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A poster with Goku and all of the main appearing movie villains in DBZ films

The Dragon Ball films are animated films made based on the Dragon Ball manga and its two animated TV series, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.

OverviewEdit

All Dragon Ball movies were originally released in theaters in Japan. All of the movies have been released in the United States, and are usually released under a shorter title. Akira Toriyama, the artist who created the franchise, had little to do with the movies past some of the character designs, however, he is listed as the creator of the movies in the credit.

Dragon Ball films are all "retellings" of sagas with minor to significant changes, while Dragon Ball Z films are entirely new stories made to fit between sagas. Much like the rest of the filler, the motion pictures have many contradictions to the rest of the series, questionable character power interpretation, and makes it hard for them to fit anywhere in the timeline because of chronological errors. The typical chronological error is the group of main characters chosen for the film not matching the timeline, a particular character not being able to perform a Super Saiyan transformation (or not able to transform at his own will), Gohan having a tail while he should not, etc. These chronological inconsistencies have created an alternate timeline theory among fans.

It is believed by some fans that all the movies were originally animated in 16:9. However they were only premiered and released (in theaters, and on home VHS / LD) in 16:9. What many fans fail to realize is that these movies were never cropped to 16:9. For the Japanese release they just simply placed black bars at the top and bottom of screen, covering the footage making it look cropped. This was proven when FUNimation released all the movies in their original 4:3 format (something that even the Japanese did not have). So during this time only the Americans were getting the full picture, not the Japanese, up until they released 4:3 releases in Japan, which in reality was just a zoomed in version of the picture (title safe - 80% & action safe - 90%). Although there was never a true fullscreen original 4:3 release in japan, but was more than made up for during its dragon box release, being the only dragon box that plays clearly on hd tv's without any blurs and the only one with stereo sound.

MoviesEdit

Dragon BallEdit

Movie 1: Curse of the Blood RubiesEdit

Japanese title: "The Legend of Shen Long"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies"
UK Title: "The Legend Of Shenron"

  • A Retelling of The Emperor Pilaf Saga, but with a different villain, King Gurumes taking Pilaf's role as the central villain.

Movie 2: Sleeping Princess in Devil's CastleEdit

Japanese title: "Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"

  • Takes place right after the Pilaf Saga, but with Master Roshi's request for a girl made more specific as a request for the eponymous Sleeping Princess, held by the evil Lucifer. The scene where Goku transforms into a Great Ape is taken almost directly from his first transformation in the Emperor Pilaf Saga.

Movie 3: Mystical AdventureEdit

Japanese title: "Mystical Great Adventure"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure"

  • A combined retelling of the General Blue, Commander Red and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai Sagas, but with Master Shen in control of the army, along with Mercenary Tao, Pilaf, Chiaotzu, and Tien Shinhan. Bora and Upa replace Krillin and Yamcha as Goku's allies competing in the tournament.

Movie 4: The Path to PowerEdit

Japanese title: "The Path to Ultimate Strength (10th Anniversary Special)"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: The Path to Power"

Another retelling of the beginning of Dragon Ball using the same animation style as Dragon Ball GT, also takes elements from the Red Ribbon Army Saga

Dragon Ball ZEdit

Movie 1: Dead ZoneEdit

Japanese title: "Return My Gohan!!"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone"

Description

This movie is a prequel to the filler Garlic Jr. Saga in Dragon Ball Z. It takes place before the Vegeta Saga (Saiyan Saga), with the minor contradiction that Krillin meets Gohan and knows he is the son of Goku, yet in the Vegeta Saga, Krillin does not know this.

Movie 2: The World's StrongestEdit

Japanese title: "The World's Strongest Guy"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest"

  • Dr. Wheelo - An evil scientist, reduced to a brain in a jar and searching for a strong body to take over.
  • Dr. Kochin - Dr. Wheelo's assistant, who wishes for the ice over Wheelo's tomb to melt.
  • Misokatsun, Ebifurya, and Kishime, Dr. Kochin's menacing bio-warriors.

Movie 3: The Tree of MightEdit

Japanese title: "Super Showdown for the Whole Earth"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might"

Movie 4: Lord SlugEdit

Japanese title: "Super Saiyan Son Gokū"
FUNimation title: "Lord Slug"
UK dub title: "Super Saiyan Son Goku"

  • Lord Slug - An evil Namekian who wishes on the Dragon Balls and gains eternal youth. He wants to turn earth into his very own space-ship.
  • Angila, Wings, Medamatcha, and Zeeun, all Lord Slug's henchmen.
  • This Movie was, for the most part, a retelling of the King Piccolo arc, with the main villain replaced by Slug.

Movie 5: Cooler's RevengeEdit

Japanese title: "The Incredible Mightiest vs. Mightiest"
FUNimation title: "Cooler's Revenge"

Movie 6: The Return of CoolerEdit

Japanese title: "Clash!! 10 Billion Power Warriors"
FUNimation title: "The Return of Cooler"

  • Cooler - Cooler goes to New Namek, enslaving Namekians, prompting the Z Fighters to take on their old enemy from the previous movie.
  • Metal Cooler - Mechanical doubles generated by the Big Gete Star.

