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Three strikes you're out!
on August 23, 2001
This was my least favorite in the Pokemon movie franchise thus far. While it does introduce us to a lot of new Pokemon from gold and silver, the storyline was half-baked. Again, there was no menacing villain, but at least Ash didn't have to save the world in this one - a welcome change of pace. The main "bad" Pokemon this time are the Unown, who in the games, are a whole lot of nothing, but evidently, they've gained a lot power for the movie. The big deal about this movie was supposed to be Entei, but even he is nothing more than a dream Pokemon created from the imagination of a little girl by the Unown to be her "father figure" to give her anything she wants. Likewise, all the Pokemon battled by the main characters are merely dream Pokemon, but they are so powerful, that everyone's Pokemon gets defeated in battle. Sadly, this includes Vulpix, who FINALLY gets to battle in a movie, only to be easily defeated (and since Vulpix is leaving the cartoon shortly, I will no longer be watching it or any further "Pokemon" movies). However, at least this movie has a definite resolution, and teaches the lesson that you can't live in a fantasy world.
Another problem I had with this movie was that the reunion between Molly and her father doesn't take place until during the ending credits - most people had already left the theater, and probably thought she'd never see her father again. That wasn't very well though out, in my opinion.
The cartoon short before the movie, "Pikachu and Pichu", was basically just a commercial advertising a bunch of new gold and silver Pokemon. The plot wasn't that much different from "Pikachu's Vacation". (But at least, once again, there's a lot of appearances by my favorite, Vulpix!) Again, the cartoon is mostly in "Pokemon-ese", so get out those Pokemon/English dictionaries!
The DVD is standard format, as usual. You'd think by now, with HDTV coming, they'd start making them widescreen. Oh Well...