History Film / DragonballEvolution

7th Jun '16 9:31:53 PM jjgp1112
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** There are actually a TON of [[MythologyGag references to the original series]], including (but no limited to):
*** Goku makes mention of a race called "Nameks".
*** Gohan finding Goku in a crater.
*** Goku eating a large chunk of meat off the bone.
*** Goku being forced to train while wearing a large, heavy backpack.
*** Goku's bike resembles the one Gohan rides in the opening to several episodes after the Cell saga.
*** Speaking of, Goku's entire high school schtick early in the film resembles Gohan's Saiyaman arc in the anime.
*** Goku's hair: while preparing for the party (where he confronted the bullies), he spends some time styling it only to have it snap back into exactly its normal form, complete with sound effect.
*** Piccolo's ship looks like one often used by Emperor Pilaf.
*** Piccolo giving life to creatures from his own body.
*** The World Martial Arts Tournament.
*** Roshi's collection of porn.
*** Roshi's (mildly) pervy behavior.
*** Roshi's terrible hawaiian shirts.
*** The jar Roshi attempts (and fails) to seal Piccolo in.
*** The wish [[spoiler:being used to revive Master Roshi]].
*** Bulma's capsule cars.
*** Chi Chi's house resembling a giant castle.
*** A quick reference to "chi chi" being Japanese for "boobs" ("Just because my name is Chi Chi doesn't mean I'm an idiot"). In the manga, Master Roshi goes off muttering at one point about how the name Chi Chi would be better suited for the larger-chested Bulma.

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** There are actually a TON of [[MythologyGag references to the original series]], including (but no limited to):
*** Goku makes mention of a race called "Nameks".
*** Gohan finding Goku in a crater.
*** Goku eating a large chunk of meat off the bone.
*** Goku being forced to train while wearing a large, heavy backpack.
*** Goku's bike resembles the one Gohan rides in the opening to several episodes after the Cell saga.
*** Speaking of, Goku's entire high school schtick early in the film resembles Gohan's Saiyaman arc in the anime.
*** Goku's hair: while preparing for the party (where he confronted the bullies), he spends some time styling it only to have it snap back into exactly its normal form, complete with sound effect.
*** Piccolo's ship looks like one often used by Emperor Pilaf.
*** Piccolo giving life to creatures from his own body.
*** The World Martial Arts Tournament.
*** Roshi's collection of porn.
*** Roshi's (mildly) pervy behavior.
*** Roshi's terrible hawaiian shirts.
*** The jar Roshi attempts (and fails) to seal Piccolo in.
*** The wish [[spoiler:being used to revive Master Roshi]].
*** Bulma's capsule cars.
*** Chi Chi's house resembling a giant castle.
*** A quick reference to "chi chi" being Japanese for "boobs" ("Just because my name is Chi Chi doesn't mean I'm an idiot"). In the manga, Master Roshi goes off muttering at one point about how the name Chi Chi would be better suited for the larger-chested Bulma.
6th Jun '16 3:53:52 AM DoctorSleep
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* WhiteMaleLead: Goku is the only major character who is Caucasian and just so happens to be the one who saves the day.
18th Apr '16 12:47:41 PM Mario1995
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* RaceLift: The movie got a lot of flak by casting white Justin Chatwin as Goku, with fans claiming that Goku is supposed to be Asian. Most defenders noted that race in ''Dragonball'' is more along the lines of human/demon/alien (and Goku is an alien). Bulma is played by the white Emmy Rossum, and Creator/JamesMarsters[='=] Piccolo is under so much makeup it doesn't ''really'' matter. Besides that, all of supporting characters (Master Roshi, Chi Chi, Yamcha, Mai, Grandpa Gohan) ''are'' played by Asian actors.
15th Apr '16 12:19:20 PM masterofthehouse
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** The Kamehameha is given the power to heal, which it didn't have [[Manga/DragonBall in the original series]]

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** The Kamehameha is given the power to heal, which it didn't have [[Manga/DragonBall in the original series]]series]].
* AdaptationalDyeJob: Played with in terms of Yamcha. Like his manga counterpart, he does indeed have naturally black hair, but appears to have dyed it blonde InUniverse.
20th Mar '16 8:50:12 PM ultimomant
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* MaliciousMisnaming: The school bullies call Goku "Geeko".
10th Feb '16 6:02:31 PM hamza678
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%% Please see the discussion page before another round of deleted and replace for PragmaticAdaptation -- FastEddie
* PragmaticAdaptation: Let's face it, the original ''Dragon Ball'' manga and anime would be just too damn ''weird'' to make into an American film.
** Though that's something like FridgeLogic since the ''Dragon Ball'' anime -has- been shown in the US for quite some time. While one could say that it might be too goofy for the mainstream (though there are goofy movies like ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'' or ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' that made it to the mainstream), the '''only''' reason one would make a DB movie (as opposed to some other non-branded martial arts flick) would be to cash in on the name recognition.
** Roshi in particular played up his "goofy mentor" role and played down his "perverted old man" personality. He still has his porn stash and managed a PG rated feel-up on Bulma, but requesting a PantyShot would be a bit too much.
*** Observant tropers may have noticed his t-shirt, with a sexy anime girl in it.
** There's also the fact that the original ''Dragon Ball'' anime and manga were very "animated", and wouldn't work too well in live action. Doing an animated film of some kind would've worked much better. The series itself had been very popular in the US for almost a decade beforehand, though doing a film while the series was popular would've been a better idea (it was past it's prime in 2008).
** While a lot of details of the story are basically unfilmable in a mainstream live-action film, the fact that the story changes characters personalities so wildly is one of the things that keeps it from being accepted. Adaptations of american comic books change details often to make the story flow better (such as the Spider-Man movies making his transformation a result of genetic engineering, as opposed to radiation), but the personalities and motivations of the characters are kept largely consistent.
** Not to mention, as seen in ''Man of Steel'', it is possible to make a live action film 'animated' if one is willing to put the time and money into it. And ''Dragon Ball'' has always been popular even when it was going through its slump as seen with ''Dragon Ball Kai''.
28th Nov '15 3:11:21 AM MaciekOst
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* EarthDrift: {{Inverted}}, if the PSP video game is anything to go by: it is stated that unlike the completely fictional Earth in ''Dragon Ball'', Dragonball Evolution's Earth is in fact our world in the future.
20th Nov '15 9:14:49 PM Fyrmer
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** Goku has posters for ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'' and ''Johnny Tsunami'' on his wall.
10th Nov '15 9:06:52 PM Cerony
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* The Kamehameha is given the power to heal, which it didn't have [[Manga/DragonBall in the original series]]

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* ** The Kamehameha is given the power to heal, which it didn't have [[Manga/DragonBall in the original series]]
10th Nov '15 6:10:26 PM nombretomado
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* AlternateDVDCommentary: A [[{{Rifftrax}} riff]] provided by [=TeamFourStar=] of the ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' series.

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* AlternateDVDCommentary: A [[{{Rifftrax}} [[Podcast/RiffTrax riff]] provided by [=TeamFourStar=] of the ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' series.
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