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RUGRATS IN PARIS

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The Rugrats clan found adventure and thrills in their first feature film, "The Rugrats Movie" and now in "Rugrats in Paris — The Movie," they head overseas on a terrific new journey. Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures have joined forces once again on an animated feature film, the second motion picture based on Nickelodeon's award-winning "Rugrats" series.

"'Rugrats in Paris — The Movie' is a con tinuation of the Rugrats' adventures as first brought to the big screen in 'The Rugrats Movie' that takes them further than they've ever gone, figuratively and literally," says Albie Hecht, president of Film and TV Entertainment for Nickelodeon, and one of the producers of the movie.

Unlike its big screen predecessor, which featured fantastical sequences that harked back to classic adventure films, "Rugrats in Paris — The Movie" packs all the fascination and wonder that comes when an entire family travels to a foreign land, combined with the strong feelings and sense of discovery that often accompanies a journey. Although this kind of travel experi ence is often felt strongly yet differently between parents and kids, the themes in "Rugrats in Paris" will undoubtedly resonate with both.

Says "Rugrats in Paris" director Stig Bergqvist, "What is unique about the Rugrats is their broad appeal. We have in this movie a great story played on two different levels. One seen through the eyes of the babies and one from the adults."

"This is a motion picture in the true sense of the word," says director Paul Demeyer. "The story line is very poignant, and Paris provides a dramatic backdrop that we are accenting with incredible action. It's very exciting to work on a pro ject that you know kids and adults will see and appreciate. And we owe it to the Rugrats fans to give them a great movie."

Adds Bergqvist, "We've had two great years developing this story and seeing it come alive on the big screen. Our biggest challenge was creating an intelligent and emotionally strong film that's entertaining for the whole family."

"Rugrats in Paris" also presented a technical challenge for the film's directors.

Says Bergqvist, "We needed to meet the needs of mixing hand drawn and com puter generated animation. We wanted our CGI characters to have the same quirky and warm feel as the babies. We ended up retouching by hand almost everything that was animated in the computer to get this effect ."

The Rugrats have proven time and time again that they appeal not only to kids, but to parents as well. By adding the voices of respected actors such as Susan Sarandon (who voices the Rugrats' Parisian nemesis, Coco La Bouche), John Lithgow (as her sidekick Jean-Claude) and Debbie Reynolds (as Lulu Pickles) to the mix for "Rugrats in Paris — The Movie," the world's most famous babies are set to attract an even wider following.

"The more complex some of the new characters are, the more appealing they seem to be," continues Demeyer. "Susan displayed such great instincts, very dramatic, yet subtle. And she has some very funny lines. John is great - because he's such a great comedian."

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