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"One day, everyone will believe it!"
Naruto Uzumaki

"Go team Naruto! Only you can save the world!" note 

Naruto Evolution is a live action film directed by James Wong of Dragon Ball Evolution fame, and M. Night Shamalyan (chosen for his work on The Last Airbender). This film is based on the Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto, and is set in the same world as Dragon Ball Evolution. This is the second film in the Shōnen Jump Cinematic Universe, a complete ripoff of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Long ago, a man named Minotaur Namikaze defeated a nine tailed fox that threatened the Earth. After doing so, he feasted on its chakra meat and gained great power, which he used to create five hidden ninja villages. Many years have passed, but ninja still live in these villages and train in the ways of Minotaur.

Now, a young boy named Naruto Uzumaki lives in the Leaf Hidden Village, a ninja village hidden in the Amazon Rainforest. However, when his evil teacher Iruka tricks him into unleashing a nefarious villain known as "The Sandman", he must leave his home to confront the evil that he set free.

The movie was released last Friday note , and was both a critical and commercial failure. However, a sequel has been green lit for some reason.

Naruto Evolution contains the following tropes:

  • Age Lift:
    • Might Guy has become Mighty Shimura, who is 50 years old. This makes his youth obsession quite a bit weirder.
    • Tobi is the twelve year-old Ten Ten in this film.
  • Adaptational Badass: Most characters are much less badass in this, but a few of them are stronger than their canon counterparts.
    • Obito Uchiha was shown to be the best shinobi on Kakashi's team, and he fought Madara Jones to a draw.
    • Ten Ten is more badass than manga Tenten, given that she is Tobi and she nukes France.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Mizuki, Naruto's evil teacher in canon, has switched roles with Iruka and become the "good teacher".
    • Instead of being the antagonists, the Akatsuki are now a group of the world's greatest heroes.
  • Adaptation Name Change: All over the place, for often inexplicable reasons.
    • Instead of being the "Hidden X Villages", the Hidden Villages are now the "X Hidden Villages". For example, we have the Cloud Hidden Village, the Leaf Hidden Village, etc. The Hidden Stone Village has also changed to the "Dirty Hidden Village" instead of the "Stone Hidden Village" as one would expect.
    • "Fire Lord" is the name of the Leaf Village leader instead of "Hokage". It may be a Shout-Out, since M. Night Shamayalan directed The Last Airbender.
    • Minato Namikaze is now Minotaur Namikaze, despite having nothing to do will the bull of myth.
    • Kakashi Hatake is now Kakashi Taco, also known as Kakashi of the Mysteries.
    • Kiba Inuzuka and Shino Aburame are now Kira Woofworth and The Bugman.
    • The Yamanaka Clan, which Ino and her father are a part of, is now the Yakuza Clan.
    • Temari is now Tomato.
    • The Ramen Guy's name is changed from Teuchi to Noodle Joe.
    • Haku is now called Jack Frost.
    • Madara Uchiha is now Madara Jones, and consequently has no relationship to the Uchiha Clan.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Iruka Umino, one of Naruto's mentors, is now his evil teacher.
    • Inoichi is now the leader of the Ninja Yakuza, and he tries to have Naruto killed.
    • Ten Ten is much more villainous than her canon counterpart because in this movie, she is Tobi.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The Ramen Guy is one of Naruto's travelling companions as he hunts down The Sandman.
    • Hiashi Hyuga is a major antagonist in this movie.
    • Instead of being the satellite character she was in canon, this movie's version of Tenten is Tobi, a very important antagonist.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Hiashi Hyuga succeeds in taking over the Leaf Hidden Village.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The role of main villain is shared between The Sandman (an ancient evil wrecking havoc around the world), Tobi (a masked man with an army of ninjas and a grudge against the Leaf Village), Jack Frost (a woman using her ice powers to take revenge against the ninja government that murdered her children), and Hiashi Hyuga (Hinata's abusive father who is trying to take over the Leaf Village and then the world). As of the end of the movie Jack Frost and The Sandman are defeated, but Tobi is still at large and Hiashi has taken over the Leaf Village.
  • Black Dude Dies First:
    • The first casualties of the film are the Dirty ninja, because Tobi nukes France and kills them all.
    • Also, the first major character to die is Hiruzen Sarutobi, who is black.
