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Pokemon: Power of One (1999)
"Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ: Maboroshi no pokemon: Rugia bakutan" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  21 July 2000 (USA)
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Ash Ketchum must gather the three spheres of fire, ice and lightning in order to restore balance to the Orange Islands.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rica Matsumoto ...
Satoshi (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ...
Meowth (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Kasumi (voice)
Tomokazu Seki ...
Kenji (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Musashi (voice)
Ikue Ohtani ...
Pikachu (voice)
Amy Birnbaum ...
Melody (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ...
Kojiro (voice)
Inuko Inuyama ...
Nyarth (voice)
Satomi Koorogi ...
Togepi (voice)
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Maren / Bulbasaur (voice) (as Tara Jayne)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Dr. Okido (voice)
Stuart Zagnit ...
Prof. Samuel Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Neil Stewart ...
The Collector (aka Lawrence III) (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Rugia (Japanese) / Lugia (English) (voice)
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Storyline

An evil genius in a flying fortress is trying to kidnap the birds of the fire, ice, and lightning islands in hopes of luring the sea power, Lugia, and controlling the world. Ash and his friends, in the process of carrying out an island tradition that requires visiting those three islands, discover the plot and try to stop it. Even the comic villains, Team Rocket, turn good and help out in the end against the threat of world destruction. And Pokemon assemble from all around the world in case they can be of help (but they end up helping only the merchandising). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,575,608 (USA) (21 July 2000)

Gross:

ESP 343,305,927 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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In the Japanese version, the collector's ship scene where Tracey (Kenji) points out that combining water and electricity breaks down hydrogen and oxygen, and fire igniting those gases creates an explosion. Then he warns Ash (Satoshi), Misty (Kasumi), and Melody to duck. This was cut from the U.S. dub. See more »

Goofs

When Lugia speaks for the first time, during the conversation he has with Ash in one shot his wings are flapping, in the next shot they are still. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: [Jesse, James and Meowth are hanging on to a flying Lugia] We're slowing Lugia down, we're too heavy!
James: Let's try Weight Watchers!
Jesse: It's too late for that!
Meowth: I heard it's never too late if you really stick to the program!
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Crazy Credits

Team Rocket emerge from the water partly into the credits, upset that no one will know of their good-doings, but Slowking appears and shows that the film's audience has just seen them do good. See more »

Connections

Followed by Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Polkamon
by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
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Well-animated, Funny, and Action-Packed; A real delight!
23 July 2000 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Here's a truly delightful film. The animation is great, the characters are developed a bit beyond their cartoon personas, and the story fits the spirit of the show one-hundred percent.

The short "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure", despite a very small amount of lower-quality animation, at times showed the true potential of what an animated short can be! The musical number involving a large group of Pokémon was visually stunning, but would have left a greater impression if the original music from the Japanese version of the film had been left in place, as the tune inserted was average, if not boring. It still couldn't ruin the scene altogether, however.

The movie itself was filled with animation which shouldn't let down fans of anime. Many point to Pokémon as an example of choppy, low quality animation, but I cannot see where these comments come from. The animation in this movie is smooth and colorful, and at times, there's so much happening on-screen that you could miss a funny incident happening aside from the main theme of a scene.

The characters go through several experiences which could lead to them being redefined a bit in the TV series. Team Rocket has a larger role in this film than in Pokémon: The First Movie, which I'm sure will delight many Team Rocket fans. The major villain in this film, by not being incredibly evil but by being so single-mindedly greedy, wanting one thing without any concern for the consequences, his character shows that good and bad isn't always so clear cut. The characters, despite their simple appearances, are quite complex when you take a closer look.

The soundtrack to the movie may not seem so remarkable, but the Weird Al Yankovic song "Polkamon" is refreshing and the instrumental score stands out as above-average.

The film stands as an entertaining addition to the Pokémon universe. It dares to be original, and though many people automatically detest it because it's popular, it stands to help popularize Japanese animation in the U.S. so that it and movies like it won't simply be pushed aside as "kid stuff".


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