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When adventure takes Doraemon and gang into the skies.

Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of Clouds is a 1992 anime film based on the entry of the same name from Doraemon's Long Tales.

Mysterious armies of flying saucers have started appearing around the world, collecting wildlife from the surface of earth and beaming them into the skies. At the same time, after being ridiculed by his friends for believing heaven exists, Nobita managed to convince Doraemon into building his own kingdom in the skies with the Magic Dome and Water Gas. Eventually, Nobita decides to invite Shizuka, Suneo and Gian as guests of his own cloud kingdom, only to discover another civilization of Sky People living above them. As well as a conspiracy to initiate the first Biblical Flood in an attempt to wipe out all humans and restore nature to her default state.

Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of Clouds contain examples of:

  • Bad Future: Thanks to Tamako Nobi trying to force her way through the Anywhere Door - which has a time-adjuster on it's knob - while trying to lecture Nobita and Doraemon, she accidentally made the door's other side skip ten days into the future. So when Nobita and Doraemon tries using the Anywhere Door, they end up in an alternate future where Project Noah did happen, and Tokyo as well as the rest of the world has been destroyed in an unstoppable weather storm.
  • The Bus Came Back: This film features various characters from the original manga coming back, including Hoi and his fellow Lilliputians (vol. 35, "Donjara Village" where Nobita finds out about Hoi and his family being thretened by human development and finds them a new home), the moa, dodo and other inhabitants which Doraemon and Nobita helped evacuated to an uninhabited island (vol. 17, "Long Live the Dodo Bird"), as well as Kibou (vol. 33, "So Long, Kibou") now having grown into an adult tree. They end up testifying against Project Noah in the final scene, finally convincing the Sky People there's good in humans on the surface and eventually pulling the plug on the project.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: When arriving in the Kingdom of the Sky People, Gian, Suneo and Shizuka are given rings as souvenirs. Those rings turns out to be Tracking Devices which are electronically designed to cling on its wearer, and couldn't be removed unless deactivated.
  • Cool Crown: The Golden Crown of Doraemon's own Kingdom of Clouds, whose wearer can maintain control of all life on it - even intruders. It ends up being stolen by the poachers, who then took over Doraemon's Cloud Dispersing Cannon and begins initiating doomsday.
  • Courtroom Episode: There's actually a lengthy courtroom scene in this one in which representatives from the surface judges if humanity should be destroyed, and whether Project Noah is a necessity, with Gian, Suneo and Shizuka (the latter being the sole Voice of Reason, as always) representing those against Project Noah, and everyone else supporting it. A later courtroom scene occurs after the climatic finale after the poachers are killed and the destruction of the Kingdom of Clouds averted when friends and allies of Doraemon, Nobita and the gang, including Hoi and his fellow Lilliputians, the dodo and the moa from the rebuilt island, and Kibo the living plant voices how they have been helped by Doraemon in the past, how the surface folk have been kind to them and helped prevent their extinction, resulting in Project Noah ultimately being cancelled.
  • Disney Villain Death: The four poachers, last seen in the Cloud Disperser’s control room as the entire building collapses on them after the Cloud Disperser Cannon explodes, followed by the rest of Nobita's Cloud Kingdom.
  • Evil Poacher: Four poachers which are on a hunting spree in Africa before they're captured and arrested by the Sky People serves as the villains of the film, after escaping captivity from their cells (by hijacking one of the UFO transports used by the Kingdom of Sky People) and later taking over Doraemon's Cloud Dispersing Cannon with intentions of using it to destroy the Sky People's world.
  • Flying Saucer: The Sky People uses saucer-like transports for travelling, with the implication that the UFO sightings from humanity decades ago are actually them observing mankind's destructions on the environment.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The villains of this one, being four regular human poachers who got arrested right at the start of the picture. They end up hijacking the Cloud Disperser and firing it on the Kingdom of Sky People, collapsing most of their cities and possibly killing thousands in the process, giving them the highest potential bodycount in ANY Doraemon story.
  • The Great Flood: What Project Noah is all about: the recreation of the massive flood eons ago by the Sky People, in order to wipe out the surface world and have the citizens of earth start anew. Which Doraemon and friends must race against time to prevent.
  • Green Aesop: The entire story's plot can be summed up as "value the environment, or a civilization above us will inflict another Great Flood on humanity".
