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

Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ - Myûtsû no gyakushû (original title)
Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ash Ketchum / Female Scientist / Computer / Fuji's Wife (voice)
Jay Goede ...
Mewtwo / Dr. Fuji (voice) (as Philip Bartlett)
Misty / Jessie / Wigglytuff (voice)
Eric Stuart ...
Brock / James / Squirtle / Weezing / Scyther / Hitmonlee / Magneton / Dr. Fuji / Male Scientist / Squirtletwo (voice)
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)
James Carter Cathcart ...
Fergus (voice) (as Jimmy Zoppi)
Michael Haigney ...
Psyduck / Venusaur / Nidoqueen / Blastoise / Dewgong / Venusaurtwo / Blastoisetwo / Raticate / Spearow / Charmandertwo (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ...
Miranda / Vaporeon / Vileplume / Ninetales (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)


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:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,036,678 (USA) (12 November 1999)


$85,744,662 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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Did You Know?


The Pokemon cards given away in movie theaters for the USA release of the film were of Electabuzz, Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Dragonite. The home video release included a Mewtwo trading card. See more »


Misty is shown with one set of Pokémon in one shot and with some entirely different ones in another. See more »


Scientist: We dreamed of creating the world's most powerful Pokemon...
[Mewtwo prepares to fire]
Scientist: ... and we succeeded.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Aniston/Sting (1999) See more »


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Performed by Pokemon Kids
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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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