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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage, perseverance, teamwork, and friendship are key themes in the movie. Characters protect each other and always help one another when needed. Though finding treasure is a motivation for some, the main motive is seeking adventure. Characters put their differences aside to unite against a common enemy. Not taking shortcuts to reach your goals.
Positive Role Models
Pirate Luffy is a fearless leader whose main motivation is adventure, rather than treasure -- although he also wants to become the "Pirate King." He is fiercely loyal to his crew, the Straw Hats, and is courageous and confident in his own abilities, never backing down from a fight. The rest of the Straw Hats show loyalty to each other, supporting each other even if it places themselves in danger. The negative aspects of piracy is downplayed for the purpose of entertainment, with Luffy and the Straw Hats portrayed as "good pirates."
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence throughout. Characters fight for prolonged periods throwing multiple punches that results in some blood spatter and facial markings. Characters come close to death and are seen unconscious. Fantasy violence includes flaming kicks, oversized fists, and a character turning into a dinosaur. Weapons such as swords are also routinely used. Character grows to a giant-like stature with protective armor and red demonic eyes, beating up all they encounter. Canons and catapults are fired, and guns are seen but not used. Explosions. Characters fall from great heights. Multiple references to fighting to the death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters display infatuation with hearts appearing in eyes and mouths left open. A character is besotted with another, although their love appears unrequited. A number of characters are seen bare-chested or with an exposed midriff, oversized breasts, and ample cleavage.
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The dubbed version of the movie includes regular use of "bastard," "hell," "butt," "heck," "dammit," "brats," "dope," and "dumb." One fart joke.
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Products & Purchases
Characters are motivated by the reward of treasure and are prepared to harm others in order to attain it. The movie is part of a huge Japanese franchise that includes movies, a TV show, comic books, and video games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters continuously smoke cigars -- in one instance a character smokes two cigars at once. Other characters are seen smoking cigarettes. Cocktails are depicted and characters drink wine, but not to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Piece: Stampede is a riveting anime pirate adventure movie with cartoon violence from start to finish. The movie is part of a hugely popular Japanese franchise that includes a TV series, video games, and Manga comic books, but it can be watched as a standalone film. Pirate Monkey D. Luffy (voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard) and his Straw Hats crew find themselves in the midst of a plot to destroy all pirates, after entering a hunt for some long lost treasure. This results in prolonged fight scenes. Punches and kicks -- often with a fantasy-element such as an oversized fist or flaming kick -- result in blood spatter and facial markings. Although no one is actually killed, characters are seen lying unconscious. Weapons such as swords and canons are also routinely used. But there are also moments of comedic slapstick and one-liners that prevent the movie becoming too intense. In the English dubbed version -- a subtitled version is also available -- the term "bastard" is used a (surprising) number of times, along with "hell," "butt," and "dammit." A number of characters are shown smoking. Smoker (voiced by Greg Dulcie) constantly has two cigars hanging from his mouth. Though there is no sex in the movie, characters do show infatuation for one another -- often in a cartoon like manner with hearts appearing in the characters' eyes. A number of the female characters are also scantily clothed with unattainable bodies -- oversized breasts and tiny waists. With its positive messages about friendship, teamwork, courage, and perseverance, there's much for tweens and early teens to enjoy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even those unfamiliar with the hugely popular Japanese TV, comic book, or gaming series will find much to enjoy in the buccaneering adventure, One Piece: Stampede. The relentless action -- broken up by some amusing slapstick and one-liners -- is well choreographed with enough threat to keep tweens on the edge of the couch but not hiding behind it. The camaraderie between the Straw Hats and Luffy -- their well-rounded and likable leader -- remains genuine and warm.
The movie -- the seventeenth One Piece feature film -- has an abundance of characters outside of Luffy's central crew. While this can make keeping up with the various storylines tricky, each character brings something to the table, be it their own "super power" or comedic relief. A high-seas adventure that will make a big splash with tweens and early teens.
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