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Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Veronica Taylor ...
Rachael Lillis ...
Misty / Jessie (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ...
Meowth (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Eric Stuart ...
James / Squirtle / Brock (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ...
Pikachu (voice)
Ted Lewis ...
Tracey Sketchit (voice) (as Ed Paul)
Amy Birnbaum ...
Melody (voice)
Maren / Bulbasaur (voice) (as Tara Jayne)
Stuart Zagnit ...
Prof. Samuel Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Neil Stewart ...
The Collector (aka Lawrence III) (voice)
Eric Rath ...
Lugia (voice)
Nathan Price ...
Slowking (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ...
Prof. Felina Ivy / Mr. Mime (voice)
Michelle Goguen ...
Carol (voice)
Robert O'Gorman ...
TV Newscaster (voice)


Ash Ketchum must put his skill to the test when he attempts to save the world from destruction. The Greedy Pokemon collector Lawrence III throws the universe into chaos after disrupting the balance of nature by capturing one of the Pokemon birds that rule the elements of fire, lightning and ice. Will Ash have what it takes to save the world? Written by Damaris

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pokémon 2  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£488,570 (UK) (22 December 2000)


£2,027,246 (UK) (9 February 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Meowth's line, "We're gonna die", is said in the exact same fashion and with the same face as Martin Short's character from Jungle 2 Jungle (1997). This was done intentionally, as a tip of the hat to a film that every single member of the production team loved. See more »


Near the end of the film before Melody plays Lugia's song, the song starts playing before she puts the shell/flute in her mouth. See more »


Jesse: Listen to me kid, when you get involved with the opposite sex you're only asking for trouble!
James: Yes, and that's the kind of trouble I stay out of.
Meowth: Yous two don't need the opposite sex cause' yous got each other!
Jesse: What's that supposed to mean?
James: Not funny!
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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 »


Sung by Denisse Lara
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Pokemon 2000 is proof that critics aren't always right.
20 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pokemon 2000 is the second installment in the Pokemon film series, and is very probably the best. The writing, storyline, and animation are all markedly improved from The First Movie, and it really does feel like a cinematic experience. The only thing wrong with it at all is that the Pikachu short film seemed like an excuse to show off some new Pokemon, without having much of a real reason (it's still good, though). Now, if you haven't read countless summaries already, here's the plot in a nutshell...

Wiiiieeeerd stuff is happening all over the world. Climates and temperatures are changing at an alarmingly rapid pace, sometimes going from summer heat to snow in under a minute! The cause of this is a Pokemon collector who is trying to capture the four elemental Pokemon: Zapdos, Articuno, Motres, and ultimately Lugia. His wicked misdeeds are causing nature to go completely out of whack, and it's up to Ash, Misty, Tracey, and Pikachu to find the Elephant In The Room and set things right again.

Even from a summary, it's apparent that Pokemon 2000 is more than an extended episode of the show. In fact, even without the short, it's still easily feature length, and that's more than can be said for The First Movie (which had a runtime of 74 minutes). It may not be an edge-of-your-seat, unpredictable story in the vein of Inception, but it's a satisfying and entertaining one. This is helped along by the dialogue, which is some of the sharpest I've yet seen in Pokemon. There are many memorable bits in here, not few of which involve Team Rocket.

In conclusion, I recommend watching it, even if you're not a die-hard fan of the series. Unless Pokemon Heroes knocks my socks off, I think it's safe to say that 2000 is the best of the bunch. (Oh, and before I finish this review, I want to whine about something. Once again, there is either no widescreen version available on video, or it's very hard to find. Boo, Warner Bros, BOO.)

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