Digimon: The Movie

Movie review by
Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
Digimon: The Movie Movie Poster Image
If you love Digimon, here's more. No surprises.
  • PG
  • 2001
  • 79 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

A lot of fantasy violence. Monsters fight one another in claw-to-claw combat and zap each other with power beams. In one case, a good Digimon uses a mystical sword to dispatch his foe. Our heroes are nearly blown up by an atomic missile. Some of the larg

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Some might see this as an ad for the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that at one point some characters believe their beloved Digimon may have been killed, but are later told that "Digimon can never really die." Our heroes are nearly blown up by an atomic missile. Some of the larger Digimon look pretty creepy, particularly the villainous Diaboromon. (One five-year-old girl confessed to being frightened by some of the more monstrous opponents). A lot of fantasy violence. Monsters fight one another in claw-to-claw combat and zap each other with power beams. In one case, a good Digimon uses a mystical sword to dispatch his foe.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant year old Written byHolly R. October 18, 2017

Epic battles and decent film considering it is 3 movies edited into 1

Parents and kids should realize that this is actually the series pilot episode and first 2 movies edited into 1 movie and this is the end result. What should ha... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDivine_Munchie_99 July 10, 2009

Great.

Awesome movie. Cute too! Some parts are kind of extreme though. Well, at least it's not "the Wrath of Piedmon", in which the bad guy turns EVERYO... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 1, 2009

Not as good as the TV version.

Like I just said, the TV version is much better.

What's the story?

The plot of DIGIMON: THE MOVIE is less an actual story than a pretext for staging increasingly spectacular battle scenes between outlandish monsters. Viewers must keep track of a large roster of characters and a swarm of constantly evolving Digimon. The Digimon (short for digital monster) are creatures from the digital world that have befriended a select group of kids, known as the DigiDestined. The Digimon evolve (or Digivolve) into larger and more powerful creatures when necessary, such as when hostile Digimon try to wreak havoc in human society. The ongoing battles showcase a non-stop parade of weird but cool-looking creatures, and one of the more memorable fights takes place inside the Worldwide Web, with monsters duking it out against a surreal backdrop of spinning computer animated geometric shapes.

Is it any good?

As any Godzilla fan will attest, these types of monster movies are not without their pleasures, but enjoying them requires that you buy into the fantasy worlds they create. For the unconverted, and for many parents, the movie is likely to induce a state of total confusion.

 

The movie excels in visual extravagance, and compared to the TV series it has more action and lots of new Digimon characters. However, it fails to build any kind of emotional involvement with the characters, human or otherwise. The protagonists are given little to do other than explain the latest crisis then cheer on their respective Digimon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between cartoon violence and real-life violence, as well as the consequences of their actions.

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