Pokémon 3: The Movie

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Pokémon 3: The Movie
Pokemon-3-japanese-poster.jpg
Japanese release poster
Japanese 劇場版ポケットモンスター 結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI
Hepburn Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI
Translation "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Lord of the "UNKNOWN" Tower ENTEI"
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by Yukako Matsusako
Takemoto Mori
Choji Yoshikawa
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Takeshi Shudo
Starring Rica Matsumoto
Mayumi Iizuka
Yūji Ueda
Ikue Ōtani
Megumi Hayashibara
Shin-ichiro Miki
Ai Kato
Masami Toyoshima
Akiko Yajima
Naoto Takenaka
Narrated by Unshō Ishizuka
Music by Shinji Miyazaki (Japan)
Ralph Schuckett (International)
Cinematography Hisao Shirai
Edited by Toshio Henmi
Yutaka Itō
Production
  company
OLM, Inc.
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s)
  • July 8, 2000 (2000-07-08) (Japan)
Running time 91 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget ¥1.6 billion (US $16 million)
Box office $68,411,275[1]

Pokémon 3: The Movie, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters the Movie: Lord of the "UNKNOWN" Tower ENTEI (劇場版ポケットモンスター 結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI?, lit. "Emperor of the Crystal Tower ENTEI"), is a 2000 Japanese animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama as the third feature-length Pokémon film. It was released in Japanese theaters on July 8, 2000, and the English adaptation, entitled Pokémon 3: Spell of the Unown was released into theaters on April 6, 2001. This adaptation, the final film to be distributed by Warner Bros., was produced by 4Kids Entertainment.

Like its predecessors, it is preceded by a 20-minute short film titled Pikachu and Pichu, which marks the debut of the mischievous Pichu Bros., who help Pikachu reunite with his trainer after being separated (without Ash even knowing, due to him preparing a party to celebrate the day Pikachu and he first met). This was also the first Pokémon film to premiere in an IMAX theater. The realistic crystallization and Unown created a 3D effect in the movie.

It was also the last Pokémon film released theatrically in the UK, Sweden, Finland and in Latin America, except in Brazil.

Plot[edit]

Pikachu and Pichu[edit]

The film comes accompanied by a short mini-movie featuring Pikachu. In this mini-movie, Pikachu and his friends are left on a skyscraper in Big City by their trainers, who go off to prepare an unknown surprise for the Pokémon. Pikachu meets the Pichu Brothers, saving the younger one from falling off an opposite building. A group of Murkrow chase Pikachu off a flagpole, and he uses a group of Hoppip to reach the other side, sending Meowth who is window-cleaning, flying into a billboard. The Pichu Bros. assist Pikachu to return to his friends but they end up going on a journey across the city to the Pichu Bros' playground. On the way, they get chased by a Houndour who they later encounter again. The angry Houndour chases the three around until he nearly knocks the playground over. Pikachu, the Pichu Bros., Houndour and their assortment of friends manage to save the playground. Pikachu realizes it is nearly six o'clock and he must return to his friends before Ash, his trainer, does. Pikachu and the Pichu Bros. use a tire to get to the building, sending Meowth flying again. The three arrive in the nick of time, the Pichu Brothers departing. Ash, Misty and Brock arrive and take the Pokémon into a room where a party has been laid out for them in celebration of the first anniversary of Ash and Pikachu's meeting.

Spell of the Unown[edit]

The feature film focuses on the beautiful town of Greenfield. A resident of the town, the research scientist Professor Spencer Hale, conducts research on the elusive Unown. He and his assistant, Skyler, discover a site of ruins, but Hale is sucked into the dimension of the Unown.

His disappearance leaves his young daughter Molly alone, her mother having disappeared previously. Molly finds a box of tablets containing Unown images and begins assembling the letters, which summons the Unown themselves. The Unown use their powers to make Molly's wishes come true, transforming her manor house into a crystal-like palace which spreads across the town and cuts her off from the world. Entei is created to represent Molly's father. Various people come to help sort out the Unown, including Professor Oak and Delia Ketchum (Ash's mother).

