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      11.08.2002 07:48
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      For us Europeans there is only 4 Pokemon movies (yep I said only) for those Japanese they have no less than 6, but no matter which country you live in, the second is the best. Ignore the tears of Pokemon crap that filled the first, and the family loving nonsense (which wasn't too bad) of the third, this is where it is at. Naturally I will think that of this film, afterall I am a Pokemon fan, the games has had me hooked for months and yes even for a 16 year old boy I liked the Cartoon, whilst I said it is due to my incredible love for the game... really... deep down it was because of the characters. The love Misty secretly shared with Ash, I actually cried when Ash gave up one of his Pokemon... am I sad? Probably but there is a lot more to it than that. If you do not play the games then you will hate this movie, it is for those that have been there, has played as the character, which you see on the screen, share the love for the Pokemon which seem unrealistic that fly on the screen. This movie features 4 of the most lengendary Pokemon, Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno and Lugia, players will remember catching 3 of them and look in awe at the mystical fourth. The film is really using the most popular characters from the game that the player will recognize best, much like the third film involving the Unknown. But there is moments that bring you out of the fantasy world you know so well and into movie scripts. The hilarious Team Rocket, whilst bad guys they might be in the movies and particulary this one and the third they are not just good guys but damn well funny. One of my favourite quotes is from the third film but I believe you'll understand their comedy by hearing it when Meowth asks "I've got a question, do you think we'll get a bigger part in the next movie?". For Team Rockets entrance in all episodes are important, in the movies with far larger dangers at hand they just sit back and make the film much better. This m
      ovie features far more than the others, splendid action from the 4 fighting birds, fear and danger felt much higher here. Ash is truly the hero, in other cartoons and movies he is normally a brave clutz, now he shines as a hero. And the whole Misty, Ash storyline becomes far more real. The films storyline of the 3 islands and the destruction and wakening of the birds has such a legendary feel about it, it obviously borrows heavily from such tales as Lord of The Rings. As per usual the mini movie at the start was rubbish, and it is a general trend of Nintendo showing off their creations... Is it a good movie? Yes characters are shown in there true light here, all of them shown in true splendor. Well worth a watch as it is the best one yet. Dringo

