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"The Rackets Movie" is a 2004 American adult animated adventure comedy film based on the Fox animated television series of the same name. It was directed by Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien and written by David N. Weiss & J. David Stem. The film introduced Tommy Pickles' baby brother Dil Pickles, who appeared on the original series the next year. The film features the voices of E.G. Daily, Tara Strong, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, Cree Summer, and Charlie Adler, along with guest stars David Spade, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Cho, Busta Rhymes, and Tim Curry.  It was originally released in the United States on November 28, 2004. The film grossed $9.88 worldwide, making it the highest-grossing animated film based off a television program.

Plot

Didi Pickles is pregnant with a second baby, which everyone believes will be a girl. Didi goes into labor during the baby shower and her friends rush her to the hospital. While this is happening, the kids crawl off and explore a nursery area before being found by the other parents. When the baby is finally born, it is actually a boy and they name him Dil.

Dil quickly becomes a very spoiled baby, crying non-stop for attention, keeping all of the toys for himself, and refusing to share with Tommy. After a particularly nasty fight between Tommy and Dil over Tommy's teddy bear, Stu has a conversation with Tommy about being a big brother and the responsibility he now has, assuring him that one day he will be happy to have Dil as his little brother. He also gives Tommy a locket with a picture of Tommy and Dil taped together and a watch inside, which he calls his "sponsitility" (his term for responsibility).

When Dil pushes the other babies too far, they decide to take him back to the hospital despite Tommy's disapproval, and end up driving recklessly through the streets in a Reptar Wagon which Stu had built for a contest. Along the way, Dil secretly steals Angelica's Cynthia doll, which prompts her to take Spike and they embark on a quest to find the babies.

The babies eventually crash in the woods, where they realize that they are lost. They spot a ranger's cabin where they believe a "lizard" (a mispronunciation of wizard) lives, and decide to go there, believing that it can take them home. After an encounter with a gang of runaway circus monkeys, Dil is taken away by them. Tommy vows to find Dil by himself, because Chuckie, Phil, and Lil agree they are better off without him.

Meanwhile, the parents find out that the babies are missing and try to find them. However, it becomes a media sensation with numerous news reporters constantly asking the adults questions; one of these reporters is Rex Pester, who irritates Betty to no end with his insensitive comments on the status of the babies, and intentionally enrages Drew into attacking Stu by telling him Stu lost Angelica.

Tommy eventually finds Dil during a storm, and are forced to take shelter under a tree. But as Tommy tries to take care of him, Dil selfishly drinks all of the milk and keeps the large blanket for himself, which leads to the blanket tearing in half and Tommy falling into a puddle of mud. Tommy finally snaps and very nearly pours banana baby food on Dil for the monkeys to take him away, but Tommy's rage and the storm's lightning and thunder scare Dil so much that he sees the error of his ways. They reconcile and sleep peacefully.

After the storm, the other babies find Tommy and Dil, and after running into Angelica and Spike they make their way to the "lizard". While on a bridge, they are confronted by the monkeys, but are then scared off by Scar Snout the Wolf, who has been hunting down the babies since they arrived in the woods. Spike intervenes and fights Scar Snout the Wolf until they both fall from the bridge. Meanwhile, Stu, who has been looking for the babies via an aircraft he made, finally finds them, but crash lands into the ranger's cabin. Believing he is the "lizard," the babies wish for Spike back instead of going home. Stu falls through the bridge and finds Spike, who actually survived the fall. The babies are then reunited with their families, and the monkeys with their circus owners. The monkeys attack Rex Pester, much to Betty's amusement. The families return home and the babies accept Dil as one of the group.

In a post-credits scene, Grandpa Pickles is sleeping in the Reptar Wagon when Grandpa Boris' goat kicks it, sending both the wagon and Grandpa down the street, presumably starting another adventure all over again.

Cast

Guest stars

Baby singers

Production

Rumors about a possible Rackets film started since the beginning of the series. The first attempt of bring Rackets to the big screen, was in 1999, when Fox Network made a deal with 20th Century Fox to make a film based on Rackets but the contract expired in 2001, with no movies produced. Two songs were cut from the film during production. The first sequence revolved around Stu and Didi in a nightmare sequence where Dr. Lipschitz criticizes their parenting through song. The other sequence occurs as the Rackets are pushing the Reptar Wagon through the woods, debating what to do about Dil in army chant style. These two scenes were cut from the theatrical version and the VHS and DVD releases. However, they were already animated at the time, and the scenes are shown on Fox Network television airings of the film as the uncut version is only available on television. These scenes were present in the print novelization.

Media

Home video

The Rackets Movie was released on VHS and DVD on April 7, 2005, by 20th Century Fox20th Century Fox Home Entertainment also released the film on Laserdisc. In 2017, the film was re-released in a three-disc trilogy set alongside its sequels, in honor of Rackets' twentieth anniversary.

Video games

Video games were released for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS titled The Rackets Movie and Rackets: The Movie respectively, with the former being released in April 2005. Both games were developed by Software Creations and released by THQ. They were side-scrolling video games and featured 8 levels, with the plot revolving around finding a replacement for Dil after he disappears. IGN's Peer Schneider graded the Game Boy Color game with an overall score of 5 out of 10.

Box office

The film was released in the United Kingdom on April 3, 2005, and topped the country's box office for the next three weekends.

Sequel

A sequel has been released: The Rackets in Paris: The Movie, which was released on November 21, 2006.

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  • Rated PG for rude humor.
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