Who lets a twelve or thirteen year old babysit an eleven year old?
It doesn't seem like that much of a stretch, that's around the age most kids are able to be given some responsibility, and it wouldn't so much be baby-sitting as much as having an older kid keeping an eye on them.
Happened to this troper when he was eleven. Granted, that was the last time I had a babysitter but it does happen.
It's a common tactic to prevent the child from feeling like they're being babysat. Get someone around who's closer to their own age and they'll feel a little less immature.
I started watching my 4 years younger brother in late elementary school. We'd ride the bus home and I'd make sure he stay out of trouble until my mom got home.
It's also been shown that Susie is very mature for her age, so they probably trust her more.
What is Chuckie's problem with Tommy dating his sister? He knows he's a perfectly nice guy.
Yeah, but the three of them grew up together. As someone pointed out on the YMMV tab, the Westermarck Effect would be in full force by this point.
Why did they decide to have the characters as 12-13 year olds, despite the plots and settings being very teenager oriented? If they were going to time skip for that, why not make them around 17-18 year olds?
From my memory, 'All Grown Up' itself was made to celebrate the ten years anniversary since the beginning of Rugrats.
While watching the series, this has always bugged me. Why did character personalities change so drastically? It was almost as if they weren't even the same people as they were on Rugrats! Tommy pretty much lost his interest in adventures, Kimi is as bratty as Angelica was now, Chuckie is just a nerd, Susie is a control freak along with perfectionist, and so on! I understand that we change throughout the years, but this much? What were the writers THINKING?
Well I wouldn't say Tommy completely lost his adventurous side. He's now a wannabe filmmaker, which I definitely see as a representation of the imagination he had as a baby. Chuckie had a nerdy side in Rugrats but it was just downplayed. Susie seems pretty identical to how she was in the previous show; she was the well-behaved Foil for the bratty Angelica. Her becoming a straight A student and Miss Perfect seemed like a logical enough development.
Why did Tommy noticeably and seemingly gain a lot of weight in between series? It looks more normal on Chuckie.
How did Kimi not know that she was Japanese until the episode 'Memoirs of a Finster?' In my neighborhood, a kid was seen as dumb if they didn't know which race they were. I find it really hard to believe that Kimi wouldn't know about her culture until she was about twelve. Wouldn't she have found it earlier, or noticed some differences and perhaps asked? No? Okay.
I think you took the "I'm Japanese!" comment a little too literally. She obviously knew she was Japanese all her life. But she had never properly embraced her culture or been taught too much about it until then. Kimi was already living in Paris when she was a baby and then moved to America not too long afterwards. Growing up around Americans, she had simply been 'westernised' her whole life. In the episode itself she suddenly realises that there's a side of her ancestry she hasn't really explored yet. It's quite similar to Tommy only discovering his Jewish side when he wants to impress Rachel. In both cases their parents just didn't teach them much about their culture. Neither Didi nor Kira seem to be that heavily into that side of themselves.
And if you recall when Kimi says "I'm Japanese", the next response is a snarky "you haven't figured that out yet?" from Chuckie. She started out doing her report on her Finster connections, completely forgetting her mother and biological father's side of the family.