Western Animation: Rugrats in Paris

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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is the second of three animated movies based on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats, released in 2000 between the show's seventh and eighth seasons. Topping the introduction of Tommy's brother Dil in The Rugrats Movie, three new series regulars make their debut in this film.

The plot is as follows: Chuckie realizes he has an empty void in his life left by the death of his mom, and he wishes he had a new mother. Meanwhile, a Reptar robot that Stu made for EuroReptarland, a French theme park featuring Reptar, malfunctions, so he is called to come there for repairs, bringing all the kids' families with him.

Over in Paris, we meet Coco LaBouche and her smarmy sidekick Jean-Claude. Coco is looking to be promoted to president of the Reptar company once her boss, Mr. Yamaguchi, retires. Since Yamaguchi is looking for a candidate who "has the heart of a child." Coco lies to by telling him that she loves children, and that she's engaged to a man with a child of his own. When Coco catches Angelica having been eavesdropping on her, Angelica offers to help set her up with Chuckie's dad, Chaz. Coco then pretends to take interest in Chaz and gradually wins him over, but has little luck trying to bond with Chuckie (especially since she shows her True Colors to the kids behind Chaz's back). During their Parisian adventure, the Rugrats meet a girl their age, Kimi Watanabe, and her mother, Kira, an assistant of Coco's, who develops a mutual romantic interest in Chaz (not to give away the movie's ending, but suffice to say, the fact that they're two of the new characters debuting here should tell you how it turns out). Also, Tommy's dog Spike falls for a poodle named Fifi (this isn't plot relevant, but since Fifi also becomes a series regular, it needs to be mentioned).

