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This show is GREAT! I watched this show when it aired on nickolodeon in the UK, probably about 15/16years ago when I was 7yrs old or so and i loved it. It's about a little gang of babies, and also to an extent about there parents too. It shows the world through a babies eyes, and it shows the simple things which can become scary and terrifying when a little imagination is thrown into the equation. It also plays on the things the parents say, and how the kids interpret it into these blown up exhagerated situations. One example is when Chuckie (a cute little ginger character who is very nervous of everything) swallows a water melon seed, and Angelica (and older kid, very much a princess, daddy's girl type) tells him that now a WHOLE water melon is going to grow inside him. Well of-course than means the babies have to shrink themselves and go take that water-melon pip out of there! It then shows there journey inside the human body, from the sticky gooey inside of chuckie's nose, to the turbid treachourous stomach....and around his blood stream where they surf along red blood cells as make-shift dingys. It's a great way to show kids what the inside of the body looks like, it is very accurate (as much as a cartoon can be), it's just great.
Some of the episodes can be quite scary, but always with the show the kids are shown how these things aren't scary and there's nothing to worry about.
I think i watched this show until i was about 11years old, probably it is best aimed at under 8s.
It's a great show, definitely recommend it to parents looking for a kind hearted show for kids, which confronts all those things that children are scared of, and resolves them in a friendly way :)
Rugrats is an American animated television series that was started in 1991 and ran for not too far off two hundred episodes over nine seasons. It was incredibly popular in it's day and I have to admit it took me a while to get into it as I've always preferred the likes of the muppets, but once I did I did really enjoy it and it was quite entertaining. The show focuses on four babies and their every day lives which normally involve common life experiences that become adventures in the babie's minds.
In a similar way to the likes of Toy story these babies talk when grown ups aren't around. It revolves around a group of children whose family have moved from Ohio to California. The toddlers all communicate with each other through baby talk, but we as the viewer can understand them as it's all translated. The group is often joined somewhat reluctantly by Tommy's cousin, Angelica Pickles. As she is three years old she can understand both the toddlers and adults alike.
The main characters are Tommy who is the leader of the gang and also thinks he is the bravest. He regularly gets out of the play pen by using a screwdriver and this when he has the adventures and gets to explore. Chuckie is the cat who is scared of everything. Phil and Lil are the twins who like to eat bugs.
Then there is Dil who is Tommy's brother and Angelica, who is Tommy's older cousin and is nasty to the babies most of the time.
Together they all make up the Rugrats and are very enjoyable to watch and the show is great fun.
If you were a kid growing up in the 90's then this is a show that you will most likely have come across. Rugrats was a great little show especially in the earlier versions before going to the big screen and introducing new characters. It was initially broadcast in 1991 and episodes were produced for the show up to 2004 which made it the longest lasting cartoon on Nicktoons. The show was created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.
Idea of Show
The premise of the show was to see what life as a baby was like.This is a show about four babies who are Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil Deville. We see their lives as babies play out on screen and we get to hear them talk. On the sidelines are Tommy's mean cousin Angelica, their friend Susie Carmichael (who is the same age as Angelica), and also everybody's parent.Tommy's older cousin, Angelica is the evil one in the group who is manipulative and also considered a spoiled brat. The gang go on great adventures around the house with their wonderful imaginations.
This was a great show and was one that I used to watch alot when I was growing up. The theme tune and opening sequence of the show was something that helped to really identify it. All the characters were cast well and the contrasting styles of each baby and toddler worked well. There was Tommy who was fearless and tended to take charge of the group. Then there was Chuckie who was scared of practically everything. The mischievous twins were also funny and tried to confuse the others. Angelica was the mean and evil one but she tries to manipuate the adults by acting to be good in front of them most of the time. Susie who is their friend is also the same age as Angelica but is not as manipulative.
Overall this was a great show but went a bit downhill after they decided to go to the big screen with movies and also the introduction of the new character Dill who is Tommy's brother. The gang are not the babies after this and they tend to be the ones looking after Dill. There has also been a spin off show called All grown up which ran from 2004 to 2008 which has the gang all 9 years older. Overall a very good show but went a bit downhill towards the end. Still 4/5 stars from me
Originally airing in August 1991 it was created by Klasky and Csupo for Nickelodeon. It was broadcast in the USA, the UK, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Ukraine, Italy and Mexico to name a few countries. The show was nominated for various tv awards including the Annie and Emmy and in 1993 it won the day time Emmy award for outstanding animated children's program. Its latest award was received in 2003 around the time the series stopped being produced this was once again the day time Emmy award for outstanding animated children's program.
