The second trailer of the film premiered in 1997, Paramount Pictures released the 2nd teaser trailer for the first movie adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon show, Rugrats on Paramount (mainly kid-friendly ones, like from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.) Videocassettes as one of the VHS trailers (before the VHS’ feature presentation). This trailer received negative reviews from critics, audiences, and Nickelodeon/Rugrats fans alike.
For being a teaser trailer of a kids’ film, this feels more like a horror film trailer, which is out of place for a kids’ film.
This trailer is considered too frightening for younger viewers due to the creepy music, atmosphere, area, and announcer (although Jim Cummings did do a good job).
The TV in the living room area is just plain creepy, with the thunder outside, the objects on the floor (shoe, glasses, and Chinese food), and especially the broken TV.
This gave several people nightmares due to the Reptar Wagon getting the TV (Still broken) blown into pieces from warp speed when the Rugrats logo appeared on the TV screen in static.
This honestly feels very frustrating and scary that a trailer for a great movie turned out like this, and this trailer paints the movie in a bad light.
The fact that this is also on the VHS’ of children’s shows and movies from Paramount, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. is also bad, especially if your watching the VHS for the first time.
The CGI TV didn't age well.
Angelica and the babies served no purpose to the trailer but filler.
Dil wasn't not even seen in the trailer or even introduced yet.
As mentioned in WIS#1 the atmosphere was so horrible that it almost looked like the living room was dark with the TV still left turned on before the Rugrats logo showed up in static. The infamous and hard to watch part of the trailer was when the explosion flickered Orange and Blue and turned the living room into a warped background in Red, Green and Purple while the tiny lights in warp speed showed Orange, Blue and White and nearly gave the viewers a seizure or a pounding headache.
The animation (excluding the CGI TV) from the Rugrats is honestly pretty amazing, and it’s a step-up from the TV show, just like how the movie would be.
The voice acting is still good as usual, and even Jim Cummings does a good job as the announcer (although, being creepy at the same time).
The other half of the trailer is decent, as it shows Tommy, Phil Lil and Chuckie riding in the Reptar Wagon, with some funny moments like the bottom of Chuckie’s shoes saying "coming soon", and when the movie’s title was shown, Angelica shows up and puts on movie glasses, claiming "About time someone made me into a movie star!", which was a funny fourth-wall breaking moment.
Thankfully, the theatrical trailer was a major improvement over this trailer.
Also, The Rugrats Movie managed to still be an amazing movie in the end.
When it was seen as a commercial on November 29, 1997 it was less scary and the word "IN ONE YEAR", comes up on-screen before the word "YEAR" leans to the left and the explosion from the TV wasn't as loud. Making it less scary and tame in comparison.
Thankfully this trailer didn't appear on Paramount releases of the "Peanuts" holiday specials even though they were released in 1998.
Thankfully trailer 3 in 1999 was and improvement over this trailer on 1999 Paramount and Nickelodeon/ Nick Jr VHS tapes by showing actual footage from the movie.
In a demo tape of Phil and Lil Double Trouble (a Rugrats VHS), the movie was originally supposed to be released in 1997 (as the trailer’s copyright year says), but this ended up getting pushed back to Thanksgiving 1998 (as the trailer’s release date says on the copyright).
This trailer was found on 1998 VHS tapes of "Blue's Clues", "Rugrats", "Hey Arnold!: PARTNERS", "Allegra's Window", "Good Burger", "GREASE: The 20th Anniversary Release", "Fairytale: A TRUE STORY", "Little Bear", "The Beautician and the Beast" and "Gullah Gullah Island".
On trailer 3 in 1999 it showed archive footage from the actual film on 1999 Paramount, Nickelodeon/ Nick Jr VHS tapes.