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Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Taylor ...
Ash Ketchum (voice)
Philip Bartlett ...
Mewtwo (voice)
Rachael Lillis ...
Misty / Jessie / Wigglytuff (voice)
Eric Stuart ...
Brock / James / Squirtle (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ...
Meowth / Head Scientist / Pirate Trainer (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Ikue Ôtani ...
Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)
Ted Lewis ...
Giovanni / Corey - Male Trainer (voice) (as Ed Paul)
Jimmy Zoppi ...
Fergus - Water Trainer (voice)
Michael Haigney ...
Kayzie Rogers ...
Vaporeon / Vileplume (voice)
Rodger Parsons ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Lee Quick ...
Officer Jenny (voice)
Lisa Ortiz ...
Neesha (voice)
Amy Birnbaum ...
Nurse Joy (voice)


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)  »

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Box Office


JPY 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,833,721 (UK) (14 April 2000)


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

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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 »


When Ash rescues Pikachu from the clone machine, and Squirtle and Bulbasaur get released from their original poke-balls, Ash's English voice laughs, but his lips seem to be saying something, not "laughing" See more »


Mewtwo: So, this is my power... but what is my purpose?
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Crazy Credits

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


Followed by Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) See more »


Catch Me If You Can
Written by Angela Trullinger and Brian M. Steckler
Performed by Angela
Published by Vaporean Music (BMI)
Produced by Brian Steckler and Michael "Smidi" Smith for Hear Inc.
Angela appears courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Records
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This is a wonderful, moving film that everyone should see!
18 November 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I'm a nearly 17 year old girl, and therefore I am not the targeted audience for this film. However, as soon as my little brother introduced me to the world of Pokemon, I fell in love. And what's not to love? The TV show is smart, funny, sweet, and at times touching (I sobbed during "Goodbye Pikachu" and "Bye bye Butterfree"). There are plenty of characters for both girls and boys to identify with (which are something I think a lot of cartoons/video games/comic books lack these days) and it teaches good morals. So needless to say I was thrilled to go see Pokemon the first movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, and today my Mom(who's also a huge Pokemon fan at age 47) and little brother and I went to the theater.

I was surprised to find the place was packed with a lot of boys who looked like they were at least in their late teens or early 20s. But of course there were plenty younger kids and parents there as well. My Mom and brother (who's 12 btw) had seen the Japanese sub-titled version of the film and had warned me that it was going to be a rather dark plot, and that it was sad... But I didn't expect what actually happened at all.

The first half an hour or so is taken up but a short, and very cute film called "Pikachu's Summer Vacation" which I became absorbed in as the 3 year old a few rows back! Of course it helped that my favourite Pokemon, Jigglypuff, had a part in it!

Moving on, the feature film, "Mewtwo Strikes Back" started out in a very dramatic, Batman-ish way, and I don't think that the younger kids in the audience were ready for that. The next part of the film, which introduces us to Ash, Misty, Brock, and their Pokemon, happens in a much lighter tone - like the show usually is, but that doesn't last for long. Soon afterwards our heroes, along with some other trainers are invited to a battle with someone described as the world's toughest trainer.

Now for those of you who've never seen Pokemon or know little about it, one of the important things to remember is that these are NOT war like battles and the object is not to kill anyone's Pokemon. What Pokemon battles are, is more like a karate match where they fight for sport until one of them is K.O'd (or fainted as they say in the video game). They never fight for the sake of fighting; they fight because it helps the Pokemon become stronger.

One of the things that I really loved about the trainers that were invited to this ultimate battle is that they really did love their pokemon and they cared for them, as one should with any living being. A lot of people tend to ignore this aspect of Pokemon and consider it to be a marketing scheme because of the tag line "Gotta Catch 'em All" but in truth it is not that way at all. On the show and in the game (although not in the movie) Ash's rival trainer Gary is obsessed with the act of catching as many pokemon as possible...And that's a trait to be looked down upon. Although Ash doesn't have as many Pokemon as Gary, he cares for the ones he does have and treats them as his best friends, and that's why he's the hero and Gary is not.

The new Pokemon in the film, Mewtwo, does not understand that many of the trainers love their Pokemon, because he was created by scientists for their own benefit and he has a strong hatred for humans because of this.

Once the characters had entered the Castle where this battle was to take place, the film became a lot darker and action packed. In turn many of the little kids who were there started screaming - but that's understandable, I mean I was freaked out by some of the things that happened! Also the intensity becomes a lot greater.

Never fear though, Ash being the brave person he is comes through and saves the day - with the help of the pokemon, and teaches Mewtwo that it isn't the life that you're given that makes you who you are, but rather it's what you choose to do with it.

I am a person who tries very hard never to cry in public places (which include movie theaters) no matter how sad I am. But with the Pokemon movie, I just couldn't hold back and spent the last half-hour of it crying my eyes out! Honestly, it touched me on a level that few movies have been able to.

The only complaint I have about it is that the soundtrack was made in extremely poor taste. I've been into Pokemon for about 2 years now, and I must say that with the exception of 3 songs on that album, the rest had NOTHING to do with the meaning of Pokemon or the film! It wasn't the fact that the type of music and the artists that were on the album are not really my style... But it was rather that the songs were *very* sexual and I think it's INSANE to put songs about "giving it to you" among other things, on an album that's aimed for children! Especially when there's nothing even remotely related to that subject involved in anything Pokemon!

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