Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000)
"Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ: Kesshô-tô no teiô" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  6 April 2001 (USA)
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The Pokemon master Ash must rescue his mother from the encasement of a crystal tower.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rica Matsumoto ...
Veronica Taylor ...
Rachael Lillis ...
Misty / Jessie / Goldeen (voice)
Ikue Ohtani ...
Eric Stuart ...
Brock / James (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ...
Meowth (voice) (as Maddie Blaustein)
Amy Birnbaum ...
Molly Hale (voice)
Dan Green ...
Professor Spencer Hale / Entei (voice)
Stuart Zagnit ...
Professor Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Lisa (voice)
Kathy Pilon ...
Reporter (voice)
Peter R. Bird ...
David (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ...
Wobbuffet / Cyndaquil / Mimey / Flaafy (voice)
Ted Lewis ...
Tracey Sketchit / Schuyler (voice) (as Ed Paul)
Rodger Parsons ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)


Professor Shuri is a scientist looking for rare Pocket Monsters. He reads a storybook to his daughter Mi about the powerful Pokemon Entei. Shuri is currently searching for the heiroglyph Pokemon "Unknown". While searching through some ancient artifacts, Shuri awakens Unknown and is sucked into it. Mi next awakens Unknown while looking for her father. Unknown bonds with her and turns her mansion into a Crystal Tower. The crystallization begins to spread. Unknown lives to serve Mi and creates an Entei with the personality of her father to make her happy. When Mi next desires a mother, Entei kidnaps Satoshi's mother Hanako to give to Mi. Satoshi, Kasumi, Takeshi, and of course Pikachu set out to get her back. Written by Rocket Dan

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Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


After Delia watches the news, she rushes over to the refrigerator and pulls off the papers to look at a picture. One of the paper's she pulls off is a screen shot of a Pokemon battle from the Game boy game series. See more »


[repeated line to Molly]
Entei: If that is what you wish.
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Crazy Credits

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Much better than you think!!
22 April 2001 | by (Delaware, USA) – See all my reviews

I'll admit it. I'm 21 years old and I enjoy Pokemon. With that aside, let me say that Pokemon 3: The Movie is actually one of the better films I've seen this year. As usual the short, this time entitled "Pikachu and Pichu", is a throwaway. Pikachu goes exploring the "big city" and meets up with the Pichu brothers (cute little Pokemon who resemble Pikachu). Together they have a series of misadventures, mostly running from a large dog Pokemon named Hounddower. This short serves only to introduce new Pokemon for the kids to get excited over. What makes it worse is that the "short's" running time clocks in at a lengthy 22 minutes. However, if you can survive that, you are in for a treat. The feature, entitled The Spell Of The Unown, begins with a young girl named Molly and her father reading a bedtime story. We can see that the girl loves her father very much. We soon learn that the father is a famous Pokemon researcher who is investigating the ancient Pokemon call "Unown". While escavating a temple, where the remains of the Unown were found, he mysteriously vanishes.

When Molly learns about her fathers disappearance, she sinks into a deep depression feeling that she is truely alone (her Mother had also disappeared several years earlier). Molly happens upon the remains of the Unown (which resemble letters of the alphabet) in her father's study. She spells out the names "Mama" and "Papa" with the Unown and begins to cry. The Unown come to life and give Molly the power to create her own dreamworld where she can have anything she wants. She brings to life an ancient Pokemon called "Entei" to be her surrogate father and promptly begins to turn her house and the rest of the countryside into a magnificent crystal palace. Enter Ash, Misty, Brock, Team Rocket, all those cute little Pokemon, and some old friends and you have the beginnings to a great movie. This movie has a lot going for it. The animation is well done, the colors are exceptionally vibrant, and even the American added CGI effects look much better in this as compared to the first two movies. The story line in Pokemon 3, which borrows liberally from Star Trek, Alice in Wonderland and The Neverending Story, has a much more dark tone than the first two and feels more like an actual movie rather than an extended episode of the TV series. It deals with such adult oriented issues as loss, loneliness, and depression. However, it is still perfectly suited for kids as there is no language and very minor cartoon violence. All in all Pokemon 3 is a great movie to take your kids to, or just to take yourself to if your in the mood for a great action/fantasy anime movie. I give it an 8/10.

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