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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 in November of 1998, it was the third theatrical film released by Nickelodeon Movies and also their first animated one. It would also be the first non-Disney animated feature to gross $100 million in the United States (a record later shattered by ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' in 2001).

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?

Click [[http://www.rugratonline.com/rrmovie.htm here]] for more information on this movie. See also ''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'''.
* AdultsAreUseless: Averted for a change. 'Cause ''this'' time, the situation is ''very'' serious.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The movie has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVt5lEcCdP0 "Winter's Review"]] by {{SHAZNA}} as its Japanese theme song.
* 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.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Angelica Pickles, all the way.
* BookEnds: Began and ended with the "[[IndianaJones Okeydokey Jones]]" game of pretend
* ChekhovsGun: The Reptar wagon, and Dactar.
** Not to mention the Circus Monkeys
** also The babies end up in a Mattress Truck that Stu [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally 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.
* 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.
** 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 toupeť! No!\\
'''Betty''': (laughs) Go get him, ya little simians!\\
'''Charlotte''': Hey, Rex! Time for your closeup!\\
'''Chaz''': [in mock sympathy] Oh dear, too bad.
* ClothingDamage: Each of the rugrats especially Angelica's outfits get damaged while in the woods, Stu's also gets damaged when he crashes through the shed on his Dactar plane.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The reason for most of the plot - the twins are tired of Dil and want to take him back to the hospital. It's subverted after they leave Tommy and Dil in the forest.
* CousinOliver: Dil. After all, this is his debut.
* DarkerAndEdgier: All the great memories of {{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", Angelica searching for Cynthia, and the adults searching for the kids.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Spike. And for a brief second Phil, as Lil thinks a tree fell on him.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: The Wolf
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Until Tommy opens Dil's banana baby food and turns it into a subversion.
* FakeOutOpening: The Rugrats in a "[[IndianaJones Okeydokey Jones]]" fantasy sequence.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The monkeys take over their owners' circus train and end up crashing it into the forest. You start think "I'm sure this'll become relevant to the plot real soon". [[spoiler: And it does as the Rugrats encounter the wrecked circus train and with it, the Monkeys.]]
** What's even better is that you ''don't'' get fooled into thinking it's a BigLippedAlligatorMoment!
* GeniusBonus: Boris (Dee Dee's father) giving the babies chocolate coins is part of a Jewish tradition, although this usually occurs on Hanukkah (hence the name "Hanukkah Gelt").
* 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!". Or Lil's expression when Dil pulls the strap on Tommy's diaper and it falls.
** 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 this "How come you told mommy that Aunt Didi got saddled with a loser?" Stu is, understandably, insulted.
* GrossOutShow: Dil pees on the other Rugrats as they attempt to change his diaper at one point.
** Or the "fountain" during the musical number. Ugh.
* GrossUpCloseUp
* HartmanHips: Miriam Pickles.
* HeelRealization: When [[spoiler: Tommy 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]]. It's the closest thing to a heel realization in this series.
* HeroicDog : As (ironically) the wolf realized, Spike is more than ready to go PapaWolf to protect the children.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Spike]]
* HeroicBSOD: Lil has one after [[spoiler: she thinks Phil was crushed by a tree]].
* HighPressureEmotion: Drew Pickles' head boils red after finding out his brother [[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)
* KickTheDog
* 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
* 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. And as for the babies, of course, they are completely unharmed.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny
* 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]].
** And the fact that the wolf [[spoiler: becomes ''very close'' to killing the Rugrats had it not been for Spike]]
* 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.
* [[{{PoliceAreUseless}} Rangers Are Useless]]: 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)
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* 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:Except there actually is no supernatural force.]]
* ShoutOut: "[[IndianaJones Okeydokey Jones]]". The FakeOutOpening even has the theme song!
* 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
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