Rugrats in Paris: The Movie is a 2000 American animated comedy-drama film and the sequel to 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 and released into theaters on November 17, 2000.
The film grossed $76.5 million domestically and $103.3 million worldwide.
The film marks the first appearance of two villains in the Rugrats franchise, the child-hating Coco LaBouche and her accomplice, Jean-Claude. The film also marks the first appearance of new Rugrats character Kimi Finster and her mother Kira.
The film opens with a parody of The Godfather at the wedding reception of Lou Pickles and his new wife, Lulu. A mother-child dance during the reception saddens Chuckie Finster, who realizes that he has lived most of his life without his mother, Melinda, who died of an illness shortly after he was born. His father, Chas, 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. Due to a misunderstanding, Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica, Dil, their dog Spike and all their parents travel to Paris to take a vacation at the park.
Coco LaBouche, the cold-hearted child-hating head of EuroReptarland, yearns to be the president of the entire Reptar franchise and its parent company, Yamaguchi Industries, after her boss, Mr. Yamaguchi, resigns as the president. Yamaguchi says that his successor has to love children to be able to do the job, so LaBouche lies to him by claiming to be engaged to a man with a child. Upon the Rugrats' arrival at EuroReptarland, Angelica overhears a conversation between Coco and Yamaguchi before being caught. To save herself from punishment, Angelica reveals that Chas is looking for a wife and suggests that Coco marry him. Coco strikes up a relationship with Chas, but her attempts to bond with Chuckie fail. The adults and babies meet Coco's overworked assistant Kira Watanabe and her daughter, Kimi, who both hail from Japan, but are now living in France. Kira 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 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. At the show's premiere, Angelica informs Coco of Chuckie's wish, so Coco sneaks backstage and takes the spotlight as the princess, luring Chuckie into her arms to make her seem wonderful with children. Chas is thrilled, deciding she would make an excellent mother and decides on the spot to marry her, much to everyone's surprise, including his friends.
On her wedding day, Coco, aided by her accomplice Jean-Claude, kidnaps the children and traps them in a warehouse. Chuckie rallies the children to crash his father's wedding at the Notre Dame cathedral using the Reptar robot. They are chased by Jean-Claude, who pilots Reptar's nemesis, the Robosnail robot. The chase culminates in a fight on a bridge and Chuckie knocks Robosnail into the Seine river. Coco forces Chas to go through with the wedding despite Chuckie's absence, and rushes the Archbishop of Paris until she loses her temper and throws the Bible at him.
Chuckie crashes the wedding, and Coco then pretends to be happy to see Chuckie but Jean-Claude bursts in and accidentally reveals Coco's true nature by announcing that her kidnapping plot had failed. Seeing Coco for the cold child-hating woman she really is, Chas angrily calls the wedding off. Angelica divulges Coco's plans to Yamaguchi, who is also in attendance, and the former president fires Coco from EuroReptarland. When Coco tries to leave, she realizes the babies are on her wedding train and angrily yanks them off in front of everyone. Angelica angrily tells Coco that only she can do that and, as a humiliated Coco leaves the church, Angelica stomps on the wedding dress, ripping it and revealing Coco's underwear. Spike chases the humiliated Coco from the cathedral with Jean-Claude in tow. Kira arrives at the church after having been thrown out of the wedding car earlier and apologizes to Chas for what Coco did to him and Chuckie.
Chas and Kira eventually fall in love and get married. Spike's new girlfriend, Fifi, is adopted by the Finster family. Chuckie gets Kira as a new mother, and Kimi as a new sister. The film ends with a cake fight between the characters and their families.
- E.G. Daily as Tommy Pickles, Chuckie's best friend; he is the courageous and adventurous leader of the Rugrats.
- Tara Strong as Dil Pickles, Tommy's younger brother.
- Cheryl Chase as Angelica Pickles, Tommy and Dil's bratty older cousin.
- Christine Cavanaugh as Chuckie Finster, the most cowardly of the Rugrats. His goal is to find a new mother, after his real mother died shortly after he was born.
- Kath Soucie as Phil and Lil DeVille, the fraternal twin brother and sister Rugrats.
- Soucie also voices Betty DeVille, the twins' mother.
- Michael Bell as Chas Finster, Chuckie's widower father.
- Bell also voices Drew Pickles, Angelica's father and Stu's older brother.
- Dionne Quan as Kimi Watanabe, Kira's naive and fearless daughter who becomes Chuckie's stepsister.
- Susan Sarandon as Coco LaBouche, the cruel and child-hating director of EuroReptarland. She only wants to marry Chas in order to get a promotion.
- John Lithgow as Jean-Claude, Coco's partner-in-crime.
- Jack Riley as Stu Pickles, Tommy and Dil's inventor father; he is summoned to Paris to fix his malfunctioning Reptar robot.
- Melanie Chartoff as Didi Pickles, Tommy and Dil's mother and Stu's wife.
- Julia Kato as Kira Watanabe, Coco's assistant who marries Chas and becomes Chuckie's stepmother.
- Cree Summer as Susie Carmichael, Angelica's friend.
- Tress MacNeille as Charlotte Pickles, Angelica's workaholic mother.
- Phil Proctor as Howard DeVille, Betty's nervous husband Phil and Lil's father
- Joe Alaskey as Grandpa Lou Pickles, Tommy, Dil and Angelica's grandfather and Stu and Drew's father.
- Casey Kasem as DJ
- Mako as Mr. Yamaguchi, Coco's boss.
- Tim Curry, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Billy West as the three Sumo wrestlers/singers
- Debbie Reynolds as Lulu Pickles, Grandpa Lou's second wife and the stepmother of Stu and Drew.
- Dan Castellaneta as Archbishop Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris
- Roger Rose as the Finster wedding DJ
- Lisa McClowry as The Princess
- Charlie Adler as the French police officer
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.
|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||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 & The Sumos||4:05|
|Bonus enhanced track on enhanced CD|
|14.||"Jazzy Rugrat Love" (Theme from Rugrats in Paris)||Teena Marie||5:07|
The film was released on November 17, 2000, and grossed $103,291,131 worldwide from a $30 million budget. In the United States, it grossed $22,718,184 in its opening weekend for an average of $7,743 from 2,934 venues. In the United Kingdom, Bridget Jones's Diary dethroned Rugrats in Paris to #3, thus placing it behind Bridget Jones and Spy Kids.
On March 15, 2011, Rugrats in Paris, as well as The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, were re released on a three disc trilogy collection. As of October 2014, the film is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 75% approval rating from critics based on seventy three reviews. The critical consensus reads: "When the Rugrats go to Paris, the result is Nickelodeon-style fun. The plot is effectively character-driven, and features catchy songs and great celebrity voice-acting." Metacritic gives a film a 62% based on 25 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews". This is most critically acclaimed Rugrats film to date.
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- ↑ Liana Jonas. "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Original Soundtrack - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/rugrats-in-paris-the-movie-mw0000105538. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
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- ↑ "Bridget wins Easter chart battle". news.bbc.co.uk. 18 April 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1283281.stm. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
- ↑ Mitchell, Elvis (November 17, 2000). "FILM REVIEW; So Where Is Madeline When You Need Her?". The New York Times. https://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E07EFDA153BF934A25752C1A9669C8B63. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
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