Pokemon The Movie 2000

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • G
  • Adventure, Animated, Children's

The allure of Pokémon — brightly colored, hyperkinetic critters with a bewildering array of superpowers — can be summed up in the brilliantly venal marketing campaign. "Gotta catch 'em all" appeals to the budding speculator in every red-blooded capitalist-in-training. It's certainly not the quality of their animated adventures; the Pokémon may...read more

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The allure of Pokémon — brightly colored, hyperkinetic critters with a bewildering array of superpowers — can be summed up in the brilliantly venal marketing campaign. "Gotta catch 'em all" appeals to

the budding speculator in every red-blooded capitalist-in-training. It's certainly not the quality of their animated adventures; the Pokémon may be cute, but the cartoons are simplistic and lazily animated. This second Pokémon feature, subtitled "The Power of One," is no better than

the first, a clichéd collection of mystical gobbledy-gook ("Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice and lightning..."), hoary Japanese monster-movie action and transparent lessons about loyalty, friendship and self-esteem. Dubbed into English and reworked for American audiences, the dialogue's

surfeit of lame jokes indicates the disrespect for source material we've come to expect from Mystery Science Theater 3000, without being remotely funny. Hero Ash Ketchum is an adolescent Pokémon trainer who's accompanied everywhere by his friends Misty (who, though she's a girl and

Ash's friend, would never cop to anything so icky as being Ash's girlfriend) and Pikachu, the oversized chipmunk Pokémon with the lightning-bolt tail. Their nemesis is collector Lawrence III, who treats Pokémon as though they were merely commodities to be acquired and

displayed (the nerve of him!); and manages to disrupt the world's weather while pursuing the Pokémon birds of fire, lightning and ice. Holy hail storms! It falls to Ash to save the world, with a little encouragement of the "you can do it" variety from his friends. The movie is

preceded by a 22-minute short called Pikachu's Rescue Adventure; between the feature and the short, several new characters are introduced, including the annoying Belossom, who sings an insipid song; Elekid, a yellow blob with a plug on its head; and benevolent sea monster Lugia. Remember:

Gotta catch 'em all!

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: G
  • Review: The allure of Pokémon — brightly colored, hyperkinetic critters with a bewildering array of superpowers — can be summed up in the brilliantly venal marketing campaign. "Gotta catch 'em all" appeals to the budding speculator in every red-blooded… (more)

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