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Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
"Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ - Myûtsû no gyakushû" (original title)

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Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Taylor ...
Ash Ketchum / Female scientist / Computer (voice)
Philip Bartlett ...
Mewtwo (voice)
Rachael Lillis ...
Eric Stuart ...
Madeleine Blaustein ...
Raymond / Meowth / Alakazam (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Ikue Ôtani ...
Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)
Ted Lewis ...
Giovanni / Corey / Male scientist (voice) (as Ed Paul)
Jimmy Zoppi ...
Fergus (voice)
Michael Haigney ...
Psyduck / Venusaur / Nidoqueen / Blastoise / Dewgong / Venusaurtwo / Blastoisetwo (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ...
Miranda / Vaporeon / Vileplume (voice)
Rodger Parsons ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Lee Quick ...
Officer Jenny (voice)
Ayako Shiraishi ...
Joey (Woman Physician)
Chinami Nishimura ...
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Storyline

When a group of scientists are offered funding into genetic research if they agree to try and clone the greatest ever Pokémon, Mew, the end result is success and Mewtwo is born. However Mewtwo is bitter about his purpose in life and kills his masters. In order to become the greatest he throws open a challenge to the world to battle him and his Pokémon. Ash and his friends are one of the few groups of trainers who pass the first test and prepare for battle. However they soon find out about further cloning and Mewtwo's ultimate plan for the earth. Written by bob the moo

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Release Date:

10 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,833,721 (UK) (14 April 2000)

Gross:

$641,760 (Denmark) (22 September 2000)
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Trivia

The original Japanese story showed Mewtwo in a more favorable light, as feeling that it has no place in the world and so wants to "earn" its place. The English dub opted to just make Mewtwo an emotionless tyrant who wants to destroy the world, a decision that both fans and critics criticized. In hindsight, the producers felt they made the wrong decision. See more »

Goofs

When Ash receives the letter from Dragonite, we hear Togepi say "Togepi?" but its mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Misty: [after Pikachu defeats three Pokemon with a lightning attack] Well, that sure was a shocking ending.
Brock: Shocking that Ash moved so fast!
James: [Team Rocket are watching the gang from a clifftop, with binoculars] There's another credit on Pikachu's 'charge account!'
Jesse: We've got to grab it!
Meowth: I know we gotta grab some rare Pokémon for the Boss... but it wouldn't be such a bad idea if we grabbed a litte bite to eat.
Jesse: We didn't come here to steal a meal!
James: I'd settle for a taste of that Pika-chow.
Meowth: I'm starving.
Jesse: I ...
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Crazy Credits

As the ending credits roll, we see clips of Ash, Brock and Misty continuing on their journey, in different places and times. In order they show: them walking down the coast as the waves lap beside the credits. Them walking through a grassy field. Them by a waterfall, with Misty sitting down with a fishing rod. Them all standing in a field watching a herd of Taurus grazing in the distance. Them all sitting in a cave, while the sky is filled with black clouds and it is raining. Them walking through a forest full of enormous trees. A panning shot of all three of them sleeping in sleeping bags out in the woods. All three of the gang walking up a desert highway. The gang sitting on top of a high mountain with a campfire, watching the sun set. The three heading toward a forest, with a huge rainbow in the foreground. And the final shot of the three is of them walking towards the camera, through a poppy field. See more »

Connections

Referenced in James & Mike Mondays: Super Smash Bros. Melee (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Vacation
Written by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Josh Deutsch
Performed by Colleen Fitzpatrick (as Vitamin C)
Published by Blanc E Music / Warner Chappell Music (BMI)
Big Black Jacket Music / Warner Chappell Music (BMI) Vaporeon Music (BMI)
Produced by Josh Deutsch and 'Garry Hughes'
Vitamin C appears courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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For the love of God, people! It's a good movie!
13 October 2002 | by (A Higher State of Consciousness...) – See all my reviews

I admit that I came into the theater completely biased against Pokémon, and I still hate nearly everything about it... with the exception of this film (and the opening theme for Johto League Champions.) Admittedly, the movie was probably pumped out of the studio in order to rake in more and more cash (and it worked) but somehow, the writer managed to keep a stong, albeit thinly veiled anti-violence sentiment. There were also some acts of cheesy heroism I found downright heartwarming. Also notable is the incredible magnitude of the backgrounds. The flying palace was absolutely stunning. I liked it. But, you probably won't. Don't watch it.


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