^Interestingly, nearly half of those were eventually used for one thing or another.
Given the marketing concerns discussed above, the need to make it clear that this was a movie and not a TV show (since, remember, there had already been two
Trek TV series by this point, including the animated one), I think they chose the right title. The Motion Picture
is classier than The Movie
would've been, conveying the sense of sophistication they were going for. In Thy Image
or The Human Adventure
could've worked if it hadn't been the first-ever movie, but since it was, I can understand why the need to specify that took precedence.