Apr 7, 2014
Even though this is considered a movie, this is basically just an episode of Dr. Slump with the same length as an episode and even starts with the same opening animation and ends with the same ending animation. The story of this film is actually a direct anime adaptation of the manga chapters 32 and 33. This movie was released after episode 13 and before episode 14 so this would pretty much be "episode 13.5".
This story of this movie is pretty simple which is that Senbei, Arale and Gatchan go to the land of Wonder Island to get a tear from the Ogre King Gyaska
to make a love potion which was from a recipe in an old video tape by Senbei father. Wonder Island is actually the setting of Akira Toriyama's first manga of the same name and even has a few background cameos of the characters along with many other classic fairy tale characters. At the point in the series that this film was released there wasn't really any episodes where they would actually go out and adventure of go after a fixed antagonist so this movie does feel a bit fresh. All of the comedy that is in the series is still in the same fashion in this film as well as the characterization featuring more of Arale hilariously overpowering her enemies. Since this is a movie, the animation is very colorful and looks slightly better and has way better sound quality than in series.
If you really enjoy the classic 1980s Dr. Slump anime than you will easily like this film as well since it basically is just another episode.
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