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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?


For the dub, this is the first movie that Kayzie Rogers had no part in voice acting in. She had at least one role in the past nineteen movies before her retirement. See more »


During the infamous scene where Pikachu speaks English, it claims it doesn't like going in the Poke Ball because it doesn't want to leave Ash's side. This makes absolutely no sense, as Pikachu didn't like going in the ball even back at first, when it didn't even like Ash yet. See more »


Narrator: This is Ash Ketchum, from Pallet Town. Ash is almost ten years old. When youngsters with aspirations to become Pokemon Trainers turn ten, they can choose their first Pokemon from Professor Oak. They can choose from Bulbasaur... Charmander... and Squirtle. Then, they can begin their exciting journeys as Pokemon Trainers!
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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 ending credits in the Disney XD version are significantly shortened to 30 seconds, played over a black screen, and utilize a short clip of the piano rendition of the Pokémon Theme portion of I Choose You for music. See more »


Remake of Pokémon: Pokémon Emergency! (1997) 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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