Dragon Ball Z

Season 17 Episode 3

The Tree of Might

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Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Unknown on Cartoon Network
9.1
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The Tree of Might

A group of evil warriors arrive on Earth to plant the Tree of Might. When the Z warriors get word of the the news, Goku, Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha head off to destroy the Tree of Might and the villains who planted it there. They arrive at the Tree and blast it together as hard as they can. However, after the dust clears, the Tree emerges without a scratch! Then the fighting starts. Tien and Chiaotzu fight the twins. Krillin fights a warrior twice his size and Yamcha fights the robot.
The Z Fighters are all defeated until only Goku is left. With his Kaio-Ken Goku easily defeats them and confronts Turles the leader of the warriors.
Turles grabs Gohan and Piccolo appears to help. Piccolo is easily defeated and Gohan is tossed away. Then Turles creates a fake moon through a bright energy ball and Gohan transforms into a true ape form.
Goku manages to turn Gohan back before he is destroyed by Turles and he and Turles prepare to fight. Who will win?

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  • Good movie.

    8.5
    This is a very good movie. the only part i did not like is the ending. it came so sudden. first turles and goku are standing there waiting to fight then goku kills turles with a spirit bomb like 2 seconds later. Other then that i did not have a problem with this moive. We get to see a saiyan besides goku, vegeta, and gohan for the first time. The fighting was great and gohan turning to an oozura (Dont know if thats how its spelled) was good. the music was also very good too. cant wait too get the remastered version if this coming soon.moreless
  • A great movie which brought me to mind the days when all Z Fighters were important.

    9.6
    What a great movie "The Three of Might" is...

    The story starts with Gohan, Krillin and Bulma camping when a forest fire starts caused by an unknown machine who falls from the sky, we then discover that the Earth is going to be occupied by a strange group of aliens, with armours similar to those that they sayans use. They plan to plant the sacred tree of Might on the Earth, this tree produces holy fruits which increase the power of the selected ones that eat them, but at the same time the tree drains the energy of the planet turning it into a mere shadow of it's former self.

    It's up to Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien and Chaotzu to safe the world from the invaiding aliens and destroy the cursed tree once and for all but to do that they have to kill Turles a man who is the mirror image of Goku but with a dark heart, pitty we don't get to know more about who he is that's the only bad aspect of this movie.

    Nonetheless get ready to see everyone fight it out and if you are a fan of Tien, Krillin, Chaotzu and Yamcha and think that they don't fight much during the DBZ series well then this episode is good for you;)



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  • Good fights, lackluster story like usual.

    6.3
    While Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma, were going camping, a farmer erupted, causing the forest to burn down. They summoned the dragon, and wished for it to come back. A couple days later, the cause of the fire were extra terrestials led by a Saiyan named Turles, who planted a tree called the Tree of Might that sucks energy out of the planet in the form of fruits. Earth Special Forces battle against Turles and his gang, but they were overpowered. Goku however, didn't let up, and was on his way on defeating Turles, until he grabbed a fruit and ate it. Goku used his most powerful attack, the Spirit Bomb. However, the tree absorbed most of the earth's energy, and the bomb couldn't be formed. Then, Goku absorbed some of the tree's powers, which was enough to destroy Turles and the tree. Earth is saved once again.



    What I like the most about this movie is the choreography of the fights. They were so unique and well planned out. In a lot of people's eyes, they're the same as the fights in the original anime, but they're much better directed than the normal ones in the series. It just sucks that some of the other side characters, like Yamcha and Tien, had short fights. If they were longer, that would be pretty sweet. Gohan's transformation into an ape again felt pretty pointless and unncessary, other than a mere excuse to kick him out of the battlefield. Nothing really good came out of it, and the time he wasted could have been used on more awesome Piccolo, Yamcha, or Tien, fight scenes. I don't really care about Chioutzu, since he doesn't do very much in terms of fighting. The ending surprised me a bit. It didn't feel like those out no where moments, even though it was close to being one, but it was unexpected. You'd expect Goku to finish of Turles with a dramatic spirit bomb, but instead, a plot device in the Tree of Might, was used to defeat him.