Movie 7: Super Android 13!Edit

Japanese title: "Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans"
FUNimation title: "Super Android 13!"
UK title: "Super Battle of Three Super Saiyans"

  • Android 13 - A mechanical android created by one of Dr Gero's super computers. He has a super form after absorption of other androids.
  • Android 14 - A mechanical android created by the same super computer.
  • Android 15 - A mechanical android created by the same super computer.

Movie 8: Broly: The Legendary Super SaiyanEdit

Japanese title: "Burn Up!! Hot Fight! Fierce Fight! Super Violent Fight!"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan"

Movie 9: Bojack UnboundEdit

Japanese title: "The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound"
UK Title: "Super Guy in the Galaxy"

Movie 10: Broly: Second ComingEdit

Japanese title: "The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can Not Rest"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming"

  • Broly - The legendary Super Saiyan from Movie 8, now crash landed on Earth, and with Goku dead only Gohan can save the planet.

Movie 11: Bio-BrolyEdit

Japanese title: "Super-Warrior Defeat!! I'm the One who'll Win"
FUNimation title: "Bio-Broly"

  • Lord Jaguar - Also known as Jaga Bada. Challenges Mr. Satan to a match against the bio-warriors.
  • Men-Men - Jaga's partner in crime and all around crony.
  • Bio-Broly - A clone of the "Legendary Super Saiyan", created by Jaga Bada.

Movie 12: Fusion RebornEdit

Japanese title: "Fusion Reborn!! Goku and Vegeta"
FUNimation title: "Fusion Reborn"

Movie 13: Wrath of the DragonEdit

Japanese title: "Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won't Do It, Who Will?"
FUNimation title: "Wrath of the Dragon"

  • Tapion - A warrior trapped inside an oracle, holding the top half of Hirudegarn's body inside him.
  • Hirudegarn - A monster, split in half and trapped inside the same oracle.

SpecialsEdit

Dragon Ball Z SpecialsEdit

Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Bardock- The Father of GokuEdit

Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ~Freeza ni Idonda Zetto Senshi Son Gokū no Chichi"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku"
UK title "The Father of Goku"

Dragon Ball Z Special 2: The History of TrunksEdit

Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Zetsubō e no Hankō!! Nokosareta Chō-Senshi Gohan to Trunks"
FUNimation title: "The History of Trunks"
UK title "Gohan & Trunks"

Dragon Ball GT SpecialEdit

Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's LegacyEdit

Japanese title: "Gokū Gaiden! Yūki no Akashi wa Si Xing Qiu "
FUNimation title: "A Hero's Legacy"

Description: Throughout the years Goku's life burned as a beacon of truth, a prime example of a life well lived. His journey was a triumph of commitment and resolve. But the torch must pass. Now Goku, decades after departing this world, watches as his descendant undertakes his own journey of discovery, a journey where veiled dangers lurk at every turn, to uncover the amazing truth behind the Dragon Balls.

OVA (Original Video Animation)Edit

Plan to Eradicate the SaiyansEdit

Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku"

English translation: "Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans"

2010 Remake Title: "Dragon Ball: Plan To Eradicate the Super Saiyans"

  • Dr. Raichi - A Ghost Warrior of the original Dr. Raichi, a member of the Tuffle race that was eradicated by the Saiyans.
  • Hatchiyack - The fighting form of the machine Dr. Raichi used to create Ghost Warriors.

Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!Edit

Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi!!"

English translation: "Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!"

Episode of BardockEdit

Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru: Episōdo o Bādokku"

English translation: "Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock"

Public Service VideosEdit

Goku's Traffic SafetyEdit

Japanese title: "Gokuu no Koutsuu Anzen".

English translation: "Goku's Traffic Safety"

Goku's Fire BrigadeEdit

Japanese title: "Gokuu no Shoubou-tai".

English translation: "Goku's Fire Brigade"

Live Action FilmsEdit

TriviaEdit

Dragon Ball films
Dragon Ball adaptations
Theatrical films Curse of the Blood RubiesSleeping Princess in Devil's CastleMystical AdventureThe Path to Power
Public Service Videos Goku's Traffic SafetyGoku's Fire Brigade
Live-action films Dragon Ball: The Magic BeginsDragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son GokuDragonball Evolution
Dragon Ball Z adaptations
Theatrical films Dead ZoneThe World's StrongestThe Tree of MightLord SlugCooler's RevengeThe Return of CoolerSuper Android 13!Broly - The Legendary Super SaiyanBojack UnboundBroly - Second ComingBio-BrolyFusion RebornWrath of the DragonDragon Ball Z (2013 movie)
Television specials Bardock - The Father of GokuThe History of TrunksMovie Overview SpecialLooking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show!
OVAs Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super SaiyansThe World of Dragon Ball ZYo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!Episode of Bardock
Dragon Ball GT adaptations
Television specials A Hero's Legacy

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