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Rugrats Go Wild
Producer Gabor Csupo
Director Norton Virgien
Writers Kate Boutiler
Released June 13, 2003
Run time 80 minutes
Previous Rugrats in Paris
Next None

Rugrats Go Wild is a 2003 crossover animated film, with 2 animated Nickelodeon TV series Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys and released in theaters on June 13, 2003 by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It also makes this the end of the Rugrats series, after the show ceased production. As there are currently no further Rugrats movies in production, Rugrats Go Wild stands as the final Rugrats film. It grossed the least out of the 3 Rugrats movies. It is the only Nickelodeon film to be a crossover.

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The Rugrats get stranded on a deserted island on a cruise and meet the Wild Thornberrys, who help them get off the island.


The film starts with Tommy and the gang pretending to be in an adventure in the jungle with Tommy as Nigel Thornberry, his hero, informing his friends about a fierce tiger. Suddenly, the tiger pursues the babies as they flee from it, via their jungle jeep. Tommy tries to catch up before the tiger does as well, however, the tiger bites his pants and tears it apart on purpose after he managed to jump on the jeep to save himself. The babies then found themselves in the water. Tommy notices a nearby "Crocogator". Once it approaches the babies, it attempts to attack angrily, frightening the babies. Despite its fatal attacks, it then behaves similar to a dog. Tommy fetches his rubber ball to the self-tamed animal and it catches it with its mouth. Then it starts homing in on the babies in an evil manner. The babies park the jeep and rush into a pool of quicksand, even though Tommy didn't realize it was there. Thus, he latches on to a vine and suggests the others by grabbing on to his hand and gradually free themselves. But before they could,the tiger reappears attempting to attack the babies. Then Angelica comes and interrupts them with Fluffy, turning out to be the tiger, saying that Tommy will never be his hero, which makes him sad. Meanwhile, the adults are packing and readying for their seven-day vacation in the South China Seas.

When they reach the pier, everyone is there except for Stu and Spike (Susie's parents aren't there either because her mom is getting a new award for discovering a new disease while her dad is cutting the ribbon for the opening of the Dummi Bear theme park). Although, it is revealed that Stu actually planned a trip themselves, so they set sail on a ramshackle boat that he rented. Everyone gets disgruntled and they try to get on the cruise by sending signals and driving the boat there themselves. When they get a signal from the cruise, it disappears with a signal from Debbie Thornberry on an island. It then cuts to a scene with them. There, Debbie is arguing with her mom since they are not back from trying to find a Clouded Leopard. Then the scene cuts to when the boat is flipped over by a rogue wave during a tropical storm and they are forced to abandon ship onto a life raft.

They end up arriving on a small uninhabited island. On the same island, but on the other side, are the famous globe-trotting family the Thornberrys. Meanwhile, Angelica scares the babies saying they will be eaten unless they treat her as princess. Although, after seeing Stu sad, the babies set off to find them for they suspect they are somewhere on the island, thinking they can help. Also, Angelica tries to find someone she can boss, and Spike sets off to the babies. Going through the jungle, Angelica (going by the name Angelitiki, the island princess) finds Debbie, asking her how to be bossy. Meanwhile, somewhere along the way Chuckie gets lost and runs into the Thornberry's Tarzan-like child Donnie and the two switch clothes. Donnie gets with the group and Chuckie befriends an animal. Meanwhile Eliza, the gifted Thornberry, is exploring about the jungle and runs into Spike.

Since Eliza can talk to animals, Spike (now voiced by Bruce Willis) talks for the first time and he informs her that the babies are lost somewhere on the island. In their journey, Eliza finds Siri, a clouded leopard and she sets off to go eat the babies. While this is occurring Eliza's father, Nigel, finds the lost babies. They share the waffles and put ketchup on his waffle. Susie, Kimi, Phil, Lil, Chuckie and Tommy are all crying about going home to California. He attempts to head in their direction but ends up tumbling down a hill and receives amnesia after a coconut falls on his head. Then, Angelica and Debbie takes off in the Thornberry's all-purpose mobile communication vehicle (commvee). While not paying attention the twosome sink the commvee and Angelica steals the bathysphere. Later Siri finds the babies, but Donnie fends her off. Then Chuckie finds him and they get back their clothes. After running off from Siri, the gang lands in a crater. When they all give up hope, Angelica saves them. On the island, the parents encounter Mrs. Thornberry. When they try to find the babies in the bathosphere by making radio contact with them, it worked, but since they are out of fuel, they can't get to the surface without the commvee's help, although the the commvee is underwater. Then Stu makes up a plan, and it worked. With the children being reunited with their families, everyone is happy and they all go on vacation. Photos of the families on the Lipschitz Cruise are shown during the end credits.


  • This movie is considered the weakest of the three Rugrats films, earning mixed-to-negative reviews and not performing as well as the other two (although it did manage to earn back its budget of $25 million).
  • When this movie was first released into theaters, audience members received 'Odorama' cards which they needed to sniff at specific points. This gimmick was not well-received. 
  • When the adults notice that their children are missing, Didi exclaims "I felt like this has happened before!". This is possibly a reference to The Rugrats Movie, in which the babies got lost in a forest.
  • When the characters arrive on the island, Kira yells "I should have never left Paris!". This is a reference to Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
  • Nigel Thornberry having amnesia and thinking that he's a baby, is possibly a nod to "Regarding Stuie", where Stu got amnesia and thought he was a baby.
  • This film shows the first signs of the split that happens in All Grown Up! between Phil and Lil when Lil gives up eating bugs and became a Vegitabalatarian, and wants Phil to do the same.
  • This film is the only "Rugrats" film to get a PG-rating from the MPAA.
    • This is also the only Rugrats movie in which Susie plays a supporting role, as opposed to a cameo.
  • Unlike the last two movies, where it's about brothers and stepparents, this one just cheaply focuses on two fan service "doubles", with Chuckie and Donnie, and Angelica and Debbie.
  • Scooby-Doo Reference: During the chase scene, the song "Frustrated Unnoticed" plays, a reference to the Scooby-Doo chase scene, when a song is played.


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