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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »




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?


Ash uses Pikachu to battle Caterpie before catching it, unlike in the original series where Ash just catches Caterpie without weakening it. 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 post-credit scene (see spoilers under trivia) was removed from the American limited theatrical release of the film. See more »


Follows Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest (2001) See more »


Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
Originally written by John Loeffler and John Siegler
Arranged by Ed Goldfarb
Performed by Ben Dixon and The Sad Truth
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User Reviews

Solid Six Stars
1 January 2019 | by efehepdoganSee all my reviews

The movie progresses too fast. It felt like some clips from season one stitch together to remind us what happened in the first season, but the story goes to a different place. If you are a fan, -You will like how they remade some iconic scenes (but originals are still better) -Beautiful piano version of the theme song

If you are new to pokemon, -You will not really introduced to the world of pokemon -They put legendary pokemon and a lot more from all generations unnecceserly.

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Release Date:

5 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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