Cinema: Will Rugrats Rule?

In a crowded kid-film season, Tommy and his pals do battle with bugs, pigs and Moses

A bucolic scene straight out of classic Disney: birdies flutter, bunnies nuzzle, a Bambi-esque deer gracefully grazes. And then--VROOOM!--the idyll is disrupted as a Reptar wagon rumbles through with some screaming toddlers aboard. Danger: Rugrats at work.

That might be an appropriate warning to all the other movies contending for children's movie money in this kid-glutted holiday season: with a brand loyalty earned every day for years on Nickelodeon, The Rugrats Movie has a chance to torpedo the competition. Will Disney-Pixar's entomological epic A Bug's Life run for cover under the nearest anthill? Will Babe: Pig in the City, the squeal--sorry,...

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