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: A Super Decisive Battle for Earth), also known as Dragon Ball Z: Super Battle in the World, is the third Dragon Ball Z movie.
It premiered on July 7, 1990 at the 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 first translated into English by Funimation in 1997.
One night as Bulma, Krillin, Oolong and Gohan are out on a camping trip, an unknown cosmic object heading towards Earth, crash lands in the forest nearby, causing a fire. While Gohan and Krillin are successfully able to rescue the forest animals, including a small dragon named Icarus, and put out the blaze, the forest is still left in ruins. They decide to gather the Dragon Balls to ask Shenron to restore the forest to its original state. Later, the cosmic object that crashed and caused the forest fire earlier reveals itself to be a probe and scans the environment. The information is relayed to an unfriendly group of aliens under the leadership of a Saiyan. They determine that the planet Earth's soil is suitable for growing the Tree of Might, a plant that sucks all of the nutrients out of the planet on which it was planted and leaves it a desert, and so they head directly for Earth.
Icarus, having not returned to the forest, follows Gohan back to his home much to Chi-Chi's fury who says that he can't keep it and demands he take it back to the mountains. Goku however shows Gohan a small cave nearby where Icarus can reside. The unknown band of aliens, having now arrived on Earth, plant the seed in the area which the probe had previously landed. It soon grows quickly into a tree of monstrous size, laying waste to a large portion of the area within its vicinity.
Back at Goku's house, while housing Krillin, Master Roshi, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu, he is suddenly contacted by King Kai, who tells him about the tree and danger it possesses. After Goku tells the others, he, along with Yamcha, Krillin, Tien and Chiaotzu, head out to destroy the tree. However, Chi-Chi forbids Gohan from going along with them. At the tree, the group use their energy attacks to try and destroy the tree, to no effect. Goku, sensing others nearby, is then confronted by the aliens, known as the Turles Crusher Corps., whilst their leader watches from inside the spaceship. Soon after the battles ensue with Tien and Chiaotzu facing off against twin brothers Rasin and Lakasei, Krillin taking on Amond and Yamcha taking on Cacao, though the Z-Fighters struggle against their opponents.
During the ensuing battle, Chiaotzu is rescued by Gohan, who had just arrived after disobeying his mother, and demonstrates his incredible fighting skills by easily taking out Lakasei. He is then encountered by the aliens' leader, Turles, a low class 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 then immediately afterwards destroys the moon so he himself would not transform too.
Goku, seeing that Gohan is in trouble, goes to help him and attempts to reason with Gohan, but it is no use and soon Goku 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 to revert him to his normal state. Cradling Gohan in his arms, Goku promises to defeat Turles. Turles' henchmen arrive, having defeated the other Z-Fighters, then attack Goku, who uses the Kaio-ken to quickly kill 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 newfound power, Turles dominates Goku and beats him to the point that he is no longer able to fight, even after using the Kaio-ken x10.
With encouragement from the others, Goku begins gathering energy needed for the Spirit Bomb while the other injured Z-Fighters, except a still-unconscious Gohan, try to buy Goku some time, though they are quickly defeated. Despite gaining energy from the people of Earth and launching the Spirit Bomb, Turles is able to counterattack with the Calamity Blaster, neutralizing Goku's attack. Due to the Tree of Might absorbing the Earth's energy, the Spirit Bomb lacked sufficient power, so Goku decides to take energy from inside the Tree of Might itself. Eventually successful in recreating 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, releasing the absorbed energy all over the planet and its living things. With the terror now over and Icarus revealed to still be alive, the Z-Fighters enjoy their time on another camping trip while Piccolo meditates peacefully near a waterfall.
This film occurs after Goku arrived on Namek but before the final showdown with Frieza.
In Japan, the film was first shown as part of a triple feature with two other adaptations of Akira Toriyama's manga, Pink and Kennosuke-sama, at the 1990 Toei Cartoon Festival. The film was released on VHS and Laserdisc in Japan. In 2006, Toei Animation released The Tree of Might as part of the final Dragon Box DVD set, which included all four Dragon Ball films and thirteen Dragon Ball Z films. These were presented in a new widescreen transfer from the original negatives with a 16:9 aspect ratio that was matted from the original 4:3 aspect ratio.
The Tree of Might first aired in the U.S. as a three-part television episode between episodes 45 and 46 of the edited Namek Saga. It premiered during the show's first-run syndication in November 1997, as part of Funimation and Saban's joint production run of the series. It was dubbed by the Ocean Group and was edited for content, concurrent with the production of Seasons 1 and 2 of the show. The Tree of Might premiered on Toonami on January 29, 1999, and would air at least five more times between 1999 and 2001.
