"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 look 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.
- 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.
- 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 Japanese 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 is the villain of the first segment.
- 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.