Pretty Cure All Stars is a series of crossover movies that teamsupallofthePrettyCureteams. Each film features Cures from all continuities joining forces to combat a new powerful foe, with focus given to the teams from the currently-airing season and the recently-ended one.The franchise started out as a five-minute short that was added as a bonus to the Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! movie DVD, which told the first encounter between the Futari wa Pretty Cure MaX Heart, Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! teams, as well as the prototype of the Big Bad for two of the movies.The first three movies (DX, DX2 and DX3) follow a very simple formula: the current generation of Pretty Cure (Fresh, HeartCatch and Suite, respectively) encounter a new Big Bad who is seeking a MacGuffin to destroy the world, and resurrects a team of bad guys from previous series to help him. The current Pretty Cure team up with the previous generations of Pretty Cure to kick ass, with the finale involving the use of "Miracle Lights" (a fourth-wall-breaking toy that the kids in the audience are encouraged to wave at this point) to power up the Pretty Cure enough to save the day.New Stage: Future Friends, the fourth movie, is a Continuity Reboot. Following the public defeat of Fusion in the first movie, the Pretty Cure have become popular heroes and icons in Yokohama. One such fan is Ayumi Sakagami, a shy and lonely middle-school girl who secretly wishes that she could become a Pretty Cure as well. Unfortunately, Fusion is preparing to revive itself once more, and Ayumi finds herself caught in the crossfire after she befriends a mysterious yellow blob she names, "Fuu-chan".The fifth movie, New Stage 2: Friends of the Heart, does away with the idea of an Original Generation human and instead introduces two new fairies. As for the heroines themselves, they're invited to another world, seemingly as the guests of honor for a "Precure Party" at a school for fairies. However, it's actually a trap by a mysterious creature whose main goal is to steal away their Transformation Trinkets.The sixth movie, New Stage 3: Friends of Eternity has been announced.The movies are shameless cash-ins for the titular Cash Cow Franchise, but the chance to see all the Cures teaming up for an epic battle and interacting with one another is entertaining in its own right, and the series has proved successful.The series' Spear Counterparts would be Super Sentai's Super Sentai VS. movies and Kamen Rider's Movie War movies.The characters exclusive to these movies is listed Here.
The movies contain examples of:
Animation Bump: Particularly concerning Cure Dream in the first movie.
Ascended Fangirl: Ayumi Sakagami ends up becoming a movie-exclusive Cure called "Cure Echo".
Big Damn Heroines: This happened about three times in the first movie. First, Cure Black and Cure White saved Milky Rose, Cure Mint, and Cure Aqua from an freakin' huge Zakenna aeroplane. Then Cure Bloom and Cure Egret saved Cure Dream, Cure Lemonade, and Cure Rouge from an falling Uzainaa. Then Cure Peach, Cure Berry, and Cure Pine, are saved by everyone else from the innards of the Big Bad! The second movie has even more of them!
New Stage pulls this off with having the pre-Suite teams start crawling out of the woodwork as Ayumi and the Smile and Suite teams try to reach Fusion.
Brought Down to Normal: The villain of New Stage 2 seeks to steal the transformation devices of the girls. A teaser picture showing Nagisa, Honoka and Hikari on the run and the pouches where they keep their devices still around their waists show that he does pull it off.
Butt Monkey: Uraganos and Shadow in DX2 and DX3, respectively. Uraganos is the only revived villain who gets killed. And who does kill him? It's Chiffon (with a Miracle Light)! Shadow is the only villain who is killed by the mascots (with the Miracle Lights) and doesn't go into his/her One-Winged Angel form.
The Cameo: Several in the movies. Many minor characters and former villains as well as a villain who survived appear in the background or in "the minor characters shots".
Miyuki continues her trend when she tries to introduce the rest of her friends to the Suite team.
Canon Welding: 14 magical girls from 4 different continuities save the day in the first movie. Awesome. And the sequels just keep adding more.
Character Focus: The members of the current series' team are positioned as the main characters, while the members of the previous series' team get the second-most focus. This does mean that the older teams aren't really allowed to do as much.
DX 3 seems to be the only aversion as the other older Cures get as much coverages as the Suite and Heartcatch Cures.
DX: The girls figure out who was who after they reveal that they were heading to places that the other teams usually hung out at.
DX 2: Love is quick to ask Tsubomi and Erika how they knew Chypre and Coffret. She has an idea, but it's their transfermation that confirms it.
DX 3: Hummy crashes the Heartcatch girls' fashion show and Hibiki busts in, chewing out the cat in front of everyone.
New Stage: Hummy ends up giving a cupcake to Candy as they were in Hibiki and Miyuki's bags respectively.
Color-Coded Characters: In the third movie, the Cures are sent to different dimensions in three mostly-color-coordinated groups (pink-tinted leaders, cool-color-tinted girls, and bright-color-tinted girls).
Demoted to Extra: Michiru and Kaoru only get brief cameos in the movies, despite fighting alongside Bloom and Egret in their own Cure forms at the end of Splash Star. This even applies in the original short where they don't appear at all (while almost everyone else in Splash Star's supporting cast did.) However, they do get a slightly bigger role and speaking parts in the second, where they are shown helping Saki's little sister.
