Anime: Digimon: The Movie
"YOU'VE GOT MAIL!!"
"I'm looking for the programmer, don't interfere!"Digimon: The Movie
is a compilation
of short movies from the Digimon
franchise: Digimon Adventure
(a Pilot Movie
), Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!
(a Short Anime Movie
), and Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!! / Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals
(another Short Anime Movie
Taking over place over a span of eight years, the movie chronicles the first appearance of Digimon, the internet
meltdown caused by Diaboromon
, and the fight between the cast of Digimon Adventure 02
and a mysterious Digimon named Kokomon.
Edited together into a 85-minute feature (Digimon
only had a few short movies
at the time of this movie's release), the film was criticized by some fans for the large edits and cuts made in the dub, particularly those made to Hurricane Touchdown
(which was edited down to a third of its original running time). Critical response wasn't too good either, though Leonard Martin's Movie Guide
books noted the Our War Game
segment was interesting. And though it still receives the ire of many a fan today, some have come to regard it favorably
and the movie has garnered something of a cult following
Also notable in that the first two chapters of the movie (Digimon Adventure
and Our War Game
) were the directorial debut of director Mamoru Hosoda, who went on to make several well acclaimed films including Summer Wars
The rest of the Digimon movies would later be dubbed as well, though unlike this movie, were all kept in their separate entries (though were only shown on Toon Disney
with no DVD releases. You can find them on Youtube however).
This movie provides examples of:
- A Boy and His Digimon: The movie is centered around Tai, Willis, and their Digimon.
- America Saves the Day: Subverted. When Diaboromon fires two nuclear missiles at Japan and Colorado the American government tries to intercept them. Their missiles, however, are redirected by Diaboromon to fall into the Pacific ocean.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: The soundtrack includes music by Barenaked Ladies, Less Than Jake, and Smash Mouth, among others.
- Beyond the Impossible: The Mega-level when introduced in the first season was already this but in this movie we have two Mega-level Digimon digivolve together to a level beyond Mega. Also, since this scene takes place before Season 2, no one had any idea that digimon could merge at all, let alone two Megas.
- BFG: MetalGarurumon's contribution to Omnimon's arsenal is the "Supreme Cannnon." It's powerful enough to wipe out hundreds of Diaboromon clones with a single shot.
- BFS: Omnimon sports one in the arm that constitutes WarGreymon and eventually drives it through Diaboromon's head.
- Big Bad: The Virus is responsible for all the trouble that goes on in this movie.
- Canon Immigrant: Ryo from Digimon Tamers makes an appearance in the second segment.
- Catastrophic Countdown: "Who can count backwards from ten?"
- "Which one has the clock?" in the original though the countdown was still shown.
- Compilation Movie: Of the first three Digimon film shorts.
- Continuity Lockout: Oh it tries to be accessible to the uninitiated but between being 3 segments from three different points in time (before the start of season 1, after season 1, and in the middle of season 2) good luck not getting lost if you're not already somewhat familiar with the series.
- Continuity Snarl:The "Present-day" segment popular fanon says it would take place between episode 21 and episode 22 but Gatomon is able to Digivolve to Angewomon which we later find out she shouldn't be able to do. There's also the fact that Angemon and Angewomon reach Mega and act like this is something they've always been able to do, and yet they never reached Mega before in the series and never do it again.
- This is explained slightly more clear in the original cut, due to the release of the movie inbetween episodes and Davis being the only one to use his second digi egg it is implied that this takes place between the two month gap between their fight with the Evil Spiral Controlled Metal Greymon (Going by episode airings at the time this would probably be between episodes 14 & 15 since a news report brings up the two months since Ken Disappeared in the episode following the movie in japan), Gatomon is able to evolve into Angewomon because of the lack of a Dark Tower in the real world (She Does this in Episode 13 when fighting off the Airdramon in the Dark Ocean.) and when they evolve to Mega T.K. And Kari are visibly surprised by it as this is the first they do it and the Appearance of the Golden Egg's is a surprise to them as well.
- The Corruption: The Virus which infects Diaboromon and Kokomon.
- Covers Always Lie: Similar to how all the trailers and tv ads only focused on the third segment, the front cover of the movie poster focuses only on the third segment acting like the entire movie takes place during 02. The back of the VHS synopsis always describes a wayward Digimon kidnapping the Digidestined, which is true for the uncut third Japanese movie, but not for the American film.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Infermon attacks Greymon and Kabuterimon as they finish digivolving into their ultimate forms.
