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The Rugrats Movie
Producer Gabor Csupo
Arlene Klasky
Director Igor Kovalyov
Writers David N. Weiss
Released November 20, 1998
Run time 89 minutes
Previous None
Next Rugrats in Paris

The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated film, based on the Rugrats TV series which introduced Tommy's baby brother Dil, who was named after Didi's cousin, and appeared on the original series the next year.

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Tommy faces responsiblity when Dil, his new baby brother is born. As with all newborns, the child becomes a pain to Tommy and the rest of his gang. Even Phil and Lil don't like them. So they decide to return Dil to where he came from, the hospital. But they get lost along the way, REALLY lost, and get into even more trouble with a circus. Can they find their way home and can Tommy and Dil just get along?


The movie starts off with a parody of the 1981 action animation film Raiders of the Lost Ark that is called Hookey Dookey jones; the babies are eventually chased out of the temple by a boulder, but the boulder and the imagination was Didi who is at her baby shower at the Pickles' house, where Didi is pregnant with her and Stu's second child, which everyone believes will be a female. Tommy is at first enthusiastic about having a younger sibling, although Angelica warns him that once the sibling is born, Stu and Didi will forget him.

Eventually, the baby is born, and it is male , who they name Dil ( Full name Dillian Prescott Pickles). Unfortunately, Angelica's words appear to be true when Dil quickly becomes a very selfish baby, crying non-stop for attention, keeping all of the babies' toys for himself, and refusing to share with Tommy.

When Dil pushes the babies too far, they decide to take him back to the hospital (as Tommy believes that by giving the nurse a chocolate coin, they had bought Dil) and end up driving recklessly through the streets in a Reptar Wagon Stu had built until they crash in the woods. As Dil had secretly taken Angelica's Cynthia doll, Angelica and Spike embark on a mission to find the doll and the babies..but mostly the doll. Around the same time, a circus train suffers an accident in the same woods and a group of wild monkeys escape from the wreckage, while the monkeys' owners, the Banana Brothers, attempt to search for them. The parents soon discover their children's absence, and call the police and rangers for help.

As the babies attempt to find their way back home, the monkeys catch up with them and take Dil away. Since Dil is not very well liked, Chuckie, Phil and Lil disguise a smaller monkey as Dil, but Tommy sees through their farce and gets angry, vowing to find his brother himself. Eventually Tommy finds Dil and they find shelter underneath a tree. Tommy tries to look after Dil, but finally reaches his breaking point when Dil selfishly drinks all of their milk and refuses to share the big blanket with Tommy in the cold weather. Tommy snaps at Dil and very nearly abandons him for the monkeys to take him away, but a storm combined with Tommy's furious face finally frightens Dil enough for him to see sense, and he turns over a new leaf, willingly sharing the torn blanket with Tommy. After the thunderstorm is over, Phil, Lil and Chuckie catch up with Tommy and Dil and save them from the monkeys, and are eventually reunited with Angelica and Spike. Tommy leads them to the bridge where they will supposedly be able to contact the legendary Lizard Man and wish to be sent back home, but once they reach the bridge, so did the monkeys. To make things worse, both groups get attacked by a stray wolf who has been stalking them throughout the film. The children start to panic while the monkeys run away in fear of the wolf, but Spike bravely engages in a fight with the wolf, ending with the two dogs falling off the bridge to their apparent deaths. Just then, Stu, searching for the babies on his "Dactar" glider, spots the babies on the bridge and accidentally crashes into the rangers' hut. Tommy believes his father in the wrecked glider to be the Lizard Man, and nobly wishes for Spike to be brought back to life. Stu falls through the bridge, where he finds Spike alive and well. The other parents suddenly arrive and are reunited with their children just as the Banana Brothers find their monkeys and take them back.

Back home, the babies have another imaginary adventure, only this time with Dil, now having accepted him as one of their group.

After the ending credits, there is an additional scene where Lou Pickles is seen sleeping in the Reptar Wagon. Several moments later, the goat pushes the Reptar Wagon hoarding Lou and chases it into the horizon.

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The Rugrats Movie was released on November 20, 1998, and opened at #1 at the box office with a gross of $27,321,470 in 2,782 theaters averaging to about $9,821 per theater, ahead of Enemy of the State, and became the first non-Disney animated movie to gross $100 million in the United States and Canada.

The film was followed by 2000's Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and 2003's Rugrats Go Wild!. It grossed in worldwide results, $140,894,675, making it a very large box office success, considering its modest $24 million budget. Not only was the movie a commercial success, the film earned mixed to positive reviews. It currently has an approval rating of 57% on the Rotten Tomatoes website. It also remained the highest grossing animated film based on a TV show until 2007 when it was outgrossed by The Simpsons Movie, although the film is the highest grossing Nicktoons film. Paramount released the movie on DVD and VHS on March 30, 1999.

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