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Pokémon 3: The Movie
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Japanese film 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
Literally Pocket Monsters the Movie: Lord of the "UNKNOWN" Tower ENTEI
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by
  • Choji Yoshikawa
  • Yukako Matsusako
  • Takemoto Mori[1]
Screenplay by
  • Takeshi Shudo
  • Hideki Sonoda[1]
Based on Pokémon
by Satoshi Tajiri
Starring
Narrated by Unshō Ishizuka
Music by Shinji Miyazaki[1]
Cinematography Hisao Shirai
Edited by
  • Toshio Henmi
  • Yutaka Ito[1]
Distributed by Toho[1]
Release date
  • July 8, 2000 (2000-07-08) (Japan)
Running time
74 minutes[1]
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget ¥1.6 billion (US$16 million)
Box office US$70,157,342

Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown, commonly referred to as Pokémon 3: The Movie, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters the Movie: Lord of the "UNKNOWN" Tower (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, lit. "Emperor of the Crystal Tower ENTEI"), is a 2000 Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama as the third feature-length Pokémon film. The film stars the voices of Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Ikue Ōtani, Koichi Yamadera, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Ai Kato, Masami Toyoshima, Akiko Yajima, and Naoto Takenaka. The film was released on July 8, 2000.

Like its predecessors, it is preceded by a short film, this one 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 film. This was also the last Pokémon film to be released by Warner Bros. until the release of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu in 2019. Starting with Pokémon 4Ever, the films would be distributed internationally by former Disney subsidiary, Miramax Films.

Plot

Pikachu and Pichu

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

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. An illusionary 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's Bulbasaur and Chikorita in action 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. Molly first fights Brock, but Molly's dreamed-up Pokémon are stronger than his; Molly 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. Entei defeats Totodile and Cyndaquil with ease, and battles Pikachu. 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 declare that they will always have another opportunity to catch Pokémon. 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 long-lost mother.

Cast

Character English
Ash Ketchum Veronica Taylor
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani
Misty Rachael Lillis
Brock Eric Stuart
Narrator Rodger Parsons
Togepi Satomi Kōrogi
Jessie Rachael Lillis
James Eric Stuart
Meowth Maddie Blaustein
Entei Dan Green
Spencer Hale Dan Green
Molly Hale Amy Birnbaum
Lisa Lisa Ortiz
Schuyler Ted Lewis
Delia Ketchum Veronica Taylor
Professor Oak Stuart Zagnit
Tracey Ted Lewis
Officer Jenny Lee Quick

Release

Box office

Like its 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.

Pokémon 3: The Movie opened in theaters in Japan on July 8, 2000 with a 74 minute running time.[1] The film grossed US$48.5 million in Japan.[2]

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, less than half as much as first-place finisher Spy Kids.[3] 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, grossing $17,052,128 in North America.[4]

The film grossed US$4,605,214 in five other countries, including US$2,736,100 in Germany, US$714,016 in the United Kingdom, US$549,902 in Australia, US$327,752 in Austria, and US$277,444 in Denmark. Combined, the film grossed US$21,657,342 overseas outside of Japan.[5] In total, the film's gross was US$70,157,342 (equivalent to $99,697,989 in 2017).

Reception

The film received generally 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".[6] The film also has a 22 out of 100 on Metacritic.[7]

Home media

Pokémon 3: The Movie was released on VHS and DVD on August 21, 2001.[8]

Viz Media has announced that a limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook containing the first three Pokémon films will be released on February 9, 2016, along with single releases on DVD (These are: Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon: The Movie 2000 and Pokémon 3: The Movie). In accommodation with the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, a digitally remastered version of the film was released on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play on February 27, 2016.

Soundtrack

Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack
Pokémon 3 The Ultimate Soundtrack.png
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 were featured on the album Totally Pokémon but as that was not released outside of North 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 album for Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (which was also released as a separate disc worldwide).[citation needed] The Japanese and English-language editions contained 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 girl-group Innosense. Tracks 13 to 15 were karaoke versions. The album 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

No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Pokémon Johto [Movie Version]" (Johto)  
2."To Know the Unknown"Innosense 
3."Pikachu (I Choose You)" (Johto)Élan Rivera 
4."All We Wanna Do" (Johto)Ken Cummings, John Loeffler 
5."He Drives Me Crazy" (Johto)Shauna McCoy 
6."You & Me & Pokémon" (Johto)Élan Rivera, PJ Lequerica 
7."Song of Jigglypuff" (Johto)Jamily Gray, Shauna McCoy 
8."Pokerap GS" (Johto)  
9."Two Perfect Girls"Eric Stuart 
10."Pokémon Johto [TV Version]" (Johto)PJ Lequerica 
11."Biggest Part of My Life" (Johto)PJ Lequerica 
12."Medley from Spell of the Unown"John Loeffler and Ralph Schuckett 
13."Pikachu (I Choose You)" (Karaoke Version)  
14."Song of Jigglypuff" (Karaoke Version)  
15."You & Me & Pokémon" (Karaoke Version)  

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith IV, Stuart. The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 415. ISBN 1461673747.
  2. ^ Macias, Patrick (2003). Japan's Movie House Masterpieces. DH Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 9780972312448.
  3. ^ "Pokemon 3: The Movie Weekend Box-Office". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Pokémon 3: The Movie at Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ Pokémon 3: The Movie at Metacritic
  8. ^ Amazon.com: Pokemon 3 - The Movie

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