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Edd: And it only took 130 episodes, 4 specials, and a movie, Eddy!

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.

Not all movies are The Movie; compare Non-Serial Movie and The Film of the Series. See also Made-for-TV Movie, and note that not all examples of The Movie are theatrical. (A Reunion Show, for instance, will often take the form of a movie.) Most anime movies, for example, are either non-serial adventures or the Arc or Myth Arc of the entire series compressed into the space of two hours. The latter frequently requires an Alternate Continuity to pull this off.

In the 1960s and 1970s it was also common for episodes of a TV series, especially two-part stories, to be edited together as feature films for theatrical distribution both domestically (in the era before home video) or internationally in markets where the original TV series did not yet air. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was introduced to many European and Asian countries not by the broadcast series, but by the film series derived from the TV show (with additional racy and violent footage added that couldn't be shown on TV).

If it's a series' first attempt at making one, it might even be called some variation of Title: The Movie. You know, in case you didn't realize.

For the inverse, a series based off a movie, see Recycled: The Series. Sister Trope of The Film of the Book (adaptation of a book into a film) and The Film of the Play (adaptation of a theatre play into a film).

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    Comic Books 
  • 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 the popular Spanish comedian Eduard Soto replacing Benito Pocino in the role of Mortadelo.
    • Then, in 2014, a new film, this time an animated film, "Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo" (Mortadelo & Filemon vs Jimmy the Joker, marketed internationally as "Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible").
  • Zipi y Zape:
    • One in 1981, which almost nobody in Spain remembers today.
    • Then another one based on the Animated Adaptation.
  • Boogie, el Aceitoso, movie from 2009.
  • Condorito, which was released in 2017.
  • Tom Poes got an animated film in 1983, Als Je Begrijpt Wat Ik Bedoel, which revolved around Tom's friend Bommel the bear adopting a baby dragon. An English dub was released in the U.S. in 1987 as The Dragon That Wasn't (Or Was He?).
  • 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.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • 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.
  • Pro Wrestling ZERO1 has Oh! My Zombie Mermaid\Ah! House Collapses about a pro wrestling promoter(a Captain Ersatz of Shinya Hashimoto) and the attempts of a rival promoter to destroy him out of jealousy at his success and envy when not Hashimoto buys a new house.
  • Titanes en el Ring (Titans in the Ring), an Argentine promotion and television program that ran from 1962 to 1988, was such a phenomenon in Argentina it spawned two films, "Titanes en el ring" (Titans in the Ring), released in 1973, and "Titanes en el ring contrataca" (Titans in the Ring Strike Back), released in 1984.
  • 100% Lucha (100% Battle), an Argentine promotion and television program that ran from 2006 to 2010 spawned two movies, "100% Lucha, la película" (100% Lucha, The Movie) in 2008 and 100% lucha, el amo de los clones (100% Lucha, Master of the Clones) in 2009.

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    Web Animation 
  • Greeny Phatom has a feature-length movie that is particularly bizarre. It was subsequently plagiarized and remade as GoAnimate: The Movie.
  • The Grossery Gang webseries has The Grossery Gang vs. The Clean Team: Putrid Power , a feature length movie (still on Youtube), which is actually a half-hour episode of the webseries, which is still long in comparison to the two minute length of standard episodes. The next two series would have shorter, yet still longer than standard episode, "movies" as well.
  • DSBT InsaniT: The Quest for the Sacred Gem, a DTYT (Direct to YouTube) "movie", which only has a teaser trailer so far.
  • Wolf Song: The Movie is a bizarre example of this, as it’s more a rehash of an earlier draft from 2011 released in 2016 by the creator of said draft, but despite being a full length film, it is only available on Youtube and a select few obscure websites.

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Alternative Title(s): Movie Sized Episode