Originally there were a group of six toddlers/babies aged around 1-3 years old. They would spend their days escaping from their play pens unbeknownst to their parents sitting in the next room and go off to have rather surreal adventures around the house created with their vast imaginations. However after the movie came into existence another younger much less interesting and more annoying baby came into the series and the episodes became more immature and suffered with lower rating as a result.
Tommy Pickles- The natural born leader of the group, he is still in nappies and has not grown very much hair. He relies on his trusty screwdriver for escaping from the play pen and his dog spike for quick escapes.
Chuckie Finster - Has a large head of untameable red hair and geeky square glasses, he seems to be around two years and is in the process of being potty trained. He is the paranoid and doubtful one of the group and is constantly making comments like "doomed" and "I think this is a bad idea guys".
Phil and Lil Deville- A boy and girl twin combo who are similar to Tommy's age and are also still in nappies. They look so alike that sometimes even their parents can't even tell them apart and they seem to be constantly coming up with new argument topics. However in spite of this they can never be apart as is the curse of being a twin.
Angelica Pickles- Tommy's big cousin she is three years old and constantly bullies and picks on the babies claiming she is much better than them as she is older. However the babies have had to bail her out on a number of occasions when she gets into trouble.
Susie Carmichael- A neighbour of the Pickles she is also three years old but the polar opposite of Angelica. She is modest, kind and happily gets along and plays with the babies in the group.
Dil Pickles- The new comer of the group originating from the first Rugrats movie, he just seems to be a pain in the neck in my opinion, unlike the other babies he can't move around or even speak baby syllables and all he ever seems to do is cry and make annoying noises, since he was introduced to the show whatever grammar and intelligence the babies had went.
Kimi Finster- A little Japanese girl introduced in the second Rugrats movie she has an attitude a bit like Tommy's but again like Dil she is very annoying. She becomes Chuckie's step sister when his dad marries her mum.
The Rugrats Movie- The movie in which Dil is born and the babies get lost in the nearby woods having to fend off against monkeys and wolves. (1998)
Rugrats in Paris-The group travels to Paris to check out the reptar theme park and Kimi and her mother are introduced. (2000)
Rugrats go wild-The series crosses over with another Nikelodeon show called the wild Thornberries which involves a travelling family who record wild animals across the world for a documentary show. (2003)
All grown up- We are shown what the characters all look like 9 years in the future and the antics they get up to at junior high and the problems they experience with growing up. For instance Phil and Lil recognise that they may not be so similar anymore, Tommy and Chuckie develop crushes and Angelica and Susie begin to feel peer pressure from fellow classmates. (2003)
Aww those cute little babies, Huh! they talk when grown up aren't around?! Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Dil, oh and Angelica.
The Rugrats are a bunch ok babies, set in America was first shown about 17 years ago, I always use to be quite fond of this program a long whilst ago.
Tommy: the leader of the gang is the bravest and using his screwdrive from his nappy (dipper) he manages to open the play pen gate and escape for all the adventures and explorations.
Chuckie: the fraidy cat, who is quite scared of everything, even some things that just are not meant to be.
Phil: one of the twins, they don't play a big part in it but do make it all that special, but both the twins do like to eat bugs.
Lil: the other twin, hu again likes eating bugs, Yuk!
Dil: Tommy's brother who comes in a bit later on, who has a party in his honor before he's born.
Angelica: Tommy's older cousin who is horrid to the babies who can't tell their parents as they can't talk to grown ups, so Angelica really gets them into trouble unelss she is caught.
I loved this show, as it was a great view from babies eyes, and what they might actually be thinking. and doing.
Rugrats started in 91 and is created by the same people who made the Simpsons and Llyod in Space.
I use to watch this show all the time and got a few Rugrats merchandise: a few teddys and little models.
Its an American TV show with the Pickles family: Didi, Stu and kids: Tommy and Dil, who came into it later on.