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        Before you read this review, let me give you a little bit of background information before I saw this movie. 1999 was the big Pokemon year, and I was one of the first kids to know about it. When the craze hit, I was right in the middle of it, thinking about Pokemon 24/7. For three years I never even touched anything Pokemon, until this movie appeared on HBO. Personally I thought the first movie was a huge dissapointment, the battles were boring, it had no plot, and it made stupid attempts at trying to touch people emotionally. An absolute disgrace to anime itself. I think they may have succeeded in all three of those this time. *Warning, this review is full of spoilers* Seeing this movie, I wanted to become a Pokemon fan all over again. I honestly busted out my old Game Boy and popped in my Pokemon Blue cartride and started playing again. This movie alone had that effect on me. The movie follows the cartoon's hero again, Ash Ketchum, followed by Misty and Tracy as they travel to the Orange Islands. The antagonist is this loser who seems to do nothing but sit around all day in his ultra cool ship capturing Pokemon. However, he makes a big mistake when he seeks out the three legendary Pokemon, Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno, and ultimately distrupts the balance of nature between lightning, fire, and ice. Coincidently, the three Pokemon live on the Orange Islands. When Ash and his friends arrive, they are greeted by the island's residents, including a cute girl named Melanie. From here on we see an attempt at maybe a love triangle between Ash, Melanie, and Misty, but of course, since this is a kid's movie it never gets very far. But by the end of the movie, I was touched by Misty's rescue of Ash. I think I fell in love with Melanie though :) I felt so jealous when she kissed Ash. What am I saying, these are cartoon characters! So, Melanie introduces Ash to an ancient legend, of how a Pokemon trainer woul
        d arrive and collect the three elemental spheres. Supposedly this story is just to attract tourists, which I don't understand why Ash is so quick to believe it (he's thick headed anyway), and it's actually true. This movie is FULL of plot holes, but Nintendo managed to cover up most of them so they don't look that bad. We see Ash's mother back in Pallet Town, talking to Proffessor Oak, and noticing very strange weather changes. Because of the capture of the three legendary bird Pokemon, the weather seems to be distrupted. Yet we are never really told why. Ash gets the lightning and fire spheres, while Mr. Villan who gets no name captures Moltres and Zapdos. Only Articuno and the ice sphere remain now. However, while Mr. Villan captures Zapdos, he brings in Ash's gang and Team Rocket. Ash and Team Rocket bring out their Pokemon and they help free Moltres and Zapdos. That's when havoc starts to wreak loose. All the Pokemon in the world travel to the Orange Islands, which have been frozen by Articuno by now. It's a great sight, although I was anticipating an all-out war between these Pokemon and the legendary birds. Oh well. Ash is supposedly part of the prophecy, that the world will turn to Ash for help to get the ice sphere. Lugia pops out from the ocean, and goes to battle with the three legndary birds. Lugia is powerful, but unable to take down all three of them. Melanie uses her flute to play a song, and just like that Lugia is re-energized and convinces Ash to fulfill the prophecy. So he goes, and this part is pretty jaw-dropping. The three legendary birds are fighting in the sky, and when they see Ash coming towards them, they start firing at him. Ash is riding in some sled thing being pulled by Charizard, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle, and they're heading towards Articuno's island. Lugia is taking the bunt of the blasts, and it's just plain cool. Eventaully Charizard and Pikachu take a shot and
        are evened out by Moltres and Zapdos. Articuno makes an ice shield that breaks Ash's sled, and stops him in his tracks. HERE COMES TEAM ROCKET. They help Ash get the ice sphere, and they jump on Lugia trying to get back to the main island and get the three spheres united. I don't know why, but when Team Rocket made the sacrifice of jumping off Lugia I was so touched. Eventually Ash falls in the water because Lugia is drained from firing his Hyper Beam too many times. Mr. Villan's ship gets destroyed and the legendary birds fall. Ash is unconcious. Misty to the rescue. He brings Ash back up to platform and he puts the ice sphere back in place. Melanie then plays her song one more time. Legendary birds stop return to primary islands, weather restored to balance, Ash reunites with his mother, happy ending. Adults will generally like this movie more than the first movie. This movie deals less with the Pokemon and more about nature, so they'll understand it more. Kids will be excited by this movie but will still be dissapointed because they never got to see their favorite Pokemon in a real big important battle. It's just mindless chaos between the three legendary birds. I was engrossed by this movie. I honestly did not think of anything else besides what I was witnessing. Maybe it was just a boring day. I don't think so, I was expecting another plotless rubble of a movie like the first one, I was pleasantly surprised. Have you ever seen that special movie that was somehow beautiful, thrilling, and touching at the same time that gave you a feeling inside? A kinda sad feeling that makes you want to cry but at the same time excited all the way? This is what I feel with this movie. This is such a beautiful movie that teaches a good lesson, unlike the foolish "Fighting is wrong. We shouldn't be fighting this crazy Pokemon even though he's about to destroy the world" moral in the first one. I
        9;ve been thinking about it for hours. I'm surprised by all the negative reviews this movie has gotten over the past two years, is it just because adults don't understand Pokemon? Are they disgusted the moment they see an animated film? Pokemon fan or not, you should check this out. For me, it's on the borderline between good and great. I gave it the benefit of the doubt though, and gave it 4 stars instead of 3. Shall I see Pokemon 3 and the upcoming Pokemon 4? If they're anywhere near the quality of this one I will see them. Now excuse me, I'm trying to look for my old Pokemon stuff.

