Pretty Cure All Stars: Spring Carnival♪ is the seventh film in the Pretty Cure All Stars series, first released on March 14th 2015. At that time, Go! Princess PreCure was airing, so naturally it features the Cures from that season, with the exception of Cure Scarlet. This is also where HappinessCharge‘s Cure Fortune makes her first Pretty Cure All Stars appearance.
The director was Junji Shimizu, whilst it was written by Mio Inoue. This one goes for a more musical style than its predecessors, featuring an assortment of different songs.
Series featured: Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!, Fresh Pretty Cure!, HeartCatch PreCure!, Suite PreCure♪, Smile PreCure!, DokiDoki! PreCure, HappinessCharge PreCure! and Go! Princess PreCure
This film opens with the Go! Princess Cures receiving an invitation to the Spring Carnival in a place called Harmonia. Naturally, all the other Cures receive the same invitation too, because this is an All Stars film.
On their way to Harmonia, the Princess Cures learn of all the other Cures. When they arrive, we get to see the current Cures introduce themselves to the previous bunch.
It isn’t too long before we meet the ‘minister’ of Harmonia and his sidekick.
Odoren asks the Cures to perform as part of the Spring Festival, and that’s what makes up the majority of this film…
As per Odoren’s request, the Cures perform to show gratitude to their fairies. The performances are an assortment of opening and ending themes from their respective continuities. These performances feature a blend of CGI dancing and flashbacks to the Cures’ respective continuities.
The performances are followed by interviews with the Cures. These performance and interview sequences actually contain spoilers of varying levels for Fresh, HeartCatch, Suite and DokiDoki!, so that’s something to keep in mind if you intend to watch this.
Michiru, Kaoru and Regina all put in appearances during these sequences, though pretty much only as cameos. I would love to see them actually get an active role in a Pretty Cure All Stars film, but I suspect that won’t happen any time soon…
There’s also a reminder here as to why I dislike Yes! PreCure 5 and its second season, so minus points for that.
A couple of original songs also make appearances here (not counting the film’s theme song) – one where the Cures show gratitude for their fairies, and Odoren and Utaen get a song as well. Both of these songs come out of seemingly nowhere, and Odoren and Utaen’s song is annoyingly catchy. It feels a bit like those songs were included just so they’d be able to fill the running time…
As the performances go on, Odoren steals the Cures’ transformation items – he knows he’d lose in a straight-up fight, so he tries a less direct method for defeating them. His plan gets revealed, but only after everyone besides the Princess Cures have performed…
After one final song, we finally get some action scenes. Much like New Stage 3 before it, we get some humour mixed in as well – the fact that the stakes here are much lower than that film helps towards that, I guess.
Oh, and the Cures do have one big, final enemy to overcome, but again, it’s not as threatening as foes they’ve fought in the past.
Honestly, I feel that this is probably the weakest of the Pretty Cure All Stars films. Whilst I can appreciate the return of some theme tunes, it’s a shame that they are completely separate from the action – the Pretty Cure All Stars DX films proved that those things go well together.
The villains here aren’t very good either – I’m all up for devious villains who use trickery and such to try and defeat their foes, but Odoren and Utaen aren’t exactly very threatening.
So this film has a good soundtrack for the most part, and decent action. Everything else, though… a bit ‘meh’, particularly when compared to the other Pretty Cure All Stars films.