The other familys also have kids of about 1-3 years old and they can all talk when grown ups aren't around. There is also a slightly older kid called Angelica who is also Tommy's cousin, she is spoilt and gets the other into trouble whilst getting what she wants.
The Rugrats give you an insite into what babies think and do when your not arround and all the things they do that you don't know about.
I don't watch it anymore as it's a bit childish now, but there is also All Growed Up, which is the Rugrats all at school and older, as one of the shows is called: Older and Bolder, altho they have more hair by that time not less.
Rugrats is a US cartoon first aired in 1991, and aimed at young children. Rugrats is a term generally used in the States to describe toddlers and babies, and this is exactly what the show is about.
It features a small number of kids whose parents are all friends, or they are related. The main character is Tommy, a baby who is just learning to walk, and his best friend Chuckie. There are also the twins, Phil and Lil, and then there is Angelica, who is portrayed as older, wiser, bossier, and more spoilt than the other kids, with her mum being a high powered businesswoman whereas the parents of the other kids seem very regular.
The babies and toddlers are shown to us, the viewers, as being able to converse fully with each other, and with vivid imaginations that are clear to us. However, we see when they talk to the adults that their speech is limited and very typical for kids of that age. Thus it's more of an insight as to what the creators of the show suppose the kids might say to each other if they could talk, and each episode features this.
The episodes generally involved one or more of the kids wanting to do something, or seeing something they want or worrying they are going to be replaced, or that their parents are going away. They see or hear something minor or innocent and their imaginations make up these wild situations as a result. What we get from this is some very clever scriptwriting and good entertainment. I enjoyed watching this in my teens, and my son enjoys watching it now. They have made a coupld of TV movies based on the cartoon as well, the most successful being Rugrats in Paris, introducing new characters and taking the kids on a big adventure!
If you get a chance to let your kids watch this, then let them have a go. I don't think it'll be every kid's cup of tea - the animation and plots will not be liked by all kids, but I enjoyed it and so does my son, so it's a thumbs up from me.
I love the rugrats, I think its the adult sense of humour mixed in with the simple innocent phrases and sentences that Tommy and his friends come out with. As I have mentioned the rugrats is all about a baby called Tommy, his best friend a toddler called Chuckie, Phil and Lil, who are the twin babies that live next door. There is also Angelica who is Tommy's cousin and very bossy also she is a spoilt brat, Suzie a girl who Tommy gets on very well with and stands up for the babies when Angelica is picking on them. Of course there are some adults, as well, there's Didi and Stu who are Tommy's parents ( I shouldn't forget to say that there is also a newborn called Dill, Tommy's brother), then there's Drew and who are Angelica's parents, Chaz who is Chuckie's father and Betty and who are Phil and Lil's parents. My children like this programme but not as much as I do. I find it fascinating, especially the way it takes life from the babies point of view. Take one episode I remember very well, the parents all wanted to go to the local swimming pool and they put the babies in the creche. The babies of course escaped from the creche and they found themselves looking in awe at what they thought was a giant potty! To flush the potty or toilet you have to use in this case the gigantic flush which was infact the diving board so the fearless babies lead by no other than Tommy, their brave leader, climbed onto the diving board and started jumping up and down. Tommy's Dad had to rescue him by running and jumping off the diving board too! and of course it was as always a happy ending. Another episode took Tommy off to a daycare centre or Nursery as we call them here (rugrats is of course American) and once there he met and finally made friends with a lot of other babies. These other babies were led into a "jailbreak" type thing when Tommy decided he had had enough. There have be
en many classic episodes far too many to go into in this opinion. May I just say that anyone who has kids and has forgotten to look at life from their kids point of view should take a look at this cartoon.
