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|Premiered:||15 July 1989 (“Toei Cartoon Festival”)|
|Running Time:||Approx. 50 minutes|
|Box Office:||Total Gross: Unknown
Net Earnings: ¥800 million (approx. US $5.67 million)
Attendance: 2.2 million
|Opening Animation:||“CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” (Dragon Ball Z Movie 1 Animation)|
|Ending Animation:||“Come Out, Incredible ZENKAI Power!” (Dragon Ball Z Movie 1 Animation)|
VHS and LaserDisc (09 February 1990 – Original Print / 21 November 1996 – Re-issue)
Betamax and 8mm Film (09 February 1990)
Dragon Box The Movies; Disc #02 (14 April 2006)
Dragon Ball The Movies Individual DVD Volume #01 (08 August 2008)
Dragon Ball The Movies Blu-ray Volume #01 (02 November 2018)
The movie premiered as part of the Summer 1989 “Toei Cartoon Festival” (東映まんがまつり; Tōei Manga Matsuri) on 15 July 1989, along with three other movies from the Akuma-kun, Himitsu no Akko-chan and Mobile Cop Jiban series. The “Toei Cartoon Festival” was established by Toei in 1969 as a way to showcase their popular children’s series as theatrical films during seasonal breaks in the school year: spring vacation, summer vacation, and winter vacation. In Japan, almost all schools below the university level run a three-term school year (trimester system) with a vacation period of several weeks to a month at the end of each trimester. The movies were screened together back-to-back in various cities across Japan, with a typical total running time of roughly three hours. Most festivals would last roughly one month, or as long as the seasonal vacation allowed. Tickets could be purchased at the theater, or discount tickets could be purchased in advance which covered the cost of admission, as well as a bonus item such as a promotional pamphlet describing the featured movies, and various other special presents, such as posters, paper hats, cards, and toys. Additional items, including the official theatrical pamphlet and a variety of other commemorative goods, were available for purchase at cinemas or by mail during this period.
Up until the Dragon Box DVD sets began being released in the early 2000s, the only Dragon Ball properties released to home video in Japan were the original seventeen theatrical films, most of which were available on VHS, LaserDisc, and 8mm film reels. These home video releases were a luxury for most fans, as they came at a rather high price point for the time. They were later re-released in 1996 to replace the then out-of-print VHS tapes with a lower price point and slightly different covers.
After releasing the entirety of the three Dragon Ball TV series, Toei released their fifth and final “Dragon Box”, which was entitled “Dragon Box The Movies”. The Dragon Box contained all seventeen original Dragon Ball movies presented in their theatrical 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. As a special bonus for the movie’s first DVD release, Toei dug through their vaults and included some of the movie’s original promotional material.
|Theatrical Preview (劇場予告)
Running Time: 26 seconds
Running Time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds
Following the “Dragon Box”, Toei began releasing each movie individually on DVD. To help promote the sale of movie individual discs, Shueisha handed out a free promotional DVD highlighting the releases at Jump Festa 2009. The DVD contained promotional trailers for each movie which were narrated by veteran Dragon Ball cast member Shigeru Chiba, the voice of such notable characters as Pilaf, Garlic Jr. (TV series), and Raditz. More information about the promotional DVD is available in our “Home Video Guide”.
In July 2018, the original seventeen theatrical films were released on Japanese Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming services. The addition of the movies themselves was heavily promoted throughout social media, however it was not announced or promoted at the time that they were actually new, high-definition remasters of the films scanned, and subsequently remastered, from the original film negatives. Shortly thereafter on 09 August 2018, Toei Animation formally announced the release of these newly-remastered versions of the movies across eight Blu-ray volumes. All non-credit versions of the opening and endings included with the release are up-converts of those originally included on the original LaserDisc releases and all bonus promotional materials (trailers, digests, etc.) are presented in their original standard definition format as included in the Dragon Box release.
Far off, in a remote location, Piccolo is training for his next battle with Goku. Without warning, he is attacked by a mysterious group of powerful fighters. Back on Mount Pao-tzu, the mysterious group easily defeats Gyūmaō and Chi-Chi, and kidnaps Gohan, who has the Four-Star Ball. Goku returns home to find Chi-Chi beaten up, and learns that Gohan has been taken. Using the Dragon Radar, Goku determines his location and heads out to retrieve his son.
