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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  |  18 July 1998 (Japan)
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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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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

When watching the Pokemon go through the cloning machine, Jessie and James call the silhouette of a Scyther an Alakazam. See more »

Quotes

Mewtwo: That cannot be. You said we were partners. We stood as equals.
Giovanni: You were created by humans to obey humans. You could never be our equal.
Mewtwo: Humans may have created me, but they will never enslave me! This cannot be my destiny!
Giovanni: [as Mewtwo begins destroying the lab] Stop this now!
Mewtwo: I wasn't born a Pokémon, I was created; and my creators have used and betrayed me! So, I stand alone!
[Mewtwo blows up the laboratory]
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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 »

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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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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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