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          20.09.2001 20:55
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          It's better than the first one. That isn't saying much, especially since the prime audience for this film doesn't really care much about niceties like character, dialogue, or quality of animation. If you've got a little Pokemon fanatic in your family, you're going to this movie, whether it is any good or not. And it's not, by any adult standards. But there are a few moments of interesting animation and what passes for a plot is a bit more coherent than it was in the first one. A bad guy (we can tell he is a bad guy because he has an English accent and because he is a Pokemon COLLECTOR not a Pokemon TRAINER) plans to disrupt the "harmony of fire, ice, and lightning" by capturing the birds that control these elements of nature. Once that harmony is disrupted, he will unleash the monster currents of the ocean, and that will enable him to capture the ultimate treasure, Lugia, for his collection. Meanwhile, champion Pokemon trainer Ash and his friends arrive on an island just in time for the annual re-enactment of an ancient legend. The girl selected to be the star of the re-enactment calls it "dorky" and thinks it is all a little silly. But then she realizes that it is more than a legend, and that by paying careful attention to the words and music of the old ceremony, she will have the key to restoring the balance of nature, protecting Lugia, and preventing catastrophic weather conditions that could wipe out all living things. According to the legend, "the world will turn to Ash" if the harmony of nature is disturbed. And Ash needs help from everyone, even the usually dastardly Team Rocket, to save the day. As in the first movie, there is also a short film at the beginning, "Pokemon's Rescue Adventure," featuring the Pokemons on a human-free, and almost dialogue-free frolic. Pokemon fans will enjoy the line-up of favorite characters, and may even learn something a
          bout loyalty and teamwork. As I have noted before, anyone who has ever seen the TV series, played the game, or bought the cards knows what to expect here. Every generation of children has some hideously annoying cartoon series to provide parents with much agonizing and many, many buying opportunities. The characters usually undergo some transformation or make use of a secret to attain power. This theme is endlessly interesting to kids who can feel overwhelmed by a world built on a scale that is often too large for them.

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            22.07.2001 19:54

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            Being the brother of a Pokemon fan, I wasn't expecting too much out of the movie. I figured I'd take my young brother to see it and it would be wasted time for me. I was wrong. While the Pikachu Vacation thing at the beginning was obnoxious with the stupid chanting pokemon segways, the movie itself was good. I really liked the fact that the movie had the message that "fighting doesn't solve things". Ash gave his life to prove that to the engineered pokemon and regained his life when all pokemon realized that. The message and lesson my brother took away from the movie was great and I hope that the next one isn't just about fighting. I will go and see the sequel too.

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            13.03.2001 07:52
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            Everyone (even hardcore Pokemon fans) who has seen the first Pokemon movie, imaginatively titled ‘Pokemon: The First Movie’, will probably be a little bit sceptical about the thought of a sequel seeing as the first movie was a big pile of pants (in keeping with the comic relief theme at the time this opinion was written) but as the title of this review suggests, Pokemon 2000 is a major evolution on the first pathetic effort. I can honestly say that I found Pokemon 2000 (or Revelation Lugia as the movie was called in Japan) a major improvement in every way compared to the ‘Mon’s’ first big screen outing. I guess the folks at Nintendo must have had a long, hard think about how they went about making the movies after the awful reviews the first movie received and decided that they weren’t going to get away with as much as they thought and that they would have to apply a bit of effort this time round and it was a wise decision to make. Every aspect of Pokemon 2000 has been given a major overhaul. The animation has greatly improved and I was almost speechless (Almost!!) at certain scenes which expressed great detail (these included the winter scenes and the amazing, almost 3D detail on the bad guy in the movie’s mobile fortress). The story line in this movie is also a lot better than in the first one which is probably because the first film barely HAD a story line and this means that even adults can follow the plot. I’m not going to give away the plot because then no one who reads this would go and see it, now would they? The basic story line when I think about it is not actually that ‘basic’ and I imagine that most of the 5 to 5 and a half year olds that crowded the cinema probably had a hard time following it and one thing I KNOW the kids didn’t pick up on was the air of sexual tension between the male and female lead characters when another female character comes onto
            the scene which I found quite amusing and at the same time subtly shocking. The movie also had it’s humorous moments for both kids and adults alike and I managed to let loose a giggle on more than one occasion during the course of the 80 mins or so in which the film ran. Although I don’t want to give away the plot of the story (all those parents who are going to be dragged kicking and screaming to the cinema to see it by their kids or who are forced to watch it on video need to have some saving grace right?), I will say that the moral of the story is that one person can make a difference and I’m sure all you parents out there will agree that in today’s society of depressed, underachieving teens, this is a good message to bear in mind.

