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Dragon Ball Z: Son Goku Super Star (1989)
"Doragon bôru Z" (original title)

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In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Schemmel ...
Goku (voice)
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Gohan (voice)
Christopher Sabat ...
Piccolo / Kami / Shenron (voice)
Tiffany Vollmer ...
Bulma (voice)
Sonny Strait ...
Krillin (voice)
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Ox King / Narrator (voice)
Cynthia Cranz ...
Chi-Chi (voice)
Mike McFarland ...
Master Roshi (voice)
Chuck Huber ...
Garlic Jr. (voice)
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Ginger (voice)
Eric Dillow ...
Sansho (voice)
Doug Burks ...
Nicky (voice)
Masako Nozawa ...
Son Gokû / Son Gohan (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ...
Bulma (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ...
Kuririn (voice)
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In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue Gohan and save the world from being sucked into a dead zone. Written by page8701

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When Cartoon Network aired this movie, they edited all uses of the word "Hell" and removed the opening, pre-credits scene. But since the pre-credits segment sets up the rest of the movie, Piccolo's line "I'm gonna pay you back for what you did to me!" no longer makes sense. See more »

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Garlic Jr.: The people of the universe better hear my voice now! From this day forward, I, Garlic Junior, will rule over all. I command all evil spirits to come forward and take on their physical forms once again. You are free to walk! A new dark age has finally begun! Vengeance will be mine! All who live shall fear my wrath! Let this world be drenched in the blood of the righteous. Now that I'm immortal, I will rule the universe forever! All creatures will obey me or perish. With every power I posess, my ...
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits start, we see a glass shard that contains Garlic JR. and he is banging on the shard, trying to get out (Garlic JR. eventually does escape the dead zone). See more »

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Follows Dragon Ball (1986) See more »

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Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
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Beautiful animation, often dragging plot
2 July 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is the first movie of the Dragon Ball Z TV series released during the series' Japanese TV run. In the debut DBZ movie, it re-tells how Gohan discovered his hidden powers. The movie's premise is about the adult Goku rescuing his four-year old son Gohan, whom has been kidnapped by a demon, who lives on the Makyo Star, named Garlic Jr., in order to obtain the four-star Dragon Ball worn on the boy's head. Garlic Jr. uses the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality. Soon enough, Kami (God) descends to Earth and reveals to Goku that Garlic Jr.'s father was a bitter rival, competing for the Kami throne, whom was sealed up by the preceding Kami after Garlic Sr. and his army of demons attempted to take the throne by force. Kami also reveals that Garlic Jr.'s plans are to seek revenge for his father's exile. Goku, Kami, and Krillin team up with Goku's old enemy, Piccolo, to stop Garlic Jr. from sucking the Earth into his own personally-created black hole known as the "Dead Zone". This movie, mirroring the action-fighting tone of the Dragon Ball Z TV series, is more serious that the trilogy of Dragon Ball movies, which focused on light-hearted comedy. The high points of the movie are the animation and the movie's hilarious inserted musical sequence "Tenka Ichi Gohan". The low points of the movie is that it drags a little from time to time, despite the short 45 minute length of this movie.

GRADE: 2.5 out of 5


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