- Language: English, Japanese
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00007KK1F
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,490 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
like all pokemon movies, the graphics in this one is stunning, you can even compare it with the Miyazaki movies (which have amazingly detailed backgrounds), the well rendered 3D CGs blend perfectly with the detailed 2D drawings, unlike some other animations where 3D looks bizzare in a 2D environment...
the storyline uses "time" as the central idea in this movie and with the creator's imagination, it creates twists and surprises for the audience... although I want to see more actions and more combats between the heroes and villains, since this is a movie for young views, I guess I can't complain too much...
the only downside of this movie is the music... there are just not enough musics in this movie, even if there are enough, the musics are not memorable... the ending theme is horrible, talking about a music without melody... but I suppose musics don't affect the feeling the story gives you that much, so with awesome graphics and creative storyline, it balances out to be a very good movie...
I give it a 5
Pokémon 4Ever is a great and fun film of the quality we've come to expect from not only pokémon films, but anime in general. If you are a pokémon fan of any age, this is a must own film.
Overall, the graphics are of the same high quality we can expect of any Pokémon episode, or movie. They even do a mild increase of the graphics quality of the standard pokémon, by giving it a mild 3D feel in certain areas.
While the movie does not hold the awe inspiring music that the previous two held, the music is flawless, and does not detract from the movie in any way. While it could have been better, it is fine as it is.
The movie's story holds together well. A boy named Sammy protects Celebi, the legendary pokémon, from a pokémon hunter. Celebi, to protect them from this threat, travels forward in time, to the time of our heroes Ash, Pikachu, and the rest. Together, they must protect Celebi, and the rest of the forest, from their new threat--a hunter more powerful than the one left behind!
The story is mildly simplistic, but as it is a children's story foremost, it cannot be faulted for that. All plot threads that are started are finished by the end of the movie, and you get a full sense of fulfillment. They did extraordinary in this area.
The story is not only fun for children, but for more mature pokémon fans. There are several fun references for pokémon fans to catch, and they did an excellent job of making you feel for the characters--there are several truly touching moments, regardless of your age.
Special Features (3/5):
The disk holds an audio commentary, animation walkthrough, trivia game, trailers for this movie, a sneak peek at the next, and DVD-Rom features (Trading Card Game, Desktop items, and 'Hidden Content' at Pokemon.com.)
The audio commentary is unarguably the best feature of the special features. Sadly, they didn't go the full way. While most movies with audio commentaries go till the end, this one goes about 40-50 minutes, before falling off completetly to the normal movie audio. With a little work, they could have made the audio commentary longer, and given it a more satisfying feeling.
The animation progression, trailers, and trivia game are nothing to be too excited about. While the trivia game is fun, it loses its novelty after about 2 goes-through it.
The sneak peek at the next movie, almost should have been excluded. It was in Japanese, and no work to translate it was given. It overall gave a mild feel of the graphics, but gave no idea whatsoever of what the next movie will be about.
The DVD-ROM feature of the trading card game was unimpressive at best. It gives a feel of what it is about, but the game boy game can give a much better feel. The 'hidden content' is through their website, and links to it were able to be found on the internet from about the moment the DVD was unloosed on the public.
The movie is a fine addition to the list of pokémon movies. It will not win over any new fans to the series, but will only strengthen the love of any old ones. I strongly suggest it as a buy to any pokémon fan, and at least a rent to any anime fan.
If your child is a Pokemon fan, you can't go wrong with this!