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              16.02.2001 19:04
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              The nature of this Region 1 DVD is such that it comes with several short-comings deliberately built in. The Anime genre does not look as slick as the other animated spectaculars produced by Warner Brothers and Disney and the animation in this case is no exception. It is cheap and the budget requires the repeated use of the same cells over and over again, freeze-frames instead of smooth movement and a relatively limited colour palette. No matter how good the transfer is to DVD (…and in this instance it is pretty good) you will be left with a less than impressive picture. However, if you have seen the first film on DVD and are able to use that as a benchmark I can tell you that this DVD is a little improved, with the introduction of some beautifully smooth CGI effects used where animation would otherwise fail. The nail in the coffin for this DVD as far as the visuals are concerned is that it has been cropped from it’s original theatre presentation ratio to a standard 4:3 TV format with no widescreen option currently available. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound is very good. The sub-woofer and rear channels are used to great effect as they were in the first movie. Sound is clear and well placed with most of the dialogue neatly tied to the front centre. The music soundtrack is good, with a comprehensive pop compilation rather than the largely orchestral score featured in the first movie. The menus are great, with colourful graphics and a soundtrack. They are easy to navigate and are quick as well. The extras are the strongest point of the DVD and feature a short film ‘Pikachu’s Rescue’ and a fantastic FOUR music videos. The rest is made up of a trailer, scene access and a sneak preview of the Pokemon 3 film. The DVD-Rom content amounts to the original web-site, on-line links and sampler trailers. The DVD is single sided and comes in a snapper case without a booklet. Running time is noted at 102 minutes a
              nd this DVD will introduce the kids to six new Pokemon. For what it’s worth, I can’t see much of a difference in the quality of this film and the first but the kids (aged three and five) prefer this second one. Empire Magazine rate it as three out of five stars and Amazon customers have it at four and half out of five. RRP is $24.99 in the States but will work out to £19.99 when released in this country. Have a look at my review for the first film for further details.

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                08.02.2001 02:01
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                I am an open minded kind of guy, but this poor excuse for a cartoon may have just as well stayed in Japan. Long gone are the days where quality cartoons ruled the toy shelves, no, they are gouverened by a badly drawn mob of little monsters. I saw the movie on pirate for free, thank god i didn't spend money, sorry WASTE my money on being humiliated and goin to see it at the cinema. There is no real story line, a bunch of suposedly cute monsters do battle with over excentric stunts and tricks with fire and electricity. How the Japanesse are raking in the money they are thanx to this shambles amazes even me, and i have seen some poor excuses in my life, like Andrew Ansley for example. Please parents all over the world, dont waste you're hard earned money on this movie or video, or any such merchandise.

