This is a definite must see.
Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might (1990)
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This is a definite must see.
It was all looking like it was going to lead to something huge happening. However, when the big reveal and final battle were revealed I felt somewhat deflated. I don't know if it is just me, but this is not what I had grown to expect from Dragon Ball. This movie is great for fans of the series, but don't expect great things.
This introduces Gohan's pet dragon, Icarus. Alright, I'm not sure if he appears in the later movies, but it's interesting to meet this character. I think it's a good idea to have a main character with a pet. There really is something you could do with that and it works here. At first, I thought they wouldn't go all the way and make Gohan the great ape, but they did! The plot is also pretty cool. I like the idea of a giant tree, especially with all the details with the roots. It's a pretty original idea. Turles (I thought his name was pronounced "Turuls" and not "Tur-less") has some colorful henchmen too. ***
Oh, my, God.
Did they even know what they were dubbing when they did this? The voices are so awful it hurt to listen to them! They completely destroyed the fun loving Goku that we all know and love, and he came across as character with no depth whatsoever! And (though I can't speak for the American version) there was no 'original' Japanese option. I love watching the anime in its original form, and it was just cheap to leave it out.
The story itself, was good, if you don't mind a few plot holes here and there. They never explain one of the major mysteries (why Turles looks like Goku), but the fight scenes were cool.
In conclusion, hit the mute button and flick on subtitles if you want to enjoy this movie. You're not gonna manage to any other way.
This is a great Dragon Ball Z movie with a good story and voice acting. I give it a 7/10.
This movie has more alternate storytelling than the previous movie did. As the movie went, it has little connection to the anime series than the whole meeting Icarus part in the movie, who only appears during the Garlic Jr. Saga.
That and the introduction of Taurus who only appeared in this movie and was never mentioned during the first 3 seasons of the anime. As he and his minions wear the same uniform for Frieza, but they never mentioned their leader even though it's obvious who they work for.
So in short, the Dragon Ball fans will enjoy this title for an alternate storyline movie.
The FUNimation version (the old uncensored one) is surprisingly well handled. Well, most of the voices are very annoying, but I'm glad that they kept the original music score and were allowed to put the word "hell" in the script. The script is fairly well written and they didn't add as much annoying sound effects as they did in the dubbed versions of the previous movies.
I don't have many complaints about the dub, although some of those Canadian voice actors have unbelievably annoying voices! Anyway, on to the plot - magnificent! Simply the one of the best non-manga adaptation DBZ plots ever. There are plot holes and differences in some of the concepts in this movie and those of the series, but that's just so that the story could be more entertaining. Really good story!
I sincerely recommend this movie, as well as the previous two, their dubbed versions especially. Of course, many of the voices in them are very annoying and there are some really annoying sound effects too, but it's still more enjoyable to listen to them than to read subtitles throughout the entire movie.
"Dragonball Z la pelicula" it was the Argentinian title of this feature. It is a one act movie, there's no introduction, there's a conflict (Turtles and his plan for the Earth) and then we have fights, fights and more fights. The final result is stunning, the animation is superb and the chace enjoy it in big screen made for me a even greater experience. If we compare this title with others from i.e. Disney or Dreamworks, indeed it is more violent and bloody, but no much more bloody than the news we watch on TV. Yet there's enough sensibility and zen philosophy to make Dragonball Z something fascinating for children and non-children (even though this sounds like a cliché).
My last comment on this great movie is that I got to hear the real name of the fighter's moves.I also liked "Cha La Head Cha La"Better than "Walk The Dragon".
Now with that out of the way tree of might was just OK. It had a plot that seemed too big for the running time this defiantly could have been longer, so the pacing in this really suffers. another thing i should mention is turles has no clear back story because its different in the ocean dub than it is in the funimation dub. ocean's dub states that turles is an upper class saiyan that just resembles goku and the funimation states goku and turles are twin brothers so thats confusing another thing it has no real place in the time line like some other dbz movies so this movie to me is a stand alone. i think another problem is turles is less menacing then the other early dbz movie villains Dr wheelo was a giant robot with a brain, and garlic Jr was a hulking monster in his final form, turles is just a saiyan and goku has beaten 3 other saiyans in the show and turles wasn't even a match in till he ate the fruit. the other villains aren't worth mentioning because the film doesn't think so either they have cool designs but other than that nothing redeemable. the fights are entertaining but no weight to them there seems to be nothing on the line, images of the earth dying from the tree is about all you get for some tension. so if your a dbz fan give this a watch there's some good things here the fights are enjoyable and the animation is good as well. if your a pure dbz fan of the story then not so much it doesn't fit in with the shows plot and doesn't develop any main or supportive characters either its just there as its own mediocre movie.
All I can say is THANK YOU FUNIMATION FOR SAVING THIS MOVIE!!!
I HIGHLY recommend this version over the earlier Canadian dub. Oddly enough, it DOES make a huge difference. A lot of folks loved this movie (including me), but something was just off... maybe it was not having the voices we all know and love doing the parts... or maybe the series actors just know the characters better, who knows... But now with the cast from the entire series, it's one of the better Dragonball Z movies!
Now this wasn't a mix up in translation which would be okay but an out right what-in-the-hell flaw. The fight scenes were very well done, and Turles would have been perfect but for his voice. It bugged the heck outta me. All scratchy and so forth. I liked how the movie ended though, sure Goku's spirit bomb (genki dama) was a predictable move yet having to form another one in the way he did was a surprise. A very cool animation sequence there. Speaking of animation it was noted to be rather good in this film, compared to the other two previous flicks. I am not sure why, I think because it was set outside, beneath a clouded sky that the characters were often well shaded. It's a worthwhile watch, especially if you're a fan, if you're not... what the hell are you reading this for!
When I first saw this movie I was just getting started in the Dragon Ball Z universe and I was often wondering what was going on. Maybe that was my problem. Or maybe it was the fact that it wasn't as enjoyable to watch as the TV series. Excellent fight sences but other than that, the story was lacking.
As I watched this film I didn't have the same feelings as I did in the TV series. There was never the sense of suspence that the series created.
For those who are looking to find out what the Dragon Ball Z universe is all about, avoid this film and stick with the TV series (which are available on tape).
For those who are fans of Dragon Ball Z, take this film with a grain of salt.