Following on from my review of Splash Star, I’ll now be sharing a few thoughts about the movie that accompanied that season.
Pretty Cure Splash Star the Movie: Tic-Tac Crisis Hanging by a Thin Thread! is the third movie of the entire Pretty Cure franchise, and the only one to exclusively focus on the Splash Star Cures. It was originally released on December 9th, 2006.
The plot of Splash Star the Movie is a simple one: Saki and Mai travel to the Land of Clocks to prevent a warrior from Dark Fall destroying the Eternal Clock and freezing time forever.
Normally that kind of thing would be a pretty simple task for the both of them, but they spend the majority of the fifty minute runtime arguing with each other. Feud episodes are pretty common within the PreCure franchise, but Splash Star gets an entire movie.
If you were to place the movie within Splash Star‘s continuity, it happens at least after episode 30. Moop and Foop are both present, and Saki and Mai have access to their Bright and Windy forms. If you want to be very specific about it, the movie was originally released between episodes 42 and 43.
With it being towards the end of Splash Star‘s TV season, Saki and Mai arguing like they do feels rather out of character for them. Much like any other given feud episode from the franchise, the whole rigmarole does give rise to some really nice moments between Saki and Mai. That includes a unique take on their transformation.The villain for this movie is Sirloin, a warrior from Dark Fall. He has a pretty standard motive as a villain. He fights Pretty Cure on a couple of occasions, and both times are really nicely animated. There isn’t much else to add, as the short runtime of the film means he gets limited screentime.
There are also two other movie exclusive characters: Hours and Minutes. These are effectively another pair of fairy mascots. They play their roles when needed.As far as PreCure films go, the Splash Star one feels generic. Saki and Mai don’t receive any unique power-ups here; the final battle simply sees them transforming into Cure Bright and Cure Windy.
When it comes down to it, Pretty Cure Splash Star the Movie: Tic-Tac Crisis Hanging by a Thin Thread! feels exactly like two episodes of Splash Star stitched together – even having a similar runtime.
Not the most impressive film the PreCure has to offer, but it is nice to have just a little more Splash Star content. Even if Saki and Mai don’t seem like their normal selves throughout most of it…