Negadon: The Monster from Mars is a short CGI film that pays homage to the Giant Monster movies from the 1960s. This includes having a grainy-old-film look, spaceships that look like toy models, etc. Despite this, it has a story that is played completely straight and the quality of the graphics is very high.
The story takes place in the future, when humanity begins exploring Mars for colonization. They find a strange object there and, of course, bring it back to Earth, where it turns into a monster and starts destroying Tokyo. A scientist named Dr. Narasaki, who has been in seclusion ever since the accidental death of his small daughter, is stirred into action and brings his old giant robot out of storage to fight this menace.
- Antagonist Title: Negadon is of course the main villain.
- Attack Reflector: The Miroku's drill is capable of catching Negadon's beam attack and sending it right back at it.
- Big Bad: The title Negadon.
- Dug Too Deep: Humanity begins exploring Mar seeking to colonize it. They end up accidentally unearthing Negadon and transporting it to Earth where it awakens and goes on a rampage. Narasaki comments it'd likely been slumbering there for millions of years.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: Negadon goes up in a gigantic explosion after being run through by the Miroku's drill.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Narasaki takes the battle to the space, knowing that he is unlikely to return.
- Hot-Blooded: He might be old, but Narasaki has his moments once he actually gets in the pilot seat.
- Humans Are Bastards: Narasaki blames mankind for bringing Negadon upon themselves. Then again he's not exactly in the mood to be fair, and ultimately chooses to kill Negadon and save the world anyway.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Narasaki finishes off Negadon by driving the Miroku's drill straight through it's beam emitter and out it's back.
- Overclocking Attack: Narasaki kicks the Miroku's reactor up to the max to finish Negadon off.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "May my final gift to humanity...be sending you to oblivion!"
- Retro Future
- Shared Universe: With Planzet, that takes place 22 years later.
- Starfish Aliens: Negadon is an alien monster that's not even vaguely humanoid and resembles some form of shellfish more than anything else on Earth.
- Super Prototype: The Miroku as an in-progress prototype robot. Naturally it's far more powerful than anything the defense forces can manage.
- Super Robot: The Miroku was created to be an exploration and construction device, not a weapon, but it still came even with built-in drills and a (sort of) Rocket Punch.
- Terraforming: What people planned to do with Mars.
- This Is a Drill: The Miroku 2's primary weapon is an arm mounted drill.
- Tokyo Fire Ball: Negadon lands in Tokyo like a meteor, causing a huge crater, then proceeds to obliterate everything in its path.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The story takes place in 2025.
- The Unreveal: The alien monster is never named within the film itself.