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The Rugrats Movie (1998)
by Matthew Doberman review

The Rugrats Movie brings the inspired enthusiasm of the popular, animated Nickelodeon-network toddlers to the big screen. The film presents a toddler's-eye view of the world with the same freshness that made the show such a hit. The plotline is aimed at a slightly younger crowd than most kids' fare, though there are enough cultural allusions and in-jokes to keep older viewers awake. The post-pubescent crowd will also appreciate the numerous celebrity voices and musical cameos from the likes of Bob Dylan, Busta Rhymes, Iggy Pop, and Beck. As with other TV adaptations, Rugrats occasionally strains in its efforts to extend a twelve-minute cartoon plotline to feature length; there are numerous poop jokes, not all of the clever variety. Nevertheless, the movie was hugely successful, at the box office as well as in the minds of younger critics.