Starring: Christine Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Daily, Cheryl Chase
Director: Stig Bergqvist, Paul Demeyer
Running Time: 78 mins
Rugrats In Paris is an American film, based on the TV series, about the adventures of the Rugrats when they go to Paris, and Chuckie has to stop his dad from marrying an evil businesswoman so that he can find a mum who’ll last forever.
Now, in comparison to The Rugrats Movie, this is surely more entertaining. While, by the end, the story does get a little bit over the top, it seems like a more down-to-earth sort of plot, and something that relates a just a bit more to the original TV series.
Before I talk about the main part of this film, I’ve got to say that all of the Godfather references in this film are fantastic. It is something that flies way over the heads of the kids watching it, but it is genuinely a really funny little side plot, something quite original for a kids’ film like this.
Anyway, in terms of the story, it’s definitely a lot more fast-paced and entertaining than the first film. It’s got a hugely fun pop soundtrack that moves the plot along very nicely, while the crazy adventures of the babies in the theme park are also a lot of fun to watch.
Meanwhile, who doesn’t like a good old evil stepmother story? The babies’ efforts to bring down the woman who hopes to marry Chuckie’s father are not only very funny, but also you really do feel a strong support for their side as they try to expose her, which does make the story a lot more interesting than you would think.
In terms of the comedy, the largely more down-to-earth approach to the whole plot does make it a lot more pleasant and fun to watch, and seeing as you can relate it to the TV show a lot easier, it does help to make it feel like the real Rugrats movie.
However, the biggest issue with this film was the ending, which was hugely disappointing. The very end, while a little more satisfying and emotional was spoilt by the climax to the main plot, which was totally over the top, with madness such as Reptar climbing the Eiffel Tower and fighting a giant snail; not really that funny or real, but seeing as the majority of the film was still a lot better and more entertaining, I’ll give this a 7.0.