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** Having Creator/MarkMothersbaugh score the show isn't anything to sneeze at either.

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** Having Creator/MarkMothersbaugh Music/MarkMothersbaugh score the show isn't anything to sneeze at either.


** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm-yN3Cgs9A WAAAAH! AAAAH! AAAAAAH!]] StockAudioClip that is used for Tommy's crying in various episodes.

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** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm-yN3Cgs9A com/watch?v=C7JsJszyFnE WAAAAH! AAAAH! AAAAAAH!]] StockAudioClip that is used for Tommy's crying in various episodes.


*** It should come as no surprise that the announcement of a revival series has also divided the fanbase. Some fans who grew up with the show are happy to see it back, while others thought the show lasted long enough.

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*** It should come as no surprise that the announcement of a revival series has also divided the fanbase. Some fans who grew up with the show are happy to see it back, while others thought the show lasted long enough. And let's not even get started on the live-action/CGI movie.

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*** It should come as no surprise that the announcement of a revival series has also divided the fanbase. Some fans who grew up with the show are happy to see it back, while others thought the show lasted long enough.


** Angelica is the biggest case of this. When the show was still airing on T.V, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Angelica was actually considered one of the]] ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse best]]'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse characters in the series by most fans & critics]]. Not only was she was one of the reasons the show was so popular, she was the show's only character to make it into TV Guide's ''50 Greatest Cartoon Characters'' countdown. However, by the late 2000s, public opinion turned against her for being too mean to the babies and a tad bit of a sociopath [[note]](But to be fair, this was at the point of where Rugrats had long faded into obscurity to the point of where admitting that you enjoyed the show, it was considered laughable. When the show started having a resurgence in popularity in 2011, so did Angelica's character to the point of where people not only started having a more favorable opinion of her like they did in the '90s and early 2000s, but she has a large part of the show's fanbase that loves her to where they consider her the real star of the show and has been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap)[[/note]] Another interesting fact is that until around the time the first movie came out, Arlene Klasky didn't like her either, as she found Angelica to be too cruel and [[KarmaHoudini not punished for her actions enough]]. Angelica was also not in her and Gabor Csupo's original plans for the series, but was Paul Germain's idea, as he'd based the character off of a girl who'd bullied him in his childhood. ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' even wrote an article about this, focusing on how Angelica tore apart the K-C staff, until ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' came out, where Klasky recanted her opinions on the character and said she "loved" Angelica, since by that point her [[CharacterDevelopment character had been softened up considerably.]]

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** Angelica is the biggest case of this. When the show was still airing on T.V, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Angelica was actually considered one of the]] ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse best]]'' [[EnsembleDarkhorse characters in the series by most fans & and critics]]. Not only was she was one of the reasons the show was so popular, she was the show's only character to make it into TV Guide's ''50 Greatest Cartoon Characters'' countdown. However, by the late 2000s, public opinion turned against her for being too mean to the babies and a tad bit of a sociopath [[note]](But to be fair, this was at the point of where Rugrats had long faded into obscurity to the point of where admitting that you enjoyed the show, it was considered laughable. When the show started having a resurgence in popularity in 2011, so did Angelica's character to the point of where people not only started having a more favorable opinion of her like they did in the '90s and early 2000s, but she has a large part of the show's fanbase that loves her to where they consider her the real star of the show and has been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap)[[/note]] Another interesting fact is that until around the time the first movie came out, Arlene Klasky didn't like her either, as she found Angelica to be too cruel and [[KarmaHoudini not punished for her actions enough]]. Angelica was also not in her and Gabor Csupo's original plans for the series, but was Paul Germain's idea, as he'd based the character off of a girl who'd bullied him in his childhood. ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' even wrote an article about this, focusing on how Angelica tore apart the K-C staff, until ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' came out, where Klasky recanted her opinions on the character and said she "loved" Angelica, since by that point her [[CharacterDevelopment character had been softened up considerably.]]



** ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'': ''The Movie'' on the N64 & [=PS1=] in 2000 was a medicore MiniGameGame that didn't even follow the film's plot. Instead, it involved the babies running around an empty [=EuroReptarLand=] looking for tickets. The tickets you needed to ''play'' the mini games, and there were never enough of them in the park. The games themselves were mostly overly-kiddie carnival attractions like hit 50 targets with pies, do a kart race, and such. To say it was tedious was an understatement. Apparently, you had to collect 100 or so tickets overall to save the Reptar princess or something, but few players got that far[[note]]most turned the game off after five minutes[[/note]]. There was also a lackluster multiplayer mode. Interestingly, the game was made by Avalanche Software, who went on to make the far better ''VideoGame/RugratsRoyalRansom'' in 2002.
*** The GBC version[[note]] also from 2000[[/note]], made by a different developer, was the same thing, just on a miniscule screen & with awful music. You can imagine how ''that'' went down.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' was a clunky platformer for the GB and GBC in 1998. Not following the movie's plot at all, it involves Tommy marching through levels based loosely on the film's set pieces. Controls were difficult, and a ticking timer made the whole experience a pain. Even short parts where you could play as the other babies & ride in mine carts did little to ease the monotony. The sole good thing to say about this title is its nice colour palette on the GBC.
** ''Rugrats: Time Travellers'' was ''another'' clunky platformer for the GBC in 1999. The story involves the babies screwing around with a time machine in a toy store[[note]]similar to the episode ''Toy Palace'', except nowhere near as good, of course[[/note]] & being whisked away to stereotypical time periods (Egyptian times, prehistoric times, etc). There were so few interesting historical elements used, one wonders why the developers even bothered with a TimeTravel plot. Controls were broken, and the ending was extremely unsatisfying. The only saving grace of this game was its colourful graphics.

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** ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis'': ''The Movie'' on the N64 & and [=PS1=] in 2000 was a medicore MiniGameGame that didn't even follow the film's plot. Instead, it involved the babies running around an empty [=EuroReptarLand=] looking for tickets. The tickets you needed to ''play'' the mini games, and there were never enough of them in the park. The games themselves were mostly overly-kiddie carnival attractions like hit 50 targets with pies, do a kart race, and such. To say it was tedious was an understatement. Apparently, you had to collect 100 or so tickets overall to save the Reptar princess or something, but few players got that far[[note]]most turned the game off after five minutes[[/note]]. There was also a lackluster multiplayer mode. Interestingly, the game was made by Avalanche Software, who went on to make the far better ''VideoGame/RugratsRoyalRansom'' in 2002.
*** The GBC version[[note]] also from 2000[[/note]], made by a different developer, was the same thing, just on a miniscule screen & and with awful music. You can imagine how ''that'' went down.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' was a clunky platformer for the GB and GBC in 1998. Not following the movie's plot at all, it involves Tommy marching through levels based loosely on the film's set pieces. Controls were difficult, and a ticking timer made the whole experience a pain. Even short parts where you could play as the other babies & and ride in mine carts did little to ease the monotony. The sole good thing to say about this title is its nice colour palette on the GBC.
** ''Rugrats: Time Travellers'' was ''another'' clunky platformer for the GBC in 1999. The story involves the babies screwing around with a time machine in a toy store[[note]]similar to the episode ''Toy Palace'', except nowhere near as good, of course[[/note]] & and being whisked away to stereotypical time periods (Egyptian times, prehistoric times, etc). There were so few interesting historical elements used, one wonders why the developers even bothered with a TimeTravel plot. Controls were broken, and the ending was extremely unsatisfying. The only saving grace of this game was its colourful graphics.



*** The GBC version from 2000 is a scaled-down version, lacking Mark Mothersbaugh's soundtrack, O.K.-for-2001 3D graphics, and basically anything that made the console version tolerable. Oddly enough, it had a completely different story[[note]]involving Angelica rescuing Cynthia from ''Tommy & Chuckie'', [[OutOfCharacterMoment of all people]][[/note]], and was a tad more polished in a few ways, such as including an actual BossBattle. [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2000/05/27/rugrats-totally-angelica IGN has a rather entertaining review here]].

