|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stig Bergqvist
|Produced by||Arlene Klasky
|Written by||Jill Gorey
J. David Stem
David N. Weiss
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Editing by||John Bryant|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||78 minutes|
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, also known as The Rugrats Movie 2: Rugrats in Paris and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie – Rugrats II, is a 2000 American animated film, and the sequel to the 1998 film The Rugrats Movie that follows the continuing adventures of the Rugrats. In the film, Chuckie Finster takes the lead character role as he searches to find a new mother. The film was produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Klasky Csupo and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was originally released in selected theaters on November 17, 2000.
It was re-aired as a summer film on Nickelodeon on June 30, 2006. The film was a box-office success, grossing an estimated $103 million worldwide, and received very positive reviews from critics.
This movie marks the appearance of the first real villains of Rugrats, the child hating Coco LaBouche and her accomplice Jean Claude.
It is the wedding of Grandpa Lou and Grandma Lulu, but Chuckie Finster grows increasingly saddened by the presence of a mother, after his own died shortly after he was born. His own father Chaz shares Chuckie's loneliness. Tommy Pickles' father Stu is summoned to EuroReptarland, a Japanese amusement park in Paris, France to fix a malfunctioning Reptar robot which is powered by advanced motion control technology. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, Angelica Pickles, Dil Pickles, their dog Spike, and all their parents travel to Paris to take a vacation at the park.
Coco LaBouche, EuroReptarland's cruel and selfish director, seeks to become the head of Reptarland's company after the current president Mr. Yamaguchi resigns but learns she will need "the heart of a child" to earn the job. Upon the Rugrats' arrival in EuroReptarland, Angelica overhears a conversation between Coco and Yamaguchi, before being caught. To save herself, Angelica suggests that Coco marry Chaz, offering to help in return for getting her own parade in the park. Coco strikes up a relationship with Chaz but her attempts to bond with Chuckie fall flat. The babies meet Kimi Watanbe and her mother Kira, who originate from Japan. Kira works as Coco's assistant and helps her to win Chaz's affections. Meanwhile, Spike gets lost in the streets of Paris and falls in love with a stray poodle named Fifi.
Kira tells the babies the in-universe origins of Reptar, explaining he was a feared angry monster until a princess revealed his gentler side to make the frightened humans like him. Chuckie decides the princess should be his new mother, and is aided by his friends to reach an animatronic replica of the princess in the park, but they are stopped by Coco's ninja security guards. Angelica informs Coco of Chuckie's wish, so Coco sneaks into the stage production of Reptar and takes the stage as the princess, luring Chuckie into her arms to make it look like she is wonderful with children. Chaz is thrilled deciding she would make an excellent mother and decides to marry her, much to everyone's surprise.
On the wedding day, Coco shows her true colours, trapping the children in a warehouse with her aid Jean Claude as their guard and fires Kira after she learns of Coco's plans. Chuckie rallies the children to crash Chaz's wedding using the Reptar robot. They are chased by Jean Claude who pilots the Robosnail robot, Reptar's nemesis, until they fight on a bridge and Chuckie knocks Robosnail into the Seine river. Chaz's wedding in Notre Dame proves to be quite horrendous, with Coco forcing Chaz to go through with the wedding despite Chuckie's absence, and rushing the Archbishop of Paris until she completely loses her temper and throws the Bible at him. Chuckie crashes the wedding, screaming "NO!" which Chaz identifies as Chuckie's first English word; since to the adults, the babies are speaking babytalk. Chaz, seeing Coco for the wicked liar she really is, angrily calls the wedding off. Angelica spills the beans to Mr. Yamaguchi about Coco, who is fired and flees the cathedral in her torn dress with Jean Claude, chased by Spike and Fifi.
Chaz and Kira fall in love and get married upon returning to America, Chuckie now not only having a new mother but a new sister in the form of Kimi, completing one of Rugrats' longest-running storylines, The film ends the Rugrats and the grown-ups having a cake fight, the camera backs up, a piece of cake is thrown at the camera, the screen fades to black, and the movie ends.
|Rugrats in Paris Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||November 7, 2000|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop, pop|
|Rugrats soundtrack chronology|
A soundtrack for the film was released on November 7, 2000 from Maverick Records. Like the last soundtrack, it also contains an enhanced port. One of the songs on this album is a cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", sung by Geri Halliwell of Spice Girls.
The film was a large commercial success: it grossed $103,291,131 worldwide out of its $30 million budget, tripling the budget in box office results. It opened at #2 behind How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to $22,718,184 for an average of $7,743 from 2,934 venues. On film review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned 75% favorability by critics, higher than its predecessor (which received 59%) and Rugrats Go Wild, making this film the most critically acclaimed Rugrats film to date.
Paramount released the film on VHS and DVD on March 27, 2001, almost two years post the home release of The Rugrats Movie. In 2009, Paramount has put the film in iTunes and the PlayStation Store.
On March 15, 2011, Rugrats in Paris as well as The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats Go Wild was re-released on a 3-disc trilogy collection. It is unknown if there will be a Blu-ray version in the near future.
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