The Tree of Might was released on March 17, 1998 to VHS and DVD by Pioneer, in conjunction with Funimation. The DVD, which was presented in an unmatted 4:3 aspect ratio, included the original Japanese audio along with an uncut redub by the Ocean voice cast. Pioneer re-released The Tree of Might in a box set alongside Dead Zone and The World's Strongest on October 9, 2001.
FUNimation acquired the DVD rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004. On November 14, 2006, FUNimation released The Tree of Might, along with Dead Zone and The World's Strongest, in a DVD boxset entitled "First Strike." The DVD featured a brand-new in-house dub with an original score done by Nathan M. Johnson and the original Japanese audio.
FUNimation re-released The Tree of Might and Lord Slug on DVD and Blu-ray on September 16, 2008 as part of their "Double Feature" line. This new set featured a brand-new widescreen transfer from Video Post & Transfer and a new audio mix for the English dub featuring the original Japanese score done by Shunsuke Kikuchi in addition to the replacement score done by Johnson.
FUNimation repackaged the Double Feature DVDs into three new thinpak sets, the first of which was released on November 1, 2011 and included Dead Zone, The World's Strongest, The Tree of Might, Lord Slug,, and Cooler's Revenge. These three sets were also released together in the Canada-only Dragon Ball Z: Complete Movie Collection featuring reversioned artwork of Goten and Trunks from Bio-Broly on the cover.
FUNimation released The Tree of Might, along with Dead Zone and The World's Strongest, in its edited format as it aired in syndication and on Toonami, on August 13, 2013 as a part of the Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition. The movie was presented uninterrupted rather than as a three-part episode, as it did in syndication.
A fifth English version by Speedy Video features an as-yet unknown voice cast.
- 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)
The original 1997 Ocean/Saban dub featured a replacement score by Saban composers Shuki Levy and Ron Wasserman, who were also composing for the show at the time. The music was not created specifically for the movie, but rather was recycled from their score for the Saiyan and Namek Sagas. Ocean's uncut 1998 redub kept the original Japanese score by Shunsuke Kikuchi. The 2006 FUNimation in-house dub featured a new score by Nathan Johnson, although most releases also include the Kikuchi score.
- Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu vs. Rasin and Lakasei
- Krillin vs. Amond
- Yamcha vs. Cacao
- Goku vs. Daiz and Cacao
- Gohan vs. Lakasei
- Gohan vs. Turles
- Gohan and Piccolo vs. Turles
- Gohan (Great Ape) vs. Goku
- Gohan (Great Ape) vs. Turles
- Goku vs. Amond, Daiz, Cacao, Rasin, and Lakasei
- Piccolo vs. Turles
- Goku vs. Turles
- Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu vs. Turles
- Goku vs. Turles
- The power levels reported by Turles' scouter are: Gohan - 10,000, Piccolo - 18,000, Goku - 30,000. (see list of Power Levels).
- The Hebrew dub for this movie and the rest of the movies and specials came out after the end of Dragon Ball GT.
- Goku is shown holding his Power Pole on the film poster, even though he does not use it in the film.
- The "Rock the Dragon" and Westwood dub openings use 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.
- Goku uses Kaio-ken x10 in this movie long before it was actually shown in the manga (in chapter 312 released more than eight months later).
- 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 uncut Ocean dub and the 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 naked is edited using digital light covering him up. The scene where Icarus wakes up a naked 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.
- The 12th Shunsuke Kikuchi music package for the franchise starts here. The cues were designated "M10XX" codes, and this package would make its "first" debut in Bardock: The Father of Goku, followed by its "official" debut in Goku's New Power.
- This film has had the most English dubs out of any Dragon Ball-related media (The 1997 Ocean/Saban TV dub, the uncut 1998 Ocean/Pioneer dub, the 2006 Funimation in-house dub, the AB Groupe dub and the Malaysian-English Speedy Video dub).
- In the FUNimation re-dub of this movie, when Goku charged the Kaio-ken x10 technique, he said "now, Kaio-ken x20!". This is obviously a dub change.
- ↑ Dragon Ball. toei-animation-usa.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV Specials (p. 60). kanzenshuu.
- ↑ Daizenshuu 6, 1995
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Big Green Dub Cast - Behind The Voice Actors. behindthevoiceactors (April 10, 2016).
- Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might at IMDB.com
- Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (three-part television episode) at IMDB.com
- Summary of Saban's censorship at movie-censorship.com