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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.

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Satoshi Tajiri (original concept), Takeshi Shudo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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>

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Plot Keywords:

pokemon | lightning | ice | fire | island | See All (77) »

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokémon the Movie 2000 - The Power of One See more »

Filming Locations:

Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,575,608, 23 July 2000

Gross USA:

$43,758,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,949,270
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The second version was streamed on Pokémon TV in 2015, which removed all company logos, retyped the opening and ending credits, and changed the copyright to 2015. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when Delia says "And remember, everyday you're my hero" and when Ash replies "Thanks, Mom." their lips are unsynchronized. See more »

Quotes

The Collector: "Disturb not the harmony of Fire, Ice, or Lightning lest these three Titans wreck destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's Great Guardian shall arise to quell the fighting alone its song will fail. Thus the Earth shall turn to ash. O, Chosen One, into thine hands bring together all three. Their treasures combined tame the beast of the sea." Now it begins.
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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

A cut scene right after Ash releases Bulbasaur and Squirtle to free Moltres, Tracy is realizing what will happen. Togepi can be seen waving his arms back and forth, which is his Metronome attack. When the scene returns, a blue bolt can be seen destroying Moltres' cage. See more »

Connections

Followed by Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Ware wa Collector
by Takeshi Kaga and Kohei Tanaka
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Pokemon is so under rated!
6 February 2002 | by armyofdarkness3See all my reviews

To put it simply, this movie is really good! Pokemon is so under rated, and always thought of as stupid by so many people. Why? cause it's projected towards kids, but these movies and cartoons are really good, and alot more complicated than meets the eye. that's one thing i love about em. Pokemon 2000 just proves that.

The animation of this movie is really cool, it's like the shows, but they're improved at the same time. A big step above the first pokemon movie I think. The plot is definately alot more in depth too. The disappointing thing about the first movie, is that mew and mewtwo fought, but it wasnt a battle we were expecting, so the action wasnt exactly what we hoped for. However in pokemon 2000, that's one thing i love, the action and adventure is great! Team Rocket and Ash even come to team up to help save the world which is a nice idea put in there. Seeing team rocket always doing the same thing does get a little redundant. My favorite part in the movie is when ash has to get across the ice with lugia protecting him to get the last sphere. I thought that whole scene was well made, and was just awesome to watch. The score of the movie makes it really good too. Very catchy, and intense score I think. No one would ever say that a pokemon movie is oscar worthy, but when it comes to just being enjoyable, and fun, pokemon 2000 is definately up there. I would hope that pokemon never died down if they kept delivering movies, and shows like this.

The whole misty hiding back her feelings about ash thing is kinda cute in the movie, it always make me wonder if they'll ever have a thing or not. heh anyway, this movie gets an 10/10, no matter what i think. I still have to see pokemon 3, i look forward to it though. Look more forward to Pokemon 4, i only hope that it is released in theaters.


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