Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing

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"Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing"
Rugrats episode
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Directed byPeter Chung
Written byBen Herndon
Paul Germain
Original air date1990
August 7, 2001 (on VHS & DVD) [1]
List of Rugrats episodes

Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing is a 6 1/2 minute unaired pilot for the popular animated series Rugrats . The production for this episode began around 1989 and ended in 1990. Nickelodeon had the choice of airing this or "Tommy's First Birthday", but ultimately chose the latter.[ citation needed ]

<i>Rugrats</i> childrens television series

Rugrats is an American animated children's television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, and Angelica, and their day-to-day lives, usually involving life experiences that become much greater adventures in the imaginations of the main characters.


The role of Tommy in this pilot was voiced by Tami Holbrook; she would be replaced by E.G. Daily after Rugrats was picked up as a series.

Apart from exhibitions at animation festivals and conventions, this episode was never seen by the public until August 2001, when it appeared on Volume 1 of the Rugrats: A Decade in Diapers VHS and DVD, which was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Rugrats on Nickelodeon.


An infant named Tommy Pickles sneaks into the bathroom, and is intrigued by the toilet, which he calls "The Great White Thing". Before he gets very close to it, however, his grandad picks him up and carries him to the playpen. There, Tommy tells Phil and Lil that he'll be going back. Meanwhile, Stu and Didi, Tommy's parents, are having a couple of friends over for dinner. Later, Stu and Didi put Tommy to bed in his crib, only for Tommy to escape using what would become the old "screwdriver as crib opener" trick.

Tommy Pickles fictional child in animated TV series Rugrats

Tommy Pickles is a fictional character who appears in the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats and its spin-off All Grown Up! as the protagonist of the shows. He is voiced by E. G. Daily and first appeared on in the Rugrats pilot episode "Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing". Tommy was created by Arlene Klasky and designed by Gábor Csupó. Klasky was taking care of her fifteen-month-old son when the idea of a show about a one-year-old's point of view came to her, the day before she, Csupó, and Paul Germain were scheduled to pitch a show to Nickelodeon for their Nicktoons series. The character is named after Germain's son. Tommy last appeared in the All Grown Up! episode "Golden Boy".

Tommy proceeds to the bathroom, where he makes a big mess, especially when it comes to toilet paper and the toilet plunger. Tommy leaves the bathroom, and enters the living room on Spike's back, with the plunger in hand. After they get by Grandpa's side, Grandpa gets up to use the toilet during a chicken commercial on television, only to find out that the bathroom is in shambles.

Grandpa calls Stu and Didi to the bathroom, and the three begin to panic. While this is going on, Tommy picks up the remote and changes the channel to a rock and roll video. He and Spike begin to dance along to the beat over the ensuing argument between the three adults.

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