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Digimon: The Movie

MPAA Rating: PG for action violence
Better than Average
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Primary Audience:
Animation Action Adventure Kids Drama
1 hr. 22 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 6, 2000
Scene from Digimon: The Movie

Scene from Digimon: The Movie
Featuring: Lara Jill Miller … Kari Kamiya/Young Kari (voice: English version)
Joshua Seth … Young Tai/Tai Kamiya (voice: English version)
Bob Papenbrook … Red Greymon (voice: English version)
David Lodge … Parrotmon (voice: English version)
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Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Producer: Saban Entertainment
Toei Company
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Distributor: Fox Family Films

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: Based on the popular Anime television show, “Digimon: Digital Monsters,” this is the story of “a journey so extreme it can only be experience on the big screen.” The premise of the Digimon television show is that a group of children are transported to Digiworld, where they meet Digimon, and unite to fight evil. In “Digimon: The Movie,” a Digivirus infects the Internet, calling for a new and more powerful group of Digidestined to form in order to battle the virus, find a Digisolution, and save Digiworld.

Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive—Digimon: The Movie is very well made. The only thing that offends me is that they cut some stuff from the Japanese version where the older kids are de-aged in another dimension. While the de-aging that occurs looks magical in some way, it’s really just an evil digimon using it’s digital abilities; furthermore, the kids do recover and evil is defeated. Biblically speaking, there is little to be offended about with Digimon in general; I’m talking about the series, not just the movie. Sometimes, the kids get into fights, but they make up sooner or later and they mature throughout the series. Some might interpret the Digital World in an occultic, satanic sense, but it’s a physical parallel dimension to our world accessed via computer. The Digimon’s super powers are no different than what one would see in Superman or Spider-man; their powers are just part of their biological (or digital in this case) makeup.

Some people might get offended at Wizardmon, but he’s a Digimon using his Digimon abilities; that character taught me about how to never give up on a friend living in sin as he does for Gatomon. Digimon taught me a lot about friendship and courage as a kid. Pokémon taught me how to enjoy God’s creation when you explore it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Peter, age 22 (USA)
This was a fun movie for digifans like me. Even though I had only seen two episodes of the show prior to seeing the movie, I read an episode guide on the internet and quickly caught up with what was going on. Basically, Digimon is like a more “mature” version of Pokémon, with greater emphasis on the human characters and their relationships with each other. Plus, it has a plot that involves saving the world from danger, rather than Pokémon’s plot of simply going around the world capturing monsters and training them to fight (which seems to me to be rather immoral). Without revealing too much, I will say that this movie is divided into 3 parts, each of which was actually its own seperate short film in Japan. So you already know that this going to be a complicated one! The action moves fast, from fight scenes to the scenes in which the digimon “digivolve” into more powerful forms. The story moves incredibly fast as well, with plot elements appearing nearly every 2 or 3 minutes. Not only that, the characters age four years in each part! So a three year old girl who adopts a digimon in the first part of the movie, is eleven years old in the final part! Just pay close attention to the dialog and you should be able to understand what’s going on.

Some background knowledge of the show’s concept helps, too. It’s actually quite complex in relations to Pokémon. The violence in the movie can get rather intense for younger kids, but unlike in the cartoon, no human characters are hurt or kidnapped, and the battle is kept only between the monsters, so the movie should be less scary than the cartoon! The PG rating probably comes from some mildly gross bathroom humor in the first part of the film, rather than from the violence. Anyways, this movie is probably only for the fans, but in my opinion it’s actually not too bad. My dad even liked it, and he has no background knowledge of the cartoon! My only real complaints are that it may be unsettling to younger kids, but if your kids can watch the cartoon and not be frightened, then they can probably watch this movie as well. Plus, the gestures of friendship among the kids (including an older brother who is protective of his younger sister in the first part) may be something to talk with your kids about. So consider all this before you decide if you want to see this movie. My Ratings: [3/3]
—Chris G., age 19, non-Christian
Comments from young people
This movie was OK, considering that I am not a big fan of cartoons! Anyway, there was nothing OFFENSIVE about this movie, it was just kind of long and drawn out. I you want some action, then get this movie. If you want to see a movie that a lot of action and isn’t animated, then don’t get this PLEASE! You’ll be bored to death! My Ratings: [Good / 4]
—Noah Cowart, age 14
This is a unique animated movie. I, myself am not a very big fan of animated movies, but I was impressed by this film. The plot flows very fast and swift, and it is very exciting. The plot is about an internet virus that threatens the Earth when it transforms into a evil digimon (Short for digital monster) and takes control of all computer systems in the world. It then launches two nuclear missles at Japan and Colorado and it is up to a group of chosen kids called the Digi-destined to destroy the virus before it reaks havoc upon the world. The movie takes place in three different time zones which makes it pretty interesting. I would not recommend this movie for young children because of rather intense action violence. From a moral perspective the movie is pretty harmless and it gives a message that teamwork and friendship pays off. This is an excellent movie that I highly recommend for older children and adults. My Ratings: [3/5]
—Mathew Ellsworth, age 12
Movie Critics
…Digimon are fantasy creatures with enormous strength and superhuman powers, but not occultic…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…no graphic wounds or deaths…