The movie lasted for 20 minutes and 12 seconds, including the ending sequence. Because of this, it gave me an impression that the movie was just a glorified TV episode of the anime and not an actual movie! No wonder when it was released in the US, the company that localized the anime series, Saban needed to mix this movie with two other Digimon movies for it to last for at least an hour and a half! Though the length of the movie is a bit short, it didn't fail to impress me in terms of animation and how the story of the movie was paced.
As for the lightning and shading, it looked really realistic that it gave life to the movie in terms of the action sequences and scenes involving the Digimon. To give you guys an example in the action scenes, the scenes wherein the grown up Koromon shoot a fire burst to some parrot monster. You can see how intense the attack is by just simply looking at his mouth. The only disappointment that I have about the movie in terms of technicalities is that they keep on repeating the same background music over and over again only with different tempo depending on the scene.
Though Taichi seems to be the main protagonist of the movie, Hikari is the driving force in this movie; it was her involvement with the egg started this movie at the first place! She's the first person that didn't show fear in front of the creature and instead, tried to feed it and took care of it! Hikari's interactions with the creature looked cute and something I expect her age to do. What's more was that there is this spark in their relationship that you don't want to see it end in some point. Heck, she's the one who asked Koromon to go outside at the first place for him to hide from their parents!
Because of this instinct, he was able to protect Hikari when some giant parrot monster attacked the city. As for how this creature appeared in the real world, the same on how Koromon appeared in the first place, in a giant egg that's powered by dial-up internet connection thanks to the sound it emitted during its creation that caused me to conclude this reason! By the looks of it, it might also be the reason why Koromon ended up in the real world at the first place since earlier in the movie, the family phone just rang and no one answered the line when Taichi picked it up!
Now that the larger dinosaur Koromon is down, the parrot monster continues to rampage and the kids can't do anything about it. This was when Hikari started using her whistle to wake Koromon up so that he can fight again. The scene was emotional and shows the bond between the two characters, what's more was that she gave her all just to blow that whistle. Her determination inspired Taichi to also blow the whistle after Hikari was exhausted, causing Koromon to fight back. As for how the battle ended, it ended with both Koromon and the parrot monster dying in battle.
Speaking of Taichi's friends, we saw them in this movie, namely we saw: Yamato and his brother, Takeru, Mimi, Joe, Koushiro and Sora. This movie will be later referenced in the main TV series as there was one scene wherein Taichi asked Koromon if they have met before with Koromon replying that they haven't. Hikari will also make an appearance in the main TV series and still has her whistle. Considering that this movie was meant to lead us to the TV series, it makes perfect sense. Little do we know that the TV series that happened after this movie become so successful that it had countless anime spin-offs and now celebrates its 15th year in existence!
Originally posted on Orends: Range on August 3, 2012.