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Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew

Anime & Manga, Art House & International, and Kids & Family movie directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, Masamitsu Hidaka, and Michael Haigney

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The first film for the Pokemon franchise

  • Apr 3, 2008
This DVD includes Pokemon The First Movie, as well as the short "Pikachu's Vacation."

"Pikachu's Vacation" tells the story of Ash, Misty, and Brock's Pokemon going to a vacation spot specifically for Pokemon. Over the duration of the 20-minute short, they have a run-in with border-ruffian Pokemon, and hilarity ensues.

The film itself tells the story of Mewtwo, a Pokemon created from DNA of Mew (a Legendary Pokemon). After feeling betrayed by humans, Mewtwo creates a group of cloned Pokemon, which Mewtwo intends to use to eradicate humans and their Pokemon. He then would repopulate the world with his clone Pokemon. It's up to Ash and friends to save the day.

The DVD contains a few bonus features. First, there's one labeled "Behind-the-Scenes," which is just twelve pages of text that explain the origins of Pokemon in Japan and the United States, as well as explains the concept behind Pokemon.

There is also a version of the film on the DVD that contains commentary form Michael Haigney (the director) and Norman J. Grossfield (the producer).

The music video for M2M's "Don't Say You Love Me" is also a bonus feature (this was promoted as a single from the soundtrack for Pokemon The First Movie). You can also see the theatrical trailer for Pokemon The First Movie, as well as a preview of Pokemon The Movie 2000. There's also a piece labeled "Ash's Journey," which is narrated by Brock and lasts about a minute-and-a-half.

I would highly recommend Pokemon The First Movie be in the DVD collection of any Pokemon fan.

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review by . March 17, 2000
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I presonaly loved this movie (Except for Pikachu's Vacation). It had a good plot, good charictor's, and very nice animation (Except for Machchamp, who looked like his arm's got put together with conect them yourself toys). The Japan version had a thin plot, Mewtwo just wanted to destroy because he wanted to destroy. Then when they stopped fighting, there was no reason to, they just...stopped. The English is much better.
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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 (but don't you worry, Ash will be just fine).

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!"). It's a real curio. --Doug Thomas

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Genre: Foreign, Family, Animation
Screen Writer: Takeshi Shudo
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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