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Pokémon the Movie 2000

Rica Matsumoto , Madeleine Blaustein , Kunihiko Yuyama , Michael Haigney    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
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Thanks to a greedy Pokémon collector, Earth's weather patterns are askew and its population doomed unless Pokémon trainer Ash can return three glass balls to their proper place in this second Pokémon feature. Unlike the television show, the movie features little violence and no Pokémon battles in the classic sense. Instead, the focus is an environmental one: what happens when humans interfere with the harmony of Earth's elements--in this case fire, ice, and lightning. Even Team Rocket have a (temporary, to be sure) change of heart, joining Ash and Misty in their effort to free the three imprisoned birdlike Pokémon who regulate those elements. The good intentions of this 76-minute film, however, don't make it any less dull for grownups (even though this feature is better than the first). Even more mind-numbing than the feature is the lead-in short, "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure," in which Pikachu and Pokémon friends follow Team Rocket's feline down a hole into a Munchkinland-type place. Without the humans for dialogue, viewers must endure a full 20 minutes of nothing but the squawks and squeaks of pocket monsters. As the movie's title song says, "We all live in a Pokémon world." (Ages 3 and older.) --Kimberly Heinrichs

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... June 9 2003
GOOD HEAVENS!!! For some strange reason, I get this strange feeling that this will be my favorite movie of the bunch until I see "Pokemon Heroes". Mind you, I have seen only this and "Mewtwo Strikes Back", so that's only a prediction. Now let's get started.
First, I will review the traditional 20-minute short "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure"
This can be reviewed with on sentance: ""Pikachu's Vacation" was better". Skip it entirely. The only interesting scene is the "Bellossom concert".
Now for the good stuff: "Pokemon: The Movie 2000"
This is honestly one of the best movies I have ever seen.
The story? Oh man, it's great. It starts with the explanation of an ancient legend. The Titans of Fire, Ice and Lightning, are the bird Pokemon Moltres (Fire), Zapdos (Lightning) and Articuno (Ice). The Collector (voiced by Neil Stuart) is an evil man who collects Pokemon and Pokemon-related items (like his Mew card (similar to trading-card game)). The legend reads that if Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno are brought together, they will flush out the real prize of all this collecting: The Beast of the Sea, Lugia. Sadly, taking these Pokemon from their respective islands (Fire, Ice and Lightning Island) will throw the entire balance of nature out of whack.
While this is going on, good-ol' Ash (Veronica Taylor) with his old time pal Misty (Rachael Lillis) and new friend Tracey (Ted Lewis) are traveling the Orange Islands (home of those huge bird-like freaks) with another friend, Erin (Tara Jayne).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the first. May 14 2003
In the second theatrical release of the Pokemon series, we are given nothing but an environmental disaster for Ash and friends to solve - and this makes it quite a bit less great than the first movie. This would have been much better as a multi-part episode of the TV series.
If you're unfamiliar with the basics, Pokemon (short for "POcKEt MONsters") are creatures a little like those from this world, but with strange and unusual powers and abilities that they use for their masters - masters that can be either good or evil. Ash and his friends train their Pokemon to fight battles with their enemies. They travel all over the planet to collect new and unusual types of Pokemon. They trap Pokemon in "Poke Balls" - a small device that hangs from a belt. When Ash's enemies release their Pokemon to do their work, Ash and his friends release their Pokemon, and they have a big battle.
The environmental message in this story is just about shouted out loud and clear. This heavy handedness in story and plot makes it less enjoyable to begin with. Then, to make matters worse, there's a section near the beginning of the movie that almost comes right out and tells you the plot for the rest of the movie. If I had know that this was the case, I could have turned it off right then.
Ash and his friends must save the three legendary bird Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres from the clutches of an evil Pokemon collector. But the "evil" of the collector is only superficial at best - we are given no reasons for his obsession with "Gotta Catch Em All" other than the collector's card that he both begins and ends the movie with. He doesn't seem nearly as threatening as the menace of MewTwo.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly my favorite Pokemon movie May 12 2003
First of all, the main problem with this Pokemon movie(in whatever version) was that it was too darned predictable. One of the main characters, Melody, practically sums up the whole movie from the start! Ash basically has to go find three ancient treasures in order to restore the peace which was disrupted by a greedy Pokemon collector, Lawrence III.
