The kids here are a little older--so the set of twins can't eat bugs anymore, and the comic mispronunciations have pretty much disappeared--and they team with the characters of another Nickelodeon series, "The Wild Thornberrys," also from the Klasky Csupo animation house, in another wild-blue-yonder type of adventure that sets the feature tellings apart from the more neighborhood-bound TV version. Here, a sufficiently intriguing script by Kate Boutilier shipwrecks the kids and their clans on a deserted isle where their paths cross those of nature-show host Sir Nigel Thornberry (voiced by Tim Curry) and his family; as always, catastrophe and contretemps are comically overcome.
Positioned nicely by Paramount with two weeks of air for itself between "Finding Nemo" and "Sinbad," "Rugrats Go Wild" should pull sufficient family attendance to make this outing a decent one for exhibitors--and it will be a pleasing enough one for adults and tots alike. Voices by E.G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie, Dionne Quan, Cheryl Chase and Tim Curry. Directed by Norton Virgien and John Eng. Written by Kate Boutilier. Produced by Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo. A Paramount release. Animated. Rated PG for mild crude humor. Running time: 80 min