Judge David Johnson looks forward to the cartoon detailing the misadventures of the Rugrats as geriatrics.
The next chapter in the hard-hitting saga of the Rugrats…
Facts of the Case
All Grown Up is the Nickelodeon cartoon chronicling the adventures of the characters we were first introduced to in Rugrats, now…yep, you guessed it, all grown up. As such, the subject matter and comedy derives from different sources and tackles the grist kicking around in elementary school circles.
All Grown Up is, essentially, a prepubescent ensemble comedy, featuring eight kids: Dil and Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil and Lil, and Kimi. This eclectic group of eight sojourns on a variety of adventures, three of which have been packaged here for you.
Dude, Where's My Horse? features the double-length titular episode, plus two bonus episodes, "Blind Man's Bluff" and "Yu-Gotta-Go."
I never really watched Rugrats and have never seen a nanosecond of All Grown Up until I popped this disc into the old Toshiba. Having spent some time with this Nick cartoon, I will say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. While not as witty as The Fairly Oddparents or as overexposed as Spongebob Squarepants, it's a good cartoon, funny and clever, and making good use of some topical kids humor. Specifically:
"Dude, Where's My Horse?" (parts 1 and 2)
This double-feature is pretty funny, though hugely predictable. Is there any doubt Tommy will triumph in the end? Of course not, but this is a kids' cartoon; it's entertaining and unleashes a few good lessons about selflessness and determination. However, the kids' battle with a poacher may not provide a good example. For you children reading this review, take it from me: do not mess with poachers.
"Blind Man's Bluff"
This episode's title just might be the cleverest element of the show, but it's still pretty good. Check out the bevy of fun gags about water-park injuries.
Having once worked in an after-school program for third, fourth, and fifth-graders, I know the culture of these crazy-ass card games. This episode nails it, and sneaks in some hilarious spoofs of the import animation that goes with the incoherent card game.
Dude, Where's My Horse? sports a solid collection of episodes from pretty charming little kids show. That's all I've got.
Not guilty. Dude.
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