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One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates - Adventures in Alabasta (2007)

Charles Baker , Troy Baker , Takahiro Imamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Baker, Troy Baker, Anthony Bowling, Luci Christian, Leah Clark
  • Directors: Takahiro Imamura
  • Writers: Eiichiro Oda, Hirohiko Uesaka
  • Producers: Gen Fukunaga
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X8NL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates - Adventures in Alabasta" on IMDb

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A desert may seem like an unlikely place for pirates, but Luffy and his Straw Hat crew fight for Princess Vivi in the eighth One Piece movie, subtitled "The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta." Crocodile and his Baroque Works gang foment a civil war in Alabasta, so they can control the country after most of its warriors have been killed. Crocodile also hopes to gain control of the Pluton, an ultimate weapon that may or may not exist. But Luffy and the Straw Hats charge to Vivi's rescue. Having eaten the Suna Suna or Sand Fruit, Crocodile can turn any part of his body into sand--a trick that may remind viewers of Gaara in Naruto. The climactic battle between the two pirate leaders pits Crocodile's sand transformations against Luffy's Gum Gum limbs and wits. Despite its title, One Piece: Movie 8 consists of recut footage from the "Alabasta" story arc of the TV series with some bits of additional animation. The repurposed footage doesn't always fit together: the film opens in the middle of an adventure and some important story elements get lost in the shuffle, including how Luffy is saved from the poisoned wound Crocodile inflicts. These inconsistencies probably won't bother One Piece fans. (Rated PG-13: violence, risqué humor, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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One Piece..Uncut, and with an all new FUNimation dub!

The island kingdom of Alabasta is about to erupt in civil war – a war engineered by Crocodile, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and his criminal organization Baroque Works. Monkey D. Luffy, his Straw Hat pirates and Princess Vivi race to the island, where the strongest warriors of Baroque Works wait to stop them. Can Vivi and her friends stop an entire war? And how can Luffy fight Crocodile, when Crocodile can turn into sand?


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know anything about the Manga upon which this is based and have never had the chance to see any of the episodes of the popular television series featuring the characters from One Piece -- but all that really isn't necessary to enjoy the eye-poppingly enthusiastic animation and delightful story of how a mismatched group of super-powered pirates rally behind a desert princess to save her kingdom from the dangerous fiend Crocodile.

I suppose this ought to be classed under the heading of guilty pleasure (for me) since its target audience seems to be teenage boys and girls -- though I understand that manga and anime have a much larger adult audience in Japan than comics and animation have in the US. The animated women are all voluptuous and not afraid to use their feminine charms to disarm an enemy, and there is lots of blood and violence -- though it is certainly not to the point of being gory or pornographic, the film does "earn" its PG-13 rating. Still, the film remains playful and inventive in its approach, somewhat like Pirates of the Caribbean, and would be hard to describe as offensive (my wife and I saw this together and both of us smiled through it).

While the characters and story are lots of fun, the real delight in this picture is the animation. It is endlessly inventive, over-the-top, and gorgeously rendered.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome February 9, 2008
Format:DVD
How my ratings work:
5 - I really liked/loved it
4 - I liked it
3 - Could've been better/worth a look
2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
1 - Simply awful

I just saw this movie today with my friends. I've been a fan of One Piece for a good while. I've yet to read the manga, but I plant to read it some day. This movie has everything you could want: action, comedy, drama, intense battles. I don't need to go into the plot since it's mentioned above. The voice cast is outstanding, and it's cool to see it all uncut (I've mainly seen it on tv). If you love One Piece, you'll love this. If you're a fan of anime, movies, and pirates, you should love it in general.
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39 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst One Piece Movie (But That's Besides The Point) February 25, 2008
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The release of "One Piece The Movie 8 - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta" (let's see how much paragraph space I can waste just by typing that) is a significant release for fans of the hit Japanese TV show "One Piece," which is one of the biggest hits in Japan since "Dragon Ball Z." Here in America though it's the most popular series since "Shaman King," another series that is also less popular then it deserves to be. All things considered, "One Piece" should be more popular then it is. Ever since Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies were released, pirates have been the thing. So a series about pirates, even one that feels more Tex Avery then Johnny Depp, should have been a sure thing.

