List of Dr. Slump films

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Dr. Slump
DrSlumpMovies.jpg
Cover of Dr. Slump: The Theatrical Movies 1-5 as released by Discotek Media.
Dr.スランプ
(Dokutā Suranpu)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy,
Science fiction
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hello! Wonder Island
Directed by Minoru Okazaki
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Licensed by
Released July 18, 1981
Runtime 25 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump: "Hoyoyo!" Space Adventure
Directed by Akinori Nagaoka
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Michiru Shimada
Shun'ichi Yukimuro
Tomoko Konparu
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Licensed by
Discotek Media
Released July 10, 1982
Runtime 90 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Great Race Around the World
Directed by Minoru Okazaki
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Licensed by
Discotek Media
Released March 13, 1983
Runtime 52 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Secret of Nanaba Castle
Directed by Hiroki Shibata
Written by Michiru Shimada
Yoshifumi Yuki
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Licensed by
Discotek Media
Released December 22, 1984
Runtime 48 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The City of Dreams, Mechapolis
Directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Toyoo Ashida
Written by Michiru Shimada
Keiji Terui
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Licensed by
Discotek Media
Released July 13, 1985
Runtime 38 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Clear Skies Over Penguin Village
Directed by Yukio Kaizawa
Written by Aya Matsui
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Released March 6, 1993
Runtime 40 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! From Penguin Village with Love
Directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
Written by Aya Matsui
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Released July 10, 1993
Runtime 32 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo!! Follow the Rescued Shark...
Directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
Written by Aya Matsui
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Released March 12, 1994
Runtime 25 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha!! Excited Heart of Summer Vacation
Directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
Written by Aya Matsui
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Released July 9, 1994
Runtime 20 minutes
Anime film
Doctor Slump: Arale's Surprise Burn
Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Written by Yoshimi Narita
Music by Dig·It·A·Go
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 6, 1999
Runtime 50 minutes
Anime film
Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito - Abale-chan
Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 3, 2007
Runtime 5 minutes
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Since the debut of the anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama's Dr. Slump manga series in 1981, Toei Animation (formerly Toei Doga) has produced 11 animated films based on the franchise.

In 2008, all eleven films were released in a remastered DVD box set titled Slump the Box Movies on September 21,[1] on June 12, 2013, Discotek Media announced they acquired the first five Dr. Slump films for release in North America. They released all five in a two-disc DVD box set in Japanese with English subtitles on July 29, 2014.[2]

1980s films[edit]

The first film was produced just three months after the anime started, being shown at the Toei Manga Festival (東映まんがまつり, Tōei Manga Matsuri) alongside One Hundred and One Dalmatians and Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan. Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hello! Wonder Island (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん ハロー!不思議島, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan Harō! Wandā Airando) was released on July 18, 1981.[3] It adapts chapters 32 and 33 of the manga, following as Senbei Norimaki travels to Wonder Island in order to acquire an ingredient for a love potion, it was released on VHS on August 14, 1987. An anime comic adaptation was released in March 1995.[4]

Dr. Slump: "Hoyoyo!" Space Adventure (Dr.SLUMP ほよよ! 宇宙大冒険, Dokutā Suranpu Hoyoyo! Uchū Dai Bōken) entered theaters on July 10, 1982.[5] It follows Senbei and the other main characters as they venture into space to save Midori Yamabuki from being forced to marry the galactic tyrant Mashirito. A novelization written by one of the screenwriters Shun'ichi Yukimuro was released on July 15, 1982,[6] the film was released on VHS on December 15, 1984. An anime comic adaptation was released in April 1995,[7] the anime comics of the first and second films were collected together and released under the Shueisha Jump Remix imprint in December 2006.[8] The soundtrack to the film was released on September 22, 2004 by Columbia Music Entertainment under the title Dr. Slump Music Collection (Dr.SLUMP 音楽集, Dokutā Suranpu Ongaku-shū).[9]

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Great Race Around the World (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん ほよよ!世界一周大レース, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan Hoyoyo Sekai Isshū Dai-Rēsu) was released on March 13, 1983.[10] The main characters and others enter the Around the World Grand Prix, racing to marry a princess or win a hefty monetary prize, it was shown at the Toei Manga Festival alongside Batten Robomaru Obakekau Shōjo, Kagaku Sentai Dynaman and Aesop's Fable. It was released on VHS on January 14, 1987. An anime comic adaptation was released in June 1995.[11]

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Secret of Nanaba Castle (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん ほよよ!ナナバ城の秘宝, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan Hoyoyo! Nanaba-jō no Hihō) was released on December 22, 1984.[12] Set in 1929, several parties try to steal the Rainbow Eye, which can grant any wish, it was shown at the Toei Manga Festival alongside Space Sheriff Shaider and Kinnikuman Great Riot! Seigi Choujin. It was released on VHS on February 21, 1985. An anime comic adaptation was released in August 1995,[13] the anime comics of the third and fourth films were collected together and released under the Shueisha Jump Remix imprint in January 2007.[14]

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The City of Dreams, Mechapolis (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん ほよよ!夢の都メカポリス, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan Hoyoyo! Yume no Miyako Mekaporisu) was released on July 13, 1985.[15] The children of Penguin Village appear in Mechapolis, where anything they can imagine appears made out of mecha, it was shown at the Toei Manga Festival alongside Captain Tsubasa: Europe Daikessen, Kinnikuman Counterattack! The Underground Space Choujins and Dengeki Sentai Changeman: Shuttle Base! Close Call. It was released on VHS on November 21, 1985. An anime comic adaptation was released in September 1995.[16]

1990s films[edit]

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Clear Skies Over Penguin Village (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん んちゃ!ペンギン村はハレのち晴れ, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan N-cha! Pengin-mura wa Hare nochi Hare) was released on March 6, 1993.[17] It was shown at the Toei Anime Fair (東映アニメフェア, Toei Anime Fea) alongside Dragon Ball Z: Burn Up!! A Close Fight - A Violent Fight - A Super Fierce Fight. An anime comic adaptation was released in July 1993,[18] the film was released on VHS on October 8, 1993.

