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Digimon: The Movie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMamoru Hosoda
Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Produced byTerri-Lei O'Malley
Yasushi Mitsui
Makoto Shibazaki
Tan Takaiwa
Teruo Tamamura
Tsutsomi Tomari
Makoto Toriyama
Makoto Tamashina
Screenplay byJeff Nimoy
Bob Buchholz
Based onDigimon Adventure
Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game!
Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Landing!! / Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals by Toei Animation
StarringLara Jill Miller
Joshua Seth
Music byUdi Harpaz
Amotz Plessner
CinematographyShigeru Ando
Edited byDouglas Purgason
Gary A. Friedman
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[1]
Box office$16,643,191

Digimon: The Movie is a 2000 American-Japanese film adaptation produced by Toei Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox as part of the Digimon franchise. The film used footage from the short films Digimon Adventure (1999), Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game![2] (2000), and Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Landing!! / Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (2000).

Digimon: The Movie had cut more than 40 minutes of scenes from the individual Japanese films to save time and introduced several changes in tone, dialogue, and plot.[3] Owing to the number of changes made, it is considered an original work by press.[4]


Angela Anaconda[edit]

Angela Anaconda and her friends line up to watch Digimon: The Movie, but Nannette and her friends have passes and cut in line. As Angela saves seats for her friends, Mrs. Brinks sits in front of her, blocking her view. Angela imagines herself Digivolving[a] into Angelamon to defeat Mrs. Brinks and Nannette. However, the audience realizes they are in the wrong movie, so they leave to go to the correct theater, leaving Mrs. Brinks and Nannette behind.

Eight Years Ago[edit]

In Highton View Terrace, Tai and Kari find a Digi-Egg from their computer, which hatches and rapidly Digivolves into Agumon. A second Digi-Egg appears in the sky to reveal a Parrotmon. As the neighborhood watches, Agumon Digivolves to Greymon to fight but loses the battle. When Tai wakes Greymon with Kari's whistle, he defeats Parrotmon and disappears with him.

Four Years Later[edit]

Izzy discovers an infected Digi-egg on the Internet. While Tai and Izzy monitor it, Kuramon hatches from the Digi-egg and Digivolves into Keramon. Gennai warns them about the dangers of his growth. Agumon and Tentomon are sent to contain Keramon, but he Digivolves into Infermon and defeats them. Tai tries to alert the rest of the DigiDestined, but only succeeds in enlisting the help of Matt, T.K., and their Digimon, Gabumon and Patamon.

Agumon and Gabumon Warp Digivolve to WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, prompting Infermon to Digivolve into Diaboromon. Emails are sent to Tai and Izzy from people around the world who are watching the battle from their computers, causing WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon to slow down. Diaboromon begins to duplicate himself at an exponential rate and infects computers at the Pentagon, launching two nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles: one headed for Colorado,[b] the other for Tai and Izzy's neighborhood in Odaiba, Tokyo. WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon are revived by the collective power of the millions of children around the world and DNA Digivolve to Omnimon, who defeats Diaboromon's copies, leaving only the original. Izzy redirects the incoming emails to Diaboromon to slow him down, and Omnimon destroys Diaboromon. However, the same virus that created Diaboromon tracks down Willis and corrupts Kokomon.[b]

Present Day[edit]

While visiting Mimi in New York City, T.K. and Kari witness a battle between Willis, Terriermon, and Kokomon's corrupted Champion form Wendigomon (still referred to as Kokomon). Wendigomon insists for Willis to "go back", to which he interprets as returning to Colorado. Kari e-mails Davis, Yolei, and Cody for help in hopes of assembling in Colorado. However, T.K. and Kari's train becomes derailed by Wendigomon on the way.

Davis, Yolei, and Cody meet Willis, and later question his knowledge about Wendigomon. Willis reveals that he, as a child, accidentally created Diaboromon after trying to create a Digi-egg.[b] At Willis's home the next morning, Wendigomon reappears and Digivolves to Antylamon. Even with T.K. and Kari's help, Cherubimon de-Digivolves the Digimon then de-ages the DigiDestined, revealing that he wanted Willis to "go back" in time to before they were separated. Angewomon and Angemon Digivolve into Magnadramon and Seraphimon to release two Golden Digi-Eggs for Willis and Davis. Veemon and Terriermon Golden Armor Digivolve to Magnamon and Rapidmon and destroy the virus. After doing so, Cherubimon dies. After saying goodbye, Willis and Terriermon find Kokomon's Digi-egg on the beach.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Voice
Tai Kamiya Joshua Seth
Matt Ishida Michael Reisz
Izzy Izumi Mona Marshall
Sora Takenouchi Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Joe Kido Michael Lindsay
Mimi Tachikawa Philece Sampler
T.K. Takaishi Wendee Lee ("Eight Years Ago" & "Four Years Later")
Doug Erholtz ("Present Day")
Kari Kamiya Lara Jill Miller
Agumon Tom Fahn
Michael Lindsay (Greymon)
Joseph Pilato (MetalGreymon)
Lex Lang (WarGreymon)
Gabumon Kirk Thornton
Biyomon Tifanie Christun
Tentomon Jeff Nimoy
Palmon Anna Garduno
Gomamon R. Martin Klein
Patamon Laura Summer
Dave Mallow (Angemon, Seraphimon)
Gatomon Edie Mirman
Davis Motomiya Brian Donovan
Yolei Inoue Tifanie Christun
Cody Hida Philece Sampler
Willis Bob Glouberman
Veemon Derek Stephen Prince
Steven Jay Blum (Flamedramon, Raidramon, Magnamon)
Hawkmon Neil Kaplan
Steven Jay Blum (Poromon)
Armadillomon Robert Axelrod
Dave Mallow (Upamon)
Tom Fahn (Digmon)
Terriermon Mona Marshall
Michael Sorich (Rapidmon)
Red Greymon Bob Papenbrook
Peggy O'Neal (Botamon)
Brianne Siddall (Koromon)
Michael Sorich (Agumon)
Parrotmon David Lodge
Diaboromon Paul St. Peter
Brianne Siddall (Kuramon)
Kokomon Paul St. Peter
Wendee Lee (little Kokomon)
Gennai Mike Reynolds



