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The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie is a 1998 American animated comedy film based on the Nickelodeon animated television series Rugrats. It was directed by Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien and was written by David N. Weiss & J. David Stem. The film introduced Tommy Pickles' baby brother Dil Pickles, who appeared on the series the next year. The film features the voices of E. G. Daily, Tara Strong, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, Cree Summer, and Charlie Adler, along with guest stars David Spade, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Cho, Busta Rhymes, and Tim Curry. The events of the film take place between the series' fifth and sixth seasons, and is the first film to be based on a Nicktoon.

Plans for a Rugrats film adaptation, along with Ren and Stimpy and Doug, began when Nickelodeon made a contract with 20th Century Fox to produce films between 1993 and 1995. However, the contract expired with no films into production. Around the same year when the contract expired, development of the film restarted with Paramount Pictures since Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, purchased the studio in 1994 and production had restarted on the television series after a small hiatus.


Didi Pickles is pregnant with her second baby, which makes her son Tommy wonder how that will change the family dynamic. The baby comes unexpectedly early and, despite being told it will be a girl, Didi delivers a boy. She and her husband Stu name him Dil and quickly find themselves struggling to cope with his constant outbursts. Tommy finds Dil hard to get on with but accepts being an older brother after Stu gives Tommy a speech about responsibility and assures him that one day he will be happy to have Dil as his younger brother, and gives him a pocket watch with a picture of Tommy and Dil inside. Elsewhere, a circus train is hijacked by the monkeys on board, who crash it in the woods, which all of the monkeys survive uninjured.

Stu finishes building the Reptar Wagon for a toy contest in Japan, which Phil and Lil suggest using to take Dil back to the hospital. As Tommy and Chuckie object, the car drives away with the babies on board. They speed recklessly through the streets and eventually crash in the woods, where they realize that they are lost. At first Angelica shows no concern until she realizes the babies have her Cynthia doll, which prompts her to take the family dog, Spike, to find them and retrieve Cynthia.

The babies set off for a ranger's cabin in the woods where they believe a magic "lizard" (a mispronunciation of wizard) lives and can grant their wish to go home. On the way they encounter the circus monkeys, who take Dil with them. When his friends refuse to go after Dil, believing they are better off without him, Tommy sets off to rescue his brother alone. Meanwhile, the parents soon find out that the babies are missing, and set out to find them in the face of the media sensation that has suddenly generated around their children's disappearance.

Tommy eventually finds Dil during a storm, but as he tries to take care of him, Dil again acts selfishly. Tommy finally snaps and prepares to give Dil back to the monkeys, but Tommy's rage scares Dil into ending his behavior. At the same time, Dil's remorseful tears cause Tommy to come to his senses and the brothers reconcile. After the storm, they are found by Phil, Lil, Chuckie, Angelica and Spike, and they all continue their way to finally reach "the lizard".

On the bridge to the ranger's station, the babies are confronted by the monkeys, who are then scared off by a huge wolf who has been tailing the babies since they arrived in the woods. Spike saves the babies by fighting the wolf and then dragging it off the bridge, saddening them when it appears Spike is gone. Stu, who has been looking for the babies in a pterodactyl-like glider, sees them from above and crash lands into the ranger's cabin. Believing he is the "lizard," the babies ask him to bring Spike back instead of going home. Stu falls through the bridge and reveals Spike, who survived the fall by landing on a plank of the bridge. The children are reunited with their parents and accept Dil as one of the group.