Commercial distribution One Piece: The Movie first hit theatres on March 4, 2000. It offers a new tale that is not part of the canon, although its status quo fits the period around the Syrup Village Arc and the Baratie Arc. This is the first One Piece movie made by Toei Animation (and the second overall, preceded only by Defeat the Pirate Ganzack!).
One Piece: The Movie, like the majority of Toei’s early films, was never dubbed into English. The first three films were collected in a box set by Manga Entertainment in 2014, and alternative subtitles were included. This is still the only “official” English-language release.
What is the summary of One Piece: The Movie?
The Straw Hat Pirates come into conflict with Eldoraggo after a chance meeting with three thieves. Eldoraggo is a merciless pirate who is fueled by a terrifying Devil Fruit and is more concerned with gold than anyone else. Eldoraggo’s ultimate objective was an isle steeped in legend where the fabled Captain Woonan was rumoured to have amassed unimaginable amounts of treasure.
The Straw Hats must defeat Eldoraggo and his gang and learn the location of Woonan’s biggest treasure with the assistance of an elderly seller and his grandson—possibly the last living connections to Woonan.
Want to know some trivia about One Piece: The Movie?
Below given are some trivia about One Piece: The Movie:
- The TV anime and all following One Piece films were made using electronic techniques; this was Toei’s first and last production featuring hand-drawn cel animation.
- The TV show’s first introductory animation was cut in order to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio.
- In the limited edition print of the first 206 episodes of the TV series, it would eventually be chopped again.
- There are several differences between the two cropped versions.
- Instead of being chopped in the middle, the limited edition print is cut close to the peak of the screen.
- In addition to an improved rendition of the sequence where the ships leave for the Grand Line and a new scene where Shanks hands Luffy his straw hat, the narration scene in the film also features Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Nami.
- While the movie bears the Japanese film classification on the lower right, the special edition print uses the “Special Edition” wordmark in Japanese katakana on the One Piece logo.
- The widescreen form of the final ONE PIECE text card is used in the special edition print.
What are the reviews of One Piece : The Film?
At Toei Animation’s 2000 Spring Anime Fair, One Piece: The Movie and Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! were both released in tandem. At the 18th Golden Gross Awards, they received a joint “Silver Excellence” commendation for their combined gross of almost 2,16 billion.
A review of the movie by Eiichiro Oda, who saw one of its early screenings, appeared in the Weekly Shonen Jump on March 27, 2000.
Two commemorative cards for the Carddass collectable card game, as well as a bandanna bearing Luffy’s cheery Roger, were provided by the event as advertising items for the movie.
The storyline of the movie was also loosely converted into a bonus level for One Piece’s first officially licenced video game, Be the Pirate King! It had playable foes including Eldoraggo, Golass, Danny, Denny, and Donny.
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