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Pokemon 3 - The Movie

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

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The third theatrical film for the Pokemon franchise

  • Oct 14, 2008
This release of the film includes the 20 minute short, "Pikachu and Pichu," that aired before the beginning of the film when it was screened in theatres; the short is also includes the introduction of the Pichu Brothers. However, you cannot choose to watch the short by itself; you have to select "Play" on the main menu in order to view it.

There ended up being six special features included on this DVD release. The first is a documentary called, "Making of 'To Know the Unknown'." It's about the girl group Innosense recording the song for the ending credits of the film. Unfortunately, the audio quality of the interview footage isn't the best.

You can also choose to watch a verion of the film with an audio commentary from the directors of the English dub. The "Johto Pokerap" is included; however, in my opinion, this Pokerap isn't anywhere near as good as the original Pokerap.

The theatrical trailer for the English dub of this film is included. There is also a Japanese trailer for the fourth Pokemon film; however, there are no subtitles, so if you don't know Japanese, you won't understand what's being said. Lastly, there is a text-only feature labeled, "Little Known Unown Facts." I thought this feature was a waste, because all of these facts come out during the course of the film.

Overall, Pokemon The Movie 3 is an enjoyable film. While there are some issues I have with the special features on this DVD, I would still recommend that this DVD should be in the collection of any Pokemon fan.

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review by . September 06, 2001
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The first Pokemon movie DVD that came out was a great deal! Many intresting special features were included that made the price well worth it! However the Pokemon 2000 DVD was a joke. It lacked everything. The only thing you could really say for it was that it had the theatrical trailer (Sad huh?)! However I am pleased to say Warner has gotten this one right! We have the free trading card, a COMMENTARY, DVD-Rom features, and the best part (Or one of the best things to come out of edited anime DVD's …
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The most elaborate of the features to date,Pokémon 3: The Movie, Spell of the Unownintroduces new Pokémon that debuted in the fall of 2000 in the Gold- and Silver-edition Gameboy games. En route to the Johto Tournament, Ash, Brock, and Misty visit the mountain village of Greenfield, where they encounter an 8-year-old girl named Molly. Her father, Professor Spencer Hale, disappeared when he set off to study the Unown, a group of 26 Pokémon that resemble letters. The Unown build a baroque crystalline shell around Molly's palatial home, send the leonine Entei to watch over her, and grant whatever she wishes--except the return of her father. What Molly really wants is a family: she refers to Entei as her father and has him kidnap Ash's mom to be her mother. Ash charges to the rescue with the help of Pikachu, Charizard, and Cyndaquil. In the climactic battle, Ash is joined by Brock and Misty, as well as the usually villainous Team Rocket. ("We figure if we don't help you, we're outta showbiz," Meowth explains.) Molly's father eventually reappears, but the viewer never sees the reunion with his daughter. Ash, Molly, and the other two-dimensional characters simply don't fit into three-dimensional, computer-generated crystal settings, and large sections ofPokémon 3look like two movies unsuccessfully spliced together. A short is also included, "Pikachu and Pichu," in which the popular electric Pokémon wanders through a big city, getting into mischief...
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Genre: Foreign, Family, Animation
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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