After the commercial success of The Rugrats Movie, a follow up is set after the introduction of Tommy’s brother Dil. This time Tommy’s best friend Chuckie, is designated as the main protagonist of the sequel.
The premise is about Stu Pickles (Tommy’s father) is contacted by a businesswoman name Coco Lebouche, (voiced by Susan Sarandon) to repair an animatronic Reptar. He decides to take his entire family and friends to Paris where the robotic Reptar is located. During their stay at Reptarland, Chuckie goes on a quest to gain a new mother after his biological mother passed away.
Chuckie missing his mom, like I’ve never seen that before. “Cough” Batman, “cough” James Bond, “cough” Darth Vader, “cough” Star-Lord, “cough” Aelita from Code Lyoko. Just kidding.
Let me breakdown the pros and cons of the second film shall we?
For the first time in a Rugrats film, this article contains no SPOILERS so feel free to read it.
Positive: Chuckie is now the main character. Tommy has a supporting role, he already had his character arc from the previous entry.
The cast from the series did a good job on their voice over performances. Susan Sarandon and John Lithgow join the cast as the main villains. I’ll give this movie Bonus Points for hiring Mako (Aku’s voice actor in Samurai Jack) as Coco’s supervisor.
The film opens with a parody of The Godfather. If Nickelodeon makes another film in the future or bring back the show, I want the group to reenact a scene from The Wolf Of Wall Street, like the part when Matthew McConaughey pounds his chest while humming.
Similar to the first film, a newcomer to the series is introduced as the latest member of the gang.
Angelica sings a karaoke version of the song “Bad Girls.” The song is also available on the soundtrack.
The film manages to give me a couple of laughs like a few fart jokes.
The Climax becomes a race against the clock for the group.
The sequel finally adds decent villains.
Chuckie gets his moments such as saying “A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!”
The Goofy yell (similar to the Wilhelm scream) is heard during a fight scene.
One of the main characters says the big NOOOO!
Like the first film, this movie adds some dramatic moments. As Ron Burgundy once said, “I’m in a glass case of emotion!”
The main themes are bravery, family, and confidence.
Negative: Similar to its predecessor, the poorly written dialogue returns involving the babies. Again like my review from The Rugrats Movie, how are they mostly speaking proper English?
Kimi, who is the newcomer to the series, never displays a unique personality, she’s just a carbon copy of Tommy. As the animators mentioned that she’s a female Tommy.
Nobody notices that an important character from the series is missing until he reunites near the end of the film. Didn’t the adults ever learned their lesson from the last film?
A bizarre dream sequence showing one of the lead characters as a muscle bound fighter. The late Issac Hayes (Chef from South Park) sings in the background.
The Final Verdict: B-
The sequel actually improved. Despite a few flaws, I thought it was better then the first movie. Susan Sarandon stole the show as the villain. I hope one day Nickelodeon reintroduces the series to a new generation of viewers. It’s possible. Hey Arnold is getting a sequel after 15 years.