ANS Review – Dragon Ball Z Movie: Cooler’s Revenge
By Gage Lamay
Now uh days I take it not a whole lot of people are fans of Dragon Ball Z around the U.S. though there are still some around. Around other anime websites, there does not seem to be a whole lot of fans who feel the same way but I suppose I could say DBZ was a Classic indefinitely. Ah yes I can remember my first exposure to the Dragon Ball Z anime. Around 1994 or so, I remember buying action figures (unknown to me at the time) and when I got home, I remember seeing that a show on Cartoon Network was airing entitled “Dragon Ball Z” and I remember thinking that that name appeared on the toy boxes. So I went there and the Namekian Saga was in it’s early stages.
From then on DBZ was my favorite show at the time. Heh, my only show I have ever watched that had to do with anime. Hell, I didn’t even know what anime was seems I was so young at the time. Anyway, enough about me babbling’ on about my past and let’s get started with the movie review, shall we? Good!!
Basic Movie Information
– Original release was in 1991 but the new version was released in 2001
– Licensed by FUNimation ProductionsR and was produced by Toei Animation
– Written by Akira Toriyama
The Story – Contains spoilers, my apologies
The whole timeline of this movie occurs during/”between” episodes 83 and 84. During the time after the battle between Goku and Frieza has ended on Planet Namek. Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Oolong, and Icarus go on a camping trip. Unknown at the time, there was evil lurking around. The evils of Frieza’s brother, Cooler.
Cooler is first introduced at the beginning of the movie when there is a flashback of the footage, which is shown in the DBZ feature, Bardock: The Father of Goku, which depicts Bardock, who has the ability to look into the future, and sees Planet Vegeta’s destruction, putting up a revolt against Frieza and his army who are just above the planet.
In the Cooler’s Revenge, it shows that a nearby ship is monitoring Frieza’s actions. Who is the monitor you ask? Why, it’s Frieza’s brother and his “Armored Squadron.” Cooler made a big mistake that would one day cost him his life; he let the Sayan space pod fly by him which held baby Goku. Though the order to destroy the pod was issued by the leader of the Squadron, Sauzu, Cooler delayed it saying “he isn’t a threat to us.”
So in a nutshell, years later, Cooler learns of Frieza’s defeat and now targets the person who put a mark of shame on his family. He “plots” a course for Earth where he finds Goku and the gang. Cooler orders his squadron to blast the planet until they find him and kill. Though, Cooler finds Goku in good health and finally fights the good fight he had been waiting for. Now, the story basically included a small retelling of the movie.
The Movie Overall for Me On a scale from 1-10 I give Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge a 9. Something that contributes to liking the movie is the music which is featured. Disturbed, Breaking Point, Deftones, and Drowning Pool is featured in the movie and it is pretty good music. It is a good movie and I think you would think so if you watched it. Pay attention to the music! 🙂