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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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CastEric Stuart, Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ootani
DirectorKunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney, Masamitsu Hidaka
Genre:  Foreign, Family, Animation
Screen WriterTakeshi Shudo
DVD Release Date:  March 21, 2000
Runtime:  96 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . April 03, 2008
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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, …
review by . March 17, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
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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