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What Parents Need To Know

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Full Theatrical Trailer

Parents need to know that Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! is a 2017 Japanese animated film based on the Pokemon toy and media franchise. Expect some cartoon violence — fiery explosions, some monster imagery. Younger viewers may be upset by scenes in which some Pokemon are neglected and left alone by their trainers because they didn’t emerge victorious in battle they have the distinctive large, tear-filled eyes that seem to be a hallmark of anime in general. Some positive messages on learning from mistakes, and being a good sport in both victory and defeat. Overall, while loosely based on the pilot episode of the Pokemon anime series, this twentieth Pokemon movie is best for fans of the franchise, as the complications of the plot and extraneous characters will confuse everyone else.

I Choose You Provides Examples Of:

  • Adaptational Intelligence: Unlike his main series counterpart, this Ash isn’t as dumb when he begins his journey. He recognizes all the Pokémon he encounters and doesn’t make any rookie battling mistakes.
  • Whereas Professor Oak became a Nice Guy in the series through Characterization Marches On, here, he’s actually a considerate person from the beginning.
  • In this version of the story, Ash’s Charmeleon actually stays loyal to him after evolving.
  • Both Ash and Pikachu fall into this. Rather than his more hot headed and bratty persona from Kanto, he instead acts more like how he is in Hoenn and Sinnoh, being very skilled and yet also thoughtful and considerate. Likewise, while Pikachu starts out bratty, but once Ash saves him, he’s immediately more respectful of him, rather than how he was bratty throughout most of Kanto.
  • Adapted Out: ALL of Ashs Pokémon who are not Pikachu, Butterfree, Charizard, or Heracross, are not present at all in the film.
  • Alternate Continuity: Confirmed in an interview to be the case. The entire movie deviates rather heavily from the anime’s story with many points, and is said to be inspired by all of Ash’s adventures.
  • Ho-Oh – having been dropped off from the main story without a proper introduction – becoming the focus of the journey, being from Generation II.
  • Ash having entirely different companions that aren’t Misty or Brock, nor any other known traveling companion.
  • There is a distinct lack of blood when Lycanroc bites into Cross’s arm.
  • The Cameo:
  • Is It Any Good

    A common tendency in mediocre-at-best anime is to layer the story with as many plots and subplots as possible in the space of a feature-length film. Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! is yet another example of this unfortunate tendency. What could be the simple story of the beginning bond between Ash and Pikachu turns into a chaotic snarl of extraneous characters, side stories, and something about a rainbow feather. By the third act, the story thread more or less unravels, but it shouldn’t be a spoiler to reveal that the aforementioned rainbow feather turns gray when it’s taken by those whose hearts aren’t pure.

    While somewhat of an origin story , Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! is best for Pokemon fans or those who know enough about Pokemon to understand the battle scenes and already know and care enough about the characters to fully understand what’s at stake. Otherwise, the needless and overwrought complexity to the story isn’t really worth the trouble to try and grasp it.

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    Pokmon The Movie: I Choose You

    Pokémon the Movie:
    Gekij-ban Poketto Monsut Kimi ni kimeta!
    Literally Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!
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    3.31 billion $37.6 million

    Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is a 2017 Japanese animated adventure film and the 20th film in the Pokémon anime series created by Satoshi Tajiri and produced by OLM. Loosely adapted from the anime’s pilot episode of the same name and much of the first season, it was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and written by Shoji Yonemura. The film stars the voices of Rica Matsumoto, Ikue tani, Unsh Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Kanata Hong, Shiori Sato, and Ryta saka. Set in an alternate timeline, the film follows the journey of Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum and his friends, Pikachu, Verity, and Sorrel, as they seek to meet the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh at the summit of Mount Tensei.

    I Choose You! premiered at Japan Expo in France on July 6, 2017 and was then released in Japan on July 15. The release coincided with the 20th anniversary of the anime series. The film grossed $37.6 million worldwide and 3.31 billion in Japan, and received mixed reviews from critics.

    Talk To Your Kids About

    Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! In Movie Theaters ...
    • Families can talk about movies inspired by games and toys. Why do you think cartoons are often based on games, toys, and other merchandise designed to appeal to kids?

    • What positive messages does this movie share about good sportsmanship and learning from mistakes?

    • Why do you think Pokemon is still so popular? What are some other examples of kids’ movies and television shows that manage to remain popular for a long time?

    • In theaters: November 5, 2017
    • On DVD or streaming: February 13, 2018
    • : March 2, 2022
    • A mystical, positive take on girl’s coming of age.

      age 5+

    • Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.

      age 9+

    • Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

      age 5+

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    Differences From The Main Series

    With this movie taking place in an alternate timeline, there are many differences between events that happen in the main series and in the movie.

    • Pikachu knows Iron Tail, a move he doesn’t learn until Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
    • Charizard knows Slash, a move he doesn’t learn until Pokémon the Series: Black & White. As a Charmeleon, it was able to use Seismic Toss, a move it didn’t learn until evolving into a Charizard.
    • Butterfree knows Gust, a move he doesn’t learn at all in the main series.
    • In the beginning of the movie, Ash Ketchum is watching a battle between Neesha and Corey on TV instead of the two unidentified Trainers from the first episode.
    • Ash is watching the battle in his whole outfit in the original episode, but in the movie, he is just wearing his T-shirt and pants without his hat, jacket, or gloves.
  • The Pokémon-themed merchandise in Ash’s room is completely different.
  • The poster of the Kantostarter Pokémon in Ash’s room are displayed differently with Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur being in different poses and positions. The background of the poster is slightly different as well.
  • Unlike in the first episode, where Ash’s alarm clock falls into his hands while he is asleep, Ash grabs the alarm clock in his sleep.
  • The alarm clock is designed after a Poké Ball, rather than a Voltorb.
  • Delia wakes Ash up instead of Ash waking up himself.
  • Also, Delia arrives alone, while in the episode, a group of supporters arrived to see Ash off

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