I watched the film when it came out at the cinema a few years back. I had no previous exposure to the story or the characters. I thought the film was at best ok. Right now, I can't remember a single scene from it. I can remember thinking it didn't make much sense and it wasn't engaging. Recently, out of curiosity/boredom, I started watching the cartoon version (2005) on Netflix. Just wow! The cartoon characters felt more real and relatable than the real actors in the film (not blaming the actors, but the script). I ended up pretty much binge-watching it. A few things I really appreciated from the series: - It was clear there was a plan. There was a beginning and an end that created closure. - Although there were no clear deaths in battle, the battles were actually exciting. - The morality lessons were mostly clear but not presented as straightforward. They were a lot more sophisticated than your typical kids' cartoon. It didn't shy away from 'grey' areas. So... if you avoided the cartoon on the basis of the film. I would recommend giving it a chance.