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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

Cast: David Lucas, David Lucas, Beau Billingslea, more...
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe, Shinichiro Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Takei, more...
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Science Fiction Anime, Anime Feature Films
Running Time: 114 min.
Languages: English, French, Japanese
Subtitles: English, French
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The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series' story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person responsible for the blast and is thus the only surviving witness of the crime. After the government puts out a large bounty for the perpetrator's capture, the Bebop gang -- slacker Spike Spiegel, former policeman Jet Black, and hacker girl genius Edward -- begin their own hunt for the mass murderer, who is eventually revealed to be one Vincent Volaju. Vincent, it turns out, was the lone survivor of a governmental medical test and now seeks revenge by unleashing the same microscopic robotic virus used in the tanker explosion on the unsuspecting city. The Bebop crew must scramble to prevent Vincent from carrying out his plan, as well as try to locate an anti-virus to counterattack the effects of Vincent's virus. Released in both dubbed and subtitled cuts in the United States in 2003, Cowboy Bebop - The Movie premiered in Japan in 2001. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Spike rules! by WConyers January 1, 2004 - 9:25 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Go with the Japanese dub and English subtitles. The English dub is like watching a different movie inconsistent with the series and characters, especially Ed's. I guess they were thinking of the "Dumb and Dumberer" crowd when recording the English dub, but with a little thinking, the average viewer will get a lot more out of the movie with the English subtitles.
The fights and flying are like extended scenes from the series, which is great.
"Only death can cure stupidity."

Not bad, but watch the series first (slight spoilers for series) by ColonelKong June 25, 2003 - 12:37 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, and it's nicely animated, but never quite reaches the heights of the series. Like several movies based on anime series, this one "hits the reset button" so to speak, and pretty much ignores the last episode of the series, which I found slightly disappointing, but not surprising. I would've preferred some kind of big conclusion to the series (even if they had to pull out a great big Deus Ex Machina after the fact to do so) rather than just a bigger-budgeted, self-contained feature length episode of the series. I also wish that the great Brazilian jazz-like theme from the series had shown up somewhere here, I didn't think the music in this film was quite as good as in the series either.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed watching Cowboy Bebop: The Movie quite a bit, but the series is really the place to start if you're new to Cowboy Bebop.

Fun, but... by mason June 15, 2003 - 8:16 PM PDT
13 out of 13 members found this review helpful
This is a fun movie, but I do want to encourage folks who aren't familiar with the original series to check those DVDs out first. "Cowboy Bebop" might be my favorite anime ever, thanks to the fantastic characterizations, but the movie just doesn't reach the level of the series. It unfortunately feels like they had to pad the story to fill the movie length.

Don't get me wrong, it's still fun, but it doesn't hold a candle to the series. If you see this first, enjoy, but expect a lot more when you go back for the originals.

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