One Piece: The Movie (ワンピース (Wan Pīsu) is a 2000 anime film released by Toei Company. It is the first film based on the long-running manga franchise One Piece. It was originally released on March 4, 2000 as part of the Spring 2000 Toei Anime Fair, alongside Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!. The events of the film take place during the first season of One Piece as the first story arcs, "East Blue Saga".
Like most of Toei's early movies, One Piece: The Movie was never dubbed into English. Its only 'official' English-language release remains a 2014 Manga Entertainment box-set compiling the first three movies with optional subtitles.
Luffy and his pirates meet Tobio, a young boy who aspires to becoming a strong pirate like the great pirate Oonan. It is said that Oonan hid a gold treasure in the legendary island. Together with Tobio, Luffy sails out to the island to find the gold, but instead, they encounter another pirate going after the gold, El Drago. Just like Luffy, El Drago posessed the power of the devil's fruit, whose power could destroy everything with his ugly voice. Tobio's grandfather, Ganzo joins the adventure, whose motive seems to be more than the gold...
After a chance encounter with a trio of thieves, the Straw Hat Pirates find themselves at odds with El Drago, a ruthless pirate empowered by a fearsome Devil Fruit and obsessed with gold like few others. El Drago's ultimate goal: a myth-shrouded isle where the legendary Captain Woonan was said to have hoarded gold beyond imagining.
With the help of an old vendor and his grandson - perhaps the last living links to Woonan - the Straw Hats must overcome El Drago and his crew, and discover the secret of Woonan's greatest treasure for themselves.
Promotional One Piece and Digimon Carddass cards and a One Piece bandana were included with advanced bookings of the 2000 Toei Anime fair. In Japan, the film was released individually on DVD on January 21, 2001, followed by a Blu-ray release on November 21, 2009. The film was available at this lower price again on DVD and Blu-ray from November 30, 2012 to February, 2013 to coincide with the release of One Piece Film: Z.
Kazé released the film in France and Germany. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in France on August 24, 2011, featuring Japanese and French audio, as well as subtitles in French and Dutch subtitles; A box set of the first three One Piece films was released on 16 October 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray. In Germany, the film was released on DVD on 26 February 2011, featuring Japanese and German audio, and German subtitles. The German release also included a poster. Selecta Visión released the film in Spain on DVD and Blu-ray on February 22, 2017, featuring Japanese and Spanish audio, as well as subtitles in Spanish.
In the UK, the film was released by Manga UK exclusively in a DVD box set alongside Adventure Of Spiral Island and Chopper's Kingdom On the Strange Animal Island on 28 July 2014, featuring Japanese audio and English subtitles. This was the first English-language One Piece release not to feature an English dub.
The film uses the same pieces of theme music as the TV series at that time; The opening theme song is 'We Are!' by Hiroshi Kitadani, and the film's ending theme song is 'Memories' by Maki Otsuki.
The film's original soundtrack was composed by Kouhei Tanaka, and was released as part of the album 'One Piece: Music And Song Collection' (ワンピース 歌と音楽集 / アニメ) (サウンドトラック) on March 18, 2000. This album also included the original soundtrack to the One Piece TV series and image songs sung by the Straw Hat pirates, with tracks 1 to 16 representing the soundtrack to 'One Piece: The Movie'. This album was later re-released as part of the compilation 'One Piece Eizo Ongaku Kanzenban' (ワンピース 映像音楽完全盤 / アニメサントラ) on January 31, 2007, with the tracks re-ordered.
One Piece Movie Chronology
- One Piece: The Movie
- Adventure Of Spiral Island
- Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals
- Dead End Adventure
- The Cursed Holy Sword
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island
- The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle
- Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates
- Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura
- One Piece Film: Strong World
- One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase
- One Piece Film: Z
- One Piece Film: Gold
- One Piece: Stampede