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                  12.01.2001 21:47
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                  Our household are Pokemon daft. We’ve got all the Pokemon trading cards, posters, the first Pokemon movie on video for Christmas, the yellow Pikachu Gameboy game, the kids watch the Pokemon cartoon series everyday on Sky1 and we’ve even got a few of the Pokemon beanies! Therefore it was odds on that the kids would want to see the movie over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, this time I was dragged along, as it was one of our “family days”. The quite nice and pleasant idea of the children and my other half enjoying going to the cinema, whilst I was left at home on Dooyoo wasn’t an option! Oh the joy, excitement and anticipation of watching the second instalment of the Pokemon movies lay ahead! NOT! I was very fortunate and extremely lucky enough to have missed the first Pokemon movie but the second movie, so I’m reliably informed followed a similar format. Before the main movie, was a little mini cartoon trailer entitled “Pikachu’s Rescue”. Was there a plot? Was there a rescue? How did we all survive sitting and watching this mind numbing inane cartoon where the only dialogue was either “Pika Pika”, “Meril Meril”, “Bulba Bulba” – the cries or chants of Pikachu, Meril (new Pokemon) and Bulbasaur, respectively – as if you needed me to tell you that! Normally I don’t give out details of plots but in a very humane cause of trying to eliminate mind numbing and induced brain rot I will! The plot, methinks, centres on Tokapi (egg type Pokemon with little feet and hands) falling down a hole and Pikachu and chums going to rescue him via some underground menagerie of Pokemon dancing around to music. Our kids were equally bored along with us with this trailer. Some stupid looking Pokemon mushroom type things doing ring-a-ring-a-rosés lightened their experiences but not ours. Was it time to go home? We wished! The 1½-hour main feature still lay ahead
                  unfortunately. Being tied to the chair didn’t help my cause of escaping! The matchsticks forced into my eye sockets meant I couldn’t sleep throughout this movie. If I started to nod off I was quickly poked in the ribs. I was forced to watched this movie as punishment for wriggling out of the first movie. Anyone who hasn’t been caught up in the Pokemon genre, it involves around Japanese type characters who catch, train, fight and evolve little ‘cute’ pocket sized monsters or Pokemon. The Movie is based on experiences of Ash, Misty, chums and their own individual Pokemon going on vacation to a remote paradise island. They unfortunately get into trouble when an evil man (un-named) in a giant airship, which defies the laws of gravity BTW, tries to steal the three elemental birds of fire, ice and electricity – Moltres, Articuno & Zapdos. His nasty actions have dire consequences on the world. Each capture of a single bird throws the equilibrium of nature into haywire. Thus the whole world is under threat as this evil man captures the birds one by one. It’s probably a cross between a child’s version of the James Bond genre, the Scottish bloke out of Dad’s Army who continually shouts “Weeee’re all doooMED!” plus the mystery elements of Scooby Doo. I digress, there is a mysterious and fairly unknown Pokemon bird which lives under the ocean that could save the world from destruction – called Luca, so that’s what Vialli’s doing now that he got the chop from Chelsea! As the evil action of this man trying to capture the three birds; blissfully unaware (except for Pikachu who is an intelligent rodent) Ash, Misty & Pikachu are sampling the delights of a ritualistic ceremony or festival on the island. They soon discover that Ash, and his faithful Pikachu, are the world’s only hope. They join forces together to try and save the world from certain destruction. Although,
                  world destruction whilst watching this movie is something you can only wish for! All the world’s Pokemon are in a wild frenzy. We are told that they are very sensitive to the world’s eco system and any unbalancing is very unsettling for them. In other words, it’s an instant cue to see loads and loads of Pokemon rushing around to see what’s happening and do a bit of rubber necking. The world’s only hope plus his ever-faithful yellow guinea pig, Pikachu, have to find and locate the three crystals in each of the three habitats of Fire, Ice and Electricity. These crystals plus the power of Luca can control the three rampaging berserk birds and defeat the evil man – who incidentally only started his evil actions after he collected a rare Mew card! As if? I don’t like to spoil things but Ash, Pikachu and Luca all save the day. The crystals are all in the bag or should I say temple with a weird looking and talking Slow King (evolution of Slowbro?). Team Rocket, the usual archenemies of Ash and Misty, also help our Pokemon heroes rather than thwarting the efforts of the goodies. I’m told that the plot in this second Pokemon movie was miles better than the first. There was a storyline of such in this movie, although it is very weak indeed. The cartoon drawings of the characters were well drawn and brightly coloured. It could possibly be described as a mild child version of ‘Manga’. The animation was miles better than the cartoon stills of the television series, not that I watch it of course! The backgrounds were second rate and match that of the TV series. It’s no Disney production! Like most Pokemon merchandising schemes, the movie is just another effort to entice children out of their pocket money with the launch of probably another series of Pokemon trading cards. It had a moral theme of helping and defeating the unbalancing of the eco system and everyone pulling together
                  (both good and bad) to fight for a common cause. No Pokemon were killed during the filming, which was unfortunate. Some older viewers may have died of boredom and brain numbing though! It’s an instantly forgettable film. Any Pokemon enthusiast children who watch the TV series are better off still watching the TV series rather than going to this film, as it goes on for too long – about 1½ hours too long! It has to rate high up on the worse films I’ve ever seen at the cinema. It’s high up with Inspector Gadget and Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves (although the acting might be better in this film).

