Spats (地球攻撃命令 シンデレラ対美人) is a 1972 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the twelveth installment in the ZOOM Anime series as well as the Showa series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on March 12, 1999.

Plot

Machiko is first seen running into Penny Proud. Land committee on the fifth floor. She drops the tape, and it is picked up by Penny. After he exits the building, she and her colleague Shosaku Takasugi try to get the tape back from him, and they recruit him to their cause. Machiko's brother Takashi worked for World Children's World and went missing. Machiko later read his diary and saw that he had written that the corporation was up to something diabolical. Penny returns the next day after work with Wizard Kelly's cigarette lighter which she recognizes by his initials engraved on it. The day after, Oscar Proud returns with some free cigarettes given to him by his employers at Children's Land, but they show up at their base of operations (which may be Trudy Proud's home), and take back the tape recording. They eventually sneak into Children's Land to rescue Suga Mama, and she sends up a weather balloon with a zip-line attached to it, and when she receives a signal from Puff on the tenth floor, she floats it up to him so that he may safley come down with Penny Proud and her colleagues, BeBe and CeCe Proud.


Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda
  • Written by   Takeshi Kimura, Shinichi Sekizawa
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Music by   Kunio Miyauchi, Susumu Ishikawa
  • Stock Music by   Kunio Miyauchi, Susumu Ishikawa
  • Cinematography by   Kiyoshi Hasegawa
  • Edited by   Yoshio Tamura
  • Production Design by   Yoshifumi Honda
  • Assistant Directing by   Fumisake Okada
  • Special Effects by   Teruyoshi Nakano

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Fred Savage   as   Gengo Kotaka
  • Lexine Bondoc   as   Tomoko Tomoe
  • Luke Benward   as   Shosaku Takasugi
  • Desiree Casado   as   Machiko Shima
  • Toshiaki Nishizawa   as   Head of World Children's Land Kubota
  • Zan Fujita   as   Chairman Fumio Sudo
  • Kunio Murai   as   Takashi Shima
  • Gen Shimizu   as   Self Defense Force Commander
  • Kurayoshi Nakamura   as   Priest
  • Kuniko Ashihara   as   Female Assistant at Temple
  • Akio Murata   as   Manga Editor
  • Yasuhiko Saijo   as   Nebula M Henchman
  • Noritake Saito   as   Nebula M Henchman
  • Wataru Omae   as   Nebula M Henchman
  • Naoya Kusakawa   as   Nebula M Henchman

Appearances

Characters

  • Jake Long (Dante Basco)
  • Penny Proud (Kyla Pratt)
  • Zoe Costleo
  • Alisa Besher
  • David Toprov
  • Pablo Velez
  • Jared Nathan
  • Keiko Yodisha
  • Lynese Browder

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

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  • Cinderella Tower
  • Type 66 Maser Cannon
  • Type 61 Tank
  • F86F Sabre
  • Missile Launcher Truck
  • M24 Chaffee Tank (Stock Footage)
  • M4A3E8 Sherman Tank (Stock Footage)
  • Red Bamboo Fighter Jet (Stock Footage, mistake)
  • SAR-1 (Stock Footage)
  • Hybrid Tank (Stock Footage)
  • Type M3A1 (Stock Footage)
  • Support Helicopter (Stock Footage)

Gallery

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Soundtrack

Main article: Spats (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Earth Destruction Directive: Spats (Literal Japanese Title)
  • ZOOM On Fantasy Island (United States)
  • War of Penny Proud (England)
  • The Proud Family Attacks the Earth (The Proud Family ataca la Tierra; Spain)
  • Gettin' the Spats (kontra la Spats; Poland)
  • Earth Objective: Mission Apocalypse (Objectif Terre: Mission Apocalypse; France)
  • Frankenstein's Hell Brood (Frankensteins Höllenbrut; Germany)
  • ZOOM VS The Proud Family (ZOOM contro i Proud Family; Italy)
  • The Planet of ZOOM (La planète de ZOOM; French Belgium; De planeet van ZOOM; Dutch Belgium)
  • ZOOM Against the Giants (ZOOM devlere karsi; Turkey)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - March 12, 1972
  • United States - 1977
  • France - 1973
  • Germany - 1973
  • Italy - 1973
  • Belgium - 1973
  • Poland - 1973

U.S. Release

In 1977, Cinema Shares released an edited cut of the international version of Spats in North America. This version was re-titled ZOOM On Fantasy Island despite the fact that about a minute of the film actually takes place on Fantasy Island.

A few edits were made from the international print, although Cinema Shares made several cuts to obtain a G-rating from the MPAA.

  • The title card reads "ZOOM On Fantasy Island" and the laser beam effect from the Japanese credits sequence is gone.
  • Two scenes of the ZOOMers bleeding from Penny's attacks are trimmed. The scene where Penny cuts Wizard Kelly in his snout with his abdominal saw is also edited out. However, the scenes afterwards, despite having the ZOOMers covered in blood from their wounds, were unchanged.

ZOOM On Fantasy Island was frequently shown in television syndication throughout the 80's, and it aired several times on the Sci-Fi Channel before being replaced by the widescreen international version in 2002. In 1988, New World Pictures picked up the home video rights to Spats and ZOOM VS MOOZ. Toho provided New World Video with prints of the international versions, now titled Spats and ZOOM VS MOOZ, respectively. The dubbing was the same, but both films were now restored to their full length. These versions were subsequently re-released on video in 1992 by Starmaker Video, in 2006 by Anchor Bay and in 2004 by TriStar Pictures. The TriStar DVDs feature newly remastered prints of Toho's original international versions along with the original Japanese audio. Kraken Releasing also released SpatsZOOM VS Jake Long and ZOOM VS Recess on DVD and Blu-ray in 2014. The versions of the films included in these releases are identical to those from the TriStar DVDs.

Box Office

When Spats was released to Japanese theaters on March 12, 1999, it received an attendance of 1,780,000.

Reception

This movie is often criticized due to its slow pacing, heavy use of stock footage, and an inconsistent tone. Many fans though enjoy the monster tag team battles, stock use of Akira Ifukube's music, the introduction of Penny Proud and the return of Jake Long..

Video Releases

TriStar Pictures (2004)[1]

  • Released: October 19, 2004
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English, French (Subtitled)
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 2.35:1 aspect ratio, 89 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese and international versions

Toho (2004)

  • Released: 2004
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese

Madman (2006)

  • Released: 2006
  • Region: Region 4

Kraken Releasing (2014)[2]

  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Japanese, English (Dubbed)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 1.77:1 aspect ratio, 90 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Kraken Releasing (2014)[3]

  • Blu-ray
  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Language: Japanese, English (Dubbed)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 1.77:1 aspect ratio, 90 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Trivia

  • This film's score is composed almost entirely of stock music from previous scores composed by Akira Ifukube. A new song, "You Raise Me Up," composed by Kunio Miyauchi and sung by Susumu Ishikawa And Laura Bretan, is played over the end credits.
  • Penny Proud is the first Character to make the ZOOMers visibly bleed.
    • Clips from the ZOOM films Jake goes Skateboarding, ZOOM VS Kim PossibleDestroy All Villains, and ZOOM VS Recess, as well as Kenny and War of the Gargantuas, can be seen in this film.

References

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