Are the parents in The Rugrats awful parents?

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So as I've gotten older, I've started to notice that the antics that the babies were getting into would actually be horrifying from a parental standpoint. How many times did the parents leave their kids somewhere? I mean I always knew that Angelica's parents were bad with a neglectful mom and dad who spoils her, but damn. Leaving your kids overnight in a toy store? Ditching them with some guy you don't know for no reason? Leaving a mech unattended and easily accessible/operated by 1 year olds? Stranded in the wild twice?
 
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Yeah, they all kind of sucked. Stu was either a stoner or clinically depressed with a frankly underwhelming career and DiDi got all her childcare advice from shitty help books by a quack doctor.

That said, they at least seemed to love each other and their kids so that counts for a lot. Unlike Angelica's parents who were one burnt pot roast away from a messy divorce.
 
#8
Yeah, they all kind of sucked. Stu was either a stoner or clinically depressed with a frankly underwhelming career and DiDi got all her childcare advice from shitty help books by a quack doctor.

That said, they at least seemed to love each other and their kids so that counts for a lot. Unlike Angelica's parents who were one burnt pot roast away from a messy divorce.
dr lipschitz ain't no quack
 
#10
Tommy's mom was good, his dad was a maniac.

Chucky's dad always did the best he could.

Angelica's parents....yeah.

Phil and Lil's mom was cool, I actually don't remember if they had a dad around.
 
#11
Tommy's mom was good, his dad was a maniac.

Chucky's dad always did the best he could.

Angelica's parents....yeah.

Phil and Lil's mom was cool, I actually don't remember if they had a dad around
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They did - he was a mealy-mouthed guy who just kind of blended into the background of most scenes he was in.
 
#14
Tommy's mom was good, his dad was a maniac.

Chucky's dad always did the best he could.

Angelica's parents....yeah.

Phil and Lil's mom was cool, I actually don't remember if they had a dad around.
They did, it's just that their mom was such an loud and intense personality that he outright seemed invisible when she's around. Hell, I remember exactly what everyone's parents looked like except for him and I haven't seen the show in decades.
 
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Tommy's mom was good, his dad was a maniac.
About that... I remember an episode from All Grown Up where Tommy is interviewing his Dad, and then his Dad just goes on a psychotic rant about how his brother stole everything from him. I can't find it anymore though since I have no idea what ep it happens in.
 
#24
You know, the concept of stu is...kinda pretty sad?

He was an inventor, which he dreaming of being since he was a child, he designed toys mostly (but he also made some other inventions), so the concept sounds like it would be a child's dream com thru: Your dad is a tv styled inventor who makes toys for you.

But even in the cartoon, he was not very successful, despite inventing highly advanced toys, he was most of the time a failure and often you could see it that it really weighted on him.

That said, when he did hit it right, he hit it big, i mean, making an actual fully operational kaiju sized robot for a Disney land level amusement park has to have netted him pretty good money.

That one episode he was in personally portrayed him as a quack while the movie portrayed him as a big deal
That kinda make sense in universe, he was a quack but his experience dealing with Chuckie and Tommy made him realize everything he wrote was shit and said, thank to the new hands on experience, he would re-vamp his entire method all together.
 
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You know, the concept of stu is...kinda pretty sad?

He was an inventor, which he dreaming of being since he was a child, he designed toys mostly (but he also made some other inventions), so the concept sounds like it would be a child's dream com thru: Your dad is a tv styled inventor who makes toys for you.

But even in the cartoon, he was not very successful, despite inventing highly advanced toys, he was most of the time a failure and often you could see it that it really weighted on him.

That said, when he did hit it right, he hit it big, i mean, making an actual fully operational kaiju sized robot for a Disney land level amusement park has to have netted him pretty good money.

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Not to mention most of those machines were so user-friendly that babies could use them effectively.

I'll never understand how the head was held on by paperclips and rubber bands though. That can't have passed OSHA compliance.
 
#39
They did, it's just that their mom was such an loud and intense personality that he outright seemed invisible when she's around. Hell, I remember exactly what everyone's parents looked like except for him and I haven't seen the show in decades.
Yeah, same.

I just looked him up and fuck, I have no memory of that goofy-looking dude.
 
#44
They did - he was a mealy-mouthed guy who just kind of blended into the background of most scenes he was in.
He was an absurd proposition.


Lipschitz was a commentary on the overabundance of poorly researched and flawed parental guides that were even more common in the late 80s than today.
 
#47
They did, it's just that their mom was such an loud and intense personality that he outright seemed invisible when she's around. Hell, I remember exactly what everyone's parents looked like except for him and I haven't seen the show in decades.
Well, it wasn't just that she had an overbearing personality. A lot of times the dad was just not in the episode. The mom would hang out with the other parents and the dad was nowhere to be seen. She usually appeared alone for most of the series, especially towards the earlier seasons.

Everyone knows Jonathan was the most pitiable character of the show.
IIRC he appeared in a few episodes and was kind of a dick
 
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