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Pokémon The Movie 2000

review by Zach B.


Rated G

Studio: Warner

Running Time: 102 minutes

English Adapation Directed by Michael Haigney

Retail Price: $24.98

Features: Soundtrack Live, Theatrical Trailer, Pokémon 3 Teaser, Lugia Coin, Pikachu Game Card

Specs: 1.33:1 Standard, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, "Quebec" 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Subtitles, French Subtitles Chapter Search

This movie is so bad it hurts... literally. It's horrendous. It's awful. It's boring. You can't even mock it because it's not a fun movie to mock. This is what millions and millions of parents are showing their kids from coast to coast, to country to country. This is, "Pokémon The Movie 2000" (dramatic fanfare begins).

As most of you know I am an avid video game player, and I do admit I enjoy most of the Pokémon video games. When it comes to the television series and whole merchandising phenomenon... ech. I can't stand it. It's too much and it's too ridiculous. While I was chosen to review the original movie, once again, I was chosen to review the second. This made me go insane, but I knew I had to go in and review it. Review the madness. Bash it, kill it, whatever. And I knew, I'd never get two hours of my life back.

Like the first movie, this sequel is divided into two parts. The first is a twenty-two minute short by the name of "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure". In it, Pikachu and pals go on a rescue mission to find their egg friend Togepi. Of course, along the way, Pikachu and friends face many challanges and obstacles, all to get their friend back. Guess what happens? Believe it or not, this portion reminded me a lot of the classic story "Alice In Wonderland". These twenty-two minutes felt a lot longer to me.

No, we're not done yet. The main feature is "The Power Of One". Can one person make a difference? Guess. An evil Pokémon collector is out to capture the legendary three Pokémon birds: Moltres, Zapatos and Articuno. Once all three are captured, out will come the fourth, the ultra rare Lugia. Of course, this collector wants Lugia. And by capturing these birds, the weather has gone all wacky on everyone. So, in comes Ash Ketchum, the arrogant and stubborn Pokémon trainer, must stop this mess by collecting three orbs. Guess what happens? For something like this, it's developed really poorly. The events are incredibly predictible, and the way things turn out, kids won't even be excited. And the villain is not even developed, he really has no part. I can go on and on, but I think you've gotten my point about this movie.

With all this said, "Pokémon The Movie 2000" was somewhat of a dud. While a movie like this costs hardly anything to bring over (they just have to dub it and market it) the meager gross of 40 million seems a bit low, especially when compared to the first movie's gross of 85 million. Personally, I felt the target age group wasn't around to see it. The film opened in July 2000, and most of the target age group are at summer camp. Also, the film wasn't as hyped as the original. While those are my thoughts, perhaps the fad is dying down? It seems doubtful. The games remain top sellers. And it's a good bet that this DVD will be a top seller too, for all those who loved it and all those who missed it in the theater.

Presented in 1.33:1, "Pokémon The Movie 2000" looks quite good. Colors are really bright and vibrant, I didn't notice any artifacting or grain as well as blemishes. This is a very solid transfer, but there is a lot of shimmering. I don't think a five year old is going to care at all, but it is a nice presentation (and if you're a really old Pokéfan, I'm sure you're bitching that it's not in anamorphic widescreen. It's a family movie... and as we know, a lot of families and kiddies like full frame better).

This is an incredible mix and really makes this movie come to life (I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing). The movie is in 5.1 Dolby Digital (English or "Quebec", as well as English and French subtitles) and this is one of the most aggressive tracks I've heard in a while. Whether it's annoying bubble gum pop that doesn't really fit, waves crashing, Pokémon battling or the numerous action scenes, the channels are put to really good use here. There are plenty of really nice surrounds. The sound certainly does not disappoint.

Finally, there are some lackluster features. These features are more of the promo stuff they stick on VHS as "extras", so you're not getting much here. I'm sure Pokéfans are disappointed by this, but I'm certainly not (it means I don't have to subject myself to more mindless crap).

I guess the big feature portion is Soundtrack Live, which features live musical performances from annoying teen bands and singers I've never heard of, and there is a small part of the making of the soundtrack. From what I hear, these are simply ripped off of a TV special on the WB network promoting the movie (why not include the whole special then?). Unless you loved the music and play it over and over again, it is best you skip this section.

Two trailers are included. The first is the Theatrical Trailer for "Pokémon The Movie 2000" and the second is a Teaser Trailer for "Pokémon 3: Lord of the Mysterious Tower". I can't wait for that one, looks like a real winner (sarcasm there). Each is in two channel sound and in full frame.

Finally, inside the package you get a plastic coin of the Pokémon Lugia and a collectible game card. I'm sure the kids will be delighted by those. I would have prefered a time machine to get the hours I wasted back, but that's me.

The features are really disappointing compared to the disc of the first movie, which featured a commentary (that I enjoyed but so many bashed) and a lot more into the Pokémon phenomenon. I guess Warner didn't bother including any of that stuff because they felt parents knew already... this being a sequel and I'm sure kids already exposed them to the first movie.


If you're under twelve and love Pokémon, this movie is sure to please you. Otherwise, this is not for you. Some us will be forced to see this, so I reccomend bringing a pillow. Still, this is a nice disc for what it is. A great presentation and all the extra are purley for promotional use. If you love this movie, go out and get it.

(2/5, NOT included in final score)




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