If you’re subscribed to the stories on this blog you probably remember the disturbing but interesting story of The Rugrats Theory.
Basically the theory said that the cartoon Rugrats was based on the true story of a girl named Angelica. She couldn’t cope with the tragedies that were happening in her life (like how Chuckie died, and her mother left the family and never came back), so she went crazy, creating an imaginary world to deal with everything.
I dug into the history of Rugrats and found out that there was actually a true story behind the show, which wasn’t quite what The Rugrats Theory said. However, The Rugrats Theory still sticks in the mind of people who read it due to the haunting image of an insane Angelica.
What most people who’ve read The Rugrats Theory don’t know though is that there’s a song based on it that goes even deeper into the story. The song is usually referred to as ‘Vocaloid Rugrats Theory’. It was originally uploaded in English, but now for some mysterious reason only a version where Angelica sings in Japanese remains.
Luckily there are English lyrics in the video that tell us what she’s singing, and throughout the song you can hear her as she tries and fails to cope with the tragedies of her life.
In the beginning of the song the story starts off with Angelica having a hard time dealing with the loss of those she loves. We can’t quite tell at this point if she’s talking to herself or someone else:
I think the world is so wonderful
(The world is wonderful)
And we only have one chance to be here
So tell me why you’re hurting yourself
I guess I just do not understand
(What’s the meaning of life?)
Everything I’ve been told I believe
And yet people that I love just leave
Then when she sings another part it’s revealed who she is really talking to: her doll Cynthia.
In The Rugrats Theory story Angelica has modified her doll Cynthia to look and “act” just like the mother that abandoned her, as a replacement. In the Vocaloid Rugrats Theory song the story is taken even further and it has Angelica and Cynthia ruling together like queens over her imaginary world:
Welcome to my perfect world, according to Angelica
It’s my turn to run the show
Next to Cynthia Cynthia
With Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil,
I’ll never feel alone
So we can play games all day long,
While the earth is spinning
Round and round and round and round and round and
While the earth is spinning
But things go wrong and cracks start to show in her perfect world:
They just have to listen to me and do what I tell them,
Why why why why why why?
Why won’t they listen?
Everyone’s whispering about me
(What are they talking about?)
Do you think I did something wrong again?
Well I promise you, it wasn’t me
Angelica’s imaginary world and the real world begin to collide as her disturbed actions get noticed by those around her. Then the worst happens, Cynthia abandons her:
Where did you go? When I needed you? (I needed you)
I’m left all alone
and I need to start it over now
Can’t you hear me scream?
I can’t hold it in. (Not anymore)
Who am I again?
The end of the song has her spiraling into madness, and ends with her saying “Now my world is perfect” over and over.
Okay this song is downright spooky, check out the video:
I like this Japanese version because to me as an English speaking person it makes it more mysterious to hear her singing, since I can’t directly understand the words. I can easier imagine looking at this insane little girl chattering strangely to herself while playing with dolls and living in a twisted world that I can’t see.
But what do you think? Is the Vocaloid Rugrats Theory an interesting dive into the story of The Rugrats Theory, or is it too realistic and haunting?