"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). 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
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.
- 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?"
- Compilation Movie
- The Corruption: The Virus which infects Diaboromon and Kokomon.
- Cut-and-Paste Translation
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Infermon attacks Greymon and Kabuterimon while they digivolve 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.
- Fridge Horror: At first glance part 2 is a classic monster-on-the-loose story. But then you watch the scene when Infermon invades New York. And then you think, Infermon posting his face on every available screen reminds me of those milk cartons with pictures of missing kids on it. And then you realize that the entire time he's just been trying to find his programmer. So in effect Infermon is analogous to a lost child trying to find it's parents. And it just got in trouble along the way. And was hunted down and killed.
- 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
- Post-Mortem One-Liner: "Connection terminated".
- 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.
- What Could Have Been: According to Jeff Nimoy, it was originally only going to be the first two Digimon movies, and the third one would have been released as a TV special. Executive Meddling forced him to include Hurricane Touchdown! despite it making little sense to the plot.