Toei Animation had animation fairs every spring and summer with featurettes showcasing their current animated titles.[3][9] The first Digimon short film was Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー, Dejimon Adobenchā), directed by Mamoru Hosoda in his directorial debut[10] and released on March 6, 1999 for the Toei Animation Spring 1999 Animation Fair. The film grossed ¥650 million.[11]

The second short film, Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game! (デジモンアドベンチャー ぼくらのウォーゲーム!, Dejimon Adobenchā: Bokura no Wō Gēmu!)[2], was originally released on March 4, 2000 for the Toei Animation Spring 2000 Animation Fair and later served as the inspiration for director Mamoru Hosoda's 2008 film Summer Wars. The film grossed ¥2.166 billion.[12] The film's ending theme song is "'Haru' Ichōchō" (「春」イ長調) by AiM.[13]

Digimon Adventure 02: Part I: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Part II: Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (デジモンアドベンチャー02: 前編 デジモンハリケーン上陸!! / 後編 超絶進化!! 黄金のデジメンタル, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Zenpen: Dejimon Harikēn Jōriku!!/Kōhen: Chōzetsu Shinka!! Ōgon no Digimentaru) was released on July 8, 2000 for the Toei Animation Summer 2000 Animation Fair. It was directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi. The film was screened in two parts, with Ojamajo Doremi #: The Movie screening in between. The film grossed ¥120 billion. The film's ending theme song is "Stand By Me ~Hitonatsu no Bōken~" (スタンド・バイ・ミー~ひと夏の冒険~, Sutando Bai Mī ~Hitonatsu no Bōken~) by AiM.[14]


A scene from Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!! cut from Digimon: The Movie, where Mimi (pictured right) appears and is captured by Wendigomon with the rest of the older DigiDestined

After the first two Pokémon films, Fox wanted to replicate its success by having a theatrical feature for Digimon as well. The only films produced for Digimon at that time were Digimon Adventure (1999), Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game![2] (2000), and Digimon Adventure 02: Part I: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Part II: Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (2000), which were all seasonal featurette films.[3] As the three films were respectively 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, footage was condensed to fit 85 minutes.[3][9] Digimon Adventure was used as basis for the "Eight Years Ago" sequence, Children's War Game! in the "Four Years Later" sequence, and Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals in the "Present Day" sequence.[3]

The last film included in the compilation, Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals was heavily cut, including a subplot featuring the older DigiDestined being captured and de-aged by Wendigomon, because Saban Entertainment lacked funding to produce a full two-hour movie. Alongside of that, "culturally awkward" Japanese elements are removed, and many North American jokes were written into the script.[15] Prior to the release of Digimon: The Movie, the film led to a dispute between Saban Entertainment and the Screen Actors Guild. The Screen Actors Guild negotiated for actors contracted under them to be paid residuals over home video and subsequent television broadcasts, as they felt Digimon: The Movie was considered an original work due to the dialogue deviating from the original script.[16]

Writer Jeff Nimoy initially wanted to use the first two films in Digimon: The Movie and release the third film separately as a television movie, but the idea was overruled and Fox insisted on having the third film in order to promote Digimon Adventure 02.[8] In order to connect the stories of the different movies together, Nimoy and Bob Buchholz rewrote Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals to include Willis being involved in Diaboromon's creation.[17][8] Nimoy had been disappointed with this decision, and it was one of the factors that led him and Buchholz into leaving the writing team near the end of Digimon Adventure 02's run in North America.[8] Originally, Nimoy had Tai narrate the movie, but as Tai did not make an appearance in the third part of the movie, he changed it to Kari.[8] An early version of the official website listed Willis' name as his name in the Japanese version, Wallace,[18] until it was changed to "Willis" in the final version.[19] The film's theme song is the "Digi Rap", a remix of the theme song from the English version of Digimon Adventure. The track is performed by Josh Debear under the name "M.C. Pea Pod" and Paul Gordon.[20]

The Angela Anaconda short at the beginning of the film was later released as an episode in the television series titled "Good Seats."

