Scott Pilgrim Takes Off: What the Netflix Anime Changes from the Movie

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off remixes the familiar story into something completely new. Here’s how.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (L to R) Mark Webber as Stephen Stills, Alison Pill as Kim Pine and Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
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This article contains major spoilers for Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.

The cult classic movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, adapting the Scott Pilgrim comic book series created by Bryan Lee O’Malley, has been lovingly adapted into the Netflix original anime series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.

Though boasting the cast from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World reprising their fan-favorite roles and an animation style lovingly recreating O’Malley’s own art style, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off features some significant deviations from both the comic story and cinematic adaptation. With O’Malley himself, joined by co-writer and executive producer BenDavid Grabinski (and movie director Edgar Wright), Scott Pilgrim Takes Off subverts the expectations of even the most diehard Scott Pilgrim fans, keeping the story feeling fresh and exciting without compromising what made it great in the first place.

Here are the biggest changes that Scott Pilgrim Takes Off brings to the seemingly familiar Scott Pilgrim saga and how they alter the trajectory of the story and its characters.


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