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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)
Jay Goede ...
Mewtwo / Dr. Fuji (voice) (as Philip Bartlett)
Rachael Lillis ...
Eric Stuart ...
Madeleine Blaustein ...
Raymond / Meowth / Alakazam (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Ikue Ohtani ...
Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)
Ted Lewis ...
Giovanni / Corey / Male Scientist (voice) (as Ed Paul)
Jimmy Zoppi ...
Fergus / Raticate / Spearow (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 ...
Sakaki (voice)
Lee Quick ...
Officer Jenny (voice)
Ayako Shiraishi ...
Joi (voice)
Chinami Nishimura ...
Junsar (voice)
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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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Witness the rarest pokémon of all in their first movie! See more »


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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 first trailer was released in August 1999 and was shown before The Iron Giant (1999) and Mystery Men (1999). The second trailer was released in the Fall of 1999 and was shown before The Bachelor (1999). See more »

Goofs

After the real Charizard, Venusaur and Blastoise have battle cloned versions of other Charizard, Venusaur and Blastoise. Mewtwo "claims his prize" by capturing most of the pokemon (not his own, and some of the trainer pokemon are missed such as Misty's Togepi) so he can clone them which would result in 2 clones of Charizard, Venusaur and Blastoise (original and new) yet we only ever see the original clones. See more »

Quotes

Mewtwo: The human sacrificed himself, to save the Pokemon. I pitted them against each other, but not until they set aside their differences did I see the true power they all share deep inside. I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see Mew fly away into the mountains. See more »

Connections

Followed by Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

If Only Tears Could Bring You Back
Written by Marjorie Maye (as Marjorie Maye Pulice) and Ross Desalvo
Performed by Midnight Sons
Published by Mewtwo Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Jimmy Bralower, Kai Robole, Kenneth Lewis
Midnight Sons appears courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Records
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Tell me what we're fighting for
12 September 2003 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Well, I liked Pokemon the first moment I saw the series... actually, after a few episodes. Anyways, after I saw the video clip "Don't Say You Love Me" (M2M), I wanted to see the movie.

Now, finally, after a few years and a DVD player later, I bought the movie, and I gotta tell ya, I regret it that I didn't see it in the cinemas... actually, I don't, because, well, I was "too old" for pokemon. That's the biggest bullpoo I ever heard. Well, sure, pokemon is mainly for young people, but I did enjoy the movie, for an 18 year old guy.

Well, back to the movie. The movie is great. I've seen the movie in Dutch first (because I'm used to the Dutch voices, and they sound better to me). The way Mewtwo's voice was used, it was as if Mewtwo was really in your head. But you'll need Dolby Surround for that experience. Also, the way the movie reffered back to the series, perfect. I mean, if you haven't seen the series, then that's okey, but don't look weird if you don't understand certain events and jokes and such.

The most unique thing is that this Pokemon movie really shows how much the Pokemon can care for their trainer. ** ENDING HINT ** You can mostly see it near the end of the movie.

Pokemon: The First Movie is probably the first movie that succeeded on following up their series successfull. It may not be a great movie, but it sure was fun to look at.


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