Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

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Synonyms: Final Fantasy
Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー
English: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
German: Final Fantasy: Die Mächte in Dir
Spanish: Final Fantasy: La Fuerza Interior
French: Final Fantasy-Les créatures de l'esprit
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Square Pictures
Source: Game
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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The year is 2065, and the planet of Earth is far removed from the place that it was in the past. Deadly alien creatures known as Phantoms have appeared all over the planet, and mere contact with these entities is lethal, whether it be an instant death or a prolonged decline. In order to try and salvage what little of the human race is left, large force-field barriers have been constructed around certain cities to repel the Phantoms.

Seeking a more permanent solution to this invasion are scientists Aki Ross and her mentor, Dr. Sid, whose investigations have revealed that there exists a form of spiritual, Gaia energy that can eradicate the Phantom's presence from this world. Aki and Sid aren't alone in their quest through Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within; the human council and the military squad "Deep Eyes" are ready to help. Not everyone is convinced of this plan though.

Aki, Sid, Grey, and their allies have to band together against forces both alien and human if they are to have any chance at restoring peace to Earth. An enemy whose mere touch is fatal, the Phantoms appear the more dangerous enemy, but as they will come to find out, their human nemeses are also not to be trifled with.


Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was the only full length film produced by Square Pictures. The movie's final budget was $137 million dollar budget, due to the high costs of the technology being used for the film's computer animation. With marketing costs included, The Spirits Within lost in excess of $94 million. Adjusted for 2016 inflation, this amounts to over $126 million. Not only did this directly lead to the closing of Square Pictures, but it also delayed the parent company Square from completing its planned merger with the video game publishing company Enix.

A Japanese/American collaboration, The Spirits Within was filmed in English and premiered in the United States two months before releasing in Japan.

Characters & Voice Actors


Sakaguchi, Hironobu
Director, Script
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Composition
Fabian, Lara
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"The Dream Within" by Lara Fabian


Feb 6, 2013
First and foremost you must take Final Fantasy out of your head when you watch this. I saw this film when it was released in theaters. I remember walking out at the end and simply repeating "That was not Final Fantasy." The only thing that links this to the Final Fantasy series is the person responsible for it. Other than that, it is best to view it as a unique film. That being said, it wasn't bad at all.

Visually this was a masterpiece. It really should have changed the industry instead of bankrupting a studio. It was filled with the most beautiful computer animation that ...
Jul 20, 2020
Mixed Feelings
The project was unsound from the beginning - even today, making a fully CGI animated film like this costs too much to be profitable and is not particularly convincing as a realistic art style besides. Final Fantasy is an outlandish sci-fi and fantasy video game series - why not make a film like this using traditional animation? Not only would it have looked better, it would have served the narrative better, as this story centers around nature versus technology. Hell, they could have made this movie live-action with the same cast for 140 million dollars and it would probably have made more money and reached ...
Nov 18, 2012
Where in the world do I begin with this train wreck of a movie?

The plot is the essentially a clone of other Final Fantasy movies and has more or less the same story arc we've all seen a thousand times before in sci-fi and anime. What makes all those other countless identical films superior to this one is exposition. Flashbacks, memories, narrative storytelling, correlated events - all of these are what give a tale depth and interest. Sadly, none of that is seen here, just a series of events given in one block of time. The closest we ever come to any dimension added ...

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