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Mobile Suit Gundam I (劇場版 機動戦士ガンダム Gekijō-ban Kidō Senshi Gandamu?, also known as Mobile Suit Gundam The Movie) is a 1981 Japanese animated film directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Ryōji Fujiwara, and animated by Sunrise. It is the first compilation movie in the Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy, and is a compilation of episode 1 to episode 13 of the television series.


In the year 0079 of the Universal Century, the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon has reached a stalemate. However, when Zeon learns about the Federation’s new mobile suits being developed at the Side 7 space colony, Char Aznable launches an attack to destroy them. A boy named Amuro Ray finds himself caught up in the conflict when he becomes the unwilling pilot of the Federation’s new mobile suit - the Gundam.[1]


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Earth Federation Forces

White Base Crew


Principality of Zeon

Space Attack Force

Falmel Crew

Earth Attack Force



Earth Federation Forces

Principality of Zeon



The first compilation movie was directed by Ryōji Fujiwara, with creator Yoshiyuki Tomino being the chief director.[2]


Mobile Suit Gundam I premiered in Japanese cinemas on March 14, 1981 [3]. Along with the rest of the movie trilogy, the special edition was released on October 21, 2000, where most of the original voice cast members rerecorded their lines. The special edition release is digitally remastered, but many of the sound effects are replaced, most notably the futuristic gun-sounds being replaced by louder machine gun sound-effects. Also, the music soundtrack, while not remixed, is rearranged and in some cases removed from some scenes. These changes were supervised by Tomino. Sometime later, the special edition was dubbed in Cantonese.[4]

Through Bandai Entertainment's former website, the movies became the first Gundam media to be offered in the English-speaking world in 1998. Bandai Entertainment released the English dub of Mobile Suit Gundam I on VHS on May 11, 1999 under the title "Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie" — the dub was produced by Animaze. It was the first Gundam anime to be dubbed in English. As it was dubbed before Ocean Group's dubs and before the standardization of English translations and English pronunciations of names and terminology, there are some differences to other dubs of Gundam anime, such as the Principality of Zeon being translated as "Duchy of Zeon", Degwin Sodo Zabi holding the title "Duke" and the pronunciation of "Gundam" being /ɡʌndæm/ as opposed to /gʌndʌm/. The trilogy was released again both separately and in a DVD box set in America on May 7, 2002. However, said DVD is only available in Japanese audio with English subtitles. The video in the DVD boxed set is identical to the Japanese special edition.

Long after Bandai Entertainment went defunct, Mobile Suit Gundam I was released on region 1 DVD with the rest of the trilogy by Nozomi Entertainment on January 5, 2015. This is a English subtitled release of the special edition, and does not contain the English dub which was produced before the new audio of the special edition.

At 12:00 JST on July 22, 2016, Gundam.Info began to give free viewing of Mobile Suit Gundam I special edition with Japanese audio with English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese subtitles, as well as Cantonese audio on their YouTube channel; the free viewing option was closed on September 21, 2016.[5] Free streaming on YouTube was made available again for a limited time from April 3, 2017.[6] On July 17, 2020, the original editions of the movies were made availaible for streaming [1]. The original edition of the movie was added to Netflix on June 18, 2021 [7].


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Notes & Trivia

  • In addition to different pronunciations and translations of Gundam terminology to more recent dubs, the English dub of the movie trilogy also employs more fanciful "technobabble" e.g. Zakus being referred to as "Roboton Invaders" and beam ammunition as "Phaser Neutrons".