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Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
Rugrats in Paris The Movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Stig Bergqvist
  • Paul Demeyer
Produced by
Written by
  • J. David Stem
  • David N. Weiss
  • Jill Gorey
  • Barbara Herndon
  • Kate Boutilier
Starring
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Editing by John Bryant
Studio
Distributed by
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Nickelodeon Movies
Release date(s) November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17) (United States)
May 31, 2001 (2001-05-31) (Germany)
Running time 78 minutes
Country
  • Germany
  • United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Money made $103.3 million

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 animated comedy film based on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats. This film marks the first appearance of Kimi Watanabe and her mother, Kira. The film also marks the only appearance of two legitimate human villains in the Rugrats franchise, Coco LaBouche, a cruel and tyrannical woman who dislikes children, including babies, and her accomplice, Jean-Claude. The events of the film take place before the seventh season of Rugrats.

The film was released in the United States on November 17, 2000, almost two years after the release of The Rugrats Movie in 1998. Rugrats in Paris: The Movie was received to generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike and grossed over $103 million worldwide against a production budget of $30 million.

Plot

At the wedding reception of Lou Pickles and his new wife Lulu, a mother-child dance during the reception saddens Chuckie Finster and his father Chas as Chuckie's mother died of a terminal illness shortly after Chuckie was born.

Tommy Pickles' father Stu is summoned to EuroReptarland, a Japanese amusement park in Paris, France, to fix a malfunctioning Reptar robot supposed to star in a stage show. Due to Stu being called in the wee hours of the morning thanks to the time difference, he mistakenly brings his wife DiDi, his dog Spike, his sons Dil and Tommy, and Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica, and their parents along to Paris to take a vacation at the park.

Upon the Rugrats' arrival at EuroReptarland, Angelica overhears a phone conversation between the park's greedy, child-hating head Coco LaBouche, and the president of the Reptar franchise, Mr. Yamaguchi. Coco wants to succeed Yamaguchi when he retires, but Yamaguchi says his successor must love children. Coco therefore lies, and says she is engaged to a man with a child. She later discovers Angelica overheard; to save herself, Angelica reveals that Chas is looking for a second wife, prompting a delighted Coco to pounce on the idea. Angelica also blackmails Coco into promising her a parade float in exchange for her silence.

Coco strikes up a relationship with Chas, but her attempts to bond with a suspicious Chuckie fail. The adults and babies meet Coco's overworked but kind-hearted assistant Kira Watanabe and her daughter Kimi, who hail from Japan but are now living in France. Kira reluctantly helps LaBouche to win Chas' 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 origins of Reptar, explaining he was a feared 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 he and his friends attempt to reach an animatronic replica of the princess in a structure built above the park, but they are stopped by Coco's ninja security guards.

At the show's premiere, Angelica informs Coco of Chuckie's wish. Coco sneaks backstage and takes the spotlight disguised as the princess, luring Chuckie into her arms and taking his teddy bear. Chuckie is horrified when he discovers the truth, but Chas is ecstatic, thinking she would make an excellent mother, and instantly decides to marry her.

Fearing the unruly babies will ruin her plans, Coco has her accomplice Jean Claude kidnap them and Angelica and lock them in the warehouse where the show's robots are kept. Kira protests and threatens to tell Chas, but Coco throws her out of her limo, leaving her to hurry to the wedding via bicycle. Chuckie apologizes for his quest for a real mother getting them into trouble, lamenting his loss. Angelica, feeling guilty, reveals Coco's plan, and Chuckie rallies the children to use the Reptar Robot to hurry to Notre Dame to stop the wedding. Jean Claude follows, piloting Reptar's nemesis Robosnail, and the two robots fight on a bridge until Chuckie knocks Jean Claude into the Seine River.

Chuckie crashes the wedding screaming "No!" (his first word in grown-up language), and Jean Claude arrives and inadvertently reveals the kidnapping, prompting Chas to call off the wedding in disgust. Angelica, angry at Coco's betrayal, exposes Coco's plan to Yamaguchi, who dismisses Coco. Angelica also rips the seat of the wedding dress; Coco storms out of the church defeated and humiliated, while Spike chases Jean Claude away.

