While franchise familiarity is certainly helpful, this brisk, vibrant entry in the long-running series succeeds by juggling silly fun with gorgeously animated action, characters, and backgrounds. Mainstays Goku and Vegeta mostly sit out Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, unreachable due to an ice cream-related glitch, but their occasional appearances are sure to please fans (be sure to watch all the way through for an after-credits bonus). Piccolo is arguably the driving force of this story, the head of a team of quirky characters taking on the big villain. And while there are plenty of fights, the movie isn't entirely about that. It does sometimes pause, if not for character depth, then at least for lots of playful banter and goofy humor.
That said, while examples of teamwork abound, there are some iffy messages here, too. Characters are able to wish for things they need, rather than working for them. Fighting is often valued above thinking. And one character, Bulma, is vain, obsessed with her physical appearance to the point of using magic to enhance her figure and features. Still, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero seems mostly interested in offering viewers a good time. The good-natured humor persists throughout, never taking a backseat to the action, and the action itself is expertly crafted, with detailed attention to speed, distance, and impact, as well as some breathtaking production design. It's a breezy, satisfying ride that should go down like a plate of cookies.