Release Date: August 13, 2004

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82/92 David Mumpower I don't know what an Egyptian God card is, but I feel an undeniable compulsion to buy one.

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Based on the inexplicably popular Kids WB television series (seriously, this show is vapid and awful), Yu-Gi-Oh! will be the first feature length animated movie based on this series that dates back to 2001 in the U.S. and 1998 in Japan. Ostensibly the replacement for the waning Pokémon, the folks at WB are surely wishing for a similar early franchise success.

Both the television series and this film will be connected to the collectible card game that is the very basis for the plot. The original series has its source material in a manga by the same name, which translates to English as "master of games."

For the uninitiated who have never had the opportunity to see the show, it's steeped in some "fictional" ancient Egyptian history where people played perilous shadow games with cards that could summon various monsters and magic that can be used as game pieces. These games eventually brought about a war that came close to destroying the whole world until the secrets of the game were locked away. Now, millennia into the future, the deeply-voiced Yugi is a spiky-haired teenager who has unlocked these secrets, and as such becomes involved in all of the challenges involved with the primeval card game.

Time will tell if this movie can kick start a longer-term franchise, especially given the precarious nature of children's whims with regards to fads. At the very least, four different collector cards are being given away with tickets to the film, so superfans of the show will have a reason for repeat viewings. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Yu-Gi-Oh!
Main Cast Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum
Supporting Cast Eric Stuart
Director Ryôsuke Takahashi
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://yugioh.warnerbros.com/
Rating PG
Running Time 91 minutes
Screen Count 2,411
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Pokemon the First Movie 11/12/9931.03 36.97 2901 10696.00 12212.0 85.74 102.17 2.13
Pokemon:The Second Movie 7/21/0019.58 21.90 2752 7115.00 7656.2 43.70 48.88 2.23
Pokemon 3 4/6/018.24 8.79 2675 3080.00 3161.8 17.05 18.19 2.07
Digimon:The Movie 10/6/004.23 4.73 1823 2320.00 2496.5 9.59 10.72 2.27
Pokemon 4Ever 10/11/020.72 0.74 249 2880.00 2880.0 1.73 1.79 2.41
Pokemon Heroes 5/16/030.26 0.26 196 1328.00 1328.0 0.74 0.74 2.86



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