Sunday, September 27, 2009

Digimon: The Movie

Digimon: The Movie; Animated fantasy, Japan, 2000; D: Mamoru Hosoda, Miroru Hosoda, Shigeyasu Yamauchi, S: Joshua Seth, Lara Jill Miller, Doug Erholtz

Japan. Tai and his sister Kari got their first Digimon, a mysterious digital monster, as children when it hatched from a Digi-Egg that came out of the computer. Tai likes the creature, called Koromon, but it transformed into the huge Dinosaur like creature, Greymon and attacked some bird Digimon. Months and months later: Tai found many friends who also have Digimon and fights together with them against the strange Digimon virus that is destroying the Internet and even wants to activate nuclear weapons. But he also has problems with Zora, his girlfriend. Months and months later: The friends go to New York to help Willis who created a mad Digimon.

At the start of the "Digimon - The Movie", the viewers are in for a shock: there Angela from the cutout animation show "Angela Anaconda" goes with her friends to the cinema to watch the "Digimon" movie, turns into 'Angelamon' and it somehow at first isn't clear if the viewer is in a wrong film. When the real film finally starts, it turns out its more intriguing than the monotone mainstream show, but not enough for grown ups or non-Digimon fans. The sweet creatures from the title shaped like birds, dinosaurs and rodents are slightly a copy from "Pokemon" which is why they don't reach some huge quality heights. The kid heroes are developed fragmentary, the uninteresting parts are featured the most while the most interesting parts (Tai's argument with his girlfriend Zora) are featured the least. Among the better jokes is when a truck passes by the dinosaur Digimon ("Have you seen that?" - "No, I was asleep." - "But you are driving!") and when the girl leaves such a long introduction on her answering machine that Ty has only 2 seconds for his message. An anime without delight.


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