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Pokémon 4: The Movie -- In this film, we meet the new Pokémon, Celebi, who has the power to travel through time. Vicious, the future descendant of James and Jessie of Team Rocket...

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Writers:
Hideki Sonoda (screenplay) and
Hideki Sonoda
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Release Date:
25 October 2002 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Best friends. Better heroes.
Plot:
Ash must stop a hunter who forces the legendary Pokémon Celebi to help him destroy a forest. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Astounding! See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (Ash Ketchum)
Veronica Taylor ... Ash Ketchum / Oltoa (voice: English version)
Rachael Lillis ... Misty / Jessie (voice: English version)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu
Unshô Ishizuka ... Professor Orchid (Oak)
Eric Stuart ... Brock / James / Charmeleon / Scizor / Stantler / Sandshrew (voice: English version)
Madeleine Blaustein ... Meowth / Pokémon hunter (voice: English version)
Mayumi Iizuka ... Kasumi (Misty)
Yûji Ueda ... Takeshi / Brock
Tomokazu Seki ... Kenji (Tracey)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Musashi (Jessie)

Tara Sands ... Sammy / Sneasle / Furret / Teddiursa / Jumpluff (voice: English version) (as Tara Jayne)
Dan Green ... The Iron Masked Marauder (voice: English version)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Kojirô (James)
Inuko Inuyama ... Nyâth (Meowth)
Keiko Toda ... Yukinari
Mami Koyama ... Towa
Kerry Williams ... Young Oltoa (voice: English version)
Kayzie Rogers ... Wobbuffet / Bellsprout (voice: English version)
Kazuko Sugiyama ... Celebi
Masahiko Tanaka ... Suicune
Marc Thompson ... Man (voice: English version)

Roxanne Beck ... Diana (voice: English version)
Satomi Koorogi ... Togepi
Amy Birnbaum ... Dundee (voice: English version)
Mika Kanai ... Bayleef
Ted Lewis ... Tracey Sketchit (voice: English version) (as Ed Paul)
Yumi Tôma ... Nyûra (Misdreavus)
Kôichi Sakaguchi ... Strike (Scyther)
Stuart Zagnit ... Prof. Oak (voice: English version) (as Stan Hart)
Katsuyuki Konishi ... Hassamu (Scizor)
Rodger Parsons ... Narrator (voice: English version) (as Ken Gates)
Hisao Egawa ... Ringuma (Ursaring)
Roger Kay ... Scyther / Croconaw / Rattata (voice: English version)
Akiko Suzuki ... Ôtachi (Furret) (as Yukiji)
Ryôka Yuzuki ... Himeguma (Teddiursa)
Tomoyuki Kôno ... Hellgar (Houndoom)
Shinichi Namiki ... Odoshishi (Stantler)
Masaru Mogi ... Aligates (Croconaw)
Shirô Sano ... Vicious
Takashi Fujii ... White
Anne Suzuki ... Miku
Kôichi Yamadera ... Hunter

Directed by
Jim Malone 
Kunihiko Yuyama 
 
Writing credits
Hideki Sonoda (screenplay)

Hideki Sonoda 

Produced by
Kathryn A. Borland .... producer: adaptation
Norman J. Grossfeld .... executive producer
Tsunekazu Ishihara .... supervising producer
Alfred Kahn .... executive producer
Kouji Kawaguchi .... executive producer
Takashi Kawaguchi .... executive producer
Masakazu Kubo .... executive producer
Yukako Matsusako .... producer
Takemoto Mori .... producer
Choji Yoshikawa .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shinji Miyazaki 
 
Cinematography by
Hisao Shirai 
 
Film Editing by
Yumiko Fuse 
Toshio Henmi 
Yutaka Henmi 
Yutaka Ita 
Yukiko Nojiri 
 
Art Direction by
Katsuyoshi Kanemura 
Katsumi Takao 
 
Production Management
Tsunekazu Ishihara .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Kunihiko Yuyama .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Shawn Conrad .... adr recordist
Dan Fulton .... assistant sound editors
Go Ichinose .... sound recording mixer
Junichi Masuda .... sound recording mixer
Armen Mazlumian .... adr engineer
Masafumi Mima .... sound recording producer
Michiyoshi Minamisawa .... sound recording producer
Jyuji Nakamura .... sound recording mixer
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr editor
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr recordist
Takeshi Nishina .... sound recording producer
Noboru Nishio .... digital optical recordist
Ahmad Shirazi .... supervising sound editor (as Maddy Shirazi)
Eric Strausser .... assistant sound editors
 