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends meet and befriend a trainer named Lisa. They come into Greenfield in the process and agree to join in the rescue mission to save young Molly. However, Entei kidnaps Delia, following Molly's request for a mother as well. Entei's powers hypnotize Delia into thinking she is Molly's mother. Ash, Misty, Brock and their Pokémon head out to the mansion to save Delia, communicating with Professor Oak and Skyler thanks to a PokéGear device given to them by Lisa. Team Rocket try to investigate the mansion, only to be blasted out of the air by Entei into the depths of the mansion. Molly watches Ash and the others through a television and falls asleep, imagining herself being a Pokémon Trainer. Seeing Ash on TV, Delia snaps out of her trance, which is not noticed by Entei, who then creates a dream version of Molly as an adult and takes her to battle the three. She first fights Brock, but her dreamed-up Pokémon are stronger than his; she then has a more friendly fight against Misty in an underwater battle, but the winner is not shown.

Ash manages to locate Molly and Delia, but Molly refuses to leave with him and the mansion transforms. Entei refuses to allow Ash to leave with his mother, and fights his Pokémon. He then blasts Ash and Pikachu off a cliff, but they are saved by the arrival of Ash's Charizard. Charizard, with Ash on his back, battles Entei until he is knocked out of the sky. Entei nearly kills Charizard until Molly commands him to stop and begs that no more fighting happens, which manages to stop Entei. Ash and his friends convince Molly to leave with them, Entei revealing he was created by the Unown to be her father.

The Unown suddenly lose control of their powers and start to seal the group in the mansion. Ash, Pikachu, Charizard, Misty, Brock, Delia, Molly and Team Rocket escape down to the hall where the Unown are. Pikachu and Charizard attempt to break the forcefield protecting the Unown, but they are unsuccessful—until they are joined by Entei, combining their powers to destroy the shield with Molly's support. Entei sacrifices himself and the Unown return to their dimension, reversing all of their effects on the world and returning Professor Hale to the ruins where he originally vanished.

The group ventures outside, where Professor Oak, Skyler, Lisa and others meet them. Team Rocket hides in the mansion upon seeing all of the police outside and vow they will succeed or fail in their next scheme. In the end credits, Charizard and Lisa depart from Ash's company; Molly is seen with her own Teddiursa and reunites with her father—and later, with her mother.

Cast[edit]

Regular characters[edit]

  • Rica Matsumoto (Veronica Taylor in the English adaptation) as Satoshi (Ash Ketchum in the English adaptation), the main protagonist of the film. He is a young boy who wishes to be a Pokémon master and free his mother from the clutches of Entei.
  • Ikue Ōtani as Pikachu, Ash's first Pokémon.
  • Mayumi Iizuka (Rachael Lillis in the English adaptation) as Kasumi (Misty in the English adaptation), a Pokémon trainer and Ash's travelling companion.
  • Yūji Ueda (Eric Stuart in the English adaption) as Takeshi (Brock in the English adaption), a Pokémon breeder and Ash's travelling companion.
  • Satomi Kōrogi as Togepi, a Pokémon owned by Misty.
  • Megumi Hayashibara (Rachael Lillis in the English adaptation) as Musashi (Jessie in the English adaption), a member of the Team Rocket. Along with James and Meowth, she follows Ash into the Crystal Tower.
  • Shin-ichiro Miki (Eric Stuart in the English adaptation) as Kojirō (James in the English adaption), a member of Team Rocket.
  • Inuko Inuyama (Maddie Blaustein in the English adaptation) as Nyarth (Meowth in the English adaption), a member of Team Rocket. Unusually for a Pokémon, he has the ability to walk upright and is capable of human speech.
  • Yūji Ueda (Kayzie Rogers in the English adaptation) as Sonans (Wobbuffet in the English adaption), a Pokémon owned by Jessie.
  • Shin-ichiro Miki as Lizardon (Charizard in the English adaptation), a Pokémon owned by Ash that returns from Charicific Valley in time to save Ash from a pinch.
  • Ash's other Pokémon include:
    • Mika Kanai as Chikorita
    • Yūji Ueda (Kayzie Rogers in the English adaptation) as Hinoarashi (Cyndaquil in the English adaptation)
    • Chinami Nishimura (Kayzie Rogers in the English adaptation) as Waninoko (Totodile in the English adaptation)
    • Megumi Hayashibara (Tara Jayne in the English adaptation) as Fushigidane (Bulbasaur in the English adaptation)
    • Yūji Ueda as Yorunozuku (Noctowl in the English adaptation)
  • Misty's other Pokémon include:
    • Shin-ichiro Miki as Hitodeman (Staryu in the English adaptation)
    • Shin-ichiro Miki (Eric Stuart in the English adaption) as Nyorozo (Poliwhirl in the English adaption)
    • Ikue Ōtani (Rachael Lillis in the English adaption) as Tosakinto (Goldeen in the English adaption)
  • Brock's Pokémon include:
  • Unshō Ishizuka (Rodger Parsons in the English adaption) as the Narrator