I LOVE the Rugrats. I'm 32, but thanks God, have 4 kids as an excuse to watch it everday on Nick. Tommy, Chukky, Phil, Lil, Angelica. They are all great. I laugh out loud at their antics. The concept of a show through the eyes of babies is excellent. Tommy is the brave adventurer, who is fazed by almost mothing. He is the leader of the gang, and the only one trully brave enough to risk the wrath of bully Angelica. Chukky is the gormless fraidy-cat. Every time a new adventure is suggested, you can rely on Chukky to say 'I don't think this is such a good idea'. He has no mummy , although in the new movie Rugrats in Paris, his daddy gets married, and the wee sweety finally gets a new mommy. Phil & Lil are twins. They are always arguing but love each other fiercely. They like nothing more than rolling in mud and eating bugs! Angelica is Tommy's big cousin, and as the oldest, loves to bully the babies. Her war cry is 'You DUMB babies!'. She is spoiled rotten by her career mad parents. Tommy has a new little brother, Dillon. Known as Dill - can you imagine growing up with a name like Dill Pickles!!!! Everything about this cartoon series is great. I love that the babies are always left alone long enough to create all sorts of mayhem! I often look at my own kids and wonder if they really could comunicate with each other in their own little baby language. Probably not, but it would be cool to think they could!
I am twenty and I have to admit I enjoy a good episode of Rugrats. My nephew and I could watch it together for hours on end. The Rugrats is a cartoon, which sees life through the eyes of a bunch of toddlers. Let me introduce you to the babies, Tommy Pickles Tommy is son to Didi and Stu Pickles. He is the most popular Rugrat of them all. His best friends are Chuckie and Spike. He leads his Rugrat friends on great expeditions to unravel the great mysteries of life. Chuckie Chuckie may often be seen saying ‘Maybe this isn’t such a good idea.’ Phil and Lil Phil and Lil are twins and live next door to Tommy. They look the same except Lil wears a bow in her hair. They belong to Betty and Howard DeVille. Their favourite foods are worms and dog food. (Yuk!) Angelica Angelica is Tommys cousin. She is three and mean. She is always getting the other babies in trouble. Dylan Pickles (Dil) Dil is Tommy’s new baby brother. Tommy likes to look after him. He is very cute but has many tantrums that drive the others mad. Dil was born in the rugrats movie. Susie Susie is the daughter of Randy and Lucy Carmichaels. She is three years old and is friends with the babies. Susie likes to help people and wants to be a doctor. Now I have introduced you to the babies you have to meet Spike. Spike is Tommy’s dog. Tommy often rides on Spikes back as if he is a horse. Spike often helps Tommy when he is in trouble. Now we have talked about all the children we have to talk about their mums and dads. Didi Pickles spends all of her time referring to books on how to bring up children, and loves the works of Dr Lipschitz. Stu Pickles is a self-employed inventor and spends most of his time working in his basement. He has his own toy company but often fails to invent something worthwhile. Grandpa Pickles often acts more like a kid himself than an adu
lt. He is grandpa to Angelica, Tommy and Dil. He gets the kids out of trouble all the time and is their ‘favourite adult’. He likes telling stories about his childhood and also likes fishing. Chas is known better as Chuckie’s dad. He looks quite like Chuckie, with red hair and glasses. He is a single parent and often worries about Chuckie. Drew is Angelicas dad. He is a banker and often argues with Stu, Drew’s dad. He thinks Angelica is really sweet and spoils her rotten. Charlotte is Angelicas mum. She seems to think her career is more important than her family and spends all of her time on the phone. Betty and Howard are Phil and Lils parents. Betty is loud and colourful and Howard is shy and quiet and doesn’t speak much. There are more characters but I won’t go into detail about them. I think the Rugrats is one of the best children’s programmes around. I think the reason the kid’s love it so much is because they can relate to it. The Rugrats have also got a couple of movies out so if you or your kids love the show why don’t you check the movie out. Unfortunately I am yet to see them yet although I’m sure I will find some excuse to watch it with my nephew. (Perhaps we could buy him it as a present!) If you are yet to experience the life of the Rugrats you can catch them every day on Nickelodeon and then on other occasions on BBC. Trust me once you have watched it once, you will be hooked, whatever you age. Go on let your hair down. Enjoy watching Grimsbygal
Relive your childhood with The Rugrats, a modern cartoon about a group of babies in America (where babies are apparently called Rugrats). The cartoon is (I've been not too reliably informed) is the favourite cartoon amongst American parents, so obviously their children have to watch it whether they want to or not. The appeal amongst adults, like me, is to do with the fact that these babies make comments from their view of life from the floor, on all the things us adults do, and very cynical, dry comments they are too. However, it is equally appealing to children thanks to the usual mischief that the characters get up to. The main charater is the bald and tooth-deficient Tommy, who cannot pronounce his letters properly and is still in diapers. His best friend is Chuckie, the ginger haired scruffy one, who is famous for not being brave and needing Tommy to get him out of scrapes. Tommy's cousins are Phil and Lil deVille, identical twins who like arguing with each other and eating worms and other disgusting things from the garden. You can tell which is which because Lil has a ribbon in her hair and speaks in a cute voice. Tommy's other cousin is Angelica, my favourite character because she is the oldest, and as a result bosses the other kids around, takes charge and generally plans to get them into trouble so she can rule the world. You also get to meet their parents who are great stereotypes of differnt American parents, and the butt of many of the Ruggies cynical worldly comments. The animation is great, in a wobbly scratchy way that reminds me of Rubarb and Custard. The music is great as well. The programmes are on Nickolodeon and BBC1, and a recent film brought Tommy a little baby brother, Dil Pickles (funny huh), with another film on the way. In terms of cartoons, this beats all the so-called adult orientated cartoons like the Simpsons hands down - you can't beat th
e words of babes to make us think about our own adult world, and how ridiculous it all is. Which is a good thought to end on as we start a new year - Happy New Year everyone!
