The Rugrats was my favourite show when I was really young and I remember loving this movie when it came out.
If you’re new here, Reviewing Childhood is a series where I revisit old favourites from when I was a kid, and see if they still hold up now. So far I’ve revisited old Cartoon Network shows and the Simpsons Hit & Run.
A few days before going to Paris we were looking at what to watch on Netflix, thinking we were gonna end up watching a Disney movie to get outselves excited for Disneyland, this came up and I knew it was what I wanted to watch.
I was pretty anxious about the trip as my anxiety goes through the roof when travelling – especially when flying – so I knew watching something from my childhood would calm me down.
I was surprised at just how much and how clearly I remembered from this movie as I haven’t seen it since 2000! I also had the Playstation 1 game at the time!
The story follows the Rugrats as they have go to Paris when Tommy’s dad, Stu, is called to fix his reptar robot in EuroReptarland *cough* rebranded Disneyland *cough*. Before the trip Chuckie asks Angelica, playing the Godfather, for a new mom. Paris places the child-hating Coco LaBouche as a candidate, as she plans to use Chuckie’s dad for a promotion.
I was worried we’d end up not being able to finish it if it ended up being unwatchable now. I caught a glimpse of the show a year or two ago when flicking through channels and was bored by it. Thankfully it’s actually still pretty enjoyable 18 years later (I feel old).
It still has funny moments, and the scenes where Chuckie misses his mother still hurt after all this time. I guess they wanted this to be something parents could tolerate sitting through with their kids.
Obviously it’s not the same watching it as a 22 year old but I’m happy it aged well.