- Darkest Hour: When they get defeated by Diaboromon the first time and Tai and Izzy get reconnected they find that War Greymon and Metal Garrurumon are in very poor shape and practically unable to fight (War Greymon being unconscious when they find him) and when it seems it can't get any worse Izzy gets an email from someone who hacked into the Pentagon and found out a nuclear missile code named "Peace Keeper" has just been launched with no determined target by the Digimon (In the Dub this was changed to two missles, one launched at Colorado and the second being aimed right at Tai and Izzy) it could hit ANYWHERE in the world and they have no way of tracking it, and they only have 10 minutes to find Diaboromon and stop the clock, easy right? Wrong, because he starts multiplying himself when the countdown starts and when they find where he is, he's already made 16,000 copies of himself.
- Demoted to Extra: Mimi and Joe get little more than cameos throughout the movie. In the third segment Mimi doesn't even appear and is only mentioned by Kari. Her scene with TK and Kari in New York was cut from the English Version due to a completely excised subplot involving all the older kids being kidnapped by Kokomon.
- Disc One Final Boss: The Digidestined thought that defeating Diaboromon would solve the problem, but The Virus escaped to cause more trouble later.
- Dub Induced Plothole: The film is crawling with them, which is inevitable considering that it was rushed out after being made from three Japanese films.
- One big one would be the final act of the movie, as in the orignal Kokomon was kidnapping the Digidestined and de-aging them. In the dub this plotpoint is removed and when the final battle happens the De-aging of everybody else comes out of nowhere and is not elaborated on in the slightest.
- At the end, Kokomon comes back as an egg, but in regular canon Digimon that die in the real world stay dead. The original Hurricane Touchdown was non-canon and followed different rules.
- Dueling Hackers: Diaboromon and Izzy during the second segment.
- Epic Movie: Takes place over the span of eight years, involves three individual stories , and involves many, many characters. Inverted in that it's more like a B-Movie in content.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Virus. At first it's just a computer virus that corrupted the Digi-Egg that would eventually hatch into Diaboromon, however after Diaboromon is defeated it crosses into the human world, tracks down Willis, and infects Kokomon.
- Four Is Death: The movie's three parts are each separated by a span of four years and at the beginning four Digimon are born into the human world, Parrotmon, implied to have been the fourth to do so, being the evil one. If one were to subscribe to the theory that the virus in parts two and three was the reincarnation of Parrotmon from part one, then it's various lives would pan out as such, 1) Parrotmon, 2) Diaboromon, 3) infected Kokomon, and 4) DEATH cause Four Is Death.
- Fusion Dance: WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon combine into Omnimon.
- Gratuitous Engrish: In the original cut of the last movie Wallace (Willis) Starts off talking in full blown English when confronting Cocomon and when on the phone with his parents. However, when alone with Terriermon starts talking in Japanese again justified later when talking to the group mentioning he used to have a japanese girlfriend and he learned to talk Japanese for her. However there is some incontinence later on when he calls his mom again and talks to her in Japanese even though he should be speaking English.
- The Ghost: Despite being the Big Bad of the movie, you never see The Virus beyond some abnormal wind.
- The Internet: The battleground for the second part.
- The Movie: The first one for the Digimon series.
- Never Trust a Trailer: All of the advertising focuses solely on the second segment, presumably because it was the most interesting and they wanted to avoid telling audience it was a cluser-fuck of three different stories loosely tied together.
- Opinion Flip Flop: Willis is telling Davis a sob-story and Davis, beside himself with sorrow, chokes, "That's the saddest story I've ever heard." Willis responds, "I'm the one with the problem, not you. Get over it," and Davis, immediately in high spirits without a trace of tears, says, "Okay!"
- Personal Space Invader: The first Koromon that Tai and Kari meet likes to do this. His way of thanking people is to latch onto their faces and kiss them until he pops off.
- Post Cyber Punk: The Our War Game segment more so than the other sections because it takes place inside the Internet.
- Product Placement: Kari mentions she got her friend a pink Power Ranger figure for her birthday.
- Saw a Woman in Half: Kari volunteers to have this done to her at a friend's birthday party while Tai, Izzy and their Digimon fight off Diaboromon.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: A Huge chunk of the pop music used in the dub could qualify, especially when it was used in "Our War Game" the big offender would be during the phone jamming scene where "All My Best Friends are Metalheads" is used with no rhyme or reason for it being there.
- Starter Villain: Parrotmon is the villain of the first segment.