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"DIGIMON: THE MOVIE"
(2000) (voices of Joshua Seth, Mona Marshall) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None Minor Heavy *Mild Mild
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor None Heavy None None
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
None None None Mild Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Children's Animated: Various humans and their Digimon friends try to stop various bad Digimon monsters, including one that's apparently attempting to take over the world.
PLOT:
Eight years ago, another world - the DigiWorld - was created and joined the normal one with the arrival of several computer-generated eggs that soon hatched into small digital monsters known as Digimon. Despite their name, the little creatures quickly became friends with their human counterparts, who are known as the DigiDestined.

They include siblings Tai (voice of JOSHUA SETH) and Kari (voice of LARA JILL MILLER), other siblings Matt (voice of MICHAEL REISZ) and T.K., and Wallace who lives in America and owns twin Digimon. Then there's Sora (voice of COLLEEN O'SHAUGHNESSY), who has Tai's thoughts all messed up, as well as Mimi and Joe.

Not all Digimon are friendly or good, however, and when one of them - later identified as Diabormon - starts taking over the world's communication systems, the various young humans and their Digimon counterparts set out to stop him. Led by Tai and his friend Izzy (voice of MONA MARSHALL), the Digimon - which can "digivolve" into larger and stronger forms of Digimon -- set out to stop the bad Digimon, just as does another set of DigiDestined kids and their new Digimon who must later deal with another Digimon that's gone bad.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the original TV cartoon series and/or Pokémon type material, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For action violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
It's questionable whether kids see animated characters as role models, particularly when most of them are nothing more than one-dimensional creations with few distinguishing characteristics. Of the major ones, Tai is an often exasperated boy who overacts and overreacts to various events, but turns out to be one of the film's heroes. Kari is his younger, precocious sister and Izzy is Tai's friend who helps the forces of good defeat those that are bad.
CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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(Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG-rated, animated film. Violence is what earns the film its rating, with most of it involving various Digimon creatures battling each other via various means (fireballs, energy beams/balls, some "hand to hand" combat), all done in a very Saturday morning cartoon-like fashion, with no graphic wounds or deaths (we learn that the Digimon don't die).

That said, some of those scenes, as well as the sight and sounds of a few of the more menacing looking monsters might be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to the youngest of viewers, all depending on their age, level of maturity and tolerance for such material.

Beyond that, a handful of tame colorful phrases, some oddly inserted scatological material (involving two instances of Digimon feces) and the bad attitudes exhibited by the bad Digimon, the rest of the film's remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of major objectionable content. As always, however, should you still be concerned about the film's content, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific examples of what occurs in the film.


ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We hear a farting sound from a young Digimon and then see some excrement on the floor below it (this is later repeated).
  • We see a few cat scratches on Tai and his Digimon's faces.
  • Izzy has a bad gastrointestinal reaction to some food he ate and runs out of the room for the bathroom (but we don't see or hear anything).
  • We see some non-graphic wounds on a bad Digimon automatically heal on their own.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The bad/evil Digimon (or the forces controlling them) have both.
  • Tai is occasionally short/testy with others due to his near constant exasperation regarding his life.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • It's possible that the sight of the various Digimon "monsters" (along with some of their deep, monstrous voices) as well as scenes of them fighting each other and/or the good Digimon might be unsettling, suspenseful and potentially frightening to the youngest of kids, but that all depends on their age, level of maturity and tolerance for such material.
  • Tai, Izzy and various Digimon race against the clock to stop an evil Digimon from taking over the world and landing a live nuclear missile in Tai's neighborhood.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Nuclear missile: Seen traveling through the air toward its destination (where it lands as a dud).
  • Machine guns: Mounted on the arms of one good Digimon and used to fire upon a bad one.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You pathetic Digimon," "Nuts" (crazy), "Jerk," "Loser" and "Shut up."
  • In the short film preceding the main attraction, an animated girl spits her soda out onto a robot.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of adventurous and occasionally suspenseful music plays during the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • How the humans and their Digimon work as a team to battle and defeat the evil Digimon monsters.
  • VIOLENCE
  • In the short film preceding the main attraction, several animated characters hit or throw things that hit a robot.
  • Two large Digimon monsters battle each other and destroy some buildings/property in a city while doing so.
  • A newly hatched Digimon momentarily jumps on Tai's face and the boy then throws something that hits the Digimon on the face. Later, the family cat scratches the Digimon on the lip/face and we also see Tai with a few scratches on his face.
  • As Tai's Digimon evolves into a larger, dinosaur-like creature, it breaks their bunk beds and then their window/wall in a lumbering monster sort of way. It then jumps from their high-rise and lands on their mother's car, crushing it. It then tears open a soda machine for Kari.
  • That creature then fires out flames/fireballs that destroy what looked like a phone booth on the street and then does such at helicopters or planes that are flying overhead (but doesn't apparently hit them).
  • That creature then fires more fireballs, but this time at another large Digimon, hitting and damaging some buildings in the process. In turn, that bird-like creature fires some sort of electrical charge at the first Digimon and blows up part of the city. The two creatures then continue fighting with pushing and more fireballs/electrical charges being fired at each other.
  • Two good Digimon creatures fire fireballs/energy beams at an evil one that fires back at them, hitting both of them (with explosive, but not fatal results).
  • Four good Digimon creatures attack the bad one with pushing and punching, etc.
  • Izzy pushes Tai aside to get back to his computer. Moments later, Tai hits Izzy on the back, grabs him by the shirt and then drops him back to the floor.
  • Thousands or millions of the self-replicating, bad Digimon creatures fire energy beams, etc. at the good Digimon creatures.
  • Later, the good Digimon fire upon the bad ones, destroying all but one of them, which they then eventually "kill" as well (by non-graphically stabbing/splitting it apart).
  • A large and monstrous Digimon creature breaks through a fence, with a small, but good Digimon trying to attack it with fireballs/energy beams. As the two then battle, more property damage ensues.
  • More Digimon creatures battle each other, firing energy particles at one another, with the bad one even trying to strike a human.
  • A good Digimon that's equipped with machine gun like appendages on his arms opens fire on a bad Digimon, whose non-graphic wounds automatically heal. This is followed by a human-like being shooting some sort of arrow into the creature, and then some sort of missiles are fired into it, causing it to explode (non-graphically).



  • Reviewed October 2, 2000 / Posted October 6, 2000

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