Movie Review: Rugrats Go Wild
It may seem like a no-brainer to make a feature film combining two of Nickelodeon’s hit shows, Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, since both appeal to young kids and are made by the same animation house, Klasky Csupo. According to Norton Virgien and John Eng, co-directors of the new Rugrats Go Wild movie, the film started out as a TV special. But they were so excited by how the work was coming together, they decided to turn it into a movie.

In Rugrats Go Wild, the Rugrats’ cruise ship runs aground on a deserted island – deserted, that is, except for an abundance of wildlife, including lizards, leopards, bug-eating plants and the Thornberrys, who are the wildest life forms of all.

“When we do a feature, we like to do something different than what you can see on the TV show,” Virgien says. “So once we put the Rugrats with the Thornberrys, the most obvious thing is that we can now hear what Spike (the Rugrats’ dog) has to say, (because Eliza Thornberry can talk to animals).”

Happily, Spike’s voice is supplied by Bruce Willis, who really threw himself into the role, according to Virgien. “Bruce totally flabbergasted us by how dedicated he is to his work,” Virgien says. “Every second he puts 180 percent into everything he does. He researched the role and approached it just like an acting assignment.”

Then Eng chimes in: “He’s done tons of ad-libs that we’ve kept because they’re so good. We started with a good script, but Bruce just takes it to another level.”

And lest one think the film is strictly for kids, Eng and Virgien assure us that there’s plenty of adult humor and pop-culture references to keep the grown-ups entertained.

Rated PG for "mild crude humor."

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