Digimon: The Movie
Digimon: The Movie (full name: Digital Monsters: The Movie) is a 2000 American film adaptation of the first three Japanese Digimon Adventure films distributed by 20th Century Fox. In comparison to the original films, this movie had a significant degree of editing, with more than 40 minutes of scenes from the individual Japanese versions cut out to save time and several plot changes.
The movie has three different parts to it, taking place in different times. The parts take place eight years ago, four years ago, and the present day in the order of the movie.
Eight years ago
In Highton View Terrace, before their adventure in the Digital World, siblings Tai and Kari Kamiya witness a Digi-Egg emerging from their computer. The egg soon hatches, revealing a Botamon. The Digimon rapidly digivolves into Koromon and then a very large Agumon, who unintentionally destroys a good part of the neighborhood, Kari states that this isn't the same Agumon they become friends later with. A second Digi-Egg appears in the sky to reveal a Parrotmon. Agumon digivolves to Greymon, but brutally loses the battle. Tai wakes Greymon with Kari's whistle, who defeats Parrotmon and disappears with him.
Four years later
About six months after the DigiDestined departed from the Digital World, Izzy discovers a virus infecting Digi-Egg on the internet and rushes over to Tai's apartment to inform him about the newly hatched Digimon, Kuramon. Tai and Izzy monitor him, horrified as Kuramon rapidly digivolves to its Rookie level, Keramon, all the while consuming large amounts of computer data until Gennai appears in a transmission from the Digital World, warning them about the dangers of his growth. He dispatches Agumon and Tentomon to stop the Digimon. Keramon digivolves into Infermon, and easily defeats the Champion and Ultimate forms of Tentomon and Agumon, revealing that Keramon completely skipped over his Champion form and digivolved straight to his Ultimate level. Tai furiously tries to alert the rest of the DigiDestined, but succeeds enlisting only the help of brothers Matt and T.K.
Agumon and Gabumon Warp Digivolve to WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, prompting Infermon to Digivolve into Diaboromon, but they slow down and are severely beaten because of the massive amount of e-mails being sent to Tai and Izzy from people around the world who are watching the battle from their computers. Diaboromon begins to duplicate himself and sets up a timer for ten minutes as he forces the Pentagon to launch two nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles: one headed for Colorado, the other for Tai's own neighborhood in Odaiba, Tokyo. Refusing to lose and because their bond with their Digimon is so strong, Tai and Matt become digital and enter their computers to wake their Digimon up. WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon gain the ability to DNA Digivolve to Omnimon, who easily defeats all but the original Diaboromon. With one minute left, Diaboromon is still too fast for them to hit, but Izzy forwards him the massive amount of e-mails to slow him down. At the last second, Omnimon impales Diaboromon through the head, disabling the nukes and killing him. However, the very same virus that created Diaboromon tracks down Willis and corrupts Kokomon.
While visiting Mimi in New York, T.K. and Kari witness a battle between Willis, Terriermon, and Kokomon's corrupted Champion form Wendigomon (still referred to as Kokomon). Wendigomon cryptically insists for Willis to "go back", to which he interprets as returning to Colorado. Thinking that he is to be in danger, Kari e-mails Davis Motomiya, Yolei Inoue, and Cody Hida for help in hopes of assembling in Colorado. However, T.K. and Kari's train becomes derailed by Wendigomon on the way and they are unable to meet with the others.
Meanwhile, after taking planes and taxis, Davis, Yolei, and Cody meet Willis in a truck. When Willis tries to get their group transportation to his house for some pizza, the ride leaves without him and Davis; however, Davis devises a plan to get themselves to Colorado faster with the help of Raidramon. At the rendez-vous point, Davis, Yolei, and Cody began to question Willis' knowledge about Wendigomon. Hesitantly, Willis reveals that he, as a child, tried to create a digi-egg after experiencing the joys of having his twin Digimon (Terriermon & Kokomon). However, this only resulted in Diaboromon's creation. Willis assumes full responsibility for the situation. However, Davis and Terriermon convince him to let them help, as they are friends and are on the same team.
At Willis's home the next morning, Wendigomon expectedly reappears, but Digivolves to Antylamon and easily defeats the DigiDestined. Once digivolved into Cherubimon, he proceeds to eat their Digimon, but T.K. and Kari arrive at the nick of time to provide back-up with Angemon and Angewomon. Angry, Cherubimon de-Digivolves the Digimon then de-ages the Digidestined, revealing that he wanted Willis to "go back" in time to when the "strange" spirit first attacked him. To combat 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 and allow themselves to be swallowed by Cherubimon. Inside, they see a manifestation of Wendigomon's true self, who begs them to destroy the virus. After doing so, Cherubimon succumbs to his injuries and dies. After saying goodbye to his new friends, Willis and Terriermon walk back home to find Kokomon's Digi-egg on the beach.
- The jokes and puns are considered "lowest common-denominator comedy."
- The three plots are confusing to follow (the movie is, in fact, three separate movie plots hastily and poorly tied together). Even Pokémon: The First Movie wasn't that confusing.
- Some scenes are too disturbing for children.
- In the second part of the film, Diaboromon attacks Patamon and Tentomon, while we know Tentomon is alright, Patamon is badly hurt, and after MetalGarurumon attacks Diaboromon, he is never seen or heard of ever again (until the third part of the film), so is he is gonna be alright? Who knows! We don't know for sure due to how poorly edited this film is!
- Too many plot and editing changes that can be quite insulting to fans.
- To prevent people from realizing the flaw mentioned in #3, the transitions were used. Valentín Fuentealba, "The Reviever Random" even made a sarcasm saying: "Por supuesto que no se nota que son tres cosas diferentes." ("Of course that it doesn't notice that they are three different things.")
- The third of the three segments is allegedly non-canonical, but is mixed with the clearly canon segments. Technically this causes the whole movie to be non-canon due to Willis from the third segment being mentioned in the first two.
- Weird linking between segments.
- Important and fan-favorite characters from the original TV series like Sora, Mimi, and Joe serve no purpose to the movie whatsoever. They are just present.
- The songs in the soundtrack pop up randomly in many scenes with no build-up.
- They put an Angela Anaconda short before the beginning of the movie, which not only was just padding for the movie's runtime, but also the cartoon (and the series as a whole) is just uncanny valley, ugly and nightmarish looking.
- The English dub has added cartoon sound effects that were never in the original Japanese version.
- While not as visually impressive as Pokémon: The First Movie, the animation is still pretty good.
- While overused, the soundtrack is still nice.
- Catchy songs here and there, such as "Here We Go".
- Speaking of songs, "All Star" by Smash Mouth is played in the English dub.
- Great action scenes.
- Many moments are very touching.
- There are some good funny moments here and there. In the second part of the film were Agumon and Tentomon are going though the internet, Tentomon says that he has to go to the bathroom, only for Agumon to tell him to hold it.