Guest characters[edit]

  • Akiko Yajima (Amy Birnbaum in the English adaption) as Mi Snowdon (Molly Hale in the English adaption), a five-year-old girl from Greenfield who organizes the kidnapping of Hanako. Her Pokémon consist of Kingdra, Mantine (voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi), Mokoko (Flaaffy in the English adaption), Himegura (Teddiursa in the English adaption) and Gomazō (Phanpy in the English adaption)
  • Naoto Takenaka (Dan Green in the English adaption) as Entei, a legendary Pokémon created by the combined forces of Mi's dreams and the power of the Unown. He serves as the main antagonist but turns good at the end; the Unown are the true antagonists of the film.
    • Takenaka and Green also voice Doctor Sully Snowdon (Doctor Spencer Hale in the English adaption), Mi's father and a student of Doctor Orchid.
  • Ai Kato (Lisa Ortiz in the English adaption) as Rin (Lisa in the English adaption), a bandana-wearing Pokémon trainer who battles Satoshi in Greenfield. Her Pokémon consist of Aipom (voiced by Etsuko Kozakura), Granbull, Mankey, Kirinriki (Girafarig in the English adaption), Butterfree and Nuō (Quagsire in the English adaption).
  • Hirohide Yakumaru (Ted Lewis in the English adaption) as John (Schuyler in the English adaption), Doctor Sully's assistant.
  • Kōichi Yamadera as David, Mi's butler.
  • Kōichi Sakaguchi as the Cameraman
  • Yoko Soumi as the Reporter

Other characters[edit]

  • Unshō Ishizuka (Stuart Zagnit in the English adaption) as Doctor Orchid (Professor Oak in the English adaption), a Pokémon scientist and the teacher of Doctor Sully.
    • Ishizuka also voices the Narrator (voiced by Rodger Parsons in the English adaption).
  • Masami Toyoshima (Veronica Taylor in the English adaption) as Hanako (Delia Ketchum in the English adaption), Satoshi's mother and a childhood friend of Doctor Sully.
  • Tomokazu Seki (Ted Lewis in the English adaption) as Kenji (Tracey Sketchit in the English adaption), Doctor Orchid's assistant.
  • Ayako Shiraishi (Megan Hollingshead in the English adaption) as Nurse Joy
  • Chinami Nishimura (Megan Hollingshead in the English adaption) as Junsā (Officer Jenny in the English adaption)

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Like it's predecessors, for the film's theatrical release, select theaters would give away exclusive Pokémon trading cards, to capitalize on the success of the trading card game.

For the film's animation competition, Atlantis: The Lost Empire was among Disney's first major attempts to utilize internet marketing. The film was promoted through Kellogg's, which created a website with mini-games and a movie-based video game give-away for UPC labels from specially marked packages of Atlantis breakfast cereal.[2] The film was one of Disney's first marketing attempts through mobile network operators, and allowed users to download games based on the film.[3] McDonald's (which has an exclusive licensing agreement on all Disney releases) promoted the film with Happy Meal toys, food packaging and in-store decor. The McDonald's advertising campaign involved television, radio, and print advertisements beginning on the film's release date.[4] Frito-Lay offered free admission tickets for the film on specially marked snack packages.[5] And for DreamWorks' Shrek, in 2000, IMAX released CyberWorld onto its branded large-screen theaters. It was a compilation film that featured stereoscopic conversions of various animated shorts and sequences, including the bar sequence in Antz. DreamWorks was so impressed by the technology used for the sequence's "stereoscopic translation", that the studio and IMAX decided to plan a big-screen 3D version of Shrek. The film would have been re-released during the Christmas season of 2001, or the following summer, after its conventional 2D release. The re-release would have also included new sequences and an alternate ending. Plans for this was dropped due to "creative changes" instituted by DreamWorks and resulted in a loss of $1.18 million, down from IMAX's profit of $3.24 million.[6][7][8]Radio Disney was told not to allow any ads for the film to air on the station, stating, "Due to recent initiatives with The Walt Disney Company, we are being asked not to align ourselves promotionally with this new release Shrek. Stations may accept spot dollars only in individual markets."[9] On May 7, 2001, Burger King began promotions for the film, giving out a selection of nine exclusive Candy Caddies based on the Shrek characters, in Big Kids Meal and Kids Meal orders.[10] Ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins also ran an 8-week promotion of the film, selling products such as Shrek's Hot Sludge Sundae, a combination of Oreo Cookies 'n Cream ice cream, hot fudge, crushed chocolate cookies, whipped cream and squiggly gummy worms, and Shrek Freeze Frame Cake, featuring an image of Shrek and Donkey framed by sunflowers. This was to support the film's DVD/VHS release.[11]