    However, the story, unsurprisingly, is lackluster. The prestory of it held an interesting concept in that the fighters encountered here are as strong as they are because they sucked energy out of planets and ate its fruits. Though after the first ten or twenty minutes, the little story moments it has are pretty dull, and you'll be relying on the fights to keep you entertained. No thanks to Gohan's damn transformation, the movie was actually pretty hard to follow after. I actually forced myself to watch the rest of it, walking from my computer chair to my bed right behind it because it lost interest. The ending did end differently, but it would have needed to end spectacularly to save this movie. While the fights were excellent, it just lost interest mid way through.moreless
Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Additional Voices

Dave Ward

Dave Ward

King Kai (1996-1998)

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Additional Voices (1996)

Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow

Goku

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Bulma

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil

Piccolo/Nappa/Jeice (1996-1998)

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Goku

Guest Star

Saffron Henderson

Saffron Henderson

Gohan

Guest Star

Terry Klassen

Terry Klassen

Krillin

Guest Star

Paul Dobson

Paul Dobson

Amond

Recurring Role

Stephanie Nadolny

Stephanie Nadolny

Young Gohan (1999-2000)/Additional Voices (2001-)

Recurring Role

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey

Kid Trunks (2001-)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • According to King Kai, the Fruit of the Tree of Might was original intended for the Eternal Dragon.

    • In one scene, Turles stretches Gohans face using his fingers so Gohan will have no choice but to look at the power ball in the sky. However In the TV airing of the Ocean dub version, Turles' fingers are moved down to Gohans neck, However Gohans face is still looks like it's being stretched ,With the fingers removed, Gohan pulls off some rather odd and even disturbing facial expressions.

    • "Ape" counter: "Technically, it's a mental issue. Psychologically, Gohan was tapped into his rage after have seen the "full-moon". Then not "naturally" but "mentally" keeping the thought that he had indeed seen the "full-moon" and had the conception he would remain that way (ape form). He would have lasted in that form, forever, until his mind had realized there was no "full-moon". In-depth explanation of "naturally" is in the "special" training episode where Gohan is sleeping faced away from the moon and his heart starts to beat more intensely and vibrantly as if something was calling to him. It is then, when he turns and faces the wrath of the moon and transforms beneath its warm glow." - Powerpole

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Gohan: Dad, you caught me. There was a big monkey and he started smashing into things.

    • Turles: Kakarot, you raised this Saiyan too much like an Earthling!
      Goku: I raised him to know the difference between good and evil, unlike some people.
      Turles: I know the difference, I just don't care.

    • Turles: (to Piccolo) Who the hell are you?

    • Turles: (Goku Relation) You think I resemble Kakarot? Well of course... we're both lower-class warriors and there's only a few types like us. (This from the man himself when Gohan mistakes Turles for his dad.)

    • Turles: (to Gohan) How'd you like to join me kid? We'll travel the universe and destroy a few planets, what do you say? It'll be fun!

  • NOTES (10)

    • In the french dub, Turles is Goku's long lost twin brother. The japanese and english versions didn't have Turles as Goku's twin brother.

    • Last dubbed movie to use the voice talent of the Ocean Group and the original background music.

    • Interestingly, the scene where Turles holds Gohan's eyes open so he can see the moon ball is edited, while the unedited version is used in the opening to every episode of Dragon Ball Z...

    • Haiya Dragon appears in various episodes of the Dragon Ball Z anime as Gohan's friend. Gohan first met Haiya Dragon in DBZ Movie 3, "The Tree of Might" a movie which could not fit into the anime's timeline. Goku knows Kaiô-ken and the Genki-dama in this movie, meaning it takes place after his training with Kaiô-sama. At that point, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, and Piccolo are all dead. By the time they return to life, Goku is off training in outer space as a Super Saiyan. So, this movie definitely does not fit into the anime's timeline. However, Haiya Dragon only appears in filler scenes within the anime, and some of the other movies. The problem is that he simply should not exist outside of DBZ Movie 3, since that movie takes place in a separate timeline.

    • This movie had a very special release in North America. It originally premiered on television during season two of the dub's original run in syndication. When dub episode # 35 ("Immortality Denied") ended, we all presumed that the next regular episode would follow it (during season two's original run, DBZ was on for a full hour in the morning: two episodes, one after another). What happened, however, was the premiere of DBZ movie three, which was split into three parts (part one played 15 November 1997, while parts two and three played the following week, 22 November). No indication was made that the movie was a special presentation, not part of the regular continuity... even that it was a movie!

    • Higher Dragon is called "Icarus." They call him Higher Dragon in the video, both subtitled and dubbed. Higher Dragon's voice is dubbed in the TV version, but is not in the dubbed video.

    • Reveals Turles was a Saiyan survivor after Planet Vegeta was destroyed by Frieza.

    • Japanese title: "Ultimate Decisive Battle for Earth"

    • FUNimation will officially re-dub this movie sometime in 2005.

    • Icarus, also known as Higher Dragon, makes it's official DBZ debut. The dragon returned in the next movie and The Garlic Jr. Saga, once again, ready to fight right by Gohan's side.

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