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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 Ôtani ...
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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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

A narrator and Mewtwo's voice were added in the American version, in the first segment of the movie, to help better explain the movie to people who may not have had such a wide knowledge of the Pokemon craze, for example parents who took their children to see the movie. See more »

Goofs

If one listen carefully, one can hear Ash's original voice in the scene when he faces the second trainers' Pokemon. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #23.14 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Catch 'Em All
("Pokemon Theme")
Featuring Billy Crawford
Written by J. Siegler and T. Loeffler
(c) 1999 Published by Pikachu Music (BMI)
Worldwide Rights for Pikachu Music
administered by Cherry River Music co. (BMI)
Produced by Neil Jason
Billy Crawford appears courtesy of V2 Records
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Its Based on Frankenstein, How Could It Be Bad?
29 November 2004 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

I first saw this when I was probably 10 or 11 years old, and I appreciated it then as being a moving and entertaining film, as well as surprisingly philosophical. I was deeply offended when they did it in English and, through dubbing, changed the entire moral lesson into something far more cheesy, clichéd, and dumbed down.

See, even a 12 year old can appreciate quality film! (I just gained another year there......) In any case, it was the first anime I'd seen in Japanese, and I was impressed with the whole thing; the music was awesome, the dialogue was meaningful, the voices were cute, and the names were....strange and hard to remember. But thats OK. Names are not important.

I liked the way Mewtwo kept saying "Where am I? Who am I?". He said it so often, it was the first phrase I learned in Japanese. I concluded that both would come in handy should I ever find myself lost in Japan.

Later, as my Anime horizons expanded, and a anime-obsessive friend of mine taught me some basic phrases, and found I could recognise a lot of what was said. The vocabulary is fairly simple; its a good movie to practise your Japanese on.

And finally, the most impressive thing I found. Upon reading Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, I kept noticing similarities. Of course many, many things are different, but the basic themes are there: who asked to create me? I hate everything that made me."This is not an attack, nor a declaration of war, but revenge on you who made me" Except this one has a happy ending.

If You have seen the movie in English....well, what can I say, its better in Japanese. :P


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