Digimon: The Movie review

A questionable children's adventure that's boggling on every level


D: Takaai Yamashita (2000); Hisashi Nakayama, Masahiro L. Aizawa, Joshua Seth, Mona Marshall.

Of course, Pokémon is still the reigning Japanese import for kids, but the confusing franchise called Digimon runs a close second. But while some parents have had their fill of Pikachu, the Digimon characters are far more annoying. This film is proof of that and is baffling to the point of mental exhaustion. It's safe to say that most adults with liberal imaginations might be able to follow this intricate sci-fi plot (actually three Japanese theatrical shorts tied together). Things begin with a fast-paced introduction to the entire Digi concept. Little monsters are spawned in computers (via Digi eggs) and are trained by the Digi Chosen. The first half of the plot concentrates on an evil computer virus that's trying to destroy the Internet. The second part of the film features different characters and is set in the near future. Once again, the Digi virus has dealt a blow to the balance of good and evil. Lots of lasers, explosions, obnoxious Digi lingo, and pop music. Young fans of the series will delight in every moment, but newcomers will become instantly bored or overwhelmed by the twin storylines. The animation is nothing new, and the special effects are so-so. Overall, a questionable children's adventure that's boggling on every level.

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