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Rugrats (1998) The funny, smart people behind Nickelodeon's animated "Rugrats" series know their dual audiences, juxtaposing the blithely self-absorbed parallel universes of small, diapered children and their… G Animation Comedy Kids and Family Christine Cavanaugh Melanie Chartoff Cheryl Chase E.G. Daily Jack Riley Margaret Cho Tim Curry Whoopi Goldberg Edie McClurg Busta Rhymes David Spade Nickelodeon Pictures Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures
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Rugrats (1998)

MPAA Rating: G

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PARENTAL GUIDANCE NEGLECTED The "Rugrats" gang play ward games

EW's GRADE
B

Details Rated: G; Genres: Animation, Comedy, Kids and Family; With: Christine Cavanaugh, Melanie Chartoff, Cheryl Chase, E.G. Daily and Jack Riley; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

The funny, smart people behind Nickelodeon's animated ''Rugrats'' series know their dual audiences, juxtaposing the blithely self-absorbed parallel universes of small, diapered children and their large, Dockered parents. This first feature-length production does more of the same, advancing the TV story line with the arrival of baby brother Dylan (''Dil'') for natural-born toddling peer-group leader Tommy Pickles. The inevitable heavy-handed life lessons about jealousy and responsibility are doled out -- courtesy of writers raised with Dr. Spock and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as spiritual guides. But the creative team also dispatches overeducated parenthood and post-permissive childhood with wry, observant wit. (One sitcom-influenced cheat: The moms, as a group, are far more practical than the dads.) Guest voices by Margaret Cho, Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea Martin, David Spade, and Busta Rhymes up the hipness quotient; among the hospital-nursery babies, listen for Jakob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Lou Rawls, Lisa Loeb, Patti Smith, and the B-52's.

Originally posted Nov 20, 1998