''Tommy''': I don't think it's a wolf, Chuckie. If it was, we'd hear him say...\\
''(The wolf howls in the distance as Tommy prepares to mimic such a sound.)''\\
'''Phil''': That was pretty good.\\
'''Tommy''': I didn't do anything.\\
''(The wolf howls again.'')\\
'''All''': WOLF!!! (''The Rugrats jump into into the Reptar Wagon and speed off)''
* YouNeedABreathMint: When the wolf is stalking Spike and Angelica. Angelica, oblivious to the wolf, smells its breath and thinks it's from Spike. Spike notices the wolf and quickly manages to drag the unsuspecting Angelica out of the wolf's clutches.
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