It combines some of the most famous chapters of the comic into a complete story.note Nobita "Noby" Nobi is a struggling fourth grader with a crummy life. Noby's great-great-grandson from the future, Sewashi "Soby" Nobi, builds the robot cat Doraemon. Doraemon goes back in time to steer Noby's life in the right direction with his wide variety of gadgets. Noby uses the gadgets for his own benefit and to get his Love Interest Shizuka "Sue" Minamoto interested in him. Eventually, Doraemon has to leave Noby and go back home.
The movie is one of the most successful Doraemon works. It grossed over $183 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing anime films, and it won multiple awards. Bang Zoom! Entertainment produced an American English dub of the movie, though the dub was only distributed in Asia.
This movie borrows most of its tropes from the comic chapters it adapts (see the note above), but it also adds in some tropes of its own.
Tropes unique to Stand by Me Doraemon:
- Adaptation Amalgamation: It combines the stories of the first six Japanese books... and one story in the seventh book.
- All-CGI Cartoon: The only feature film to use CGI animation.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Spanish version includes a completely new theme song by Fiver that's entirely in English.
- Animated Outtakes: Some animated outtakes are used in the closing credits.
- Breather Episode: The rest of the Doraemon movies are usually darker or more adventurous than the show, but this movie is pretty much as calm and lighthearted as the normal show.
- The Cameo: Sumire Hoshino from Perman appears on a poster in the film.
- Creative Closing Credits: The credits of the movie include some Animated Outtakes.
- Dub Name Change: All of the characters have their names changed to match Disney XD's English dub of the show. In the subtitled version played in airplanes, Sue has her named changed back into her Japanese name, Shizuka.
- Face on the Cover: One of the movie's posters is Doraemon with tears in his eyes.
- Foreign Language Theme: The Spanish version includes a theme song by Fiver that's entirely in English.
- Gratuitous English:
- Licensed Game: Received one titled Glico x Stand By Me Doraemon.
- Tagline: "For everyone who has been a child..."