Rugrats Go Wild

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Rugrats Go Wild
Directed By: Norton Virgien

John Eng

Produced By: Arlene Klasky

Gabor Csupo

Written By: Kate Boutilier
Based On: Rugrats
Starring: E. G. Daily

Nancy Cartwright Kath Soucie Dionne Quan Cheryl Chase Tim Curry Lacey Chabert Bruce Willis

Release Date: June 13, 2003
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $25 Million
Box Office: $55.4 million
Franchise: Rugrats
Prequel: Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Rugrats Go Wild is a 2003 American animated comedy musical crossover film based on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. It is the third and final installment of the Rugrats film trilogy, and the second and final installment of The Wild Thornberrys film series.

The film was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Klasky Csupo and released in theaters on June 13, 2003, by Paramount Pictures. With a worldwide gross of $55.4 million, it is the lowest grossing of the Rugrats film series.


Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Kimi, Dil, Phil, Lil and Susie find themselves stranded with their parents on a remote island. By coincidence, the adventurous Thornberrys are also exploring the island. With his talking dog, Spike, in tow, Tommy takes the babies and Susie on a walkabout to find Nigel Thornberry and his family. They'll gave to be careful, though, as the exotic leopard Siri is hungry and not afraid to make her presence known.

Bad Qualities

  1. The premise is predictable; the Rugrats get stranded on an island and they need to find a way to be rescued, with help from the Wild Thornberrys.
  2. During its theatrical release the film was presented with "Odorama"; to summarize, "scratch-and-sniff" cards were given to movie-goers, and whenever an icon pops up on the screen with an item inside of it (i.e. a smelly shoe) the aforementioned movie-goers were instructed to sniff a scratch-and-sniff card with the corresponding image. At first this sounds interesting on paper, but it is not only pointless, but also disgusting.
  3. Overuse of immature comedy, especially in scenes which contain toilet humor, specifically scenes where Dil licks Phil's smelly feet and blows snot bubbles.
  4. Several scenes are very inappropriate for a PG-rated film, such as:
    • Charlotte Pickles ripping off her dress only to reveal she is wearing shorts and a saxophone theme playing after that during the sinking scene.
    • Angelica getting her face covered in bird poop.
    • Four of the babies removing their diapers in the boat.
  5. While the animation is good, some of the CGI effects aren't all that great, especially the giant wave effect (although they are an improvement over the CGI vehicles in Hey Arnold: The Movie).
  6. Lots of moments seem to break reality.
    • Debbie Thornberry uses gum to fix the Commvee, despite the fact that in reality, gum cannot stay that sticky, especially in underwater.
    • Nigel is still alive after falling off a cliff.
  7. Even though the voice acting is great, Bruce Willis' performance as Spike is kinda annoying.
  8. The scene with the giant wall of water is a blatant rip-off of the wave scene from The Perfect Storm.
  9. Too many pop-culture references, such as Stu building a coconut radio similar to Gilligan's Island and Chaz's line "We're going to need a bigger boat", referencing Jaws.
  10. Angelica has an extremely cringe-worthy singing voice and annoying song, which are both really annoying to sit through.
  11. Most of the songs, while are decent (except for "Island Princess"), don't fit in with the plot and mostly come out of nowhere just to add filler and increase the running time.
  12. A lot of mean spirited moments, such as the grown ups treating Stu like a punching bag.
  13. All the adults (Even Didi) blame Stu for getting them stuck on the deserted island. Yes, Stu did scam everyone into thinking they were going on the Lipschitz Cruise, and does deserve to be punished for that. However, he had no control over the storm, yet they blame him for that storm.

Good Qualities

  1. The idea of putting two Klasky Csupo shows together in one theatrical film is a pretty novel concept for its time, especially since shared universe films weren't jump-started until 2008's Iron Man and more particularly 2012's The Avengers.
  2. Pretty good animation, which is a nice step-up for the Rugrats franchise, despite the CGI effects not being that great and not aging well.
  3. Spike, an obviously mute character, gets a chance to speak (his voice is provided by Bruce Willis, who, prior to Rugrats Go Wild, was famous for his role as John McClane from the Die Hard franchise) and there's a good reason for it. Since it's a crossover with The Wild Thornberrys, a show known for having animals talk through magic.
  4. Good voice acting, having the entire cast from the respective shows returning.
  5. Some great songs like "Lizard Love", performed by Aerosmith, or "The Big Bad Cat".
  6. The Wild Thornberrys characters are still pretty likeable. Some of the Rugrats characters, such as Dil and Chuckie, are likable too.
  7. Susie Carmichael has a bigger role in this movie than she did in the previous 2 films as this time she tags along with the babies and Angelica on the adventure.


PhantomStrider's "Top 10 Worst Animated Sequels", in which Rugrats Go Wild ranked at #4

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16 months ago
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When I was younger, the only thing I ever like about this movie was the big bad cat song, and still doe's to this day.


13 months ago
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This movie would've done better if it was made-for-TV and not released theatrically.


11 months ago
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I bet Klasky Csupo regretted making this movie.

Black Knight Animation Studios

8 months ago
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AND Spike S P E A K S !

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