  • Bloodless Carnage: After Kabuto tears off Kankuro's arm there is no blood, even though you would expect there to be.
  • Boom, Headshot: Naruto kills The Sandman by shooting him in the head with a shotgun.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Halfway through the film, Sasuke starts using "I believe it!" as his catchphrase.
  • The Cameo: While in London, Naruto meets Goku and Sokka, showing that Naruto Evolution is in the same universe as Dragon Ball Evolution and The Last Airbender.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • Naruto adds "Believe it!" to most of his sentences.
    • Neji's catch phrase is, "Eye can see it all."
  • Composite Character:
    • Minotaur Namikaze is a combination of The Sage of Six Paths, who is the Father of Shinobi, Hashirama Senju, who pretty much created the village system, and Minato Namikaze, who defeated the Nine-Tailed Fox.
    • Mighty Shimura is a combination of Might Guy, being Lee's youth-obsessed teacher, and Danzo Shimura, because of his role in the Uchiha Massacre and his Sharingan covered arm.
    • The Sandman is a combination of Orochimaru, with his body-stealing ways, and Gaara, because of his appearance and sand powers.
  • Cool Mask: Tobi and Jack Frost both wear awesome masks.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • All of the Stone Village/Dirty Village because Tobi nukes France, which is where they live.
    • Obito Uchiro is actually dead in this continuity, because Tobi is Ten Ten.
    • Mizuki and Iruka both die early on in the movie.
    • Naruto actually kills The Sandman, while in canon both Gaara and Orochimaru are still around.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • All of the Konoha 12 except Naruto, Sasuke, Neji, and Ten Ten, who is Tobi are fairly minor characters here.
    • Instead of being major antagonists, the Akatsuki appear on a poster for a few seconds.
    • The only named character from any of the other villages is Baki, who only appears in the film for a few seconds.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Shortly after Jack Frost appears, she pulls off her mask to reveal nobody that the audience knows. However, Neji still shouts out, "It's you!" in an overdramatic voice.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Akatsuki have their names and backstories written on the Akatsuki poster that appears in the movie for a few seconds.
  • Gender Flip:
    • Jack Frost, the movie's version of Haku, is actually a woman.
    • Anko Mitarashi is a guy for some reason.
    • Tobi is a girl, because in this movie he's Ten Ten rather than Obito.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Neji fights Hinata, his "Eye can see it all" pun KOs her rather than his Gentle Fist style.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The movie attempts to cram in as many characters from the manga as possible, even twisting them greatly to do so.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Tobi and Jack Frost are both villains that wear masks. However, Jack Frost ditches hers after a few seconds.
  • Meaningful Name: Ino's family, the Yakuzas, actually seem to be the Yakuza, even though they live in the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Not His Sled:
    • Instead of the Nine-Tailed Fox being inside Naruto, it is inside Sasuke.
    • Instead of having a Sharingan, Kakashi has the freaking Rinnegan!
    • Tobi is not Obito Uchiha, but Ten Ten.
  • Posthumous Character: Kakashi periodically has flashbacks to his time with his teammates Obito Uchiha and Rin Nohara as they went on a mission to defeat the evil ninja Madara Jones. All of the other three are dead.
  • Race Lift:
    • Hiruzen Sarutobi is now black, and played by Samuel L. Jackson.
    • The Cloud Village members are now Asian instead of black, while the Stone Village residents have become black.
    • Another character who has undergone a race lift is Rocky Lee, although in his case it's the human race, as he is a bear.
  • Red Herring: Obito Uchiha is not Tobi this time around, even though he seems to be.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The movie ends with Naruto vowing to defeat Tobi, who is still at large.
    • Bizarrely the movie contains one for Dragon Ball Evolution, because Naruto finds out that the Saiyan Biker Gang is rising.
    • As well, Ichigo Johnson tells viewers to go see the upcoming move The Legend of Bleach: The Heart.
  • Shared Universe: Naruto Evolution takes place in the same world as Dragon Ball Evolution and bizarrely The Last Airbender.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Hayate Gekko survives, because Ibiki Morino is killed instead.
  • The Stinger: A scene after the credits shows Mighty Shimura walking into the Hyuga Complex, bowing down to Hiashi, and revealing his Sharingan arm.
  • Throwaway Country: It is mentioned off-hand that Tobi nuked France and killed everyone there.