I admit I know so little about how to make a synopsis that I wrote mine by following a pattern. Now that I have, I have no idea how to make it better. So any help is appreciated.
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The United States' economy doesn't bounce back from a deep recession, so Congress enacts a bold plan to jump-start the economy. Certain luxury items must be thrown away so Americans only buy necessities or local products. Inspectors enforce heavy fines if any luxury items remain.
In South Philadelphia, Spaulding a nine-year-old teddy bear has one notion in life -- to love his family, his nine-year-old mom. When he wakes in a trash bag with family mementos, he thinks it's a game but he doesn't know the rules. He punches his way out of the bag with trash collectors two doors down, when ten-year-old Teddy T. Bear demands he run or be captured for the dump. Spaulding runs with Teddy.
Teddy tells Spaulding they are illegal luxury items. Humans must send them to the dump -- a dangerous place full of dogs and rats ready to tear stuffed animals apart. They must find a safe place away from humans, but Spaulding needs to love his family.
After escaping a dog and then a rat, they discover a diner to sneak some table scraps. They're caught and thrown in the dumpster, where three-year-old Phil, a souvenir bear from the Phillies World Series championship, forages food for a small group of stuffed animals in a nearby park.
When they follow Phil, the number of stuffed animals in the park doubled since he left. Most of the group pull together to gather luxury foods and other stuffed animals in the trash at night during the week the law is enacted.
The number of stuffed animals swells into the thousands, but without a can opener, they can't open half the food. Compounding the problem, a group of earringed stuffed animals leaves the original group to start their own community, taking half the food with them. To supplement the food, they start a garden, harvest wild plants, and catch a fish.
The three teddy bears return from a disappointing night of scavenging. Spaulding is exhausted, starving, and misses his mother terribly. He's also worried about a small group of stuffed animals wandering over to the other community, only to return tired, dirty, and guilty. But when they find an empty skateboard park with a hidden skateboard, he raises the spirits of his friends by taking a ride together on the board.
Phil is found passed out on that skateboard later. When he wakes up, he tells that he sneaked over to the other community to help for a good meal thanks to their can opener, but passes out before the meal. Spaulding and Teddy promise to go with him to take back the skateboard he stole. When Spaulding and Teddy return the next day, they're told Phil and two others were discovered by skateboarders, tossed in the trash, and sent to the dump. Spaulding and Teddy get help to go after them.
When they reach the dump, they discover it does have other stuffed animals living there and struggling against dogs. They befriend two small stuffed animals, who want Spaulding for their dad. They see Phil and the other two, when a pit bull grabs one of Phil's group, shakes him violently, and runs off. Thousands of stuffed animals, action figures, and dolls fight against the dogs at the dump, but when it's over, the one taken is dead.
With little time to grieve, all the ones living in the dump join the three bears to go back to the park. At daylight, they hide in a swamp, bath in a sinkhole, and eat a large meal with the help of a can opener saved from the dump.
Spaulding accepts the two stuffed animals as his children and realizes he has the family he longs to love.