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Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie, released in Japan with the subtitle The Nine Sailor Soldiers Unite! Miracle of the Black Dream Hole, is the third Sailor Moon film and the final film in the '90s anime continuity. It is directed by Hiroki Shibata, with the screenplay by Yoji Enokido. It was originally released in Japan on December 23, 1995, accompanied by a short film titled Sailor Moon SuperS Plus: Ami's First Love. It was first released in North America by Pioneer Entertainment with the subtitle Black Dream Hole in August 2000. Eventually, Viz Media re-dubbed the film using their own cast and premiered it in North American theaters in August 2018.

After Chibi-Usa (voiced by Kae Araki) gets abducted by Poupelin (Nobuo Tobita) along with the other children, the Sailor Guardians team up with a fairy called Perle (Chika Sakamoto) and discover that Queen Badiane (Rihoko Yoshida) plans to drain the children's dreams so that she can create a Black Dream Hole. The heroes must rescue Chibi-Usa and thwart Badiane's plans.

The Pretty Guardian wouldn't grace the silver screen again until the two-part Sailor Moon Eternal was released 16 years later.

This film provides examples of:

  • A Minor Kidroduction: The opening intro features segments of the Inner Guardians as little girls.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Sailor Guardians combine their powers to revive Chibi-Usa and help Sailor Moon take down Badiane at the end of the film.
  • Big Bad: Badiane is responsible for all of the danger this time around and the Sailor Guardians must stop her from opening the Black Dream Hole.
  • Call-Back: Sailor Moon uses Moon Tiara Action to destroy one of the Bon Bon Babies.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Chibi-Usa's cookies are used by Usagi to give her a "power boost" to defeat the evil queen.
  • Crush Blush: Uranus does this after her girlfriend mentions how adults get to do fun things on their own.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Poupelin and Banana are named after French sweets, while Orangeat is named after a candied German sweet.
  • Elite Mooks: Poupelin, Banane and Orangeat all serve as Badiane's main henchmen.
  • Expressive Uvula: After Usagi makes cookies, she laughs after they turn out better than everyone else's. Her uvula laughs right alongside her.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: The first half of the movie with whimsical boys manipulating children into leaving their homes to live in a dreamy paradise is a combination of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Peter Pan. The Sailor Guardians also visit a gingerbread house when they're turned into children.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Kid!Usagi manages to befriend a stray pit bull.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Badiane's black dream hole proves to be her undoing when Usagi enters the hole, rescues Chibi-Usa and uses her Moon Gorgeous Meditation to kill the queen.
  • Lethal Chef: Despite Usagi making a batch of perfect looking cookies, their taste would leave Gordon Ramsay himself in a furious fit.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine:
    • The fairy cronies trick the Sailor Guardians into behaving like children and end up in a fairy tale world.
    • The children who are abducted by Queen Badiane are trapped in glass coffins where they can live out their perfect dreams. Usagi herself ends up trapped in a world where Mamoru cherishes her and no one else.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Uranus and Neptune comment on how the kids who wish to stay young forever will be missing out on the fun side of adulthood.
  • Oh, Crap!: Badiane has a visibly horrified look when Usagi revives Chibi-Usa and later when she discovers that the two are about to use the Moon Gorgeous Meditation attack on her.
  • One-Winged Angel: After Usagi refuses to hand over Chibi-Usa, Badiane assimilates with the black dream hole to finish her off once and for all.
  • Riddle for the Ages: The Outer Guardians never explained how they were able to reach Queen Badiane's floating palace without an airship.
  • Spot the Imposter: Sailor Moon ends up trapped in a dream world where Mamoru considers her more important than Chibi-Usa. Usagi easily recognizes, and accepts, that she's in a dream because the real Mamo-chan would never say such a thing.
  • Technicolor Death: Usagi and Chibi-Usa's Moon Gorgeous Meditation attack on Badiane causes her face to melt and swirl into different colors. Then, she explodes along with the black dream hole she created.
  • The Worf Effect: In the past movies, Mamoru played a direct role in aiding the Sailor Guardians against the villains. In here, he's instantly defeated by the fairies and has to stay in his apartment to recover.