Kira arrives at the church, returns Chuckie’s teddy bear to him and apologizes to Chas for what Coco did to him and Chuckie. However, Chas admits that he was being blinded by the romance in Paris, and apologizes to Chuckie. He and Kira begin to fall in love after discovering a shared liking of the same poet.

Chas and Kira eventually get married after returning to the United States, while Fifi is adopted by the Finster family. As the new family take the first dance together, they are interrupted when the whole dance floor erupts into an all out food fight instigated by the babies.

Cast

Main

Supporting

Guest stars

  • Susan Sarandon as Coco LaBouche
  • John Lithgow as Jean-Claude
  • Mako as Mr. Yamaguchi
  • Marlene Mituko, Darrel Kunitomi and Goh Misawa as the villagers of the "Princess Spectacular" show
  • Tim Curry as a sumo singer
  • Billy West as a sumo singer
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as a sumo singer
  • Paul DeMeyer as the street cleaner and dog catcher
  • Phillip Simon as the animatronic bus driver
  • Richard Michel as the French worker
  • Charlie Adler as the inspector
  • Phillipe Benichou as the ninja
  • Dan Castellaneta as the priest
  • Lisa McClowry as the princess
  • Casey Kasem as the wedding DJ
  • Roger Rose as the Finster wedding DJ
  • Margaret Smith as the stewardess

Soundtrack

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre
Length 50:55
Label
Rugrats soundtrack chronology
The Rugrats Movie: Music from the Motion Picture
(1998)
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music from the Motion Picture
(2000)
Rugrats Go Wild: Music from the Motion Picture
(2003)
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 Soundtrack
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars

A soundtrack for the film, titled Rugrats in Paris: The Movie: Music From the Motion Picture was released on November 7, 2000 on Maverick Records. Like the last soundtrack, it also contains an enhanced part: the theme song to the film "Jazzy Rugrat Love" by Teena Marie.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "My Getaway"   T-Boz 3:50
2. "You Don't Stand a Chance"   Amanda 3:44
3. "Life Is a Party"   Aaron Carter 3:26
4. "Who Let the Dogs Out?"   Baha Men 3:18
5. "Final Heartbreak"   Jessica Simpson 3:42
6. "When You Love"   Sinéad O'Connor 5:18
7. "I'm Telling You This"   No Authority 4:08
8. "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"   Geri Halliwell (from Spice Girls) 3:03
9. "Chuckie Chan (Martial Arts Expert of Reptarland)"   Isaac Hayes & Alex Brown 4:19
10. "L'Histoire d'une fée, c'est..."   Mylène Farmer 5:12
11. "I Want a Mom That Will Last Forever"   Cyndi Lauper 3:47
12. "Excuse My French"   2Be3 3:03
13. "Bad Girls"   Cheryl Chase with Tim Curry, Kevin Michael Richardson and Billy West 4:05
Bonus enhanced track on enhanced CD
No. Title Artist(s) Length
14. "Jazzy Rugrat Love" (Theme from Rugrats in Paris) Teena Marie 5:07
Total length:
50:55

Release

The film was released on November 17, 2000 by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie was released in the United Kingdom on May 20, 2001 by Xilam.

Home media

Paramount Home Entertainment released the film on VHS and DVD on March 27, 2001. In 2009, Paramount released the film via iTunes and the PlayStation Store.

On August 29, 2017, Rugrats in Paris was re-released on DVD.

Box office

The film grossed $76.5 million in North America and $26.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $103.3 million, against a $30 million budget.

In the United States, it opened at #2, grossing $22.7 million in its opening weekend for an average of $7,743 from 2,934 venues. In the United Kingdom, it opened at #3, behind Bridget Jones's Diary and Spy Kids.

Sequel

A third and last installment, entitled Rugrats Go Wild, was released on June 13, 2003, featuring the characters from The Wild Thornberrys.

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