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The Rugrats Movie - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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"The Rugrats Movie" finds the Pickles family facing the biggest adventure to happen in any household - the birth of a new baby. As Stu and Didi Pickles struggle with the changes associated with the arrival of baby Dylan (Dil), big brother Tommy and his pals decide that the baby's antics are cramping their style and attempt to take him back to the "hop-sickle."

Attempting the trip to the hospital in one of Stu's wacky inventions, the Reptar Wagon, the Rugrats lose their way and end up lost in a vast forest, populated by looming shadows, a wily wolf, a mysterious wizard and a group of hungry monkeys that have escaped from the circus. Throughout their big adventure, every member of the Rugrats clan learns deep lessons about the value of friendship and the rewards of family.

Don't let the name fool you. "Rugrats" may be centered around toddlers, but its take on life is very adult and contemporary. Dealing with themes of family loyalty, bravery and friendship, the top-rated Nickelodeon series has won accolades for its humorous and poignant portrayals of everyday life. That tradition is continued as the lovable tykes take center stage in their first feature-length adventure, "The Rugrats Movie," the first animated movie about a contemporary family.

There's a new tot in town when the latest addition to the Pickles' family, Dylan (a.k.a. Dil) Pickles, wriggles his way into the established territory of Tommy and his pals Chuckie, Phil and Lil. Dil struggles to find his place within brother Tommy's pack and ends up the catalyst of an outrageous outdoor adventure ยท and a stronger sense of family ties, as Stu and Didi struggle with the changes to their growing brood.

When the babies decide that Dil's attention-getting antics are more than they can handle, they forego their afternoon naps and load him into Stu's wacky invention, the fire-breathing, noise-making Reptar Wagon, "the ultimate in toddler transportation." Determined to return Dil to the "hop-sickle" (hospital) via this unconventional mode of transportation, the babies lose their way and end up lost in a vast forest.

While their parents frantically search for them, the babies concoct a variety of ways to get back home. Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Tommy attempt to deal with their situation as a team. But the strong-willed Dil unwittingly gets them into trouble time after time.

In the forest, the Rugrats are spooked by giant shadows, a mysterious wizard (who the babies refer to as a "lizard"), a menacing wolf, and several hungry monkeys that have escaped from the circus. One whiff of the babies' banana baby food and the monkeys mean business, encircling the group.

Meanwhile, Angelica, the ingenue of insolence, is incensed that the babies made off with her beloved doll, Cynthia. She employs the inept tracking abilities of the Pickles' lovable pup, Spike. And they, too, wind up lost in the forest.

As the Rugrats plunge into the big, wide world of adventure and intrigue, the movie's larger-than-life scale accentuates the very element that Rugrats fans young and old are drawn to: life as seen from a knee-high point of view.

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