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Season 6 Episode 1a
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Chuckie's Duckling
Original Airdate January 4, 1999 (Canada)
January 18, 1999 (US)
DVD release Season 6
Previous Episode The Family Tree
Next Episode A Dog's Life
Chuckie's Duckling is a Season 6 episode of Rugrats, and notably the first episode to air after the release of The Rugrats Movie.

Character Present

Plot

Chuckie finds a duck egg and helps it to hatch. The duckling that comes out, who he names Hubert, adopts Chuckie as his big brother and follows him everywhere. But is Chuckie ready for the big responsibility? - Description from Klasky Csupo 

Summary

A baby duck hatched in Tommy's backyard, and the first thing it sees is Chuckie. Chuckie adopts the duck, which he calls "Herbert". At first, caring for Herbert was exciting, but when the novelty wears out, it becomes a chore when he begins to realize the responsibilities of actually being an older brother. Meanwhile, Betty and her environmental group protest at a condo site that left the baby duck's mother without a home, while Grandpa tries to win at checkers.

In the end, Betty and the protestors win out, and Herbert's reunited with his mother and siblings. Chuckie's happy for Herbert, and realizes that, despite all the responsibilities of being an older sibling, he's going to miss having Herbert around.

The episode ends with Chuckie returning Dil's rattle to him after he throws it, and Grandpa chasing McNulty after finding out that the tournament is for Backgammon instead of checkers.

Trivia

  • This is the first episode to use digital cel and background animation.
  • It is the first appearance of Dil in the series after the first film.
  • Chuckie does indeed become a brother through Kimi as of Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
  • Animation error: when Betty appears with babies bring your classic shirt, but when loose brings another.