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All Smashed Together

January 24, 2010

 

     Probably due to their short lengths, during the localization of the first three Digimon movies, 20th Century Fox decided to turn them into one big movie (big meaning one hour and a half), titled Digimon: The Movie.  The story was also re-written so that the second two movies were connected.  In the first part, entitled Digimon Adventure originally, we see Tai, Kari, and the rest of the original DigiDestined and the incident when Greymon and Parrotmon fought in Highton View Terrace, leading to the eight of them becoming DigiDestined.  The second movie, called Our War Game in Japanese, features Tai, Izzy, Matt, and T.K., after the events of the first series, fighting off a mysterious Digimon that, after getting infected by a virus, got into the internet and is trying to cause nuclear armageddon.  A friend of Izzy’s from the United States, Willis, apologizes to Izzy for reasons that aren’t clear at first.  The Digimon, Diaboromon, digivolves at an extremely fast rate and replicates himself seemingly infinitely.  He is beaten when WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon DNA Digivolve to Omnimon, and Izzy uses all the emails he is receiving from kids around the world watching the battle to slow Diaboromon down.  However, unbeknownst to them, the virus that infected Diaboromon goes back to the United States and infects one of Willis’ two Digimon partners, Kokomon.  In the third movie, entitled Hurricane Touchdown, T.K. and Kari, while visiting the U.S., bump into Willis and his second partner, Terriermon, as they are chased by the now Digivolved and still infected Kokomon (now Wendigomon).  They chase after Willis and try to help him, and Davis, Yolei, and Cody come from Japan to help.  Eventually, Willis reveals that he wanted to create a third Digimon friend, but the egg he created became Diaboromon.  Then the virus returned to infect Kokomon, and he and Terriermon have been trying to stop him ever since.  Thanks to the help of Patamon and Gatomon’s Mega forms, Seraphimon and Magnadramon, Veemon and Terriermon are able to Golden Armor Digivolve to Magnamon and Rapidmon, destroy the virus, and ultimately rescue Kokomon.

     Okay, so these are all movies that were only artificially given a common thread in the English dub.  So really, they should be treated separately.  Digimon Adventure, the first movie, is rather cute and sweet, filling in one of the “episodes” of Digimon that was never really covered in either series.  Tai and Kari as kids are also really cute.  I don’t entirely understand why that Agumon had to be a different Agumon, as it would have given more emotional depth to his relationship with both Tai and Kari.  But it’s not that important.  Our War Game is also a fun movie, though I wonder how it is that a) a Digiegg could get on the internet WITHOUT Willis having been involved (even still, how could Willis make a Digiegg?) and b) if Digimon could get onto the internet, why didn’t they take advantage of that to “see” them more often?  Little plotholes.  But Diaboromon was a very interesting Digimon villain with less of the “humanity” of some of the others.  And all the funny stuff with Tai and Izzy was really very entertaining.  Hurricane Touchdown, as can be expected from Digimon Adventure 02-derived stuff, was definitely the worst of the three.  Although the idea of Willis, Terriermon, and Kokomon was cute, I just don’t care as much about the Digimon Adventure 02 characters.  Plus, the movie doesn’t fit into continuity as well due to a) Angemon and Angewoman randomly being able to reach their Mega forms and b) Davis’ surprised reaction to the Golden Digiegg (if it was before its use in the show, he should have recognized it in the show, and if it was after its use in the show, he shouldn’t have been surprised).  Plus, the idea that two Armor Digivolved Digimon could beat a Mega that strong is kind of out there.  But this was still a good fun trio of movies shoved into one.  The music was still good (minus the ridiculous Digimon rap), and the voice acting was as good as it was in the TV shows (minus Willis, who kind of sucked).  But again, it was a fun time nonetheless.  Oh, and can you spot the mistake in that poster?

Story: 8.0      Animation: 9.0      Soundtrack: 8.5      Acting: 8.5      Overall: 8.2

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