MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 724 this week

Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
"Dragonball Evolution" (original title)

2.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.8/10 from 48,230 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 508 user | 124 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 14 Jun 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 06 Sep 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 08 Feb 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dragonball: Evolution (2009)

Dragonball: Evolution (2009) on IMDb 2.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dragonball: Evolution.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat
Dragonball (1986–1989)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Doug Parker
Dragon Ball (TV Series 1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Victor Atelevich, Andrea Kwan, Brice Armstrong
Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This is a continuation of Dragon Ball Z, combining the comedy of Dragon Ball and Action of Dragon Ball Z.

Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler
Dragon Ball Z Kai (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The February of 2009, Toei Animation announces that as honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named DragonBall Kai. This new anime ... See full summary »

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka
Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Z-Fighters must contend with Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction, but only a God can fight a God, and none of them are Gods. However with the creation of the Super Saiyan God, will the Z-Fighters be able to defeat Lord Beerus?

Director: Masahiro Hosoda
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Jason Douglas, Ian Sinclair
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When a worker at King Yemma's spiritual check-in station is accidentally covered in spiritual waste, he is transformed into a powerful monster named Janempa, who destroys the barrier ... See full summary »

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao
Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka
Adventure

An alien race known as the Saiyans come to earth in search of Goku.

Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

An evil alien searches the Earth for seven "Dragon Pearls" which can grant him ultimate power. A gang of misfit adventurers band together to stop him.

Director: Chun-Liang Chen
Stars: Chi-chiang Chen, Jeannie Tse, Tung-Chuen Cheng
Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: George Kirby
Stars: Zack Eisaku Niizato, Michael Amariah, Elise Bowd
Dragon Ball Z: Abridged (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A non-official parody of the popular anime Dragon Ball Z, where all the characters are made simply to be funny. Every character has at least one trait making all of them terrible friends. That's all there is to it.

Stars: Nick Landis, Lawrence Simpson, Scott Frerichs
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Roshi
...
...
...
Joon Park ...
...
Mai (as Eriko)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Rafael Valdez ...
Edit

Storyline

The story begins with Goku, who seeks out upon his adoptive grandfather Grandpa Gohan's dying request to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls. Of which he has one, in order to prevent the evil Lord Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. And Goku's quest is to obtain the mystical Dragonballs before Piccolo does. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This Easter the legend comes to life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

D.B.E.  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£436,224 (UK) (10 April 2009)

Gross:

$9,353,573 (USA) (29 May 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

For the desert shots of a travelling Bulma to be perfect, Emmy Rossum had to ride the motorcycle in 4-foot sand drifts at a speed of 40 mph. It was an arduous experience ("40mph over bumpy sand dunes that is enough to make anyone a little queasy"), especially since filming would start at sunrise, and the bike would stall a few times and had to be dug out often; however, the cast and crew would assist each other and put everyone at ease for filming to continue well. See more »

Goofs

Roshi could leap out of the hole whenever he wanted, but wastes precious hours in the hole telling a story when time was running short to find the Dragonballs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grandpa Gohan: In a time before many can remember, our planet faced its greatest challenge. A warlord named Piccolo camed from beyond the stars, bringing darkness and chaos to our once peaceful world. Aided by his disciple Oozaru, the evil pair brought the human race to the brink of annihilation. Cities and countries crumbled beneath them. Countless lives were lost. But... finally, a group of brave warriors created the Mu Fu Ba, a powerful enchantment that imprisoned Piccolo deep within the Earth...
See more »

Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a scene in the closing credits: Piccolo is revealed to have survived, and is in the care of the woman he spared in his first scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La colina de las botas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule
Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Music by Miki Watanabe
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
Arranged by Hal
Produced by Max Matsuura
Courtesy of Avex Entertainment Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A beyond Sub-par interpretation of Dragon Ball onto the big screens.
24 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a total butchering of what I had held great hopes of seeing. The movies attempts to follow the dragon ball story line, meanwhile adding a "modern" spin on it (ie. chi chi's castle, and Master Roshi lives in a regular semi whats up with that?). What the viewers want to see is a storyline that follows the cartoon series without any changes, and additions. Overall, the plot is weak, the characters do not look like the cartoons (ie. Yamcha, Master Roshi), the 2D cartoon series had better special effects than the movie (and the series had NO special effects, thats how terrible it was). I created an IMDb account JUST to comment on how they butchered Dragonball for me and I hope that Hollywood is smarter next time as to when they bring such a strong fan based series onto the big screens or they will only infuriate more of the audience.


343 of 421 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
if you made a sequel/reboot Whiteout77721
Dragonballz movie Reboot spencermartinez11
Evolution vs. GT vishSpal
the reasons a DBZ movie wont work h-hill2
Good movie in all respects, except one... animemog
I don't really have an issue with the actor's race but... annie-summer_105
Discuss Dragonball: Evolution (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?