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->''"Just add a few new cuts and you will be able to fool the audiences, uh-huh!"''
-->-- '''Kagura''', ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''

The Movie is a heavily expanded, one-shot episode of a TV series usually meant for theatrical distribution. Often times the film will be used to further the storyline of the show (see MythArc). However, usually there are other motivations for this, generally involving [[MoneyDearBoy green slips of paper going into the pockets of film executives from the hard-working fanbase of a show]].

This trope primarily dates from before DVD, and occurred a lot during the 80s and early 1990s. A cinematic feature was considered much more important for a particular series or franchise at the time, than it would be now; although it can still sometimes occur. Although not always, The Movie tends to be a death knell for the franchise in question, as well.

The Movie usually takes two main forms.

* A distilled/compressed [[{{TheSummation}} summary]] or UrExample of the entire central arc of the series it is based on. ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'' was a good example of this. A subtype here is the CompilationMovie.

* It will raise the stakes, (often changing the dynamic of the original work) or otherwise contain a story with a scope larger than the usual series' budget, in which case you tend to have a BigDamnMovie. It can also act as the GrandFinale, or a SeriesFauxnale, should they make sequels. ''Series/{{Serenity}}'' would qualify as an example of this, as would the original animated [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie Transformers movie]].

Not all movies are The Movie; compare NonSerialMovie and TheFilmOfTheSeries. See also MadeForTVMovie, and note that not ''all'' examples of The Movie are theatrical. (A ReunionShow, for instance, will often take the form of a movie.) Most anime movies, for example, are either [[NonSerialMovie non-serial adventures]] or the {{Arc}} or MythArc of the entire series compressed into the space of two hours. The latter frequently requires an AlternateContinuity to pull this off.

In the 1960s and 1970s it was also common for episodes of a TV series, especially two-part stories, to be edited together as feature films for theatrical distribution both domestically (in the era before home video) or internationally in markets where the original TV series did not yet air. ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' was introduced to many European and Asian countries not by the broadcast series, but by the film series derived from the TV show (with additional racy and violent footage added that couldn't be shown on TV).

If it's a series' first attempt at making one, it might even be called some variation of [[TitleTheAdaptation Title: The Movie]]. You know, in case you didn't realize.

For the inverse, a series based off a movie, see RecycledTheSeries.

Examples are sorted according to the original source.

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!!Examples with their own subpages:
* TheMovie/AnimeAndManga
* TheMovie/LiveActionTV
* TheMovie/WesternAnimation

!!Other examples


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'':
** A 2003 LiveActionAdaptation movie exists.
** A 2008 sequel: "Mortadelo y Filemón. Misión: Salvar la Tierra" (Mortadelo & Filemón. Mission: Save Earth) with the popular Spanish comedian Eduard Soto replacing Benito Pocino in the role of Mortadelo.
** Then, in 2014, a new film, this time an animated film, "Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo" (Mortadelo & Filemon vs Jimmy the Joker, marketed internationally as "Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible").
* ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'':
** One in 1981, which almost nobody in Spain remembers today.
** Then another one based on the AnimatedAdaptation.
* ''[[ComicBook/{{BoogieElAceitoso}} Boogie, el Aceitoso]]'', movie from 2009.
* ''ComicBook/{{Condorito}}'', supposedly for 2017.
* ''ComicBook/{{Werner}} Beinhart!'' was celebrated as this back in 1990. Since then, another four feature-length movies have been released, and some people [[AdaptationDisplacement know ''Werner'' for the films rather than for the books]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/NeonExodusEvangelion'', despite being a fanfic, has a The Movie, set after the episodes and wrapping everything up with an epic fight scene.
* ''Fanfic/RedDeadWitchdemptionByJohnEgbert'' takes place during the filming of ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff the Featur Filim: Teh Mvoie''

* ''Music/{{ABBA}}: The Movie.'' Guess what it's about. It also had album and sheet music tie-ins, called ''ABBA: The Album'' and ''ABBA: The Folio''.
* ''Film/SpiceWorld'', the Music/SpiceGirls movie.
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' is the origin story of the D, and would chronologically lead to the earlier HBO shorts. Of course, [[StonerFlick everybody was probably too baked]] to care about the canon.
* Seems to be the case in [[{{Mockumentary}} fake]] [[{{Rockumentary}} Rockumentaries]] like ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' or ''Music/{{Fraktus}}: Das letzte Kapitel der Musikgeschichte'', but in those cases (as well as in the case of ''Music/LeningradCowboys Go America''), the bands were made up for these movies in the first place. ''Music/TheRutles: All You Need Is Cash'' is an exception, though: The parody band existed well before the film.
* Parodied with ''Music/NinjaSexParty: The Movie (That's Totally Not Happening)'', available as a poster when purchasing the physical version of the band's three albums.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Atlantis, Octagón, and Máscara Sagrada formed "[[PowerTrio Los Movie Stars]]" in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, based on the fact they had all been in movies. The most famous lucha libre movies were of course of Wrestling/ElSanto though.
* Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s "Ready to Rumble", better known as the dud that put the belt on David Arquette.
* Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 has ''Oh! My Zombie Mermaid''\''[[CompletelyDifferentTitle Ah! House Collapses]]'' about a pro wrestling promoter(a CaptainErsatz of Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto) and the attempts of a rival promoter to destroy him out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy at his success and envy]] when not Hashimoto buys a new house.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/GreenyPhatom'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc4-RTuOsh4 has a feature-length movie]] that is particularly bizarre (even by [[WidgetSeries the show's usual standards]]). It was subsequently plagiarized and remade as ''WebAnimation/GoAnimate: The Movie''.
* ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries has ''The Grossery Gang vs. The Clean Team: Putrid Power'' , a feature length movie (still on Youtube), which is actually a half-hour episode of the webseries, which is still long in comparison to the two minute length of standard episodes.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': ''The Quest for the Sacred Gem'', a DTYT (Direct to YouTube) "movie", which only has a teaser trailer so far.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' will have a movie taking place in the same universe released at some unspecified point in the future.
* ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie''
* ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}: The Movie''
* ''[[Film/GirltrashAllNightLong GIRLTRASH: All Night Long]]'' is a prequel to the webseries Girltrash.
* ''Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure'' and ''Agents of Secret Stuff''. The latter, however, was a thirty minute Website/YouTube video presented in the form of a movie.
* To an extent, WebVideo/{{Googlebrains}}' Disgust Destroys Fluxburgh. It was a direct-to-YouTube movie.