The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 animated film, produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. This film introduced Tommy's baby brother Dil Pickles named after Didi Pickles' cousin. Dil later appeared in the Rugrats series the next year, and is considered the darkest of the Rugrats films ever to be produced due to its' tone and aspects of the storyline (Babies lost in dangerous woods, interior conflicts between the group over being lost and Dill himself), being radical departures from the series' usual light hearted appeal. There are mixed opinions on The Rugrats Movie as a result.
The film's plot itself concerns the babies attempting to get along with Dil, whether at the Pickles' house, or in the forest they somehow find themselves in (with monkeys) while trying to return Dil to the hospital. Busta Rhymes is among the notable guest voices, and there is a scene featuring several professional singers (like Lisa Loeb and the B-52's) as the voices of babies in a nursery at the hospital. This movie also reveals Lucy Carmichael (Susie's mother) to be an obstetrician.
It was released on Thanksgiving weekend in 1998, and reached #1 at the box office (the first and only Nickelodeon Movies production to do so until Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) ahead of Enemy of the State, and became the first non-Disney animated movie to gross $100 million in the United States and Canada, and the only such movie not made by DreamWorks until 20th Century Fox's Ice Age achieved the feat. The film was followed by Rugrats in Paris: the Movie.
While a few (mostly younger) fans did enjoy the movie, it was considered to be a disaster by many long time fans and even casual viewers of the show. Many felt that the inclusion of the characters Dil (and his subsquent introduction to the show) was Rugrat's first jump the shark moment. It is still the most popular moment according to [jumptheshark.com]. Others felt the movie was simply "dumb" and revolved too much on potty humor previously used on minimum levels on the show (another thing that carried on afterward), and was as a result a break from the shows original humor stylings and roots.
- An adventure for anyone that ever wore diapers.