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 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)


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


JPY 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Producers and the director, Michael Haigney stated that there was a lot of trouble having to match the animated lip movements. The script was written twice to try and make sure that all the dialog matched up. They also said that they were very happy that Mewtwo was a psychic Pokémon, because he would converse using his ability and so there were not many times where his mouth was moving, so they did not have to work around making the dialog match his mouth movements. See more »


(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 »


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 sky. See more »


Referenced in Shark Tale (2004) See more »


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Written by Marion Ravn, Marit Larsen, Peter Zizzo, Jimmy Bralower
Performed by M2M
Publsihed by Lissom Music/Warner Chappell Music (ASCAP)
Pez Music/Connotation Music (BMI) Fancy Footwork Music (ASCAP)
Vaporeon Music (BMI) Mewtwo Music (BMI)
Produced by Jimmy Bralower and Peter Zizzo
M2M appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Great movie!
28 April 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie! :D It was the first movie I ever saw in the theater. Great movie! the action, the drama.. For a kid i was really impressed! (A) and secretly I still like to watch it :O i have not seen the other movies yet of pokemon.. I wonder how they are? I am confused when it comes to the series.. what part they are and what has all happened and has Ash already won a final? ;o i only followed the first season completely, after that it slipped. I don't get it why a lot of people voted 1 for this movie tho :S Its not that bad! oh well.. i don't know what else to say,, :P GIVE THE MOVIE A CHANCE, you winers! :P i have it on video.. haha


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