Anime / Digimon: The Movie

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"YOU'VE! GOT! MAIL!!"
"I'm looking for the programmer, don't interfere!"

Digimon: The Movie is a 2000 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 place over a span of eight years, the movie chronicles the first appearance of Digimon, The Internet meltdown and near-nuclear holocaust caused by Diaboromon, and the fight between the cast of Digimon Adventure 02 and a mysterious Digimon named Kokomon.

The first two chapters of the movie (Digimon Adventure and Our War Game) were under 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).

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 American nuclear ICBM missiles at Japan and Colorado the American government tries to intercept them along with Japan and several other nations. Their missiles, are redirected by Diaboromon to fall into the Pacific ocean due to his infiltration and infection of the U.S. Department of Defense computers at the Pentagon.
  • Arc Welding: The third section of the film, originally a Non-Serial Movie featuring the 02 cast, is reinterpreted as a sequel to the original Diablomon incident, Children's War Game.
  • Arc Words: "Don't interfere" and then "Go back to the beginning".
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: The soundtrack includes music by Barenaked Ladies, Less Than Jake, and Smash Mouth, among others.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Hikari's digivolution hijinks with Greymon in the first portion. There's no Digivices, no crests, no digi-eggs, no digivolution assists anywhere... but it goes through every single evolution stage known at the time in quick succession.
    • 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, mere milliseconds before the nukes would've detonated.
  • Big Bad: The Virus is responsible for all the trouble that goes on in this movie.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: It ought to be "Diablomon", not "Diaboromon".
    • To be fair, that is how the Japanese would have written it as there is no "L" but only "R" in the Japanese language and also "Blo" will sound as "Boro" when the Japanese say Diablomon's name. Like how they say "Doragon" instead of "Dragon".
  • 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, does it try to be accessible to the uninitiated. However, 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.
    • Perhaps Fox was aware of this, because the VHS release of the movie opens with a long featurette giving the gist of season 1's plot, characters, and Digimons, as well as 02's opening theme.
  • 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 againl.
  • 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 characters in 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, resulting in them being reduced back to their Rookie forms of Agumon and Tentomon.
  • Darkest Hour: When they get defeated by Diaboromon the first time and Tai and Izzy get reconnected they find that WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon are in very poor shape and practically unable to fight (WarGreymon 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 missiles, 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 millions of copies of himself.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mimi and Joe get little more than cameos throughout the movie. Neither of them appear in the third segment since the subplot about the older kids being kidnapped was cut. While all the scenes of the older kids in that segment stem from right before they're kidnapped by Endigomon in Hurricane Touchdown, Joe's didn't lend itself to a pithy joke (he just gets himself a drink out of a vending machine and disappears) and Mimi actually vanishes right in front of Kari and TK, which would have caused all sorts of questions for a plot thread no longer being pursued.
  • Deus ex Machina: Angemon and Angewomon just obtain the previously unmentioned Golden Digi-Eggs from nowhere.
  • 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 original Kokomon was kidnapping the Digidestined and de-aging them. In the dub this plot point 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 (aside from a mention on Kokomon "going back in time").
    • 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Diaboromon started out as a Kuramon that had just hatched and soon began digivolving at the fastest rate of the franchise, his influence over the internet growing with him. This is justified since the virus that infected him during the creation of his digi-egg accelerated the process.
  • Fusion Dance: WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon combine into Omnimon.
  • Gratuitous English: 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.
  • Ironic Echo: "Connection terminated." The first instance is an Oh Crap! moment when Tai's internet drops out. The line makes a comeback as a Bond One-Liner when Diaboromon is killed by Omnimon's sword milliseconds before the nukes would've detonated.
  • The Movie: The first one for the Digimon series.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: All of the advertising focused solely on the second segment, presumably because it was the most interesting and they wanted to avoid telling audience it was a clusterfuck 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.
  • Protagonist: Tai Kamiya is the one who spends the first two segments running, but it's Willis who heads up the third section.
  • Reality Ensues: Getting a truly massive amount of emails on a 90's dial-up internet connection gives them huge amounts of internet lag which ends up contributing to WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon's asskicking when they can't keep up. Izzy uses it to turn the tables on Diaboromon so Omnimon can deal the death blow milliseconds before the nukes could blow.
  • 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. Tai jokes afterwards asking for the half with legs to get home ASAP.
  • Ship Tease:
    • The dub gives a rather cute one between Joe and Mimi, wherein one of the many letters piling up in Mimi's mailbox is a heart-shaped message that says "To Mimi, From Joe". In the original, it was just Mimi's family's nameplate.
    • Sora misses out on the whole war game against Diaboromon because she and Tai are too busy going through a phase of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • 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 biggest offender would be during the phone jamming scene where Less Than Jake's "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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of the Japanese version of "Hurricane Touchdown/Golden Digimentals", the entire older Digidestined going missing bit doesn't come up ever again after the final scene of them being young in movie. Not only is it confusing, but it leaves the question on if the new kids actually succeeded or failed on bringing them back.

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