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Rugrats Go Wild

It makes sense that the two families who've spawned big-screen animated ventures from the Nickelodeon Channel band together.  It's the Pickels and the Thornberrys in Rugrats Go Wild, a pretty good union of a cast that often amuses with spunk, wit, and sensitivity to those around them.  Tykes will like the film's marketing sent of "Odorama."

After last holiday's The Wild Thornberrys Movie, these wildlife supporters serve as the antagonists to the rascal-like Rugrats.  The script by Kate Boutilier offers enough antics to merit a "PG" rating from the troubles of Stu Pickels (Jack Riley) and Nigel Thornberry (Tim Curry).

Directors John Eng and Norton Virgien adequately contrast scenes on land and underwater after the Pickels land on a mysterious deserted island inhabited by Elize (Lacey Chabert) and her disparate family.  Nigel has bumped his head and now acts like a pre-schooler so a tiny cruise vessel allows time for Eliza and the adorable doggie Spike, enliven by the voice work of Bruce Willis.

The film tries to handle a variation of "The Lord of the Flies" with Tommy's "diaper dreams" giving Angelica, voiced arrogantly by Cheryl Chase, much to carp on.  Chase hits a sardonic high note when crooning "The Morning After."  There is some cute stuff around roughing it between siblings and one of the Thornberrys (Danielle Harris) has some of the emotional qualities needed to be a closer to the those she loves.

Rugrats Go Wild doesn't end up looking as good as Stu in the end in part because of the packed cast, not because of the sparkling traditional animation and a viewer-friendly atmosphere.

Rugrats Go Wild

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