This film contains examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Coco leaves Chaz a gift—a golden inhaler—with a note addressing him as "Chad".
  • Artistic License – Law: The passport scene. More specifically, Phil & Lil would each get their own passport, Tommy and Dil would need to have a do-over (most passports require babies to have their eyes open) and Angelica would also need a do-over (the kid in question is the ONLY one that can be in the picture)
  • Award Bait Song: "When You Love." If the ethereal voice of Sinéad O'Connor doesn't get to you, the place in the movie it plays: a dance for kids and their moms, where Chuckie is all alone...
    • "I Want A Mom That Will Last Forever" by Cyndi Lauper playing in the airplane as well is very moving.
  • Berserk Button: Angelica is angry about being betrayed by Coco... but at the thought of someone other than herself hurting the babies, Angelica is absolutely furious, declaring, "Listen, Lady! NOBODY messes with my dumb babies, 'cept ME!"
  • Betty and Veronica: Kira is the Betty; Coco is the Veronica. The princess is the Third-Option Love Interest. Chaz marries Kira over Coco at the end - and the princess as well, although she was never seriously a competitor.
  • Big Damn Movie: Just like it's predecessor.
  • Big "NO!": Chuckie lets one out when he bursts into the church to stop the wedding. Notably, this later turns into a running gag in the series - "No" is the only word he can say to the grown-ups.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Both Angelica and Coco play this trope real good.
  • Book Ends: The film starts with the babies playing The Bobfather during Lou and Lulu's wedding reception before joining in on the party; the film ends with the same thing happening at Chaz and Kira's wedding reception.
  • Break the Cutie/Break the Haughty: In the same scene, no less. When Chuckie realizes his dad is about to marry a total Bitch in Sheep's Clothing instead of the nice, loving mother he'd been dreaming of having, Angelica feels so guilty for her contributions to Coco's plan that she immediately tries to comfort him, and when this doesn't work and he's sadder than ever, she can't take it anymore and confesses everything she did to the babies.
  • Character Focus: This film is very much Chuckie's story, to the point where it could've easily been released under the title The Chuckie Movie.
  • Child Hater: Coco LaBouche, to the point where she sends her lackey to dispose of the babies in a giant mech.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Besides a full-length graphic novel adaptation, the Rugrats newspaper strip did a two-week storyline tying in with this movie.
  • Colon Cancer: The full title is the extremely convoluted "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Rugrats II".
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Coco in the end. The famous "I see London..." gag is even quoted.
  • Companion Cube: Wawa, Chuckie's teddy bear.
    • Also a Tragic Keepsake, because his biological mother, Melinda, made it for him before she died.
  • Conspicuous CG: Painfully obvious throughout the film (particularly during the robot chase sequence.)
  • Cousin Oliver: Kimi this time, since this is her introduction.
  • Cruella to Animals: Coco, probably. Where do you think she got those peacock feathers?
  • Culture Clash: The Reptarland theme park; a bizarre mishmash of French and Japanese culture. Chaz and Stu even comment upon it.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Coco, as this exchange will show you:
    Kira: Mme. Labouche! You cannot go through with this! It's obvious: You don't really love Chaz or Chuckie!
    Coco: Which is which again?
    Kira: I can no longer stand by and watch you destroy their lives! I'm going to tell Chaz the truth, and there's not a thing you can do to stop me!
    (cut to the outside of the car they're in, and Coco tosses Kira out)
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Chuckie.
  • Disappeared Dad: Kimi's father doesn't show in the film, though it's implied to be the function of a divorce. An episode of All Grown Up! confirms this.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Though not the end of the series, Chuckie finally has a mother and Chaz is now Happily Married with Kira, and Kimi as the new addition to the family.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Angelica may be a notorious bully, but she is completely disgusted at how Coco treats the other kids. "Listen lady, nobody messes with my dumb babies except me!"
  • The Fashionista: Coco, and a thematic one at that! She seems to wear a different outfit every scene she appears in, and each one has a different theme (for example, she wore an outfit covered in clocks while talking to Stu the first time).
  • Foreshadowing: The kids have plush versions of Reptar and Robosnail fighting vigorously when en route to Paris.
    • Stu lets Tommy demonstrate the controls for the Reptar mecha.
  • Friend to All Children: Kira, in stark contrast to her boss. This is crucial to the plot.
  • Genre Savvy: At Phil calling her name and throwing cake at her, Susie ducks, letting it hit Angelica instead.
  • Food Fight: During the final scene, with the wedding cake.
  • Happily Married: Chaz and Kira at the end of the movie.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Kira, during the climax.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Chaz Finster, of all people, proves to be one. How can he not see that Chuckie is terrified of Coco? The other kids cower when she's around, too. And yet he thinks she's the perfect mom for Chuckie. He does realize his mistake at the end though.
  • Hospitality for Heroes: Coco picked up the tab on the True Companions' trip to Paris.
  • Humiliation Conga: Upon the Rugrats exposing Coco's plot, Chaz calls off the wedding, Yamaguchi fires her, and Angelica tears her dress to expose her underpants. And then there's either one of the two Stingers...
    • Angelica is the one who plots with Coco. She ends up getting imprisoned with all the kids, then being left behind by the Reptar mech, knocked off a bridge when it crashes through it, clings for dear life on his nostril, gets sprayed with imitation boogers, gripped in his hand, tossed up the Eiffel Tower, thrown into his mouth, swung round trying to climb a ladder...
  • Humongous Mecha: The Reptar robot and the Super Escargot used in the parades and plays. The babies pilot the former to escape from the warehouse. Jean-Claude chases them in the latter.
  • Idiotic Partner Confession: Jean-Claude confesses to Coco's kidnapping plot.
  • Jerkass Realization: Chaz has one after seeing Coco's true nature. It dawns on him that he almost got himself into a loveless marriage, and given Chuckie a terrible stepmom by getting so caught up in the romantic atmosphere of Paris, he didn't bother to learn about the woman in front of him.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you haven't seen the movie already, then hopefully you haven't also seen the episodes of the show that came after it, which would spoil that Kira marries Chuckie's dad, and Chuckie and Kimi become stepsiblings.
