|Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might|
|Directed by||Daisuke Nishio|
|Produced by|| Chiaki Imada|
Tamio Kojima (production supervisor)
|Written by|| Takao Koyama (screenplay)|
Akira Toriyama (original series author)
|Starring|| Masako Nozawa|
|Art director(s)||Yuji Ikeda|
|Animation director||Minoru Maeda|
|Chara design||Minoru Maeda|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Editing by||Shinichi Fukumitsu|
|Release date(s)||July 7, 1990|
|Running time||61 min.|
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (ドラゴンボールZ 地球まるごと超決戦, Doragon Bōru Zetto: Chikyū Marugoto Chōkessen; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Super Showdown for the Whole Earth") is the third Dragon Ball Z movie. It was originally released in Japan on July 7, 1990, between episodes 54 and 55 of Dragon Ball Z, with it premiering at the 1990 Toei Anime Fair which was additionally dubbed Akira Toriyama: The World (as the other two movies premiering at the fair were based on works by Akira Toriyama). It was translated into English by FUNimation Entertainment in 1998.
In the movie, the Z Fighters face a new threat that starts with the burning of a forest, caused by the impact of a cosmic object, in which Gohan and Krillin rescue the forest animals and a small dragon named Icarus. Although they are able to restore the forest to its normal state with the Dragon Balls, Icarus does not return and stays with Gohan, much to Chi-Chi's fury. Goku then shows a nearby cave to let Gohan keep the dragon with him. Later, the cosmic object that crashed and caused the forest fire earlier reveals itself to be a probe, and shortly thereafter, the Earth is visited by an unfriendly group of aliens under the leadership of a Saiyan. Upon arriving, they plant a seed which grows the Tree of Might, a plant that sucks the life of the planet on which it was planted and leaves it a desert. At King Kai's request, Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu investigate and try to destroy the Tree, but they are unsuccessful. They are then confronted by the aliens whilst their leader watches from inside the spaceship. Eventually, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu are defeated by the aliens, with only Goku remaining as the one who can hold his own against them.
During the ensuing battle, Chiaotzu is rescued by Gohan, who had just arrived, and demonstrates his incredible fighting skills by easily taking out Lakasei. He is then encountered by the aliens' leader Turles, a Saiyan who bears a striking resemblance to Goku. Turles gives Gohan a choice to either join him or die. Gohan refuses to join Turles, and is saved in time thanks to the arrival of Piccolo. However, Turles ambushes and blasts him from behind, having Gohan where he wants him. He notices Gohan's regrown tail and creates an artificial moon, forcibly turning Gohan into a Great Ape and sets him on Goku, who is almost crushed to death in Gohan's hand until Icarus arrives and calms Gohan down. But when Turles attacks Icarus, Gohan is angered and turns on Turles, who fires an attack at Gohan. Before the attack can make contact, Goku manages to cut his son's tail off and restore him to normal. Cradling the little one in his arms, Goku promises to defeat Turles. Turles's henchmen attack Goku, who uses the Kaio-ken and makes quick work of them while Piccolo unsuccessfully fights Turles again. Goku and Turles then fight, with Goku having the upper hand, until Turles pushes his power further by eating a fruit from the Tree of Might. With his new power, Turles dominates Goku and beats him to the point that he is no longer able to fight, even with the use of the Kaio-ken x10 (x20 in the FUNimation dub).
Slowly recovering while Turles is distracted by the rest of the Z Fighters, whom he dispatches of, Goku decides to use the Spirit Bomb. Despite gaining energy from the living, he is not able to attack Turles as he counterattacks with the Calamity Blaster, neutralizing Goku's Spirit Bomb. Unable to gather more energy from living beings, Goku decides to steal energy from inside the Tree of Might itself. Eventually successful in creating the Spirit Bomb, Goku fires it at Turles, who tries to counter with his own ki wave. He is carried up the trunk of the Tree of Might and destroyed along with the Tree when the Spirit Bomb explodes. With the terror now over, the Z Fighters return to their normal lives once again.
Daizenshuu 6 states that the movie takes place after Goku's arrival on Namek, but before the Z Fighters battle with Frieza.
The only time that the movie could take place is after Goku, Krillin and Gohan returned from Namek, early in the three years the Z Fighters are training to prepare for the Androids. All of the Z Fighters are alive, with Yamcha's gi back having the King Kai symbol to support that they were killed during the Saiyan Saga and resurrected at the end of the Namek Saga. Also, Goku is able to increase his Kaio-ken up to 10 fold (20 fold in the FUNimation dub), which was not possible until he got to planet Namek to defeat Frieza.
In Japan, the film was first shown as part of a triple feature with two other adaptions of Akira Toriyama's manga, Pink and Kennosuke-sama, at the 1990 Toei Anime Fair (a semi-annual convention featuring Toei Animation's OVA and film adaptations of more or less known manga). The movie was later released on both VHS and Laserdisc in Japan. They were in a 16:9 format, cropped from its original 4:3 format. It was then released later in Japan as part of the well-known "Dragon Box" DVD sets, remastered from its original film masters and in a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format (there was much controversy from fans over the decision to crop the movies from its original 4:3 format, which died down when Toei announced that the films were originally animated for widescreen viewing). Containing all four Dragon Ball and all [originally] thirteen DBZ movies, the boxed set was released with great critical and audience reception.