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! From Penguin Village with Love (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん んちゃ!ペンギン村より愛をこめて, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan N-cha! Pengin-mura yori Ai wo Komete) was released on July 10, 1993.[19] It was shown at the Toei Anime Fair alongside Dragon Ball Z: The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy and YuYu Hakusho. An anime comic adaptation was released in November 1993,[20] the film was released on VHS on April 8, 1994.

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo!! Follow the Rescued Shark... (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん ほよよ!!助けたサメに連れられて…, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan Hoyoyo!! Tasuketa Same ni Tsurerarete...) was released on March 12, 1994.[21] It was shown at the Toei Anime Fair alongside Dragon Ball Z: The Dangerous Duo! Super Warriors Never Rest and Slam Dunk. It was released on VHS on November 11, 1994. An anime comic adaptation was released in December 1994.[22]

Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha!! Excited Heart of Summer Vacation (Dr.スランプ アラレちゃん んちゃ!!わくわくハートの夏休み, Dokutā Suranpu Arare-chan N-cha!! Wakuwaku Hāto no Natsu Yasumi) was released on July 9, 1994.[23] It was shown at the Toei Anime Fair alongside Dragon Ball Z: Super Warrior Defeat!! I'll Be the Winner and Slam Dunk: Zenkoku Seiha da! Sakuragi Hanamichi. An anime comic adaptation was released in February 1995,[24] the film was released on VHS on April 14, 1995.

Doctor Slump: Arale's Surprise Burn (ドクタースランプ アラレのびっくりバーン, Dokutā Suranpu: Arare no Bikkuri Bān) released on March 6, 1999 is the only film produced during the broadcast of the second anime adaptation.[25] It was shown at the Toei Anime Fair alongside the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon Adventure films. Comedy duo Kyaeen provide guest voices, it was released on VHS on September 10, 1999.

Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan[edit]

To promote the release of the first Dr. Slump - Arale-chan anime DVD box set, Toriyama drew a one-shot manga published in the April 2007 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump. It was adapted into a five-minute short titled Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan (Dr.SLUMP Dr.マシリト アバレちゃん, Dokutā Suranpu: Doctor Mashirito Abare-chan) that entered theaters alongside One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta on March 3, 2007.[26] The story centers around an evil counterpart of Arale created by Dr. Mashirito Jr., named Abale. It was later included alongside all the other films in the DVD box set Slump the Box Movies, released on September 21, 2008.

Reception[edit]

Reviewing the first five movies, Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network summarized Dr. Slump as "random silly adventures[...] delivered with a lot of surreal nonsense humor, only the most basic sense of continuity, and not a whiff of substance or seriousness." He felt that much of the humor comes simply from the visuals; stating that the vintage hand-done art and animation provide a "warmth" and "raises Slump's visuals above" other anime. However, he called the background music "non-descript" and stated that the films are only for viewers who are familiar with the series, as they provide no exposition.[27]

Mike Toole, also of ANN, included "Hoyoyo!" Space Adventure at number 75 on The Other 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time, a list of "lesser-known, lesser-loved classics." He called it an "artfully silly poke at the sci-fi boom of the late 70s and early 80s, skewering everything from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to THX-1138," yet also including "poop jokes, booger jokes, Ultraman references, dumb comedy routines, and weirdly evocative, exciting space battles."[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Discotek Media Adds 1st 5 Dr. Slump Anime Films". Anime News Network. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  3. ^ "DR. SLUMP 1 Hello! Wonder Land (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
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  5. ^ "DR. SLUMP 2 (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  6. ^ Dr.スランプ映画編. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4086105047. 
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  10. ^ "DR. SLUMP 3 The Great Race Around the World (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
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  12. ^ "DR. SLUMP 4 The secret of the Nanaba Castle (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
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  15. ^ "DR. SLUMP 5 The City of Dream, Mechapolis (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  16. ^ Dr.スランプアラレちゃん―ほよよ!夢の都メカポリス (ジャンプコミックスセレクション アニメコミックス). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4834214109. 
  17. ^ "DR. SLUMP 6 Sunny Penguin Village (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  18. ^ Dr.スランプアラレちゃん―んちゃ!ペンギン村はハレのち晴れ (ジャンプコミックスセレクション). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4834211878. 
  19. ^ "DR. SLUMP 7 with Love from Penguin Village (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  20. ^ Dr.スランプアラレちゃん―んちゃ!ペンギン村より愛をこめて (ジャンプコミックスセレクション). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4834211894. 
  21. ^ "DR. SLUMP 8 Trip with the Shark (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  22. ^ Dr.スランプアラレちゃん―ほよよ!助けたサメに連れられて… (ジャンプコミックスセレクション). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4834213110. 
  23. ^ "DR. SLUMP 9 Summer Vacation (TOEI ANIMATION FILM LIST)". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  24. ^ Dr.スランプアラレちゃん―んちゃ!!わくわくハートの夏休み (ジャンプコミックスセレクション). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). ASIN 4834213161. 
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  28. ^ "The Other 100 Best Anime Movies of All Time, Part 2 - The Mike Toole Show". Anime News Network. 2017-04-02. Retrieved 2017-04-02.