Marketing and distribution[edit]

When the film debuted in domestic theaters, a limited edition "Digi Battle" trading card was given out with every admission, with a total of 12 cards obtainable.

Taco Bell promoted Digimon: The Movie the summer before the film's release via a summer partnership with the franchise from July 13, 2000 to September 9, 2000. Participating restaurants offered toys and other collectibles with purchase of their kids' meals.[21][22]

In 2017, Disney acquired the rights to Digimon: The Movie from its acquisition from Fox.[23]


Box office[edit]

Digimon: The Movie opened at #5 in the box office and earned $4,233,304 on the opening weekend.[1] The film's run ended on December 3, 2000 at #56 drawing in a weekend gross of $19,665 grossing a total of $9,631,153 domestically.[24] The movie also drew in $1,567,641 in the UK after its release on February 16, 2001 and $2,200,656 in Germany the same year. It earned a total of $16,643,191, making it a minor box office success compared to its budget of $5 million.

The international success of Digimon: The Movie led Toshio Suzuki to contact Mamoru Hosoda to direct Howl's Moving Castle, though he later left the production due to creative differences.[25][26]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally negative reviews by critics. On the review website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an average "rotten" rating, as only 25% of critics gave the movie positive reviews based on 40 reviews. Critics considered the film an improvement over Pokémon: The First Movie, however in itself was "predictable", suffered from "mediocre animation".[27] Metacritic gave the movie a "generally unfavorable" score of 20/100.[28] Lawrence van Gelder of The New York Times describes the film as "noisy and ill-conceived", as it focused too much on "morphing monsters" and too little on "storytelling talent" and animation.[29] Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail gave the film two stars, noting that the "scenes alternate between kitschy cuteness and spectacular violence, with only a nod toward plot, character development, and motivation".[15] Paul Trandahl from Common Sense Media gave the movie three stars, complimenting the film's visuals, but cited criticism in its lack of emotional attachment towards the characters and the plot alienating parents and newcomers.[30]

At the 2000 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film won the award for "Worst Achievement in Animation".[31] However; the magazine Animage conducted a list of the "Top 100" anime productions in January 2001, and Digimon: The Movie placed 88th on list.[32]


Music from the Motion Picture Digimon: The Movie
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedSeptember 19, 2000
GenreAlternative rock, pop punk, hip hop, ska punk
ProducerPaul Gordon; Eric Valentine; Fatboy Slim; Mumble C / DJ Moves; Susan Rogers; Paul Q. Kolderie; Howard Benson; Josh Debear

Music from the Motion Picture Digimon: The Movie is the original motion picture soundtrack for the film, Digimon: The Movie, released September 19, 2000 on Maverick Records on CD and compact cassette.[33] The film score was composed by Shuki Levy, Udi Harpaz and Amotz Plessner, and was performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.[34][35]

Track listing
1."Digi Rap"Shuki Levy, Paul Gordon, Kussa MahchiMC Pea Pod (Josh Debear), Paul Gordon3:11
2."All Star"Gregory D. CampSmash Mouth3:20
3."The Rockafeller Skank" (Short Edit)John Barry, Norman Cook, Terry WinfordFatboy Slim4:02
4."Kids in America"Marty Wilde, Ricky WildeLEN3:54
5."Hey Digimon"Shuki Levy, Gordon, Kussa MahchiPaul Gordon2:31
6."One Week"Ed RobertsonBarenaked Ladies2:52
7."The Impression That I Get"Dicky Barrett, Joe GittlemanThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones3:17
8."All My Best Friends Are Metalheads"Chris Demakes, Vinny Fiorello, Roger ManganelliLess Than Jake3:13
9."Run Around"Jeremy Sweet, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiJasan Radford2:09
10."Nowhere Near"Tim CullenSummercamp2:21
11."Spill"Daniel Castady, David Hyde, Graham Jordan, Christopher MesserShowoff2:16
12."Here We Go"Jeremy Sweet, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiJason Gochin2:25
13."Digimon Theme" (hidden track)Gordon, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiPaul Gordon3:00
14."Change Into Power" (hidden track)Gordon, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiPaul Gordon2:35
15."Let's Kick It Up" (hidden track)Gordon, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiPaul Gordon3:12
16."Going Digital" (hidden track)Jeremy Sweet, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiJasan Radford3:00
17."Strange" (hidden track)Jeremy Sweet, Shuki Levy, Kussa MahchiJasan Radford2:48

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Digivolution (進化, Shinka) is the process by which a Digimon evolves into a higher-leveled, more powerful form.[5][6][7]
  2. ^ a b c In the Japanese version of the films, Willis only appeared in Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (the basis for the segment "Present Day") and had no connection to the events depicted Digimon Adventure ("Eight Years Ago") and Children's War Game! ("Four Years Later"). The English version rewrote Willis' backstory to include his involvement with Diaboromon in order to connect the movies together.[8]


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