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Pokémon the Movie 2000 (1999)

Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ: Maboroshi no pokemon: Rugia bakutan (original title)
Ash Ketchum must gather the three spheres of fire, ice and lightning in order to restore balance to the Orange Islands.


Satoshi Tajiri (original concept), Takeshi Shudo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »




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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This summer, one person can make all the difference. See more »


G | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Blu-ray and 2016 DVD release of this film does not include the opening short film "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure". This caused turmoil from the fans, feeling that the movie was incomplete. See more »


When Ash places the third treasure in the shrine we hear the "knocking" sound of it touching the pedestal before he places it there. See more »


Ash: It's times like these that I wish I had been named Bob.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The entire musical score for this film was replaced from its original Japanese version, including Lugia's musical 'cry', and the original song that played during the ending-credits of the film which was sung in Japanese. See more »


Followed by Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009) See more »


by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
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User Reviews

I liked it.
27 June 2006 | by ajitter89See all my reviews

People should Stop Talking trash about this excellent movie. There is adventure and action, comic situations, good morals, adorable characters (PIKACHU & TOGEPI), beautiful animation, super script, suspenseful events, and everything you can think of that makes an all around great movie, even better. It is also a great way to inspire children that they can make a difference, no matter when times are hard. It Also influences kids That friends are the most powerful tool of all, and can help you when you are down, and out. Very, very cool, and Very, Very Exciting. To simply sum up my point, BOTH KIDS AND PARENTS WILL BOTH ENJOY THIS MOVIE!!!!

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Japan | USA



Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokemon: Power of One See more »

Filming Locations:

Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,575,608, 23 July 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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