  • He Is All Grown Up: Kibo grows from a young and small humanoid tree in his own chapter in the original manga into a fatherly diplomat from the Green Planet who tries to defend humanity from the sky civilization's destruction plan to honour his friendship with Nobita and his friends.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The Sky People's opinions towards Doraemon, Nobita, and the rest of the surface folk. Not helped by the various surface animals they rescued, such as the Loch Ness monster, an orangutan from a destroyed Bornean rainforest, a Tanzanian elephant whose family was massacred by poachers, and various others testifying against mankind.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The Sky People, as ruthless as they may be, are eradicating all human cities on earth in order to undo the environmental damages mankind have inflicted on the planet with the intentions of saving nature and prevent humanity from destroying all wildlife. The human poachers – arrested by the Sky People after slaughtering a family of elephants – on the other hand shows no remorse over their actions and as soon as they found out about Doraemon's Cloud Disperser Cannon, they stole the weapon in their first opportunity and immediately fires it on the Kingdom of Sky People, possibly killing hundreds of its inhabitants, as well as planning to steal all the rescued wildlife in the aftermath to be sold for riches.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Thanks to being unintentionally separated from Shizuka, Gian and Suneo, who goes back to the land of the Sky People and becoming acquainted with Paruparu and her friends, Nobita and Doraemon ultimately believes in the poachers' lies that the Sky People are initiating Project Noah with hostile intent. Which leads to Doraemon bringing out that cloud-dispersing cannon late into the film
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Gian, Suneo and Shizuka reacting in collective shock when they found out what Project Noah entails.
    Gian, Suneo and Shizuka: [all at once]] PRO. JECT. NO. AH???
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Doraemon's reaction when Shizuka informs him that his Cloud Dispering Cannon - which he brought out to counter-intimidate the Sky People - has been hijacked by the poachers, which they're now using to nuke the Kingdom of Sky People into oblivion.
  • Out of Character: Doraemon bringing out an actual, functioning WMD called the Cloud Disperser Cannon, which can destroy entire blocks from the Kingdom of Sky People in seconds, feels really out-of-place, even if he claimed it's meant solely for intimidation purposes. Previous movies and manga installments have shown that Doraemon would usually resort to violence as the last, last option, and even in situation when brute force is a necessity - like in Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs - he would bring out gadgets designed to scare off enemies, instead of harming them outright. Granted, Doraemon did feel remorse after learning what he had done, but still.
  • Rod And Reel Repurposed: In the manga only, this is how the lead poacher managed to steal Nobita's command crown from outside the control room.
  • Stable Time Loop: After Nobita and Doraemon briefly witnessed the Bad Future of the world being destroyed by Project Noah, an upset Nobita suddenly realizes - in a "Eureka!" Moment - that if the present is indeed destroyed, how could Doraemon, a robot from the future, possibly exist? After bringing the issue to Doraemon, a quick discussion between the two leads to them realizing the destruction they've glimpsed is actually from an alternate future where they failed to stop Project Noah after going through the Anywhere Door whose time controls has been tampered with.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The Loch Ness monster itself shows in the Kingdom of Clouds as one of the various "endangered species" collected by the Sky People before the initiation of Project Noah. She turns out to be quite friendly and offers Nobita and Doraemon a ride through a lake.
  • Translator Microbes: The Sky People uses these to communicate with all living things they brought from the surface to their world. This is how an orangutan and an elephant could attend their courtroom hearing during the Project Noah discussion.
  • Use Your Head: Once Doraemon realize the Cloud Dispersing Cannon - his gadget - has been taken over by the poachers and is currently being used to destroy the Kingdom of the Sky People, a remorseful Doraemon repeatedly hammers his head on his cell's locked door... and breaks down the door in the process. Leading to Doraemon deciding to atone for what he had done by pulling a Heroic Sacrifice, leaping off a balcony and crashing into the Cloud Disperser's power source to destroy the superweapon as well as the poachers controlling it, saving the Kingdom of Sky People in the process.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: What the Cloud Dispersing Cannon ultimately turns out to be. It disperses clouds into water vapour, and given that the Kingdom of Clouds is literally built on solid clouds, the cannon could collapse their entire cities, a few hundred blocks at a time. Granted, Doraemon only wanted using it as counter-intimidation, but he didn't count on the poachers getting their hands on it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The higher-ups of the Kingdom of Clouds approved Project Noah, which involves them abducting most of all life on earth to the skies and then unleashing an unstoppable, torrential downpour destroying the earth's surface for the world to restart anew, with the aim of saving endangered species and prevent humans from destroying the earth any further.