Doraemon The Movie Nobita in the Robot Kingdom which was released in 2002. SO let’s begin the review! Okay so first let’s talk about the opening of this movie. It establishes the premise of the movie pretty well but the chase scene in it was trying to be intense and failed miserably at being intense which is surprising for a Doraemon movie. Usually, if there’s a chase scene in the opening in a Doraemon movie, it’s almost always intense so I was kinda surprised to see this one not being intense.
This entire movie is not that intense and energetic, to be honest and that’s one of the problems I have with it. Anyways, we also get to see Suneo showing off his new toys as always and this time it’s a robot dog. What I really like about Suneo’s toy being a robot dog this time is that even though it’s a robot, you still find it as cute as a real dog. Which establishes really well that it doesn’t matter whether something is a robot or not. Okay so now let’s talk about the guide characters of this movie.
They are absolute trash. I have never been disappointed at guide characters like this before. They had such great potential to make amazing guide characters with the story they had got but no, they HAD to have those generic ones who just help Doraemon and friends and say some meaningful inspirational lines and that’s it. Poko was still somewhat decent, even though he could have been much better, but the other guide characters were even worse than him which is so disappointing.
They are the most disappointing part of this movie, honestly. What’s not disappointing though are the villain and anti-heroin of this movie. Let’s start with the anti-heroin, Empress Jeanne also known as Queen Jeanne. Her character arc is the best arc of this movie and I really like how she realizes her mistake and finally accepts that yes, robots do deserve to have their own freedom and they don’t always deserve to be slaves of humans. Her character design is pretty generic though and you can mix it up with most other Doraemon female guide characters.
She had a different design in the manga and I would honestly prefer that design over the anime one. Don’t know why they changed it. Anyways, while Jeanne does realize her mistakes, Dester, the true villain of this movie, does not! He is so adamant and will do anything to make robots be slaves forever and it’s upsetting that some person can have such cruel thoughts like this. Isn’t it ironic that he himself dresses like a robot? He especially hates robots with emotions which, like, yeah, that’s pretty unnatural for a robot to have but if they are emotional beings, then let them be. Who cares, as long as they don’t take over the world or something. Okay so now let’s talk about the story of this movie with the robot slavery and all. It’s honestly a brilliant and fascinating idea for a Doraemon movie but just wasted potential.
This type of a story had so much potential of being as emotional as a movie like Stand By Me but it doesn’t even come close! I wish they remake this movie one day but this time, actually make it emotional because a story about robot slavery CAN be emotional! Doraemon himself is a robot so it’s really fitting for a Doraemon movie to have a story like this. Doraemon actually fights a bigger and better robot in this movie and this gave us the most entertaining, hilarious and satisfying scene of this movie. Also, this is another example of brains over brawns.
Even though the other robot was much bigger and had better weapons and all, Doraemon still managed to win and defeated the undefeated robot through his gadgets, intelligence and also, a little bit of luck… Juuust a little bit… Yeah, okay, he got really lucky but still, a win is a win. Okay so now let’s talk about the final battle of this movie. Dester has now gained control over a giant grand mecha machine and it’s pretty scary with that intimidating dark green color and all. However, even though it looked scary and even though I was expecting an awesome fight, this movie HAD to disappoint me once again! Yes, instead of giving us some amazing action filled final battle, this movie decided that comedy would be the better option.
Nobita comes with his weak robots and mistakenly defeats the giant strong one. So funny! Haha, I definitely laughed here. As if we don’t get enough of that good ol’ Nobita comedy in literally every single episode and movie. Did they have to insert the comedy here? That did nothing but ruined the final battle. And yeah, we do get a kinda intense scene where Doraemon and Maria, Poko’s mom, is blasting off far away from Nobita and others in a rocket but that doesn’t make up for the final battle that we could have got. And that intense scene didn’t even last that long and after that everything returned back to normal and it ended happily ever after and bla bla bla. A truly disappointing and pathetic ending which is a shame, considering that the rest of this movie was pretty entertaining. Okay so while the ending was disappointing, the animation was not.
The animation in this movie is absolutely top notch and I don’t know why but the animation in Doraemon movies started getting just so good around the 2000s. And it’s not just for big grand scenes but also for normal scenes that do not require any good animation. But it’s Doraemon we are talking about here, which is one of the highest grossing anime of all time, mainly in Asia. And it looks like they are putting that profit to good use and improving their animation as every year goes on which is nice to see. And in 2014, they showed the true talent and skill of Japanese animators by not just giving us one but two Doraemon movies in the same year, and they are about to do it again in 2020! Rating- 7.5/10