Pokémon: the First Movie

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Overview

Warner's packs the DVD release of Pokemon: The First Movie with a generous assortment of extras for the Pokemon faithful. Along with the feature presentation, the disc includes the 20-minute "minimovie" Pikachu's Vacation, a short cartoon called "The Story of Mewtwo's Origin," and a trailer for the sequel Ash's Journey. DVD-ROM users will find virtual trading cards, Nintendo game guides, and links to the website. A very detailed behind-the-scenes feature can help parents to understand Poke-babble. An unusual ...
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Overview

Warner's packs the DVD release of Pokemon: The First Movie with a generous assortment of extras for the Pokemon faithful. Along with the feature presentation, the disc includes the 20-minute "minimovie" Pikachu's Vacation, a short cartoon called "The Story of Mewtwo's Origin," and a trailer for the sequel Ash's Journey. DVD-ROM users will find virtual trading cards, Nintendo game guides, and links to the website. A very detailed behind-the-scenes feature can help parents to understand Poke-babble. An unusual addition for a kid-oriented cartoon is the full-length audio commentary by the English-version producer, Norman J. Grossfeld, and director Michael Haigney, which will probably interest animators and parents more than the children who make up the Pokemon fan base. Their comments focus on the story background and point out the differences between the American and Japanese versions of the movie. For instance, Meowth, the Pokemon companion to bad guys Team Rocket, is a wisecracking sidekick in the U.S. version, but in Japan he is a philosopher/singer/poet. They've also added 3-D computer graphics and a pop music soundtrack for the American audience. Though Pokemon fans would probably be satisfied with the movie alone, this DVD presentation offers an entertaining and informative mix of features.
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Special Features

Minimovie Pikachu's vacation as seen in theaters; The story of Mewtwo's origin; Sneak preview of the second Pokemon movie; Ash's journey; Feature-length audio commentary by English adaptation director Michael Haigney and producer Norman J. Grossfeld; Music video from the Atlantic Record soundtrack: M2M's "Don't Say You Love Me"; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • UPC: 085391802020
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Pikachu's Vacation
0. Scene Selections
1. Most Powerful [2:14]
2. Mewtwo Awakens [2:53]
3. Focused Powers [3:07]
4. "I Stand Alone" [2:29]
5. Dueling Credits (Pokémon Theme) [3:52]
6. An Invitation [3:08]
7. Stormy Weather [3:31]
8. Viking Aid [2:09]
9. Rough Waters Rescue [2:09]
10. New Island [3:56]
11. Mewtwo Revealed [2:35]
12. A Pokenstein [4:51]
13. Challenge of the Clones [4:31]
14. Charizard's Peril [2:34]
15. Pikachu's Peril [3:45]
16. Send in the Clones [2:36]
17. Mew vs. Mewtwo [3:52]
18. Dueling Doubles (Brother My Brother) [3:44]
19. A fight No One Will Win [3:59]
20. Tears for Ash [3:40]
21. Gift of Life [3:17]
22. Happy Ending [1:40]
23. End Credits (We're a Miracle, Free up Your Mind) [4:16]
0. Pokemon: The First Movie
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits (Vacation) [2:22]
2. Don't Cry [2:20]
3. On a Roll [2:50]
4. Contest of Speed [3:02]
5. Bodies Electric [1:55]
6. Heated Finish [1:59]
7. Outta Here [3:35]
8. Highly Recommended [2:19]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Super-Extras!
         Commentary By Director Micheal Haigney and Producer Norman J. Grossfeld
         The Story of Mewtwo's Origin
      Behind-the-Scenes
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
         Commentary By Director Micheal Haigney and Producer Norman J. Grossfeld
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    This is the best movie ever! I use to whach it all the time when i was little

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mew vs. Mewtwo

    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!

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