Digimon: The Movie

on October 06, 2000 by Dwayne E. Leslie
Do the names Gargomon, Antylamon and Magnadramon mean anything to you? If you are an adult, probably not. But if you were around the impressionable age of six, then you would know that these are the names of new characters introduced in the animated film based on the popular Fox Kids Network cartoon series "Digimon" (short for "Digital Monsters").

   Linguistic ally, Digimon puts a twist on the proverbial. The result is a language filled with multisyllabic words only understood by children. Digimon are Pokemon to the next power level. Not only are the names more difficult to pronounce, but the violence is also escalated. The creatures start off as computer generated eggs and, after training, they ascend the rookie, champion, ultimate and mega forms until they reach the armor levels. With each level, they become more powerful and each acquires unique additions to their fighting arsenal (fireballs, guns or energy beams).

   "Digimon: The Movie" primarily consists of three individual tales loosely woven together to create the illusion of one story. Part one of the movie starts eight years ago when humans first came in contact with good and evil Digimon. Most Digimon are very affectionate and would do anything to save their friends. Those the Digimon befriend are called DigiDestines. The evil Digimon, on the other hand, desire only to either destroy or take over the world. Part two moves ahead four years. At this point in time, there is a nasty digivirus that has the Digimon cruising the Internet to stop it from eating the world out of house and homepage. The finale is set in present day and, once again, the digigroup is fighting an evil mega-level Digimon. This is the part that kids have been waiting for. A few new members are added to the human crew, as well as a half dozen new Digimon.

   There are some major battles throughout the film, but it is done with the standard cartoon violence: Although there is no blood or gore, the Digimon do their best to seemingly kill or beat each other into submission. There are injuries and few times when it seems the hero's chances of survival are slim. But the predictable plotline, and a heavy-handed theme that friends are always there for each other, would never allow that to happen. Voiced by Joshua Seth, Lara Jill Miller, Mona Marshall and Colleen O'Shaughnessy. Directed by Takaaki Yamashita, Hisashi Nakayama, Masahiro Aizawa, Jeff Nimoy and Bob Bucholz. Written by Jeff Nimoy and Bob Bucholz. Produced by Terri-Lei O'Malley. A Fox release. Animated. Rated PG for action violence. Running time: 88 min

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