A cross between two of Nickelodeon's most popular cartoons, Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, Rugrats Gone Wild features a soundtrack that isn't quite as kid-oriented as the Rugrats movies but isn't quite as musically sophisticated as the soundtrack to The Wild Thornberrys movie. Along with songs by the characters in the movie -- including Bruce Willis and Chrissie Hynde, who play Spike and Siri, a pair of jungle cats -- the album features an eclectic array of funk, punk, and rock, including George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" and the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go." The more contemporary songs don't fare as well -- Train's "She's on Fire" and American Hi-Fi's "Message in a Bottle" are anemic instead of anthemic. As for the original, movie-related songs, they vary widely in quality: Bruce Willis' songs are more fun than they have any right to be, particularly his duet with Hynde, "Big Bad Cat." Likewise, the Rugrats' "It's a Jungle Out Here" is surprisingly enjoyable. However, some of the songs, such as Angelica (Cheryl Chase) and Susie's (Cree Summer) "The Morning After" and "Dresses and Shoes (Precious & Few)," sound more annoying than appealing, at least to grownup ears. While the soundtrack might be a little disappointing as a whole, Rugrats Go Wild still has enough good moments to make it worthwhile for most fans of the movie.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares