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Digimon: The Movie

Tai, a young Japanese boy hatches a cute little Digimon from an egg pulled out of his computer. But his download (who, much to the joy of the audience, leaves noisy little digi-poops everywhere) doesn't stay fuzzy-wuzzy for long. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 88
Theater Release: 06 Oct 2000
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MPAA Rating: PG
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Presuming its young frenetic audience has the attention span of a fruit fly in a bug zapper, Digimon: The Movie breaks its 90-minute running time into three bite size pieces (like the 30-minute TV series their fans have been conditioned to). The first animated short, about a girl named Angela Anaconda and a bunch of selfish kids scrambling to get the best seats at their local theater's presentation of Digimon, was like a pep rally whipping the audience into believing they are experiencing cinema history.

Digimon: The Movie - Official site The second bite is the main story. Tai, a young Japanese boy hatches a cute little Digimon from an egg pulled out of his computer. But his download (who, much to the joy of the audience, leaves noisy little digi-poops everywhere) doesn't stay fuzzy-wuzzy for long. Within minutes the family pet digivolves into a huge monster. From that point on, I'm not sure what I am witnessing. Is it still friendly? Where did it find the other Digimon that it gets into a huge street fight with? Now Tai's younger brother TK is an emotional wreck because he watched their Digimon almost die.

Digimon: The Movie - Official site A few more quick edits later and I'm informed four years have past. Tai and his friend Izzy are concerned about the birth of Diabormon, a new Digimon that's eating the Internet byte by byte. Somehow this disrupts global communications and triggers a nuclear missile to be fired from the U.S. toward Japan. Tai, his friends, and their Digimon must battle Diabormon and save the world. But during the fight a set of twin Digimon, belonging to an American named Willis, are separated from each other. To be continued...

Digimon: The Movie - Official site Tai and his friends are teenagers as part three begins. They join Willis in his search for the lost twin who has turned evil. Confused? I was.

More violent than Pokemon, this frantically paced movie with its hyper soundtrack is certain to train young audiences to beg for the monster's images. Now the real battle begins--Digimoney: The Licensed Products -- now playing at your local department store.

Digimon: The Movie is rated PG: for action violence.

Cast: Lara Jill Miller, Joshua Seth
Studio: (pictures (c)2000 20th Century Fox)

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