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                    What happens when the legendary three flying pokemon of fire, ice and lightning get down to a serious bit of team tag pokemon fighting? Answer..mayhem ! I've just been dragged along to see this film by my daughter, and I've survived. She did spot me nodding off at one point, but overall I managed to watch most of it. Luckily, I got out of having to watch Pokemon the First Movie, and am astonished to be told that 2000 is a lot better than that one. There is also a short Pikachu film shown before the main 2000 movie - now even my daughter agrees that that is poor, and she is pokemon crazy - so that gives you a bit of a warning, doesn't it? As to the main event, well what can I say. There's loads of pokemon, some zany Japanese cartoon characters with those funny cartoon eyes and a sprinkling of computer graphics, mixed up into the film. At least the colours they use are quite nice and bright. One thing I did find useful in the cinema was the running commentary provided by the kids in the row behind .... "Garadose"......."Articuno!"......"Ah, Pikachu"....."Slowbro".... it went on.... and on. One bonus was I got a free special addition Mew pokemon card from the cinema as a reward for seeing the movie. Even I know that Mew is the rarest of the Pokemon so maybe it's worth something. Someone over in Japan is making an awful lot of money. There is one Pokemon that I reckon is pretty cool. Its Mr Mime. Check him out on Pokemon Stadium, if you've got that.

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                      I have actually seen this movie when I was on a college course on media and films two weeks ago. The course was based on analysing movies mostly movies for our younger audience though. I admit I was one of the Pokemon freaks a while back and did see the first movie too. In my opinion I would say that I preferred the second movie (Pokemon The Movie 2000)to the original. This of course is a must see for any Pokemon fan. I won't ruin the story for you as it is a sweet one with Ash and his buddies getting up to more fun and earning new badges. This new Pokemon film sees the newest range of Pokemon in their debut on our screen's weird and wonderful. Once again this is a must see for any Pokemon fans especially the young ones as they'll love it.

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                      I could not be bothered to investigate how to remove my opinions, so I decided to simply overwrite them. I trust that this meets with your approval and that you will respect my wishes to remove all previous writings. I will not bother to bore you with the reasons for my departure except to say that on close inspection of the dooyoo site I have found a few areas that need polishing in order to meet my standards of quality set by me. A touch of sarcasm there! I would like to wish all within the dooyoo community the very of best of luck in the future. Wishing a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to one and all. Justb. <deceased>

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                      i have to give credit were its due, the producers of this movie and hel the whole series, have hit jackpot!! i have never seen any thing so big other than the teletubbies!!and thats saying sumething! so i believe that although the second movie is never as good as the first, it will still rake in loads of money and get to the top 10 in the chart! the kids will love it and being as there are so many of them! its a hit!!

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                      05.09.2000 04:54
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                      To me, Pokemon give off one instant neon message: ‘money, money, money’. This is not for entertaining children. It is for making money, from the movie, from the games on the Nintendo and Game boys, from the trading collectable cards and the cuddly toys. Just another way in which parents are pressured into buying merchandise their children have an interest in for so many weeks and then just disown. Yes, Pikachu is very cute. Yes, Bulbasaur is cute, but do they really have a need to be here? Are there not enough children’s programmes (not that this is exactly aimed at toddlers) around already? Ash is a Pokemon trainer along with Misty and another bloke that I’ve forgotten the name of. The cartoon episodes follow their quest to be the best Pokemon trainers alive. It is alright for a few episodes but it gets boring after the third. This may not be of mush use but it really is a waste of time. POKEMON NEED A TOILET SO THEY CAN GET THE FLUSH. May it all be forgotten quickly. Though that may be difficult with a second movie out. (Though I do not think it will be quite so popular (its old now)). Obviously the first was not as much of a flop as I thought it may have been. It was still terrible either way. Just one giant extension of the episodes from the series really. With a second, well, god help us.

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                      They are back and this time I don't think they'll be as big as before but the kids are still going to like this. The same characters are here as in the first Pokemon movie and it's just another adventures for the kids. A Pokemon collector, Jirarudan, tries to bring together the three rare birds that are said to release the sea monster Pokemon, Lugia. If he captures it, it would make Jirarudan the most powerful Pokemon trainer on the planet. But Ash and his friends want to stop him because if he has control of Lugia's power he could destroy the world. Visually this is better then the firtst movies because it has computer animation involved and uses it well to add extra effect. The pencil animation hasn't improved that much, they could have used more frames to make the animation smoother. But you know this is another quick-made movie to make the bucks.

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