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Digimon: The Movie

Film poster
Directed by USA & Canada:
Terri-Lei O'Malley
Japan:
Mamoru Hosoda
Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Produced by USA & Canada:
Terri-Lei O'Malley
Japan:
Seki Hiromi
Yasushi Mitsui
Makoto Shibazaki
Tan Takaiwa
Teruo Tamamura
Tsutomu Tomari
Makoto Toriyama
Makoto Yamashina
Written by USA & Canada:
Jeff Nimoy
Bob Buchholz
Japan:
Reiko Yoshida
Starring Lara Jill Miller
Joshua Seth
Bob Glouberman
Brian Donovan
Music by Udi Harpaz
Amotz Plessner
Cinematography Shigeru Ando
Editing by Gary Friedman
Douglas Purgason
Distributed by United StatesCanada 20th Century Fox, Fox Kids, Saban Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis
(film - adaptation)
Japan Toei Company
(all three movies - original)
Release date(s) October 6, 2000
Running time United StatesCanada 85 minutes
(film - adaptation)
Japan 125 minutes
(all three movies - original)
Country  United States
 Canada
 Japan
Language Japanese
English
Budget US$ 5.5 million
Followed by Revenge of Diaboromon

Digimon: The Movie is a Canadian-American digimon film adaptation of three different Japanese digimon movies. The first two parts are from Digimon Adventure and the 3rd part from Digimon Adventure 02. Those stories are based in the universe introduced in the first two seasons of the TV series. The movie in the U.S. is distributed by 20th Century Fox. The unified version released in North America had a high degree of editing, with more than 40 minutes of scenes from the individual Japanese versions cut out in order to save time, to keep the rating PG, along with several plot changes (possibly to help make more sense of the movie in the absence of the deleted scenes).

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Plot

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Digimon Adventure

The first story focused on Taichi and Hikari four years before their adventure in the Digital World. It shows their first encounter with Digimon and what happened to them (as well as the other children). Taichi and Hikari wake one morning to find a Digi-Egg that came out of their computer the night before and the egg soon hatches, revealing a Botamon. The Digimon then evolves into Koromon and then Agumon (not the same one that became friends with Taichi in the series, and yet, somehow, both Koromon and Hikari remember each other), who then goes out and unintentionally destroys a good part of the neighborhood with Hikari riding on his back. A second Digi-Egg appears in the sky to reveal an evil digimon, Parrotmon. Agumon then Digivolves to Greymon but isn't strong enough to beat Parrotmon and is knocked out. Taichi grabs Hikari's whistle and wakes up Greymon, who defeats Parrotmon and disappears with him.

Our War Game

About six months after the Digidestined departed from the Digital World (canon to the first season finale), Koshiro discovers a virus on the Internet infecting a Digi-Egg, then rushes over to Taichi's house to inform Taichi about the newly-hatched Digimon. Taichi and Koshiro use Taichi's dad's computer and monitor the Digimon until Gennai appears in a transmission from the Digital World. He sends Agumon and Tentomon to help stop the corrupted Digimon, Keramon. They put up a good fight until Keramon Digivolves to Infermon and defeats them. Taichi tries furiously to contact and alert the rest of the Digidestined and ends up getting only Yamato and his brother Takeru. They find a computer in a barber shop and upload Gabumon and Patamon onto the net. Infermon Digivolves to Diaboromon after Agumon and Gabumon Warp Digivolve to WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon but then they slow down because of the massive amount of e-mails being sent to Taichi and Koshiro. Taichi slaps the computer and freezes it leaving WarGreymon frozen and defeated. Diaboromon then starts multiplying and sets up a timer for 10 minutes as he forces the Pentagon to launch two nuclear missiles: one headed for Colorado, the other for the neighbourhood in Odaiba, Tokyo, where Taichi currently lives. WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon wake up and race to defeat Diaboromon, only to find over a million copies of him. Every single copy fires and blast them until they lie defeated. Taichi and Yamato mysteriously enter their computers and talk to their Digimon. WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon DNA Digivolve to Omnimon who easily defeats all but one Diaboromon. At one minute to go, Diaboromon is still too fast for them to hit, but then Koshiro forwards him the e-mails, slowing him like it did to the other Digimon. At the very last second, Omnimon impales Diaboromon through the head, disabling the missiles and killing Diaboromon. But the virus tracks down Willis and infects Kokomon.This was also the longest segment in the movie and runs as most of the movie. All the characters from Digimon Adventure 1 are featured in this segment, although Mimi has a very small part and is on holiday in Hawaii at the time of the incident. Mimi's small part was reportedly due to Philece Sampler's reluctance to do the movie, although it is Sampler that voices her. Taichi and Sora are also in a (rocky) relationship, which has been hinted at throughout the TV show.

