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Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys
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Japanese 劇場版ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション 裂空の訪問者 デオキシス
Hepburn Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Adobansu Jenerēshon Rekkū no Hōmonsha Deokishisu
Literally Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: Deoxys the Visitor
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by Yukako Matsusako
Takemoto Mori
Junya Okamoto
Choji Yoshikawa
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Starring Rica Matsumoto
Ikue Otani
Yuji Ueda
KAORI
Fushigi Yamada
Noriko Hidaka
Koichi Yamadera
Susumu Chiba
Kenji Nojima
Becky
Narrated by Unsho Ishizuka
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Cinematography Takaya Mizutani
Edited by Toshio Henmi
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • July 17, 2004 (2004-07-17) (Japan)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $34,337,258[1]

Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: Deoxys the Visitor (劇場版ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション 裂空の訪問者 デオキシス Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Adobansu Jenerēshon Rekkū no Hōmonsha Deokishisu?, lit. "Visitor from the Sky-Splitting: Deoxys") is the seventh film in the Pokémon series, complementing the seventh season (Pokémon: Advanced Challenge). It is the second film released under Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation in Japan. The original Japanese version was released in theaters on July 17, 2004. It was edited for the American release as the Japanese version contained a few scenes that were considered too intense for American children since Pokémon Heroes.

The English adaptation was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and distributed by Miramax Films (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), debuted on Kids' WB on January 22, 2005, albeit edited for running time. However, the network received their best ratings since 2003 and during the first month of 2005, had beaten anything from the previous year. The DVD version added 15 minutes that were cut from the broadcast version.

Destiny Deoxys is the first film to not be preceded by an animated short, instead dedicating the extra time to the movie proper. The featured Pokémon that normally are in the short instead appear as asides in the main film. This was also the first Pokémon film to feature Munchlax. Although Cartoon Network currently airs the film, it aired on Toon Disney on April 16, 2007 (because Miramax, owned by Disney, released this animated film), being the second Pokémon film to air on Toon Disney (the first being Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker). It is also the last film in the Pokémon franchise to have been released by Miramax in the United States and Alliance Films in Canada; the next three films were released by Viz Media in both countries and Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior was released by Universal Studios in both countries.

The ending theme for the Japanese Version is "Lovely: Yume Miru Lovely Boy" (L•O•V•E•L•Y~夢見るLOVELY BOY~?, "Lovely: Dream-Seeing Lovely Boy") by Tomoko Kawase under her alias Tommy February6 while the English version is titled "This Side of Paradise" by Bree Sharp. Director Kunihiko Yuyama visited the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to get ideas for the setting for the film.[2]

Plot[edit]

Ash Ketchum and Pikachu marvel at the supernatural force, which is one of the normally introverted Tory's only sources of enjoyment, and which turns out to be Deoxys.

A mysterious meteorite is hurtling towards the earth. During its entry into the atmosphere, it almost wounds Rayquaza, a sky guardian living in the ozone layer. The meteorite crashes into a polar zone, revealing two egg-shaped objects. The purple egg regenerates into a Deoxys and picks up the green egg. Rayquaza descends from the ozone layer to fight the invader (believing it to be an enemy). A battle ensues, destroying a nearby research site and traumatizing a young boy, scared by a stampede of Spheal, Sealeo, and Walrein. The purple Deoxys engages Rayquaza and the two take turns delivering devastating blows to each other, but the fight draws to a conclusion when Rayquaza surprises the alien Pokémon and fires a point blank Hyper Beam at it. Deoxys goes back to egg form and falls into the sea, while some researchers take the green egg with them. Beneath the sea, the injured Deoxys regenerates and waits. The green egg appears somewhere in Hoenn.

Four years later, Ash, May, Brock, and Max travel to LaRousse City, where block robots patrol the area. There they meet Tory (Tou'i), a boy who is afraid of Pokémon because of psychological trauma that had ensued from the stampede caused by the battle between Deoxys and Rayquaza. Tory is found to be a loner. Deoxys, which has fully healed, leaves to find the other green egg which Tory's parents are testing in a lab.

In the Battle Tower, Ash mistakes Tory for a Pokémon trainer and they battle against Rafe and Sid, with Tory using Ash's Torkoal. However, Tory does not know how to handle Ash's Torkoal and they lose. Tory runs away, stopping to save a Minun which was trapped in a trash can. Later, Ash meets Tory's parents and they have fun until they see a mysterious purple aurora, signaling the return of Deoxys.

