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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You (original title)
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), Takeshi Shudo | 3 more credits »
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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)
Simona Berman ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Rebecca Becker)
Sam Black Sam Black ... Metapod / Additional Voices (voice)
Kate Bristol Kate Bristol ... Pikachu (talking) / Young Sorrel (voice)
Tyler Bunch ... Additional Voices (voice) (as H.D. Quinn)
James Carter Cathcart ... James / Meowth / Professor Oak (voice) (as Carter Cathcart)
Chika Fujimura Chika Fujimura ... Lapras (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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Did You Know?


Delia never enters Professor Oak's lab in the original episode. Because of this, the original scene with Ash trying to get Pikachu in his ball takes place inside the lab instead. Also, Delia arrives alone, while in the episode, a group of supporters arrived to see Ash off. See more »


When the flock of Spearow swoops down to attack Ash after he tells Pikachu to get in his Poké Ball, Ash's hat is shown facing forward despite it being turned backwards earlier. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

There is a large amount of unrelated clips played after the credits - including the start up screens from the original Game Boy title as well as stories about Giovanni (boss of Team Rocket) and Gary defeating the Elite 4. See more »

Alternate Versions

The post-credit scene (see spoilers under trivia) was removed from the American limited theatrical release of the film. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Grover Said WHAT?!? (2019) See more »


I Choose You
Written by Ed Goldfarb
Performed by Haven Paschall
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A nostalgia trip for the millennials who grew up with Pokémon.
8 March 2019 | by Benjamin-M-WeilertSee all my reviews

Over 20 years after its debut, it seems that Pokémon is not a fad and will be here to stay for the long haul. Of course, considering the mania surrounding the first games in the series back in the mid-1990's, by now enough time has passed for nostalgia to be a contributing factor to the franchise's continued success. The children who grew up with Pokémon are now adults in their late-20's and early-30's (i.e., "millennials"). In an attempt to cash in on this nostalgia, Pokémon's latest movie, I Choose You! recounts some of the memorable first moments of the anime, but with a slightly different storyline.

Initially, I was worried that this plot would be a pared-down selection of key moments from the anime, much like what has been done with other anime movies like One Piece's The Desert Princess and the Pirates (2007) and Episode of Chopper Plus(2008). Fortunately, this film managed to capitalize on some hindsight that ended up linking the first few episodes of the anime to significant plot points introduced in the second generation of games. Granted, this semi-ret-conning diverges from the anime plot (to a point where Team Rocket is completely uninvolved), but at least it provides a more cogent conclusion by the end of the film.

Some have bashed this movie for the controversial decision to give Pikachu an actual voice, but the nostalgia in me (partly from the anime, as much as from the first Pokémon movie) got chills during the climax of this film. That being said, I had trouble getting used to the new voice actors for this movie, which pulled me out of the nostalgia every now and again. In the end, the plot of this film probably follows a lot closer to the actual Pokémon games than the anime ever did, which is probably a plus considering some of the complaints many fans have about the anime.

A nostalgia trip for the millennials who grew up with Pokémon, I give I Choose You! 3.5 stars out of 5.

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