  • The Legend of Chekhov: Played with, as it's not the legend that was true, but came true. Twice in the movie, during the parade and the stage show, Chuckie hears and watches a fairy tale about everyone fearing and fleeing from a rampaging Reptar, only for the beautiful Princess to stay, show no fear, and promise to protect Reptar, who is Not Evil, Just Misunderstood. Chuckie dreams he could have the Princess as his new stepmother, but of course she isn't real. At the end of the movie, Chuckie hijacks the giant Reptar mecha and before getting used to the controls, he accidentally razes a building with a day-care center in it. Everyone runs in fear... except for Kimi, who loves Reptar and stays, waving and shouting hello. So Chuckie does get his princess after all, except instead of a stepmother, the princess is his stepsister.
  • Let's Get Dangerous : When Chuckie realizes it's up to him and his friends to save his dad from marrying Coco. From that moment on, the Lovable Coward goes full Cowardly Lion, with emphasis in the 'lion' part.
  • McNinja: The park uses ninjas as security guards. More justified than most examples because the park is run by Japanese. They're don't seem all that competent, however, if a pack of babies can outsmart them.
  • Medium Blending: One of those rare South Korean/North American instances (Grimsaem and Rhythm & Hues in this case).
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Angelica was in cahoots with Coco until the latter revealed that she was never going to go through with her promises to her and has her locked up with the rest of the kids. Also, Kira is an interesting inversion of this trope; Coco treats her...marginally less horribly than most people, but Kira eventually turns on her upon seeing how badly Coco treats other people (especially children).
  • Music for Courage: "Chuckie Chan".
  • My God, What Have I Done? : Angelica's reaction when realizing the consequences of her helping Coco through the whole movie. She even admits that it was the lowest thing she had ever done and laments how at times she just can't stop herself from being a huge Alpha Bitch.
    • Chaz Finster counts as this after he realizes how much of a jerk Coco is and what horrors he put the babies through.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The theatrical trailer includes a bit where Angelica demands to know which of the babies put a pooped diaper in her suitcase, falls over due to her platform shoes, and Phil comments that "someone got up on the wrong side of the bread". There is no such scene in the movie, although Phil's line pops up on a different scene (referring to a mean stewardess, rather than Angelica).
    • Also, the shot of Spike urinating on the Eiffel Tower and the Rugrats using the Reptar bot are shown happening in daylight rather than nighttime and dusk as in the actual film. Chuckie also doesn't wear the helmet to pilot the Reptar bot like in the trailer; Tommy instead wears it and sits on Chuckie's shoulders.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Subverted on the flight to Paris, when the plane's stewardess refuses to pick Robosnail up off of the floor. It's not like picking up a plush toy is strenuous, and she's in fine health. She's just mean and rude.
    Stewardess: Oh, look. A toy that was already broken. Unfortunately, the Union forbids me from picking it up. That's a job for your mommy.
    Phil: Somebody got up on the wrong side of the bread.
  • Obviously Evil: Coco LaBouche: with her dark eye shadow, triangular brows, and devilish outfits. Even the babies are quick to notice how Coco LaBouche means big trouble. Chaz on the other hand somehow doesn't notice this blindingly obvious fact which makes the most of the film portray him as a Horrible Judge of Character, if not an idiot.
    Lil: She's not a very nice lady. She's too "pointy."
    • Hell, even Dil notices how obviously evil Coco is, as he promptly whacks her with his rattle upon first meeting her.
  • Parental Bonus: Not that many small children are going to get the references to The Godfather, which are clearly there for the parents/older siblings in the audience.
    • For example, the (rocking) horse head Phil and Lil found in their crib.
  • Peacock Girl: Coco's wedding dress.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The first of the Rugrats movies to do this as the second would be in Africa.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: "NOOOOOOOOO!"
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Press releases for the film spelled Kimi's name with two Ms.
  • Shout-Out: The opening scene mimics The Godfather, complete with a stylized Rugrats II title card.
    • Since Reptar is already an Expy for Godzilla, a Japanese creation, it was only natural that the Reptarland park had heavy Japanese influence. And to hammer it home, the climax features Stu's giant Reptar robot (controlled by the babies) battling Robo-Snail (controlled by Jean-Claude).
    • The scene where Reptar has Angelica in his hand while hanging high up on the Eiffel Tower has mirrors King Kong.
    • And of course, Chuckie's dream sequence about becoming Chuckie Chan.
    • The scene where Spike and Fifi are eating a pizza together is one to Lady and the Tramp.
  • The Stinger: Not in the movie itself, but the DVD contains two different bonus clips showing what probably happened to Coco and Jean-Claude (which is being stuck either loading passengers into the "Ooey Gooey World" ride or testing underarm deodorants).
  • Tempting Fate: Coco says this gem after Angelica rips her dress off. Coco backs away trying to hide her exposed undies from the church people... only to turn around and see tourists taking snapshots of her undies
    Coco: Well take a Picture! This is the last time you will see Coco or her underpants!
    (Turns around to see tourists taking pics of her underwear; Coco runs off sobbing)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Parodied with Chuckie's dream. "Here comes Chuckie Chan!!" Later done for real with Chuckie's Let's Get Dangerous moments.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Quote Don LaFontaine in the theatrical trailer: "And introducing the newest Rugrat, Kimi!"
    • Let's not forget the fact that Chuckie gets a mother.
  • Truth in Television: The scene with the babies screaming once the plane takes off is quite normal due to the air pressure changes. If you take a close look, you can see Tommy holding his hands up to his ears.
  • Urine Trouble: While roaming the streets of Paris, Spike urinates on the Eiffel Tower.
  • Video Full of Film Clips: "Who Let the Dogs Out?", "My Getaway", and "When You Love". Notably, only "Who Let The Dogs Out?" achieved the crossover popularity the producers were striving for.
  • Wedding Smashers: The babies literally ruin Coco's wedding with the giant Reptar mech.
  • Would Hurt a Child : Coco and Jean-Claude have no qualms about hurting or threatening kids. Jean-Claude is even willing to use a giant mecha to stop the children near the end of the movie, not caring at all if they (or anyone else) get hurt or even killed. He did, however, overlook the chances of them retaliating with their own giant mecha.
  • You Have Failed Me: Coco wasn't happy to learn from Jean-Claude that the babies got away.
    Coco: You bumbling idiot! YOU DISGUST ME!!

Alternative Title(s):

Rugrats In Paris