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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2001
Genres: Sci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 6.551 (scored by 33795 users)
Ranked: #49532
Popularity: #705
Members: 46,325
Favorites: 38
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action adventure fantasy sci-fi

Synopsis

A planet is overrun by a mysterious group of creatures that infect and destroy all life on Earth. Only the determination of a single woman to find a cure will prevent the world from slowly being eaten away. Yet there are those from within who are impatient for results and will do anything to win this war.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors

Dr. Sid
Dr. Sid
Main
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Japanese
Kobayashi, Kiyoshi
Sutherland, Donald
English
Sutherland, Donald
Edwards, Gray
Edwards, Gray
Main
Koyama, Rikiya
Japanese
Koyama, Rikiya
Baldwin, Alec
English
Baldwin, Alec
Ross, Aki
Ross, Aki
Main
Toda, Keiko
Japanese
Toda, Keiko
Wen, Ming-Na
English
Wen, Ming-Na
Whitaker, Ryan
Supporting
Otsuka, Akio
Japanese
Otsuka, Akio
Rhames, Ving
English
Rhames, Ving
...

Staff

Sakaguchi, Hironobu
Director, Script
L'Arc~en~Ciel
Theme Song Performance
Hyde
Theme Song Composition
Kaneko, Hidetoshi
Art Director



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Jan 6, 2008
Lirael
Despite what people say, this film was not awful. Okay, it didn't quite match up to the magical, epical, astounding, spellbinding, memorable, groundbreaking quality of the game series, but think of it as a normal SciFi movie and you'll be fine. That's right, SciFi. It's not really what I would classify as fantasy.

The story was quite simple, but decent enough. It had some good qualities, but nothing new. There were a couple of unexpected moments, some romance, action, and some interesting ideas. However, it wasn't nearly as good as what people hoped it to be. I preferred it to Advent Children since it was a read more
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Sep 18, 2009
ace52387
The Spirits Within is not like Anime at all. It sits at the midpoint between a Square style RPG and a Hollywood blockbuster. Reviewing this on an Anime website as a frequent movie goer and a fan of the Final Fantasy series, my perspective is, as you might expect, a little bit scattered. As an FF fan, this movie is a bit of a disappointment because it lacks a strong fantasy element and limit breaks (lets face it, we all want to see limit breaks). As a Hollywood Sci-fi movie sitting next to something like The Matrix, it is racked with cliches, but an engrossing read more
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Jan 6, 2009
keitybg
Fine, first I want to specify that I watched the anime quite a long ago, a year or two ago I guess. I haven't played the games, so I can say with no mental self-accusations that this was the better part of Final Fantasy movies. For me.

Story - it wasn't something veeery special, still, at least you understood what is going on and that stuff, which in Advent Children was possible only for who has already played the game. There is no game Final Fantasy on this particular story I think and that is one of the good sides, I guess, because you watch it read more
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Feb 28, 2011
GoodEnoughForMe
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an intriguing film. Released back in 2001, it was a bit of an unmitigated disaster for Square, costing them a lot of money. To this day, many people consider the later animated film by Square, Advent Children, to be vastly superior (although they are very different). However, whereas Advent Children was a lamefest of no plot and character development, The Spirits Within maintains some level of story and characterization.

Easily the first thing you will notice about The Spirits Within is that, even today, it looks amazing. You can see the pores and freckles on skin, hair moves independently, the read more
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Recommendations

They are both next gen CGI. Very well done. The stories are different, but if you like the animation for one, you will like it for the other.
Both of these movies are CGI - both very well done for the years that they came out in. Appleseed Alpha is a reboot of the Appleseed franchise with a new setting/storyline, similar to a Hollywood blockbuster in the same way that The Spirits Within is more of an action/survival story than a traditional anime. If you enjoyed one, you will enjoy the other. Both are stand alone movies (you do not need to know about the final fantasy games or have seen the other Appleseed movies in order to enjoy them), and the English voice acting in both is extremely well done and comprised of some of the best VA talents you could hope for.
Even if they are examples or two different times, both have a similar essence. Both movies are epical crusades where the true form of a hero takes form to revive the hope on humanity...
While I was watching Pale Cocoon, for some reason, I thought of this. I don't know why; it's a post-apocalyptic science-fantasy (nothing to do with Final Fantasy except being directed by its creator) about a scientist who is the host for one of the aliens that destroyed humankind. She believes that the way to banish the alien threat is to collecty seven "spirits"... well, I'm going to spoil it if I go on more, so... basically, I don't know why I think Pale Cocoon fans would like it, but I think you would. :)
Appleseed and The Spirits Within are sci-fi movies done exclusively with computer generated technology, which lends them the same overall feeling, 3D animation dominating the viewing experience almost completely. The plot is similar, in both cases humanity is at the brink of extinction and it is up to scientists to come up with solutions.
Celebrating Earth's day? well, these two animes are what you are looking for. they can transfer your mind into the nature love mood at full blast.

Opening Theme

"Spirit Dreams Inside" by L'Arc-en-Ciel

Ending Theme

"The Dream Within" by Lara Fabian

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