Meowth's Party

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Meowth's Party is the 7th ending theme song of the Pokemon anime series. It was used in the original Japanese versions of episodes 117 through 141. It first gained exposure internationally, when it was recreated as an interactive technical demo showcased at the 2000 Nintendo Space World convention, demonstrating the GameCube's graphic capabilities.[1] In the demo, Team Rocket's Meowth is seen entertaining guests at a party with his red guitar. The demo featured Pokémon from the Red, Blue (Green in Japan), Gold and Silver versions of the Pokémon video games. The demo was created by the same team who created Pokémon Stadium for the Nintendo 64.

Summary[edit]

A screenshot of Meowth and his red Fender Stratocaster.

Meowth is seen dancing with his associates, Team Rocket members Jessie (Musashi in the original Japanese version) and James (Kojiro), and their two Pokémon, Arbok and Weezing (Matadogasu). In both the ending sequence, and the tech demo, he is voiced by Inuko Inuyama, who voices the character in the Japanese version of the anime series (where the character is known as Nyarth). In the United States, Kids' WB! aired the ending in its original Japanese after one episode, and aired an English dub of the song in the next. The English dub also features Maddie Blaustein as Meowth, Rachael Lillis as Jessie, and Eric Stuart as James, who were voicing their respective characters in the series at the time. Neither ending was ever aired again on the network.[2]

The animation for both versions was composed in 3-D computer graphics, with the exception of Jessie and James, who, in the ending sequence, remain as 2-D cels in the style of Paper Mario and PaRappa the Rapper.

Meowth sings the song at his party in the Pokémon episode titled Pichu Bros. in Party Panic, a special episode only available for viewing on the GameCube game Pokémon Channel. Unlike the rest of the episode, this section uses 3-D computer graphics and Meowth's actions are selected randomly for each viewing.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, there is a trophy of Meowth holding a red guitar. The character model is the same as the Meowth from Meowth's Party. The description also mentions Meowth's Party and even gives a brief explanation about it.[3]

CD single[edit]

Meowth's Party (ニャースのパーティ Nyarth's Party) is a mini CD single that was released on October 27, 1999 in Japan. The lyrics were by Akihito Toda, the songs were composed and arranged by Hirokazu Tanaka.

Amazon.com has a listing with information on the single but it is usually out of stock on it. Packaged with the single is a small poster with a screenshot from the ending sequence and the lyrics to the songs. There is also a 41 second long fifth track that isn't listed on the packaging.[4]

Track list[edit]

  1. Meowth's Party ニャースのパーティ
  2. Meowth's Song 2000 ニャースのうた2000
  3. As I Said と★いってるニャ
  4. Meowth's Party (Karaoke) ニャースのパーティ(オリジナルカラオケ)
  5. Meowth's Rant (hidden track, not listed on packaging)

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN Staff. "IGN: Meowth's Party Movie". Cube.ign.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. ^ "Meowth's Party". Pokezam.com. Retrieved 2009-01-23.[dead link]
  3. ^ IGN Staff. "IGN: Meowth's Party Impressions and Shots". cube.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  4. ^ "Collector's Cache: Meowth's Party promo w/mini CD". www.collectorscache.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.

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