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

G  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  10 November 1999 (USA)
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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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10 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns  »

Box Office

Budget:

JPY 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The 'fighting is wrong' moral ending exists only in the American version. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) In the boat with Team Rocket, Brock's shirt sleeve changes from orange to green when Misty puts Togepi inside her knapsack. See more »

Quotes

Narrator, Mewtwo: Today, Ash, Brock and Misty are taking a break from their Pokémon adventures. As always, Ash is determined to become a Pokémon master. And, as always, he's ready to endure any hardship, bear any burden... with strength, stamina and a will of steel.
Ash Ketchum: Hungry. Need food.
Misty: Oh, Ash! You haven't done a thing all day!
Ash Ketchum: I'm too weak to work, Misty. I haven't eaten since breakfast.
Brock: This lunch is going to be just perfect for you, Ash. It's my lazy-boy 'no-chew' stew.
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Crazy Credits

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