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*** The GBC version from 2000 is a scaled-down version, lacking Mark Mothersbaugh's soundtrack, O.K.-for-2001 3D graphics, and basically anything that made the console version tolerable. Oddly enough, it had a completely different story[[note]]involving Angelica rescuing Cynthia from ''Tommy & and Chuckie'', [[OutOfCharacterMoment of all people]][[/note]], and was a tad more polished in a few ways, such as including an actual BossBattle. [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2000/05/27/rugrats-totally-angelica IGN has a rather entertaining review here]].


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Drew gets this regarding his relationship with Angelica. For all the times he complains about her behavior it's pretty much hollow due to him [[SpoiledBrat raising her to be that way]] (for all the backlash against Charlotte, her way of disciplining her daughter is actually effective.) Worse, considering how ''he'' acted as a kid, especially towards [[BigBrotherBully Stu,]] it all comes off as LaserGuidedKarma.

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Drew gets this regarding his relationship with Angelica. For all the times he complains about her behavior behavior, it's pretty much hollow due to him [[SpoiledBrat raising her to be that way]] (for all the backlash against Charlotte, her way of disciplining her daughter is actually effective.) effective). Worse, considering how ''he'' acted as a kid, especially towards [[BigBrotherBully Stu,]] Stu]], it all comes off as LaserGuidedKarma.


** On May 2, 2018, it was announced that [[https://patch.com/california/santee/rugrats-coming-netflix-2019 the series would recieve a Netflix-exclusive reboot in 2019]], which will feature many changes, including Angelica [[TookALevelInKindness becoming the babies' bodyguard instead of the bully she once was]], [[TerribleTrio three new bully characters]] named David, Ed, and Kenny, and [[AbsenteeActor Dil and Kimi being absent]]. Some longtime fans are looking forward to the reboot, while others are unfavorably comparing it to reboots such as ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'', and ''Series/FullerHouse''.



** The 1992 episode "The Big House" is about Tommy being put into a daycare similar to a prison and he then attempts to break the rest of the babies out. One of the babies is voiced by Pamela Segal, and the episode was written by Paul Germain. Flash foward to 1997, where the plot of the episode becomes almost the basis for [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Paul Germain and fellow writer Joe Ansolabehere's new Disney series, where Pamela Segal is one of the major characters]].

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** The 1992 episode "The Big House" is about Tommy being put into a daycare similar to a prison and he then attempts to break the rest of the babies out. One of the babies is voiced by Pamela Segal, and the episode was written by Paul Germain. Flash foward forward to 1997, where the plot of the episode becomes almost the basis for [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Paul Germain and fellow writer Joe Ansolabehere's new Disney series, where Pamela Segal is one of the major characters]].


* ValuesDissonance: It's difficult to imagine a show with a character like Angelica, who is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a bully but is sometimes depicted sympathetically]], airing in TheNewTens when a raised awareness of the increasingly negative effects of childhood bullying, especially when children as young as twelve have taken [[DrivenToSuicide extreme measures]] to escape it, has led to such characters being discouraged. It doesn't help that [[TruthInTelevision she's actually a very]] ''[[TruthInTelevision believable]]'' [[TruthInTelevision depiction]] of a [[SpoiledBrat bratty three-year-old]]: KidsAreCruel, after all.

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It's difficult to imagine a show with a character like Angelica, who is [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a bully but is sometimes depicted sympathetically]], airing in TheNewTens when a raised awareness of the increasingly negative effects of childhood bullying, especially when children as young as twelve have taken [[DrivenToSuicide extreme measures]] to escape it, has led to such characters being discouraged. It doesn't help that [[TruthInTelevision she's actually a very]] ''[[TruthInTelevision believable]]'' [[TruthInTelevision depiction]] of a [[SpoiledBrat bratty three-year-old]]: KidsAreCruel, after all.all.
** Minor example. Didi in Season 1 is embarrassed to admit that she's afraid of clowns. In the early 90s the concept of the MonsterClown hadn't really taken off yet - aside from the Joker and Stephen King's ''{{Literature/IT}}''. After years of evil clowns in horror movies and plenty of people on the internet sharing their coulrophobia - Didi may as well be admitting she's afraid of spiders or bugs.



