Directed by Norton Virgien and John Eng, starring the voices of Bruce Willis, Chrissie Hynde, Tim Curry, Nancy Cartwright and Flea.
Toddler Tommy Pickles' dream is to be an intrepid explorer, like his hero, Sir Nigel Thornberry. Unfortunately, his cousin Angelica is determined to shatter his illusions when she tells him that he'll never have any real adventures.
So, the scene is set for the Rugrats' third big screen outing. Tommy's ne'er do well father Stu has planned a dream holiday for his extended family and friends. Little do they know that what they think is going to be a relaxing voyage aboard a luxury cruise turns out to be a much more back to basics existence on a rickety looking tub.
Predictably, the vessel gets caught in a storm and the entire party must abandon ship. In true 'Swiss Family Robinson' style, the hapless holidaymakers land on a deserted island, with no hope of rescue.
Seeing that his dad is being blamed for the mess, the adventurous Tommy decides to help out. He enlists the help of his friends Chuckie, Kimmie, twins Phil and Lil, Suzie and his baby brother Dill for an expedition into the real life 'drainforest' to find his hero Sir Nigel in the hope that he can help them get home.
Luckily for him, 'The Wild Thornberrys' are in fact on the island, which prompts a meeting between two of Nickelodeon's most popular kids' cartoons.
Angelica, feeling that she's lost her touch, takes lessons in bossiness from the Thornberrys' teenage daughter Debbie while the Pickles' faithful hound Spike bumps into their second daughter Eliza who can talk to animals. Thus Spike is given a voice by none other than Bruce Willis.
Chaos and mayhem abound, as is to be expected when the Rugrats are let loose, but all's well that ends well with a daring underwater rescue. Even better for Tommy is that he has met his idol and had a real life adventure.
The film has everything kids could want, action, adventure and the few requisite musical numbers. The meeting between the Thornberrys and the Rugrats is amusing, as is a talking Spike. It's also nice to see that there is someone bossier than Angelica.
Admittedly, the songs are not Disney standard, but Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders does provide the voice of Siri the leopard, which was a nice surprise.
All in all, fans of the show will enjoy it and adults will most likely get a few of the more sophisticated jokes, not to mention laugh at the 'rats' malapropisms.