Hurricane Touchdown

This part features the characters in the second season (and is canon to the second season since it takes place right after the Digimon Emperor was defeated). It starts out with Takeru and Hikari (visiting Mimi in New York) taking a picture, but having trouble, and then Hikari senses something. They end up briefly meeting Willis and Terriermon, who are engaged in a battle with Wendigomon, Kokomon's corrupted Champion form (still referred to as Kokomon), who keeps telling Willis to "go back", and then vanishes. Willis and Terriermon travel to Colorado while Hikari, on a train with Takeru, e-mails Dasuke Motomiya to inform him of Willis and Kokomon.

After taking planes and taxis, Dasuke, Miyako, and Iori end up meeting Willis in a truck while Kari and T.K. literally get derailed by Wendigomon. Willis tries to get Davis, Yolei, and Cody a lift to his house. The ride leaves without Willis and Davis, who encounter Wendigomon which leads to a battle between Davis, Flamedramon, and Gargomon, Terriermon's Champion form. Before anyone is defeated, Wendigomon vanishes again, repeating his cryptic message, "go back". Davis and Willis meet up with Yolei and Cody who told Davis that T.K. and Kari aren't there yet. Willis doubts that they'll come at all if Wendigomon interfered. After the kids question his knowledge about Wendigomon, Willis reveals that he created him but regrets saying so and storms off, while being followed by Davis. Willis reveals the story about Wendigomon, how he became infected, and reveals that he was the one who basically created Diaboromon. Davis tells Willis how they're part of a team, and that he doesn't have to face Wendigomon alone. Terriermon overhears the conversation (blaming it on his "really big ears") and says that he's "not Willis's pet, but his friend", and wants to be beside him every step of the way. Willis refuses his help out of concern for his safety, but Terriermon talks him into letting him battle. At Willis's home, Wendigomon reappears, as expected, but Digivolves to Antylamon. He swiftly evades the attacks of Gargomon, Flamedramon, Halsemon and Digmon and throws all the Digimon around like rag dolls. Antylamon Digivolves again into Cherubimon.

However, they still try to fight, but don't prevail, as Cherubimon grabs them and is about to eat them when Angemon and Angewomon cut off his arms and T.K. and Kari show up. Cherubimon de-Digivolves the Digimon then de-ages the Digidestined, revealing that he wanted Willis to "go back" in time to when the virus first attacked him. Angewomon and Angemon Digivolve to their Mega forms, Magnadramon and Seraphimon, to release two Golden Digi-Eggs for Willis and Davis. Veemon and Terriermon Golden Armor Digivolve to Magnamon and Rapidmon who go into Cherubimon. Inside they see Wendigomon who tells them to destroy the virus. Doing so purifies Cherubimon, who soon dies. After saying goodbye to his new friends, Willis and Terriermon walk back home, and notice the Digi-Egg that will hatch into Kokomon. The film ends with Kokomon having Digivolved back into Wendigomon, who begins to dance tone-deafly.

Game Cards

With every admission in the theater, a limited edition "Digi Battle" trading card is given out. There were a total of 12 cards obtainable.

Rating

In America, this film was rated PG by the MPAA for action violence.

Soundtrack

Music from the Motion Picture Digimon: The Movie
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released September 19, 2000
Genre Soundtrack
Length 50:16
Label Maverick
Producer Mumble, Paul Gordon, Susan Rogers, Paul Q. Kolderie, Howard Benson

Music from the Motion Picture Digimon: The Movie is the original motion picture soundtrack for the film, Digimon: The Movie, released September 19, 2000 on Maverick Records.

