ONE PIECE THE MOVIE: ALABASTAR (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On February - 12 - 2008
  RELEASED BY:   FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT
  ASPECT RATIO:  

16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN

  AUDIO:  

ENGLISH DD 5.1 / 2.0 AND JAPANESE DD 2.0

  RUNNING TIME:   90 MIN
  RATING:   PG 13
  RELEASE DATE:   02/19/2008
  REVIEW DATE:   02/12/2008
  REVIEWED BY:   DAVEY C. JONES

Also known as One Piece: The Princess and the Pirates – Adventures in Alabasta, the movie takes from the manga and anime TV series to hit the big screen in an all out pirate adventure!

Vivi has been hanging out with our favorite Straw Hat pirate gang. But she is a princess and has been on the run from those shady Baroque Works. When a weird (and I mean weird!) chance encounter brings her news of her kingdom being in peril, she rushes to get back home to Alabasta and save her beloved kingdom. And you bet those crazy Straw Hats are right in tow because there’s no way Luffy will abandon his friend in her time of need!

Wicked fun, action and adventure! It’s super great One Piece excitement done in theatrical One Piece style! The big bad Crocodile is stirring up trouble playing both sides against that middle throwing Alabasta into civil war. The whole gang has to split up and get through a maze of both Royal Guards and the Rebel Army plus Baroque Work nasties all trying to stop Vivi, Luffy and the Straw Hat gang from stopping them! They each have to go up against all sorts of obstacles both wacky and dangerous. That includes a super cool sword fight between Zolo and a man he can’t seem to but down, Robin, a girl who may not be as bad as she appears, and of course the huge showdown between Luffy and Crocodile while the armies fight all round the city, threatening to tear it apart. But not if Luffy has anything to say about it! Never underestimate a pirate with a heart of gold and a body of rubber (thanks to him having eaten that cursed gum-gum fruit).

Wow with the animation. Pay attention to the backgrounds, even during a simple conversation, you can see clouds going by. The first time we see the desert, the deep blue of the sky is incredible! Zolo has a one-on-one battle of the blades with the toughest customer yet and the way it’s animated is going to make fellow One Piece fans cavort in happiness. It’s awesome. The movie takes the character designs right out of the manga and TV show and ups them with theatrical quality shine. The movie also uses a lot of 3D imagery for the city. When it’s under siege from the civil war Crocodile started, you get a bird’s eye view and then down to the ground where it gets down and dirty!

It can be exciting drama but this show is more about finding the fun. The movie finds off-beat laughs in everything it does, in true One Piece fashion. The end has Vivi having to make a tough choice and maybe not all of the Straw Hats will be continuing their journey together. But it’s still all for one and one for all in their hooligan hearts. There’s a big time uplifting ending that picks you up and sails away with your heart.

EXTRAS:
Only extra booty on this disc is trailers of other FUNimation anime.

IN SUMMARY:
The Straw Hat pirates hit the sand when trouble hits the fan in One Piece the Movie! It’s fun, adventure and pirate hooliganism the way only One Piece can!

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