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"
WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW, OH WOW.
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). While traveling, they get caught in a strange storm and blown to one of the Orange Islands, Shimouti Island.