In the U.S., The Tree of Might was first released by FUNimation and Saban as a three-part television episode (episode 46 of the edited Namek Saga) that premiered in first-run syndication on November 17 and 22, 1997, as part of their short-lived joint production run of the series. This version of the movie was dubbed by the original Ocean Group voice cast and was edited for content, just like their dub of the series. It later aired on Toonami on May 29, 1999 as part of a DBZ marathon of the first three movies.
The film was released to VHS and DVD by Pioneer on March 17, 1998. This home video release was uncut and featured a new dub by the Ocean Group (with a few cast changes) that was much closer to the original Japanese script, as well as the original Japanese background music. This was most likely done to make the film consistent with Pioneer's VHS/DVD releases of the first two DBZ movies, Dead Zone and The World's Strongest. It was also released for the first time in a 4:3 format. The DVD version of the movies was also bilingual. There was some slight controversy over this dub's audio track, because despite being advertised as "uncut," many sound effects were added or replaced in the dub. Visually, however, there were was no editing whatsoever, and the audio track for the Japanese dub does not contain these sound effects. The film was later re-released by Pioneer on October 9, 2001 as part of a DVD box set titled "Dragon Ball Z: Uncut Movie Trilogy," also featuring Dead Zone and The World's Strongest.
After FUNimation acquired the exclusive DVD rights for the first three DBZ movies from Pioneer in 2004, it released The Tree of Might on November 14, 2006, along with Dead Zone and The World's Strongest, to a DVD box set titled "Dragon Ball Z: First Strike." It contained a brand-new in-house dub (without the added sound effects from the Pioneer release) and the original Japanese dub. However, the new in-house dub did not use the original Japanese background music, instead opting for a replacement score. It also contained a new script that was not quite as accurate to the original Japanese dialogue as the Ocean Group's uncut dub had been.
FUNimation re-released this film to DVD and Blu-ray in September 16, 2008, alongside the movie Lord Slug, digitally remastered and in a 16:9 format, as a "Double Feature" DVD. For this release, three audio tracks were included: the original Japanese dub, the new in-house dub with the replacement musical score, and the new in-house dub with the original Japanese music. Neither of the dub tracks have the added sound effects from the Pioneer dub, and only use the sound effects found in the original Japanese dub.
On November 1, 2011, FUNimation re-released it as part of a DVD box set titled "Dragon Ball Z: Movie 5 Pack," also featuring Dead Zone, The World's Strongest, Lord Slug and Cooler's Revenge. However, these are the same disks found in the double features.
On August 13, 2013, The Tree of Might along with Dead Zone and The World's Strongest was re-released yet again by FUNimation as a part of the "Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition" DVD set, this time exactly the way they were when they aired on Toonami. The difference is most notable for this movie, as the "Rock The Dragon" edition contains the original edited Saban/Ocean dub featuring Ian James Corlett as the voice of Goku and Master Roshi, Alec Willows as Oolong and Ted Cole as Turles, as well as Shuki Levy's music. Previously, this dub of The Tree of Might had never before been released to home video.
- Opening Theme (OP)
- Ending Theme (ED)
- "Marugoto"; まるごと (The Whole World)
- Lyrics: Dai Satō, Music: Chiho Kiyooka, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama & Ammy
- "Marugoto"; まるごと (The Whole World)
- Tien & Chiaotzu vs. Rasin & Lakasei
- Krillin vs. Amond
- Yamcha vs. Cacao
- Goku vs. Daiz & Cacao
- Gohan vs. Lakasei
- Great Ape Gohan vs. Goku
- Great Ape Gohan vs. Turles
- Goku vs. Amond, Daiz, Cacao, Rasin & Lakasei
- Piccolo vs. Turles
- Goku vs. Turles
- Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu vs. Turles
- Goku vs. Turles
- The power levels reported by Turles' scouter are: Gohan - 10,000, Piccolo - 18,000, Goku - 30,000. They are a lot higher than the power levels reported by Vegeta's scouter in the Vegeta Saga (see list of Power Levels).
- Goku is shown holding his Power Pole on the film poster, even though he does not use it in the film.
- The animation in the opening theme is part of the movie itself, as it shows the gathering of the Dragon Balls by Gohan and his friends to restore the forest. The "Rock the Dragon" opening for the FUNimation dub of Dragon Ball Z uses footage mostly from this movie.
- This is the first theatrical appearance of King Kai in a movie, though his techniques (Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb) debuted in the previous movie. This is also the first appearance of Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu in a Dragon Ball Z movie; though Yamcha had appeared in all three Dragon Ball movies, and Tien and Chiaotzu also had first appeared in the third Dragon Ball movie.
- This is the only movie (and only time in the entire series, for that matter) in which Yamcha wears a gi with the Turtle School symbol on the front and the King Kai symbol on the back. His gi of choice after being resurrected in the series is the opposite (King Kai front, Turtle back).
- In one scene of the movie, there is a Ferris Wheel that says D.B.Z.
- In the Ocean dub and Japanese version, first mentions of Frieza are made precluding to later fights with Frieza in the television series.
- In the edited dub of this movie, Turles' hands holding Gohan's eyes open are moved to Gohan's shoulders, despite the fact that his hands were clearly visible on Gohan's face in "Rock the Dragon".
- In the edited Ocean dub, the scene where Gohan is falling nude is edited using digital light covering him up. The scene where Icarus wakes up a nude Gohan is edited using a digital bush, also covering Gohan.
- If this film does indeed take place during the three year wait for the androids as some fans speculate, it is inconsistent that Gohan first meets and names Icarus in this film, whereas he already knew the young dragon in the Garlic Jr. saga.