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YMMV / The Rugrats Movie

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Ranger Frank Drinking on Duty? Perhaps that would explain his excessive freak-out at seeing a dragon.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Take Me There" by Blackstreet and Mya (featuring a rap verse from Mase and Blinky Blink), the first song that plays during the ending credits. It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and an even higher peak of #10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts and became a platinum single. And it was written specifically for the film.
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    • "I Throw My Toys Around" by No Doubt and Elvis Costello, probably the greatest song written specifically for a Nickelodeon feature ever.
    • "On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready Go" by Busta Rhymes, as mentioned below under Ear Worm.
    • The Monkeys rendition of "Witch Doctor" that plays when they first meet the babies. Helps that the song is performed by Devo who of course are associated with show composer Mark Mothersbaugh.
    • When the babies are reunited with their parents, an orchestral reprise of the theme song plays. Better yet is that they got Mark Mothersbaugh, composer for the show, to do the film score.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • "This World is Something New to Me", a musical number in which several babies in the nursery suddenly start to sing about having just been born, and then proceed to pee into the air. It also creates a Plot Hole in how Dil can't talk in full sentences even when all these other newborns could.
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    • The Lipshitz muscial number that's only in the TV Broadcasts could count as well, though it does perfectly illustrate Didi and Stu's stress while raising the newborn Dil.
    • When Dil is born, we suddenly see a bizarre Conspicuous CG montage of the planets, then the history of the Earth, and then Stonehenge.
  • Critical Dissonance: The movie received mixed reviews from critics (a just barely "Fresh" 60% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it opened at #1 at the box office, became the first non-Disney animated movie to gross over $100 million in the United States, and is fondly remembered by 90's kids to this day. Of course it also helped that the series was still very popular at that point.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: Well it is a Klasky-Csupo production. Of particular note is the scene of the traditionally animated Stu flying his computer generated whirligig invention through a photographed sky!
  • Ear Worm:
    • The song "On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready Go" by Busta Rhymes. "I AM REPTAR, HEAR ME ROAR! I AM REPTAR, THEKINGOFDINOSAURS!!"
    • "Take me there, I wanna go there, take me there, let's go there, just take me to that great place with wonders and wishes..."
  • Genius Bonus: Boris (Didi's father) giving the babies chocolate coins is part of a Jewish tradition, although this usually occurs on Hanukkah (hence the name "Hanukkah Gelt").
  • He Really Can Act
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • Tim Curry voices the horrible reporter Rex Pester. Curry also voices Nigel Thornberry, and would join the Rugrats in the crossover film Rugrats Go Wild!. What's more is that Rex is indifferent to the children, while Nigel gets left alone with them and cares for them.
    • Chuckie's ending narration says that things didn't go back to the way the were before because "thanks to baby Dil, they was even better!" The following seasons with Dil in the main cast were seen by many to be the start of the show's Seasonal Rot (though the larger consensus is that it didn't completely jump in quality until after the Even Better Sequel.)
  • One-Scene Wonder: During the "This World Is Something New To Me" number, the one grumpy baby (voiced by Fred Schneider of The B-52s) who sings "this world is such a gas" and his diaper inflates as he farts.
  • Squick:
    • The "Pee Fountain" scene in the The World Is New To Me number. Ugh.
    • The sound effect when Dill poops his diaper.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: While it's by no means a bad song on its own, a modern R&B song like "Take Me There" feels a lot more like it's capitalizing on Rugrats as a media sensation circa 1998 than anything directly related to the show itself. Compare this to "Rugrat Rap," a music video from its original run in the early '90s which was clearly meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
  • The Woobie: Tommy, when he thinks that he is being neglected by his parents.

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