Elsewhere, the leader of the mysterious group is revealed to be Garlic Jr., whose goal is to obtain the seven Dragon Balls and be granted immortality so he can take the throne of God. Nikki is charged with taking care of Gohan, but Gohan is quite a handful. Gohan says he’s hungry, and pulls out a piece of fruit, which he took from a tree outside. Nikki tells him not to eat it, but it’s too late: Gohan has eaten the whole thing. A musical scene with an intoxicated, hallucinating Gohan follows, before he eventually passes out on Garlic Jr.’s throne.
Having gathered all of the Dragon Balls, Garlic Jr. calls forth Shenlong and is granted immortality. Goku arrives and demands they return Gohan, but Garlic Jr. refuses. Goku prepares to fight them, but God suddenly appears. God explains that Garlic Jr.’s father, Garlic, was a man who had previously vied for the position of God, but the former God saw his evil intention and sealed his power away. Goku leaves Garlic Jr. to God, and heads into the palace to find Gohan. Garlic Jr.’s underlings follow Goku to intervene in his search. Kuririn runs in to help Goku find Gohan, but then Piccolo also appears. Garlic Jr.’s underlings are shocked that he’s alive, and a fierce battle is about to unfold, when Gohan wanders in and pees on Kuririn’s head.
Garlic Jr. is having an easy time with God, who has grown old and is not the fighter he once was. God realizes this and decides to take his own life to stop him, but before he can go through with it, Goku and Piccolo arrive on the scene, having defeated Nikki, Sansho, and Ginger. Garlic Jr. transforms, undergoing a massive power up. The battle begins and the two are no match for the transformed Garlic Jr. They shed their weighted clothing and begin to push Garlic Jr. to his limits. Meanwhile, as Kuririn is running away carrying Gohan, he becomes collateral damage in the fierce fight and faints. Gohan falls deep into the bottom of the palace….
Thinking they’ve defeated Garlic Jr., Piccolo and Goku turn to begin their own personal battle, but Garlic Jr. emerges, unscathed. He’s had enough, and generates a Dead Zone to finish everyone off. Gohan hears his father and begins to cry from the rubble. An angry Gohan emerges, revealing his terrifying hidden power. Garlic Jr. can’t believe it, and tries to suck him into the Dead Zone, but it’s no use. Enraged, Gohan blasts Garlic Jr. into the Dead Zone, sealing him inside forever. Goku rushes over to Gohan, who wakes up with no memory of what has transpired (he thinks his father has saved him). Having rescued Gohan, the two fly off on Kinto-Un back to Mount Pao-tzu.
The following original character profiles were translated from Daizenshuu 6, with additional character design comments from the movie’s character designer, Minoru Maeda, as published in the “Design Lab” section of the “Dragon Box The Movies” Dragon Book.
This character grew out of the director’s musing… “It’d be interesting if a little guy became like the Hulk”. In order to bring out his brutality post-transformation, I gave him a cute feel pre-transformation. After all, even in the original manga, the strongest boss characters often looked the weakest at first. Incidentally, his clothes rip post-transformation, but his pants alone remain, skin-tight. Actually, there some things hidden there that I was quite particular about. (laughs)
— Minoru Maeda
I derived the three henchmen from Garlic Jr. In order to give them some variety, I had Nikki grow some hair… he ended up just brimming over with an extreme amount of human frailties. (laughs)
— Minoru Maeda
Due to the appearance of young Gohan, this is unmistakably after Goku and Chi-Chi wed. But due to the fact that Goku, who dies in the battle with Raditz, is alive, this must be an event before Raditz attacked.
— “Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV Specials” (p. 44)
Even so, there are discrepancies, such as Kuririn’s meeting the young Gohan here (when in the TV show, he is later surprised to learn Goku has a child), which prevent it from fitting in completely with the main series timeline.
All credits listed below are as originally presented in the theatrical film. All original credit errors have been corrected to maintain accurate spellings throughout the site. For more information and a complete listing of the series staff, visit the Production Guide.
The cast credits are listed in order of character importance within the series. For more detailed information about the series cast, visit the Cast Guide.