Pretty Cure All Stars is a series of crossover movies that teams upallofthePrettyCureteams. 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, DX 2 and DX 3) 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 Character as a 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 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 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.
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.
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).
Dancing Theme: From DX 2 onwards. DX 3 is unique in that it's the opening instead of the ending.
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.
New Stage 2 does this to Ayumi, who had become a Cure in the prior movie (Cure Echo), but it seems the continuity is treating things like Cure Echo never existed.
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 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'.
It's also been revealed that characters from the seasons before Fresh will 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 and Beat.
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.
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, though with the New Stage 2 trailer showing the girls with many more parts and speaking roles, it seems that this isn't the case anymore.
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 Takaishi.