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Digi Rap"   Shuki Levy, Paul Gordon, Kussa Mahchi M.C. Pea Pod, Paul Gordon 3:11
2. "All Star"   Gregory D. Camp Smash Mouth 3:20
3. "The Rockafeller Skank" (Short Edit) John Barry, Norman Cook, Terry Winford Fatboy Slim 4:02
4. "Kids in America"   Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde LEN 3:54
5. "Hey Digimon"   Levy, Gordon, Mahchi Paul Gordon 2:31
6. "One Week"   Ed Robertson Barenaked Ladies 2:52
7. "The Impression That I Get"   Dicky Barrett, Joe Gittleman The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 3:17
8. "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads"   Chris Demakes, Vinny Fiorello, Roger Manganelli Less Than Jake 3:13
9. "Run Around"   Jeremy Sweet, Levy, Mahchi Jasan Radford 2:09
10. "Nowhere Near"   Tim Cullen, Sean McCue Summercamp 2:21
11. "Spill"   Daniel Castady, David Hyde, Graham Jordan, Christopher Messer Showoff 2:16
12. "Here We Go"   Sweet, Levy, Mahchi Jason Gochin 2:25
13. "Digimon Theme" (hidden track) Gordon, Levy, Mahchi Paul Gordon 3:00
14. "Change Into Power" (hidden track) Gordon, Levy, Mahchi Paul Gordon 2:35
15. "Let's Kick It Up" (hidden track) Gordon, Levy, Mahchi Paul Gordon 3:12
16. "Going Digital" (hidden track) Sweet, Levy, Mahchi Jasan Radford 3:00
17. "Strange" (hidden track) Sweet, Levy, Mahchi Jasan Radford 2:48

The original music was composed by Udi Harpaz and Amotz Plessner

Sample Track:

  • Media: Not so Fast.ogg

Cast

Actor Role
Lara Jill Miller Kari Kamiya
Joshua Seth Tai Kamiya
Bob Papenbrook Red Greymon
Doug Erholtz T.K. Takaishi
David Lodge Parrotmon
Michael Sorich Big Agumon
Gargomon
Peggy O'Neal Botamon
Colleen O'Shaughnessey Sora Takenouchi
Brianne Siddall Koromon
Kuramon
Jeff Nimoy Tentomon
Kabuterimon
MegaKabuterimon
Philece Sampler Mimi Tachikawa
Cody Hida
Matt and T.K.'s grandmother
Mona Marshall Izzy Izumi
Terriermon
Michael Lindsay Joe Kido
Greymon
Michael Reisz Matt Ishida
Wendee Lee Young TK
Kokomon (shared)
Elizabeth Rice Sora's mother
Anna Garduno Palmon
Neil Kaplan Hawkmon
Halsemon
Tifanie Christun Yolei Inoue
Biyomon
Paul St. Peter Keramon
Infermon
Diaboromon
Kokomon (shared)
Tom Fahn Agumon
Digmon
Mike Reynolds Gennai
Kirk Thornton Gabumon
MetalGarurumon
Omnimon (shared)
Laura Summer Patamon
R. Martin Klein Gomamon
Edie Mirman Gatomon
Angewomon
Magnadramon
Steven Jay Blum Flamedramon
Raidramon
Poromon
Magnamon
Joseph Pilato MetalGreymon
Lex Lang WarGreymon
Omnimon (shared)
Rapidmon
Bob Glouberman Willis
Brian Donovan Davis Motomiya
Dave Mallow Upamon
Angemon
Seraphimon
Derek Stephen Prince DemiVeemon
Veemon
Robert Axelrod Armadillomon

Reception and Box Office

The film received generally negative reviews, with a 23% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus being "better than Pokémon, but not by much." The film grossed $9 million in the U.S. and $11 million worldwide, covering the film's $5 million production budget. However, the film was considered a disappointment compared to the Pokémon films, especially regarding that Pokémon The Movie 2000 made $133 million worldwide and had already been out for two months by the time of the film's release.

See also

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