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All Grown Up! is the Nickelodeon animated show detailing the adventures of the original crew from Rugrats, older and on the cusp of puberty. Now that they're free from the confines of the crib and the sandbox, their exploits are vaster and geared more toward the pre-young adult demographic of Nickelodeon. As a result, the subject matter is, as can be predicted, older and the jokes are tuned toward those joys of awkward blooming: pimples, first crushes, looking cool in front of the new girl, etc.
R.V. Having Fun Yet features a double-long episode, the titular installment, plus two bonus episodes. Individually, shows run about 22 minutes, with "R.V. Having Fun Yet" clocking in at 44 minutes. And without further ado, here they be:
• "R.V. Having Fun Yet" (Double-length episode)
The Rugrats' elation soon turns to despair when they take a look at their chariot: a giant, ugly, dilapidated R.V. that they not-so-affectionately nicknamed The Crudinator. But pile in they do, and take off for the East Coast.
It doesn't take a seer to know what is forthcoming. Craziness! Along the way, the kids are subjected to every backwards, goofy tourist trap their moms can think up (the widest Christmas tree, the biggest ball of string), and soon grow rebellious. During one stop, they decide to take off into the desert for a little night exploring—and are shocked to find the R.V. gone when they return!
Thanks to the mix-up, the mothers desperately try to return to their children, while the kids meet a lot of interesting people and attempt to formulate their own method of transportation, even if that means riding in an Amish horse and buggy.
• "It's Karma, Dude"
I can get on board with this show. For my money, it succeeds in accomplishing what it sets out to do: put together an animated series that just might be entertaining enough to pull in an audience that has probably outgrown animated series. Sure there's a sense that the creators tried a little too hard to make their shows edgy and their characters hip (pseudo-messed-up coiffures, hair streaks, baggy pants), but the storytelling remains fast and amusing.
There are plenty of funny moments to be found in these episodes, and the plotlines are likely to be relatable. You've got Chucky trying to score a kiss from a girl for the first time, Tommy doing his best to not come across as mama's boy dork in front of his "girlfriend," and a strange puking gag that runs all the way throughout the "R.V. Having Fun Yet?" episode.
These All Grown Up! shows are fun and witty, and once again prove that Nickelodeon has a hammerlock on inventive televised animation for kids—of any age.
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