Visual Effects by
Makoto Shibata .... optical effects
Masao Shibata .... optical effects
 
Animation Department
Masaru Fukumoto .... animation director
Sayuri Ichiishi .... animation director
Yûji Ikeda .... animation director
Chisato Ikehira .... animation director
Yuko Inoue .... animation director
Keisuke Iwata .... animation producer
Shûkichi Kanda .... animation producer
Yukari Kobayashi .... animator
Yôichi Kotabe .... animation supervisor
Tokuhiro Matsubara .... animation director
Toshiaki Okuno .... animation producer
Akihiro Tamagawa .... animation director
 
Editorial Department
Keith Croket .... assistant film editor
Hiroaki Hirabayashi .... color timer
Cathy Rait .... color timer
 
Music Department
John Carbonara .... music editor
Milton Nelson .... composer: additional music
Susan Shufro .... music editor
John Siegler .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Michael Haigney .... adaptor: English
Bruce Loeb .... marketing supervisor
 
Thanks
David Brooks .... thanks
Stuart Ford .... thanks (as Stuart A. Ford)
Sean McPhillips .... thanks
Andrew Robbins .... thanks
Bob Weinstein .... thanks
Harvey Weinstein .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Poketto monsutâ: Serebî - Toki wo koeta deai" - Japan (original title)
"Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
75 min | Japan:99 min
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Trivia:
This is the first time Team Rocket is seen working alongside the main villain of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Ash Ketchum:Alright
[He sits with Celebi, who's dying, in his arms]
Ash Ketchum:We'll keep trying!
[He pulls out several berries]
Ash Ketchum:See? These are those berries we found in the forest. Here you go.
[He tries to feed Celebi one but it doesn't respond and he drops the berries]
Ash Ketchum:Oh, that's okay.
[He chuckles nervously then tries again but drops them]
Ash Ketchum:Uh, C-Celebi...?
[He realizes Celebi is dead and starts crying]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Born to Be A WinnerSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Astounding!, 29 October 2002
Author: pathighgate from Modesto, California, USA

I just returned from the un-expectantly entertaining Pokemon 4. It is a matter of great wonder to me that others did not find the rich storylines in the film as enlightening as I did. I suppose the unfortunate reality is if a film doesn't cater to the 'lowest common denominator', its success domestically (and more and more in foreign markets) is questionable at best.

At first I wish to address the flaws. The animation, as has been pointed out before, is at best sub-par. But where they skimped on artistry in the drawings of the characters, the storyboard simulated camera angles and image composition are superb. The film lover will note the use of techniques from film auteurs such as Orsen Wells (note the second part of the opening scene, which is quite obviously an homage to the master) or Sam Peckinpah (pay close attention to scenes leading up to the first Pokemon Battle and try to tell me you aren't reminded of Straw Dogs). I also thought the sound was pretty crummy.

That aside, the film was a pure masterpiece. As in the preceding three Pokemon movies, the story centers on the loveable 'Pikachu'. Pikachu looks like an overfed mouse that can use his powers to fight other Pokemon, sometimes to the death. All Pokemon (Japanese for 'The Monster who lives in the pocket') have special powers. It has been said that Pikachu is the most powerful of all of these, but to find out that one must become a 'Pokemon Master'. As a parent, I am still confused to what that really means, and I suspect that in 10 years, the entire lexicon of Pokemon movies and television programs will be required viewing in the more credible Psychology and Philosophy departments in Universities around the world.

Countering the hero that Pikachu presents us is yet another Pokemon, who is called 'Meowth', brilliantly voiced by the multi-talented yet under-rated Addie Blaustein. Meowth, unlike every other Pokemon can speak in English (who only know and converse in Japanese. As a side note, I hope in the DVD version the English translation of the Pokemon's conversations will be provided). Meowth travels with a hapless game of criminals called 'The Rocket Team', who battle with Pikachu and his owner Ash to become Pokemon Masters.

Within these two characters lie the classic storyline of the Epic struggle between good and evil, truth and deception, black and white. It is highly recommended that the casual fan revisit the entire running of the TV series in order (including the surreal yet awe inspiring Jhoto Journeys) and the films before returning to this work.

Nine out of 10. Near perfection in my book.

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