Pokémon: the First Movie

Pokémon: the First Movie

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Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Cast: Kunihiko Yuyama, Veronica Taylor, Philip Bartlett, Rachael Lillis

     
 

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Pokémon, the lovable little characters who have become favorites in video games, TV cartoons, comic books, and toys, comes to the big screen with this animated feature film. In a fantastic alternate universe, there are 151 different varieties of the creatures called Pokemon, each with its own unique talents. Many humans attempt to capture the Pokemon and train them;…  See more details below

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Pokémon, the lovable little characters who have become favorites in video games, TV cartoons, comic books, and toys, comes to the big screen with this animated feature film. In a fantastic alternate universe, there are 151 different varieties of the creatures called Pokemon, each with its own unique talents. Many humans attempt to capture the Pokemon and train them; the top trainers can teach the critters how to capture and train other Pokemon, making them Pokemon Masters. Ash Ketchum is one of the leading Pokemon Masters, and with his friends Misty, Brock, and Pikachu (a Pokemon with electrical powers), 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. A major box-office success when released in Japan in 1998, Pokemon the First Movie was accompanied for its 1999 U.S. release by a 22-minute short subject, Pikachu's Vacation.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Of course, young Pokémon lovers eager to "catch 'em all" will want to own this phenomenally popular franchise's inevitable First Movie. Parents take note, however, that this launch vehicle for Pokémon No. 151, the bioengineered Mewtwo, is darker in tone and more intense than the TV series. In despair over its own existence, Mewtwo rebels against its makers and unleashes a breed of other fierce Pokémon clones. Ash Ketchum, aspiring Pokémon master, and his companions Brock and Misty, are summoned along with other trainers to Mewtwo's remote island lair to engage in the ultimate battle -- one in which such beloved characters as Pikachu (the Elmo of Pokémon world) get seriously slapped around. More appropriate for preschool fans is "Pikachu's Vacation," a surreal 20-minute featurette that precedes the movie on the video and DVD. Other bonus features include a sneak preview of Pokémon: The Movie 2000 and a 10-minute segment, "The Story of Mewtwo's Origin." An exclusive Pokémon trading card is included in each package.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
UPC:
0085391802037
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Veronica Taylor Voice Only
Philip Bartlett Voice Only
Rachael Lillis Voice Only
Eric Stuart Voice Only
Addie Blaustein Voice Only
Ikue Otani Voice Only

Technical Credits
Kunihiko Yuyama Director
Kathy Borland Associate Producer
Koji Fukushima Sound/Sound Designer
Norman J. Grossfeld Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Haigney Screenwriter
Toshio Henmi Editor
Masamitsu Hidaka Asst. Director
Sayuri Ichiishi Animator
Tomoyuki Igarashi Producer
Kiyotaka Isako Asst. Director
Hiroshi Ishikawa Associate Producer
Yutaka Ito Editor
Alfred R. Kahn Executive Producer
Katsuyoshi Kanemura Art Director
Takashi Kawaguchi Executive Producer
Tetsu Kayama Associate Producer
Takaaki Kii Associate Producer
Masakazu Kubo Executive Producer
John Loeffler Score Composer
Jim Malone Casting
Takashi Miura Associate Producer
Takemoto Mori Producer
Ralph Schuckett Score Composer
Hisao Shirai Cinematographer
Takeshi Shudo Screenwriter
John Touhey Screenwriter
Katsuhito Yamauchi Associate Producer
Noriyuki Yoshida Associate Producer
Choji Yoshikawa Producer

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Pokémon: the First Movie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is truly the best out of all the Pokemon movies. Seeing how it was the very first one, everyone loved it. I remember seeing in theaters with my big brother. It was so cool and now I own it, finally! I love how Mewtwo learns about friendship and the gift of life. And Mew, well, that Pokemon is just so cute! OMG! :) I recommend to buy this movie and the soundtrack because they're both great!
lilwisher93 More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie ever! I use to whach it all the time when i was little
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