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"Nobita no Kyouryuu" was the first theatric Doraemon movie released in
1980. The Doraemon anime crew decided to produce this remake following
the voice actor change of the entire cast that occurred in 2005. The
movie follows that same touching story, with a slightly different
ending. Every single scene is redrawn using more advanced animation and
CG technologies, and of course, music and voice completely redone as
I was overwhelmed with emotion and nostalgia after watching this movie. I was really touched and inspired, teary eyed by the end just as when I first watched the original movie more than 15 years ago. The story developed just as I remembered from the original movie, only with animation and music of all scenes significantly improved. It had the same feel as the original, and it brought back a lot of memories for me.
This movie is the epitome of anime remakes, it is truly a wonderful film to watch. However, for me at least, it failed to serve its main purpose: To get the fans accustomed to the new voice actors. Especially the voices of Doraemon, Nobita, and Shizuka were really off. For a person like me who grew up listening to the original Doraemon voice actors, they simply can't be replaced. Still, this was an exceptionally well-made anime film that I really loved. I think it might be a bit too childish for adults experiencing Doraemon for the very first time though.
You can count on the Japanese to design a character that appeals to all
demographics. If Hello Kitty and the Sanrio gang are deemed to girly,
and the Ultraman/Power Rangers/ Masked Rider et al deemed to manly,
then Doraemon is just the perfect creation to appeal to boys and girls.
A futuristic cat with more than a bagful of fantastic gadgets springing
out from his pouch, my first brush with the character was through the
animated television series, and later through translated comics. I
still remember vividly the Doraemon gigantic soft toy (comes without
the cotton wool/sponge insert, and you have to DIY) was the #1 toy that
NS boys bring back from overseas during my time.
And while there have been Doraemon movies released over a period of time, this one marks the very first that makes it to the cinemas here if I recall correctly, no doubt boosted by reasonable box office numbers from recent anime movies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Brave Story and Paprika. Watching this Doraemon movie is like taking a nostalgia trip down memory lane to meet up with familiar friends, only that the friends have been frozen in time and didn't age at all - they're still very much the school going children when we left off, with rich brat Suneo, fatty Gian, the token rose amongst the thorns Shizuka, the braggart Nobita who always shoots from the hip, but is extremely lucky to have a faithful companion that we too would love to have, Doraemon.
A typical television episode would have Nobita running into trouble, and coaxing Doraemon to bail him out, more often than not featuring one of the countless gadgets that get introduced one episode at a time. However, this is unlike the series, that we don't have an all new, all powerful gadget to encompass the entire movie, but we have a series of familiar ones such as the time machine (through the drawer), the stick-on helicopter head gear, and the shrinking ray gun. The movie doesn't delay any moment in getting things kick started, again relying on Nobita's loose tongue to get himself into trouble again, this time bragging that he could find a complete fossil to show off to his friends.
As luck would have it, he finds a fossilized egg, and uses a Doraemon gadget to bring to life a dinosaur, hence the Japanese title, and the cute creature you see adorning the posters. While not spoiling the plot for you, it's akin to a Jurassic Park episode, with our friends helping to keep the creature alive, and through the process learn about friendship, perseverance and sacrifice.
What I liked about this movie was the 2D animation. While 3D animation can be detailed and crystal clear without parallel if done right, this was a refreshing treat for the eyes as we go back to basics, to the old school style of animation, so much so that it is a breath of fresh air. And while art matters, story weighs in a lot more, so I'm glad to say that it possesses the little things in the television episodes that endears it to audiences, this time magnified for a feature length film. It's not a 90 minute film mind you, but a close to 2 hours one, but given its length, there are portions which could have been shortened of course, and I thought it really tried very hard to get some tears out of the tear ducts. Thank goodness for the well placed humour throughout the movie!
Given the school holidays just around the corner, and for young adults who reminisce growing up with the futuristic robot cat, I can't recommend Doraemon enough. An age old classic character
that would appeal to all fans old or new.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I am a big of Doraemon, and Nobita's Dinosaur 2006 is the kind of movie
that won my heart. The story is about Nobita finding a dinosaur fossil
in his neighborhood. He uses the time cloth to restore back to its
original form. Thus, it became a full dinosaur egg. When the egg was
hatched a baby dinosaur was reborn and was called Piisuke. Nobita loved
the dinosaur very much, however it grew too much and even walked around
the neighborhood, causing rumors that a monster exists in Japan.
because of this Doraemon and Nobita goes back to the Prehistoric times
and puts Piisuke in Japan. But it turns out that they put Piisuke in
the wrong place, and Dinosaur hunters are looking for Piisuke in order
to complete their collection and get rich. Doraemon and the gang who
condemn the hunters, must bring back Piisuke to Japan and stop the
hunters from collecting.
What made me love about this movies is the animation. It is gorgeous. At times it can look a little goofy like, but most of times it's brilliant. Also the comedy and drama of the film is just gold. The funny parts are hilarious, and the sad parts are tear dropping. The part where i cried heavily was at the end of the film, Nobita says goodbye to Piisuke, and runs away. Piisuke tries to follow Nobita, but Nobita tells him to get out of his way and stay in his true homeland. You can actually feel how hard it is for Nobita to leave a best friend or pet. The way he said was really heart broken for me.
In conclusion, this film is great for anyone, especially for anime fans. I am a fan of anime, but I LOVE Doraemon and this film. 10/10.
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