Although, most of the series they show are repeats I must confess to watching about three or four episodes a week of Rugrats with my daughter, who excitedly watches on. I, suppose she’s too young to catch up on the themes of the episodes. The kids have an adventure, Angelica’s normally the ‘bad’ person who ‘frights’ the babies, and at the end, they solve their problem. It’s such a simple concept yet each episode is just as good. Yesterday we watched for the tenth time the episode where Angelica tries to play Phil and Lil off each other telling both the other said they were rejects. The cartoon is centred on four children, Angelica the older and the more bossy ones, she always enjoys playing the kids of against each other. Tommy, he’s been in nappies for ages or diapers as the American like to calls it. My favourite character Chuckie, he’s easily frightened, such a brilliant cartoon animation, the glasses with two teeth and ginger hair sticking up. And there’s the twins Philip and Lillian, they like an adventure and always end up fighting with each other and then making up. Rugrats is one of the new brands of cartoons although it’s been going on for about three or four years, I don’t think it’s a classic but it’s doing well and certainly keeps the children quiet and entertained. Will the kids ever grow up?.
The Rugrats have been entertaining me for years and years and probably for more years to come. Tommy,Chuckie,Lil,Phil,Dil and of course the amazing and spectacular ANGELICA. Yeah how mean is she to those kids stealing their sweets and everything, even when she helps them she will benefit somehow. The parents are completely idle and deaf tehy cannot hear anything that goes on inside their houses (more like that they dont care). So all the kids are completely in love and obsessed with a dinosaur called REPTAR. A big fat green and blue one at that. So really recommend that you watch these episodes as they are so funny and will suprise you in the behaviour of the children and how they act around their parents and what they believe and think about life and you see things from their point of view.
I'm a big fan of Rugrats, yes I may be a big kid. But I think this cartoon, shows that it is possible to make a great programme for children without having to base it around violence. The whole cartoon is based around children, Tommy the main character, Dillian, Tommy's little brother. Phil and Lil the twins (neighbours) and Chucky Tommy's best friend. The cartoon is bright and colourful, the stories are fun and written and produced with the innocience of children in mind, each episode is written from a childs point of view. I'm such a big fan that I went to see Rugrats the movie at the cinema, I dragged my friend along and watched the film amongst hundreds of children. Now that show's dedication!!
I used to be a great fan of Rugrats - despite being obviously too old - yet now I find it hard to watch. The good elements are that it is often amusing, it's lively and reasonably well animated ( with the use of interesting 'camera' angles ) - and the characters are solid and consistent. Unfortunately the recipe for this show makes itself painfully clear after the first few episodes. Kids overhear something - misunderstand and mispronounce it - go in search of something relevant to it, if not the thing itself - causing much hilarity along with way with their baby antics. The characters are highly stereotyped, and for me mostly very irritating - how anyone could say it's true to life, I'm not quite sure. But of course it's not supposed to be - it's supposed to be entertainment, and so long as you don't analyse it too closely, or so long as you're of that certain age, it fulfils that requirement. It's highly American - in content and style - and it has no educational value to it whatsoever. Anyway, if your kids like it, which many do, then it's unobjectionable enough to let them continue!