Season 6 Episode 19

Runaway Reptar

Aired Daily 2:00 PM May 27, 1999 on Nickelodeon
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Runaway Reptar
Special: Grandpa takes the Rugrats to a dual-screen drive-in (to the Rugrats, "parking lot movie"), so Grandpa can watch one film ("Deep Sea Divers of the Rugged North", a Testline production), while the Rugrats enjoy the title picture, Rosenmount Pictures' "Runaway Reptar" (directed by Jon Ho, whose name sounds like Hawaiian singer Don Ho), where Reptar was supposed to be saving the city from another large monster, a pterodactyl named Dactar. However, the Rugrats became disappointed when they find out that Reptar is actually helping Dactar in the destruction, rather than defeating Dactar. Through imagination (How else?), the Rugrats got into the film to help Reptar save the rest of the city from his "evil twin" and defeat another enemy -- Angelica, who invented Reptar's doppleganger, just so her parents can get her all the toys she want.moreless

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Jack Riley

Jack Riley

Stu Pickles

Joe Alaskey

Joe Alaskey

Louis Pickles 1997-

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Chuckie Finster 2002

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Charlotte Pickles

Ron Glass

Ron Glass

Randy Carmichael

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Suzie Carmichael

Phil Proctor

Phil Proctor

Howard DeVille

Recurring Role

Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Drew Pickles/Chazz Finster

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Runaway Reptar movie generally has the cast's lips movements not matching up with their dialogue (to make it resemble a stereotypical attempt at dubbing a Japanese movie into English.) However, earlier in the film, when the professor says "It's too late, my friends," his lips DO match up with what he is saying.

    • Angelica's "Pego" blocks are a spoof on Legos.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Chuckie: Someday I'll be able to talk to grown-ups, and they'll probably won't listen to me neither.

    • Lyrics to the Drive-In Intermission trailer song
      Come on and try our snack bar,
      And soon you will be back 'thar,
      For chips with nacho cheese on top,
      That'll make your cholesterol drop!
      Chock up on our sodas,
      And soon you'll take a load of,
      Bon-bons back to Mom and Dad,
      Sugar's good and never bad...

  • NOTES (3)

    • At the time, this episode was the longest Rugrats episode ever, as well as the longest episode of any Nicktoon. This episode is 60 minutes with commercials (but not counting the "Snick House" segments on most Snick telecasts, which would otherwise lengthen it to 75 minutes); 44 minutes without. In some countries, this episode is televised as a 2- or 4-parter, due to its length and the channels' schedules. In the US, this episode is televised only as a 60-minute special. In Canada, YTV and Canal Famille both presented this episode as a 2 parter, and they both show it as part of the normal rotation. It is also because of this that Nick has assigned 3 numbers to this episode -- "996" for the entire 44-minute special & video, "110" for part 1 and "111" for part 2. In November 2000, Acorn Nuts eclipsed "Runaway Reptar" as the longest Rugrats episode at 66 minutes without ads.

    • The Reptar Movie was meant to be a Japanese dubbed movie.

    • This episode was originally released on home video. It airs as a one-hour special.


    • Rosenmount Pictures is an most likely to be an allusion of Paramount Pictures.

    • Angelica: I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling babies!

      This is, of course, a reference to the famous line villains often said in the Scooby-Doo cartoons, "I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

    • The intermission snack-bar trailers playing before the films start at the drive-in are a parody of the old snack-bar ads that usually played at drive-in theaters, starting in the 50s, including popular ones like "Let's All Go to the Lobby" and the one with the food performing circus stunts.

    • Element: Reptar Movie
      The Reptar Movie is a reference to Godzilla movies, but mostly the not-so-great dubbing.