The english version(which sadly is the only language track, besides the french track, on this DVD) makes the movie even more unwatchable. 4Kids Entertainment really wanted to mess with the plot this time, making Ash's role 'bigger' by making him 'The Chosen One' just so they could put another message in the movie.
To make matters worse, they totalled the soundtrack again, replacing it with their MIDI junk. Luckily, there ARE some music scores in this movie that are good, namely the last scene's.
The DVD has a lack of extra features, because the only ones here are some videos of some 'bands' and 'singers', a trailer for the 3rd film, and the short film, which was toyed with just like it's predecessor. Strangely, the movie doesn't have a widescreen mode, which is very irritating. Sadly, Warner Bros.' track record of Pokemon DVDs isn't looking too good. This movie may not convert non-Pokemon fans, but it will be an entertaining little ride for the fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the lot! April 20 2003
Although probably not met with as much praise by the critics as with the Pokefans, it was significantly better than the first film, Mewtwo Strikes Back. This may be a biased opinion, however, as Lugia is my favorite Pokemon, but Mewtwo is one of them as well.
Anyway, in this film, a Pokemon collector wants to capture the legendary bird Pokemon, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres to flush out the big prize, Lugia. Unfortunetly, this tips the balance of power, and disrupts the weather around the world. Meanwhile, Ash, Misty and Tracey journey to a small island near to the island homes of the legendary birds and keeps up its old traditions with a yearly festival. The young girl who leads the tradition this year is Melody, who chooses Ash as the festival's "Chosen One." He is to travel to the islands to collect three elemental spheres and bring them back to the first island.
How this movie is better than the first (and the ones that follow, too, I might add) I will explain in numerous points:
First of all, the movie is less dark, and has a bit of a lighter mood. This can be good or bad, depending on how you like your Pokemon movies, but people who watch the anime series tend to like the lighter mood more.
Secondly, this movie explores more the possibility of Pokeshipping, which is the more-than-platonic relationship between Ash and Misty. The movie has many cute moments, like Misty geeting jealous over Melody kissing Ash, and Melody telling Misty how she will marry Ash eventually. There's even a Rocketshippy moment! (Jessie and James)
Third, the score to the movie goes way beyond what is possible in the anime series. I personally love the score, especially "The Legend Comes to Life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon 2000
This was an easy transaction. The movie came exactly as described & was here in time for Christmas. Fast & efficient service & I will be back for more! Thank you very much :)
Published on Dec 28 2011 by Karen
1.0 out of 5 stars My little sis liked it, but in my opinon ITS STUPID!
Yeah whatever, Ash has to be the stupid main character and acts like a childish kid who never goes to school, who always hangs out with his stupid pokemon and trys to earn badges... Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but a bit of an embarrasment
This movie is great and it has my favorite Pokemon: Lugia. But the creators of this movie made Lugia an embarrasment. Anything happens to it and it falls into the sea. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movies Wicked!
I love this Movie!
It wasn't quite as good as the first but I still thought it was wicked. The storyline is great. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by Rosebud
1.0 out of 5 stars The 2000 Countdown, down, down
This movie is one of the most idiotic, stupid, fictional, unrealistic, badly-graphiced pokemon movies ever. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding entry in the Pokemon Series
While the first Pokemon movie was weak and sadly overly cutsey at times, Pokemon 2000 holds an excellent plot, awsome action, beautiful animation, and overall quality... Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by Vicente Drago
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie
I think this movie is my most favorite Pokemon movie of all time! I have not seen Pokemon Heroes yet, but when I do it might be my new favorite movie. (Who Knows? Read more
Published on June 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary!
This is a great movie.It's about the three legendary birds:Zapdos
moltres and articuno.Each of them have different talents:electric
fire and ice. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by Sagar
2.0 out of 5 stars DISMAL, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
This was a horrible movie. I hoped to see a bit more of the originality of the first "Pokemon" film (exciting and emotionally-charged). Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by Steven Hancock
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