In Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Ayumu Watanabe
Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Official Website: http://dora2006.com/top/
Opening Day: 15 November 2007
Nobita finds a fossilised dinosaur egg by accident when trying
to excavate for dinosaur fossils. He manages to hatch the
egg and begins raising the dinosaur. Under Nobita's care,
the dinosaur grows bigger and he has to release it in the
park. However, this creates much chaos in the neighbourhood.
Knowing that they cannot keep the dinosaur forever, Nobita
is forced to send it back to prehistoric times. During the
time travel, they are attacked by a mysterious man and are
sent to another time period. As dangerous obstacles lie ahead,
Doraemon and the gang set out in a prehistoric adventure.
My childhood wasn’t filled with the likes of Pokemon
or Digimon. Contemporary cartoon series liked “Ben 10”
is a stranger to me now (“Ben 10” occurs during
an awkward conversation with a veteran colleague of mine who
were discussing about his son’s latest obsession). As
the years go, with the exception of those major Hollywood
animation exports, I’m basically lost when it comes
to cartoon series or animations.
there’s something, which I no longer feel embarrassed
to be left out of any conversational topics and provide me
with the freedom to brag about - A futuristic robotic blue
kitty called Doraemon.
from the very first Doraemon movie from 1980, “Doraemon
the movie”, loosely translated from the Chinese title
as “Da Xiong’s Dinosaur” tells the story
of Nobita (Da Xiong) who found and hatch an actual fossil
egg after a boasting bout with his friends, Suneo (pointy
hair) and Gian (the overweight boy) over the discovery of
fossils. As time goes, the dinosaur grew to a length whereby
it’s no longer an option to keep it in present time
Japan, Nobita has to enlist the help of Doraemon to send the
dinosaur back to the cretaceous era. But unexpectedly, a dinosaur
hunter appears midway during time travel to seize control
of the dinosaur. How cool is that? And that’s where
our dear friends have to find a way to save the dino and mankind.
best luxury of course is seeing Doraemon digging into his
magical pocket of tricks. It’s better and far advanced
than what Sony or Toshiba can offer. When they lost their
only way of transport, Doraemon offers the group each a flying
device that is attached on the head and runs on batteries.
Forgot your swimsuits? No problem, Doraemon can offer you
a custom suit of your own design. Can’t find a shelter
for the night? How about a portable capsule that comes with
a nice cosy bed and shower.
it’s always the power of Doremon’s utmost creativity
that set kids' imagination running even decades old adults
like myself is still enthralled by it over the years. It even
touches on the importance of friendship. Nobita, Suneo and
Gian get into countless fights, arguments in almost every
episode of the series but they remain friends despite their
didn’t realize it has been a long while since I last
seen traditional hand-drawn animations on the big screen.
The obvious rough outlines and less than perfect colourings
don’t seem a matter anymore. Those hand-craft dinosaurs,
characters and Doraemon’s kawaii (cute) expressions
were a delight to behold once again.
the existence of Disney’s trademark “smack-right-on-your-face”
goodwill messages and DreamWorks’ silly pop-culture
references, Doraemon on the other hand smells like good vintage
wine although “wine” seems an inappropriate word
to be use in this kids-friendly movie. In the end, I had an
enjoyable 105 minutes of fun, tears and nostalgia. You might
want to sneak in a Dorayaki as well.
best animation film for the whole family this year!)
Review by Linus Tee