Pokémon 3: The Movie opened in theaters in Japan on July 8, 2000. The film was released in the United States on April 6, 2001, debuting at #4 on its opening weekend earning $8,240,752 from 2,675 theaters.[12] The film proved less successful in the box office compared to previous films. During its 10 week box office run, Pokémon 3: The Movie made a significant profit-margin, with a worldwide gross of $68,411,275 ($17,052,128 in America)[1]

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed to negative reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 22% "Rotten" approval rating, a significant improvement from the two predecessors, based on the reviews of 55 critics, with the consensus being, "Critics say that the third Pokémon movie has a better plot than its two predecessors. This is not enough, however, to recommend it to those not already fans of the franchise".[13] The film also has a 22 out of 100 on Metacritic.[14]

Home Media[edit]

Pokémon 3: the Movie was released on VHS and DVD on August 21, 2001.[15]

Soundtrack[edit]

Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released April 3, 2001
Genre Pop
Length 58:35
Label Koch Records
Producer John Loeffler
Various artists chronology
Totally Pokémon
(2001)
Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack
(2001)
Pokémon Christmas Bash
(2001)

Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the third series and the movie, It was released on April 3, 2001 by Koch Records on Audio CD and Compact Cassette. Many of the songs featured on the Totally Pokémon album, but as that was not released outside of America and Australia, this soundtrack encouraged European fans to own the music. In Australia some copies of the CD were released with a bonus disc of the musical score of Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (which was also released as a separate disc worldwide), Pokémon The Movie 2000 Original Motion Picture Score.[citation needed] The Japanese and English-language soundtracks contain different tracks. Shinji Miyazaki wrote the original film score, while Ralph Schuckett composed the score for the International and Japanese DVD releases.

The second track, "To Know the Unknown" was performed by the girl-group Innosense. Tracks 13 to 15 are karaoke versions. The CD also features two Pokémon videos, the Pokérap and a scene from the film, which are accessible upon insertion of the disc into a computer.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pokémon Johto" [Movie Version]
  2. "To Know the Unknown"
  3. "Pikachu (I Choose You)"
  4. "All We Wanna Do"
  5. "He Drives Me Crazy"
  6. "You & Me & Pokémon"
  7. "Song of Jigglypuff"
  8. "Pokérap GS"
  9. "Two Perfect Girls" by Brock from Pokémon
  10. "Pokémon Johto" [TV Version]
  11. "Biggest Part of My Life
  12. "Medley from Spell of the Unown"
  13. "Pikachu (I Choose You)" [Karaoke Version]
  14. "Song of Jigglypuff" [Karaoke Version]
  15. "You & Me & Pokémon" [Karaoke Version]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  2. ^ Raugust 2004, n.p.
  3. ^ Steinbock, Dan (2007). The Mobile Revolution: The Making of Mobile Services Worldwide. Kogan Page. pp. 158, 304. ISBN 978-0-7494-4850-9. 
  4. ^ "McDonald's Dives into Disney's Atlantis". QSR Magazine. Journalistic, Inc. June 11, 2001. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ Teninge, Annick (June 21, 2001). "Cheetos Lovers Get Tickets To Atlantis". Animation World Network. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "As Expected, Imax Reports A Loss". Studio Briefing (Culture.com). November 9, 2000. 
  7. ^ Carter, Meg (October 13, 2000). "Imax cinemas". The guardian. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ Linder, Brian (June 8, 2000). "Shrek Like Imax". IGN. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Tracy, Joe (May 1, 2001). "Radio Disney - "No Shrek Ads!"". digitalmediafx.com. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Burger King Shrek Promotion Begins Today". digitalmediafx.com. May 7, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ Baskin-Robbins in big Shrek's promotion at thefreelibrary.com.
  12. ^ "Pokemon 3: The Movie Weekend Box-Office". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ Pokémon 3: The Movie at Rotten Tomatoes
  14. ^ Pokémon 3: The Movie at Metacritic
  15. ^ Amazon.com: Pokemon 3 - The Movie

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