"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
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.
- 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
- 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. The countdown was still shown, though.
- Compilation Movie: Of the first three Digimon film shorts.
- Continuity Lockout: A big complaint about the film is that the overall plot is all but incomprehensible to anyone who isn't already familiar with the franchise. The plot holes induced by the edits done to the US dub don't help the situation, especially in regards to the Hurricane Touchdown segment, which was literally shoehorned into the dub with two thirds of its footage removed due to executive insistence, despite barely relating to the first two parts of the film at all and having a whole different set of characters.
- Continuity Snarl:The "Present-day" segment which was originally from a Non-Serial Movie in Japan is now rendered canon in this Cut-and-Paste Translation with Willis being name-dropped in the season 2 dub by Izzy and the Diaboromon plot being referenced several times in the show (as that movie was canon) but where exactly does it take place? Popular opinion is between episode 21 and 22 because Ken is nowhere to be seen or mentioned as a threat, the three new Digimon can't digivolve naturally yet despite the lack of control spires and Davis acts somewhat familiar with the Golden Digi-egg. But then you have Gatomon reach the Ultimate-level something we later find out she shouldn't be able to do at this time, and Angemon and Angewomon manage to reach the Mega-level despite never having been able to do that in the series and never do it again.
- The Corruption: The Virus which infects Diaboromon and Kokomon.
- Cut-and-Paste Translation
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Infermon attacks Greymon and Kabuterimon as they finish digivolving into their ultimate forms.
- Disc One Final Boss: Diaboromon.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Ghost: Despite being the Big Bad of the movie, you never see The Virus beyond some abnormal wind.
- The Internet
- The Movie
- 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.
- Post-Mortem One-Liner: "Connection terminated".
- 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 brithday party while Tai, Izzy and their Digimon fight off Diaboromon.
- Starter Villain: Parrotmon
- Unintentional Period Piece: The soundtrack (which has practically no relation to the movie itself) is basically just a laundry list of every late-1990s pop hit that the studio could afford to license.
- The movie itself as well, showcasing the latest in turn of the millennium consumer tech like bulky laptops, brick cellphones, PDAs, dial-up internet, low-res plasma monitors, VCRs...
- It's also worth noting that the plot of Our War Game could never take place past the year 2005, largely courtesy of infrastructural improvements in Internet connectivity and the explosive propagation of cell phones.