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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)

Gekijouban Poketto monsutâ: Kimi ni kimeta! (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 5 November 2017 (USA)
Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town is 10 years old today. This means he is now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak.


Kunihiko Yuyama


Takeshi Shudo (earlier screenplay), Satoshi Tajiri (concept) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Unshô Ishizuka ... Narrator / Professor Okido (voice)
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (voice)
Sarah Natochenny ... Ash Ketchum / Delia Ketchum (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Musashi (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Kojiro (voice)
Inuko Inuyama ... Nyarth (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rikako Aikawa Rikako Aikawa ... Caterpie (voice)
Justin Anselmi Justin Anselmi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rebecca Becker Rebecca Becker ... Additional Voices (voice)
Sam Black Sam Black ... Metapod / Additional Voices (voice)
Kate Bristol ... Pikachu (talking) / Young Sorrel (voice)
James Carter Cathcart ... James / Meowth / Professor Oak (voice) (as Carter Cathcart)
Chika Fujimura Chika Fujimura ... Lapras (voice)
Kiyotaka Furushima ... Lucario (voice)


Ash Ketchum, a kid from Pallet Town, embarks on a journey across the Kanto region to become a Pokemon Master. With his partner Pikachu, who at first hated Ash. But the bond of Pikachu and Ash builds as they travel to beat gyms and enter the league of Kanto. Written by William

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Release Date:

5 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,401,722, 16 November 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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Ash Ketchum: Pikachu... why won't you get in your Poké Ball?
Pikachu (talking): It's because... It's because... I always want... to be with you...
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Gets a bad rep but credit is due
28 November 2017 | by johannesemilSee all my reviews

I'm 23. You might wonder why I'm telling you this, but that is not without significance.

When I was 6 years old I would get up every Sunday morning at 07.00 to see the latest Pokemon episode, and it was some of the happiest Sundays I spend watching, and because of that I was very nostalgic watching this movie.


What doesn't work:

1st off The movie is very fast paced, and because of that, some of the touching moments in this movie, some new, some recognizable doesn't really pay off.

2nd The animation has some of the old style, but also some new style which doesn't come off great. One moment you're like: Wow, that's like the old days, and in another: ugh that's not good.

3rd Because it rekindles some moments from the old days, you feel bad for the moments left out, which leaves you feeling a bit annoyed and cheated.

4th Team rocket is utterly wasted in this movie. They could have left them out, but they kept them for comic relief, which was a HUEEGE MISTAKE! WHAT A WASTE!

5th It's not for hardcore Pokemon fans. If you're deep into Pokemon new gens and hate the old stuff, this will leave you unsatisfied and feeling like they f**ked the community over.

What works:

1st off The movie is a mix of nostalgia and new gen Pokemon's and characters, and they actually made it work. Kudos.

2nd. If you are anything like me, an OG Pokemon fan and a bit of a GENWUNNER, this is gonna be pure nostalgia love-fest. Right off the bat you're taken back to pallet town and you know where this is headed, nostalgia adventures. You get to see some old legendary encounters and some heartfelt moments, which sweetens this roller-coaster ride.

3rd. We finally gets some closure an in depth story regarding ash an Ho- Oh. The chapter I waited for so long as a kid is finally here.

A MUST WATCH for GENWUNNERS and people who are nostalgic for the old seasons.

It gets a 6/10 and a +1 for nostalgia.

On a last and more serious note. This could have been a 9/10 Pokemon if they made it an hour longer. That would have allowed them to slow it down, focus on story and would have made the heartfelt moments pay off more than they did.

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