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Awesome: 34.78%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 10.87%
Pretty Bad: 13.04%
Total Crap41.3%

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Digimon: The Movie
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by EricDSnider

"First the attack on Pearl Harbor, and now this."
2 stars

Apparently "Digimon" premiered in Japan before "Pokemon" did, making it the originator, not the ripoff. Which may explain why it's better than "Pokemon." Problem is, that's not saying much, and frankly, "Digimon" isn't deserving of much, as it's still not a very good movie. But at least it's not as bad as "Pokemon."

Digimon (short for "digital monsters") are a number of different flesh-and-blood creatures that somehow came from computer-land into our world (well, Japan) in the form of Digi-eggs. Then they "Digivolve" into new monsters, getting bigger and bigger as they go. Their owners are kids, called the DigiDestined, who use them to fight Digi-evil.

The movie centers on Tai (voice of Joshua Seth) and his sister Kari (Lara Jill Miller), who acquired a Digimon named Koromon eight years ago. Now, in the present, there is a threat due to an American kid named Willis and his twin Digimon, one of which turns evil and, if I understand the movie correctly, seeks to destroy the Internet. This is perceived as a bad thing, and perhaps it wants to destroy something else, too; the movie's kinda hard to follow sometimes.

At any rate, it's up to the kids and their non-evil Digimon to save the day. They use computers quite a bit, particularly the techno-savvy Izzy (Mona Marshall), who is hardest hit when bad Digimon starts screwing everything up. There's also a kid named TK (Wendee Lee), who I seem to recall figuring prominently in the putting-down of rebellious Digimon.

"Digimon: The Movie" benefits from well-drawn backgrounds and animation that is occasionally fluid, instead of the herky-jerky stuff that cheap Japanese animation is often known for. One senses this thing didn't cost very much, either -- the characters don't have noses, for example, which I can only assume was due to budget contstraints -- but at least it doesn't reek of cheapness like that other product I'm not going to mention anymore.

Also, the human characters sort of have personalities in "Digimon," and while 99 percent of the jokes are stupid ("Do you know what a semi-conductor is?" "A guy who works part-time on a train?"), at least they come in rapid succession and we aren't beaten over the head with them.

Don't get me wrong, though: It's still a fairly bad movie. The dialogue is bad ("What better way to express friendship than to save your world?" someone says), and the characters say "Digi-" way too much. There are also a few bodily function jokes that are supposed to be funny because it's a Digimon doing them. We won't even mention the predictable plot, with its crisis that could be solved in two minutes but which is dragged on for a half-hour because the people involved fail to grasp the obvious.

I'm guessing kids -- especially fans of the TV series -- will be entertained, and their parents shouldn't have too much trouble bearing it. One warning, though: The music is often of the punk or speed-metal variety, and is very loud and intense. The lyrics aren't objectionable or anything, but the songs may be a little jarring to your 4-year-old's ears.

As far as shameless attempts to make money go, this one actually seems to have at least a little artistic integrity behind it. The finished product is still mediocre at best, but at least it's not another "Pokemon."

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User Comments

2/18/10 Stephen A Underestimated movie/series which i loved as a kid, this movie left an impact on me! 5 stars
1/31/08 Wolfeyperson Anyone who doesnt like this movie must take pills because this movie ROCKS!!! Pokemon sucks 5 stars
10/30/07 SilverToraGe The Movie was GREAT and for those who said there was no storyline, you realy werent paying 5 stars
10/07/07 awesomeness Fuck you all, this is better than anything made by pokemon. Great movie 5 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK Soak your balls in battery acid. eat your cat. do anything 2 avoid this. 1 stars
4/14/07 Nachtgeist I have to admit, the animation was poor and the editing was horrible, but I liked it. 3 stars
2/16/07 Alex Makhnyk I totally thought this movie rocked.But I found the show kind of more exciting. 5 stars
8/29/06 Anastasia Beaverhausen I have seen worse, not as bad as "Courage the Cowardly Dog" 3 stars
10/09/05 sean it sucks 1 stars
8/05/05 Katsumi Akimoto Saban dubbed the first three movies horribly... Quite a disappointment. 1 stars
6/02/04 Sean Scanlan The Pokemon movies were alot better. 1 stars
5/11/04 Sean Scanlan Worst animated movie ever made 1 stars
2/22/03 nathan digimon is amazing but yu-gi-oh could beat the shit out off it 5 stars
1/06/03 Britny Spears operaition constapation 1 stars
12/10/02 Experiment gone horribly wrong I ADORE this movie!Digimon kicks Pokemon's Fat ass! 5 stars
10/22/02 Jiz HOLY FUCK IT'S LIKE HAVING A SEIZURE WHILE EATING RANCID SHIT! One of the worst movies ever 1 stars
5/21/02 Veronica Foxx What is wrong w/some of ya'll? This isn't even as good as Pokemon and that was a turd! 1 stars
2/19/02 April Who the fuck ever thought this and that Pokemon shit would make good movies????? 1 stars
8/31/01 typhlosion digimovie ****ing sucks i fell asleep in it 1 stars
7/15/01 Lucia W. Digimon has a wonderful story line. Very complex... but that's better!!!! DIGIMON RULES!!!! 5 stars
7/10/01 Greasy Latino FUCK DIGIMON KILL EM ALL!!! 1 stars
5/22/01 andrew o it was the best movie in the world 5 stars
5/20/01 Mara Amber Hayden This movie was positively brilliant. The animation, characters and plot were exquisite. 5 stars
5/19/01 Adam Frost one of the best movies i've seen 5 stars
5/17/01 Patrick Driscoll It was the best! 5 stars
5/16/01 Htown Robert I thought the animation was great, even though the story was kind of confusing at the end 5 stars
5/13/01 Eric Camou The movie was alright. Of course, it could have been better as the TV show. 3 stars
5/07/01 Waddle Doo Digimon really sux 1 stars
4/25/01 J Pratically "digi-destined" for a cult classic status. 5 stars
4/10/01 Ichabod Crane The T.V. show is better. 3 stars
4/05/01 Andrew Carden Poor animation, bad visual effects, cheap, no story-line. 1 stars
3/21/01 M.C.A Quite the entertaining movie. 5 stars
10/12/00 Ground Zero okay animation, great soundtrack, not as bad as the Pokemon: The First movie 3 stars
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  12-Apr-2001 (G)

Directed by
  Jeff Nimoy
  Bob Buchholz

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  Jeff Nimoy
  Bob Bucholz


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