"Just add a few new cuts and you will be able to fool the audiences, uh-huh!"The Movie is a heavily expanded, one-shot episode of a TV series usually meant for theatrical distribution. Often times the film will be used to further the storyline of the show (see Myth Arc). However, usually there are other motivations for this, generally involving green slips of paper going into the pockets of film executives from the hard-working fanbase of a show. This trope primarily dates from before DVD, and occurred a lot during the 80s and early 1990s. A cinematic feature was considered much more important for a particular series or franchise at the time, than it would be now; although it can still sometimes occur. Although not always, The Movie tends to be a death knell for the franchise in question, as well. The Movie usually takes two main forms.
— Kagura, Gintama
- A distilled/compressed summary or Ur Example of the entire central arc of the series it is based on. The X-Files: Fight the Future was a good example of this. A subtype here is the Compilation Movie.
- It will raise the stakes, (often changing the dynamic of the original work) or otherwise contain a story with a scope larger than the usual series' budget, in which case you tend to have a Big Damn Movie. It can also act as the Grand Finale, or a Series Fauxnale, should they make sequels. Serenity would qualify as an example of this, as would the original animated Transformers movie.
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- Mortadelo y Filemón:
- A 2003 Live-Action Adaptation movie exists.
- A 2008 sequel: "Mortadelo y Filemón. Misión: Salvar la Tierra" (Mortadelo & Filemón. Mission: Save Earth) with a different actor in Mortadelo's role: the popular Spaniard comedian Eduard Soto.
- Then, in 2014, a new film, this time an animated film, "Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo" (Mortadelo & Filemon vs Jimmy the Joker).
- Zipi y Zape:
- One in 1981, which almost nobody in Spain remembers today.
- Then another one based on the Animated Adaptation.
- Werner – Beinhart! was celebrated as this back in 1990. Since then, another four feature-length movies have been released, and some people know ''Werner'' for the films rather than for the books.
- Neon Exodus Evangelion, despite being a fanfic, has a The Movie, set after the episodes and wrapping everything up with an epic fight scene.
- ABBA: The Movie. Guess what it's about. It also had album and sheet music tie-ins, called ABBA: The Album and ABBA: The Folio.
- Spice World, the Spice Girls movie.
- Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is the origin story of the D, and would chronologically lead to the earlier HBO shorts. Of course, everybody was probably too baked to care about the canon.
- Seems to be the case in fake Rockumentaries like This Is Spinal Tap or Fraktus: Das letzte Kapitel der Musikgeschichte, but in those cases (as well as in the case of Leningrad Cowboys Go America), the bands were made up for these movies in the first place. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash is an exception, though: The parody band existed well before the film.
- Atlantis, Octagón, and Máscara Sagrada formed "Los Movie Stars" in CMLL, based on the fact they had all been in movies. The most famous lucha libre movies were of course of El Santo though.
- WCW's "Ready to Rumble", better known as the dud that put the belt on David Arquette.
- Marble Hornets will have a movie taking place in the same universe released at some unspecified point in the future.