The world domination of Pokémon begets their first theatrical movie. This adventure is a little more complex and dark than the popular TV series, but kids who live for the show will gobble up this film and ask for seconds. Those baffled by the show's popularity, however, will see nothing better here. Mewtwo, a new type of Pokémon designed by scientists to be the ultimate fighter, decides he wants to rule the world and challenges all the great Pokémasters to battle. Of course, our intrepid heroes Ash, Misty and Brock are there to tangle with Mewtwo and spoil his devilish... schemes. The film is a tad more emotional than the show (that is, there is some emotion), with Ash sacrificing himself to defend his beloved Pikachu. Would you really expect the makers of this worldwide phenomenon to radically change its winning formula? The feature is only 55-minutes long, but there's also a 20-minute short, "Pikachu's Vacation." For the Pokémon novice, this escapade will truly baffle: the narrated tale has virtually no dialogue except Pokémon speaking their names (Bulbasaur, for instance, will only express emotion by using variations of his name: "Bulba, Bulba-SAUR!"). --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com [show more]
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The first ever movie from the worldwide phenomenon… Ash Ketchum is one of the leading Pokemon Masters, and with his friends Misty, Brock, and Pikachu, he discovers Mewtwo, a super-powered Pokemon created through biological engineering. Mewtwo has powers of which a mere Pokemon can only dream, and when he uses his skills to create even more super-Pokemon, Ash and his Pokemon friends must join forces to battle for survival. Actors: Ikue Ohtani, Veronica Taylor, Jay Goede, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama Format: Animated, PAL Language: Japanese Region: Region B/2
Animated feature based on the characters of the Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri. When a group of scientists seek out the legendary pokémon Mew in an attempt to use its DNA to create the ultimate pokémon, the result of their experimentation is beyond their control. The newly born Mewtwo (voice of Jay Goede), an immensely powerful clone of Mew, is taken in by sinister crime boss Giovanni (Ted Lewis) and moulded into a destructive weapon before Giovanni also loses control and Mewtwo escapes into the wider world. Ash Ketchum (Veronica Taylor) and his friends are invited to a grand pokémon tournament to compete with the best trainers in the region, but the safety of both people and pokémon is endangered when the mastermind behind the tournament reveals its sinister purpose.