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Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ - Myûtsû no gyakushû (original title)
Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

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Satoshi Tajiri (creator), Takeshi Shudo | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Taylor ... Ash Ketchum / Female Scientist / Computer / Fuji's Wife (voice)
Jay Goede ... Mewtwo / Dr. Fuji (voice) (as Philip Bartlett)
Rachael Lillis ... Misty / Jessie / Wigglytuff (voice)
Eric Stuart ... Brock / James / Squirtle / Weezing / Scyther / Hitmonlee / Magneton / Male Scientist / Squirtletwo (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ... Raymond / Meowth / Alakazam (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)
Ted Lewis ... Giovanni / Corey / Male Scientist (voice) (as Ed Paul)
James Carter Cathcart ... Fergus (voice) (as Jimmy Zoppi)
Michael Haigney Michael Haigney ... Psyduck / Venusaur / Nidoqueen / Blastoise / Dewgong / Venusaurtwo / Blastoisetwo / Raticate / Spearow / Charmandertwo (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ... Miranda / Vaporeon / Vileplume / Ninetales (voice)
Rodger Parsons ... Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Sakaki (voice)
Lee Quick ... Officer Jenny (voice)
Ayako Shiraishi Ayako Shiraishi ... Joi (voice)
Chinami Nishimura Chinami Nishimura ... Junsar (voice)
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Kids' WB | Official site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,036,678, 14 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$85,744,662, 27 February 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,644,662
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Mewtwo is shown defeating Arcanine and Nidoking, we see a shot from behind and we see the back of the trainer. In the commentary it is told that this trainer is Gary, Ash's rival from the series. They then go on to joke about his 'cameo', saying that Gary's agent wouldn't let them show his face, and that Gary is actually a stand-in in that shot. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Misty: [after Ash has been challenged to a Pokemon match] Ash, you just said you were too weak to work.
Ash Ketchum: That's right, I am too weak to work. But a Pokemon battle isn't work.
Brock: That's progress. At least his mouth is working.
[Japanese version]
Kasumi: I thought you weren't be able to move a millimeter.
Satoshi: I can do one or two Pokémon battles before breakfast.
Takeshi: This is lunch, by the way. So it'd before your afternoon meal.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see Mew fly away into the sky. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Japanese version, there's no music heard as Ash, Misty, Brock and Nurse Joy walk upstairs to where the surviving trainers and their Pokemon are. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Catch Me If You Can
Written by Angela Via and Brian Steckler (as Brian M. Steckler)
Performed by Angela
Published by Vaporean Music (BMI)
Produced by Brian Steckler and Michael "Smidi" Smith for Hear Inc.
Angela appears courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Records
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For the love of God, people! It's a good movie!
13 October 2002 | by PeyotePeteSee all my reviews

I admit that I came into the theater completely biased against Pokémon, and I still hate nearly everything about it... with the exception of this film (and the opening theme for Johto League Champions.) Admittedly, the movie was probably pumped out of the studio in order to rake in more and more cash (and it worked) but somehow, the writer managed to keep a stong, albeit thinly veiled anti-violence sentiment. There were also some acts of cheesy heroism I found downright heartwarming. Also notable is the incredible magnitude of the backgrounds. The flying palace was absolutely stunning. I liked it. But, you probably won't. Don't watch it.


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