A retroactive variation occurs in the second movie with Itsuki, Yuri and Kaoruko. Thanks to the movie's early in the season premiere date, all three are reduced to minor cameo roles despite one having been a Cure before Blossom and Marine had gotten their powers, one being the series' third ranger, and one being a retired Cure who is more than capable of getting back in the saddle if the need arises. Itsuki and Yuri managed to get a good deal of screentime and asskicking in DX 3, but Kaoruko stays in the extra.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: However, DX does not include Setsuna and DX 3 does not include Ellen and Ako at all, with the same reason as Itsuki, Yuri and Kaoruko, due to season premiere dates, Setsuna and Ellen were still being villainesses (Eas and Siren), and Ako was not yet revealed as the true identity of Cure Muse. Muse herself doesn't even appear in her black-suited disguise. On the villains' side, thanks to the same reason, in DX, Fusion cannot morph into or summon Fresh's Nakewameke monsters, in DX 2, Bottom did not call forth any Heartcatch main enemies (Kumojacky, Cobraja, Sasorina, Sabaaku or Dark Cure), while in DX 3, Black Hole's group did not include the Suite movie villain Howling, they don't call up any Negatones, and Noise is not amongst the 'Big Bad silhouette parade'. New Stage 2 also does not include Cure Ace.
Characters from the seasons before Fresh do not get speaking roles in New Stage, much to the disappointment of a good portion of the fanbase.
New Stage 2 in contrast brought Black, White, and Shiny Luminous, and to a smaller degree Cure Passion, Blossom, Marine and Beat, and even Mepple and Mipple... but at cost of non-speaking roles of Peach, Berry, Pine, Sunshine, Moonlight, Melody, Rhythm and Muse. Even Fairies too, the only Fairies that get speaking roles in New Stage 2 that spoke in the previous movie are just Candy, Tarte. This movie has even less speaking roles than the previous one, if we don't count the Original Generation characters.
Early-Bird Cameo: The Belltiers from Suite Pretty Cure ♪ were shown in DX3 before they appear in the series. In Cure Melody's case, the movie was aired a day before she got her Miracle Belltier. Cure Rhythm's Fantastic Belltier appeared three weeks later.
Ditto for their attacks, Music Rondo.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Because the All Stars movies are made prior to the new series airing, certain things about characters will seem off. DX 2 had Erika being just as insecure as Tsubomi, and while Yuri appeared as The Cameo for the Miracle Lights scene, she looked more outgoing than her usual cold self, DX 3 had Hibiki a little more defeatist in nature as well as her and Kanade transforming without the Tones, and New Stage had the Smile team being able to use their attacks without passing out.
Epic Fail: The ending of DX 1. Love, Miki and Inori succeeded in defeating Fusion along with the other Cures... and then proceed to be nervous as hell in their dance competition and fell down without pulling any dance moves. All these in front of the audience, which includes the other Cures.
Foe-Tossing Charge:Essentially the end battle in New Stage 2 becomes this; after Kage losing his advantage of stealth and theft of the Transformation Trinket, the Cures then proceed to mow him faster than he can multiply.
One would think that, because of featuring 28 Cures would be too much, the pre-Fresh teams were Demoted to Extra because of this trope, and New Stage 2 gives some Cures more lines, and the rest, including those who weren't Demoted to Extra back in New Stage 1, were demoted.
Lovely Angels: The usual duos from respective series are as expected, but Cure Bloom and Dream has great chemistry in and out of battle because of their similar personality.
No Sense of Direction: The reason why the Cures in DX 2 and New Stage are popping out in their gathering so unorganizedly; either by taking wrong turns, can't read their maps to save their lives, or miss-placing their whatever and gotten themselves lost when they go looking for it. Usually there's one Cure in every generation that does this, and in New Stage it becomes the reason for Big Damn Hero.
Shout-Out: Fusion makes his initial return as disguised as Godzilla in New Stage. A little bit later, a student is shown mimicing Ultraman, also a nod way back to the original Futari wa Pretty Cure. Also, in the scene where everyone in the city is running away from Fusion, there is a background character who resembles like TK Takashi.
Villain Decay: Shadow in DX3. Back in the original movie, he/she/whatever was a pretty legit threat to the Precures, capable of laying beatdown on them, remorselessly crossing the Moral Event Horizon by killing Dark Dream. In DX3, he/she/whatever doesn't fight the Cures, but instead targeted the mascots, gets more comical... and beaten by the mascots.
All of the DX3 villain are surprisely weaker than they were in the original movies, where the heroines had to get Eleventh Hour Superpowers to kill them. In this movie, they just one-shot them. Some of the Cure attacks weren't even the most powerful attacks. Well, some of the really most powerful attacks have special conditions, so a few teams have to use the next best attacks.
Black & White uses Marble Screw Max, which is their weakest attack in Max Heart. Cure Dream wins with Shooting Star (a Mythology Gag to the GoGo! movie). The Heartcatch Cures uses Shining Fortissimo, their second most powerful group attack. The Splash Star and Fresh team can't use their best attacks Spiral Heart Splash Star, Loving True Heart and Loving True Heart Fresh, so they uses their next best attacks, Spiral Star Splash and Lucky Clover Grand Finale.
Inverted in DX2, where the villains are much more powerful than in the series. The heroines couldn't defeat anyone of them.
The Voiceless: The Demoted to Extra characters in New Stage and New Stage 2. In the latter case, it becomes odd when only Cure Passion and Cure Beat are the only ones in their respective teams who make noises.