** "The Clan Of The Duck," where Chuckie and Phil are forced to wear Lil's dresses with a hugely positive message about not conforming to gender stereotypes. That was in ''1997''!

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** "The Clan Of The Duck," where Chuckie and Phil are forced to wear Lil's dresses with a hugely positive message about not conforming to gender stereotypes. That was in ''1997''!


* BrokenBase: As gathered from SeasonalRot below, fan opinion is sharply divided as to when the series started going downhill. Depending on who you ask, the show either went downhill once the series was first revived in 1997, after the first movie, or after the second movie. A small group of fans even prefer the later episodes over the original 65 episodes, while others think the show stayed consistent throughout its whole run.

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As gathered from SeasonalRot below, fan opinion is sharply divided as to when the series started going downhill. Depending on who you ask, the show either went downhill once the series was first revived in 1997, after the first movie, or after the second movie. A small group of fans even prefer the later episodes over the original 65 episodes, while others think the show stayed consistent throughout its whole run.run.
** On May 2, 2018, it was announced that [[https://patch.com/california/santee/rugrats-coming-netflix-2019 the series would recieve a Netflix-exclusive reboot in 2019]], which will feature many changes, including Angelica [[TookALevelInKindness becoming the babies' bodyguard instead of the bully she once was]], [[TerribleTrio three new bully characters]] named David, Ed, and Kenny, and [[AbsenteeActor Dil and Kimi being absent]]. Some longtime fans are looking forward to the reboot, while others are unfavorably comparing it to reboots such as ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'', and ''Series/FullerHouse''.

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*** And the one shot characters of that episode are a spunky outgoing girl named Sam and a shy demure boy named Freddy. [[Series/{{ICarly}} Hmmm...]]


** In one episode, Charlotte tells Angelica that she's having another child. In the end however, it's revealed that they're not having a child. Just ''what'' happened has stumped fans. Was it a ConvenientMiscarriage, an abortion, or a phantom pregnancy? Or maybe Charlotte read the test wrong or her test was inaccurate?

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** In one episode, Charlotte tells Angelica that she's having another child. child, and Charlotte and Drew are both thrilled. In the end however, it's revealed Charlotte tells her, while sounding rather sad, that they're not no longer having a child. Just baby. Naturally, she didn't give her 3-year-old daughter any details, so just ''what'' happened has stumped fans. fans for decades. Was it a ConvenientMiscarriage, miscarriage, or just an abortion, or a phantom pregnancy? Or maybe Charlotte read the inaccurate and disappointing test wrong or her test was inaccurate?result?


** The famous scene of Stu making chocolate pudding at 4 AM and muttering "I've lost control of my life" has become this since Jack Riley, the voice of Stu, died of pneumonia in August 2016.

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** The famous scene of Stu making chocolate pudding at 4 AM and muttering "I've lost control of my life" has become this since Jack Riley, the after his voice of Stu, actor Jack Riley died of pneumonia in August 2016.

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** "Big People" Tommy and Chuckie in "What The Big People Do". While the "Big People" versions of Phil, Lil, and Angelica have unique designs, "Big" Tommy and Chuckie are essentially just their heads on Stu and Chas's bodies. While Chuckie does bear a strong resemblance to his dad, lessening this trope for him somewhat, there's something really off about seeing Tommy's small, bald baby head on Stu's body.


* LoveItOrHateIt: As mentioned before, the post-revival episodes.


** A decade after the show ended, the Pickles family [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty wouldn't be the only dysfunctional family who's lives have almost been ruined by a spiky-haired fatherly figure's clumsiness and passion for invention]].

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** A decade after the show ended, the Pickles family [[WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty wouldn't be the only dysfunctional family who's whose lives have almost been ruined by a spiky-haired fatherly figure's clumsiness and passion for invention]].

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