Naruto Movies 1 - 2 - 3

Full Feature Animated Naruto Movies

It was announced in 2003 that the very popular Naruto anime series would be making the large transition from TV set to full theatrical release in a movie to be released August 21st, 2004. After much anticipation the movie opened up to sold out crowds, quickly climbing to the top of the Japanese box office. With an estimated 13,000,000 people seeing the movie in theaters, it would soon be announced that a second Naruto movie would be released the following Summer on August 6th, 2005. The success continued and on its premiere day, it was shown that Naruto the Movie 3, the very last movie from part 1 of the Naruto anime series that will be made, would be released in theaters the next Summer on August 5th, 2006. It can now safely be assumed that a Naruto movie will be released in Summer of 2007 featuring the updated characters from part 2 of the Naruto series.

Naruto the Movie 1: Snow Princess' Book of Ninja Arts

The first ever theatrical release of a Naruto anime title was released on August 21, 2004 to large crowds throughout Japan, it was indeed an instant hit that stayed atop the Japanese box office charts for a good run. Due to it's unexpected popularity a sequel to the movie was made for a theatric release in 2005, and has now spawned an entire series of Naruto movies with the third movie being released on August 5th, 2006. Naruto the Movie 1 was released on DVD in Japan on April 28th, 2005 and in Taiwan on May 27th, 2005 (under an alternative name "Naruto–Princess Snow Ninja rule").

As a bonus the DVD featured a short special (Konoha Undokai, "The Leaf's Athletic Meet"). The ten minute opening revolves around Naruto's inability to use the washroom while participating in the tournament. One thing that makes the short interesting is that nearly every character who had ever appeared in the Naruto series up until that point (living, and even dead) makes an appearance.

Naruto the Movie 2: The Illusionary Ruins at the Depths of the Earth

The Naruto anime series first hit the silver screen in Japan on August 21st 2004 in the very first theatrical release of a Naruto title. Being an instant smash hit, estimated to be seen by over 13,000,000 people across Japan, it would soon be announced that a second Naruto movie was in the works due to the unexpected popularity of the first, and thus, we have this movie which was released in theaters across Japan on August 6th, 2005.

This time it isn't just Naruto, but Konoha villages Nara Shikamaru and Haruno Sakura, and from the (wind country) Sand villages Gaara, and Kankurou are making their appearance. The movies setting will take place in a moving fortification, or better yet put inside an inside an enigmatic historical ruins location in the depths of the Earth. Fierce ninjas battle it up on the big screen in a performance never before seen in an original art work nor anime!

Naruto the Movie 3: The Animal Riot of Crescent Moon Island

The third Naruto movie to be released in theaters was announced on August 6th, 2005 at the premiere of the second Naruto movie. This third movie, Naruto the Movie 3, opens on August 5th, 2006 in theaters across Japan and will feature many of the most popular characters from the series, with some new summer clothing. If this movie were to take place during the anime series timeline (which differs greatly from the manga series timeline) it would have taken place between part 1 and 2 of the series, after the Sasuke Retrieval Arc and sometime before the end of part 1 of the series.

It has been announced that this will be the very last Naruto movie in part 1 of the anime. As a promotional item, the first 100,000 Naruto fans to watch the movie at select theaters through-out the country will receive a high quality Naruto yo-yo (dubbed a Datteba yo-yo), with a picture of Naruto that when spun, special LED lights inside will light up, making it appear as a rasengan with colors that change while spinning.

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