When Deoxys begins to remove the city's inhabitants to search for the green egg using copies of itself, it is up to Ash, Pikachu, and Tory to help it find the egg. This is complicated by the return of Rayquaza, and the security robots malfunctioning, which forces Deoxys to create a force field that disables the city's power. Later, Rayquaza manages to break through the force field. Deoxys and Rayquaza then continue to battle, causing havoc in the city. The green egg is regenerated when Pikachu and Minun and Plusle charge the power generator in the lab. As the fight continues, Deoxys tackles Rayquaza into the floor. It prepares a lethal blow, but the green Deoxys arrives in perfect timing and quickly transforms into defense form saving Rayquaza from the attack. The city is filled with blocks of robots when the main robot becomes hostile, which overwhelm Rayquaza. The twin Deoxys form shields that protect Rayquaza. Seeing that the two Pokémon are willing to protect it in face of this new threat, Rayquaza begins firing Hyper Beams upon the thousands of robots.

Ash and Tory work together and ultimately manage to shut off the malfunctioning robots by disabling the main robot, freeing the twin Deoxys and Rayquaza. Rayquaza, recognizing that the Deoxys aren't enemies, flies away peacefully, and the Deoxys form green and purple auroras in the sky as a goodbye to their friends, leaving to an unknown destination. Ash states that wherever they are going, at least they would always have each other. Tory, who has gotten over his fear of Pokémon, agrees and later bids Ash and the others farewell at the train station with his new friends, Plusle and Minun, on his shoulders.

Cast[edit]

Character name Voice actor (Japanese) Voice actor (English)
Ash Ketchum/ Satoshi Rica Matsumoto (松本 梨香) Veronica Taylor
May/ Haruka Kaori (KAORI)
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani (大谷 育江)
Brock/ Takeshi Yūji Ueda (上田 祐司) Eric Stuart
Max/ Masato Fushigi Yamada (山田 ふしぎ) Amy Birnbaum
Tory Lund/ Tou'i Noriko Hidaka (日髙 のり子) Tara Sands
Professor Lund/ Dr. Rondot Kōichi Yamadera (山寺 宏一) Sean Schemmel
Yūko Takako Uehara (上原 多香子) Rachael Lillis
Rafe/ Ryu Kenji Nojima (野島 健児) Sebastian Arcelus
Rebecca/ Hitomi Becky (ベッキー) Lisa Ortiz
Sid/ Shouta Makoto Higo (肥後 誠) Matthew Charles
Kathryn/ Catherine Maria Yamamoto (山本 麻里安) Rebecca Handler
Audrey Nana Mizuki (水樹 奈々)
Deoxys Susumu Chiba (千葉 進歩)
Kenji Nojima (野島 健児)
Rayquaza Katsuyuki Konishi (小西 克幸)
Jessie/ Musashi Megumi Hayashibara (林原 めぐみ) Rachael Lillis
James/ Kojiro Shin-ichiro Miki (三木 眞一郎) Eric Stuart
Meowth/ Nyarth Inuko Inuyama (犬山 イヌコ) Maddie Blaustein
Munchlax/ Gonbe Keiko Yamamoto (山本 圭子) Jason Griffith

Box office[edit]

This film did not make it into the top 10 box office films in Japan due to the success of American blockbuster movies that year. However, it was ranked as the No. 1 anime film that year with $34m in box office sales, beating out Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey ($23m), Case Closed: Magician of the Silver Sky (Detective Conan feature film, $22m), Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Kasukabe Boys of the Evening Sun ($11m), Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow ($11m), Innocence ($8m), Steamboy ($8m) and InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island ($7m). Its overall ranking is seventh place.

Home media[edit]

The original Japanese DVD release occurred on December 21, 2004. The film was later released in the U.S. on DVD and VHS on February 15, 2005. In the UK, Studio Canal released the DVD on April 2, 2012.[3] It was originally due to be released on May 9, 2011, however this was postponed. This date is close to eight years after the original Japanese release and over seven years after the US DVD release, making it the longest amount of time for a Pokémon film to be released in the UK after its US release. The film, however, has yet to be released on DVD in Australia and New Zealand.

The film was released on Blu-ray (along with Pokémon Heroes on the same disc) on May 15, 2011 by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.

This was the last Pokémon film to be released on VHS, the last to be dubbed in Quebec French and the last to be distributed by Miramax.

This was the first Pokémon film to be assigned a PG-12 rating by Eirin, but it received lower ratings elsewhere.[4] This is because the Japanese version of the film contains several violent scenes that were cut from the American version (and other international versions).[5]

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