Though I don't want to get into the whole history of the show, it was basically bought by a company called 4Kids Entertainment (makers of "The Cabbage Patch Kids") and run through the editing machine so thoroughly, that it showed up on kids TV in a form that made it almost unrecognizable to it's fans. One of my friends calls "One Piece" his favorite show of all time, and this includes epic masterpieces like "Star Trek" and "Seinfield," and his reaction to the editing of the show was "I now know what a woman must feel like when she gets raped." Yeah, that comment may be extreme, but so were the changes to the show. Recently the rights of "One Piece" were given to a company called Funimation Productions, the most known (ironically enough) for making "Dragon Ball Z" popular in America.

Though the company had eight movies to pick from, they decided to start with "One Piece The Movie 8 - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta" over the first movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love One piece! October 21, 2012
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Movie came quickly and was in excellent condition!
The movie was a retelling of the Alabasta saga, but the animation is spectacular, but the movie does focus more on the action rather than character developement, but it's ok! One Piece dubbed by Funimation is amazing, please support this series so we can get more episodes in the U.S!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She's my friend March 10, 2008
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For the record, anyone who hasn't seen the goofy pirate anime "One Piece" won't have the slightest idea what is going on.

For my part, it took the mighty power of Wikipedia to understand "One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates." But once I had the slightest idea who these people were, I found this particular movie to be an entertaining, fluffy little action anime, with plenty of wild powers and overwhelmingly elastic bodies.

After an encounter with a shapeshifting transvestite assassin (I am not making this up), our heroes realize that Vivi's desert homeland of Alabasta is in trouble. Her father King Cobra is being framed for stealing rain by the villainous Crocodile, a power-hungry psychopath who can turn his body into sand. Now a rebel army (run by Vivi's childhood sweetheart) is about to invade the capital city.

So of course our heroes rush in to help, but are stopped along the way by various superpowered Baroque gang of Crocodile's. Vivi desperately charges through the city, hoping to somehow stop the war -- but Crocodile is holding her father hostage, and is ready to destroy the entire city. Can Luffy's rubbery body somehow defeat a man whose body isn't solid enough to strike?

"One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates" is your basic save-the-locals adventure story, with lots of one-on-one fighting and fantastically violent villains. Each of our heroes has at least one strange, uberpowerful person to defeat, and Luffy dominates the movie with a smash-down battle with Crocodile. Those coinciding climaxes are really quite impressive.

Bespite lots of blood and serious injuries, the bendy-looking characters and ceaseless comic relief don't really let up, such as Nami fueling a giant crab with her cleavage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent summary of a really awesome arc!
Didn't know what to expect from this One Piece movie! I watched the show from the beginning last year and I'm hooked! This movie summarizes the entire Alabasta Arc in 90 minutes! Read more
Published 2 months ago by DAVID ANTONIO VELAZQUEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy it great quality.
It's cool I purchase it to complete my one piece collection. Great quality awesome looking & can never go wrong on bluray.
Published 6 months ago by christian ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
One Piece is a wonderful show and the Funimation dub is the dub that finally does it the justice it deserves after the horrible 4kids dub.
Published 6 months ago by Marianne Bray
2.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great, She loved it and they need to inform parents of the language it has in it
Published 10 months ago by denise
1.0 out of 5 stars Da equalitator
BST ANIMAY! RUBBUR BAND PIRATE GAMU GAMU PISTORU SO STRUNG. HERS Y...

*CHOPUR IS A RAINDEER

anyway i lik sosage i lik frankleforts hot dogs
Published 10 months ago by HEEHAWilluminati
5.0 out of 5 stars anime
this is a great anime and i couldnt be any happy. i will be buy from this again . and the price is not bad at all
Published 10 months ago by thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It was a good movie, but I really did enjoy the whole series of this story arch better. I'm glad we watched the series before picking this up. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heather Fairchild
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay.
It's so awesome even though it's only the retelling of the Alabasta arc. Freaking love One Piece. Check this out!
Published 14 months ago by Riji-chan
5.0 out of 5 stars One Piece equals awesome
Some might say that this movie is just recapping the Alabasta arc and that you shouldn't watch it. The first part is true but you should definately watch it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dan the Man
1.0 out of 5 stars Just watch the story arc.
One Piece is my favourite anime, and I think this story arc is great.

I give this movie 1 star because it is a cheap cop out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MetropolitanJ
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