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Pokémon the first movie: Mewtwo strikes back

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A group of scientists have been working in a secret laboratory, attempting to create the strongest Pokémon yet in existence. For this, they have taken DNA from a fossilised hair sample (discovered in the Amazon) of the legendary Pokémon Mew, using the elusive creature's genetic code to bio-engineer Mewtwo (Philip Bartlett).

Unaware of their creation's power, the scientists and their laboratory are destroyed by the awakening Mewtwo. Angered at his creators for making him the Pokémon equivalent of Frankenstein's monster, Mewtwo swears revenge on the world.

Ash Ketchum (Veronica Taylor) is relaxing with his pals Misty Williams (Rachael Lillis) and Brock Harrison (Eric Stuart) when he is challenged to a Pokémon battle by a neophyte trainer. Ash, aided by his favourite and first Pokémon, Pikachu (Ikue Ootani), easily defeats the trainer. A hologram of a beautiful girl appears, inviting the trio to a party held at the palace on New Island, hosted by her master, "the world's greatest Pokémon trainer". They accept the invitation. meanwhile, Ash's arch rivals, Team Rocket (the duo of Jessie (Rachael Lillis) and James Morgan (Eric Stuart) and their Pokémon mascot, Meowth (Addie Blaustein), secretly watch the hologram and vow to attend the party as well.

All of the trainers hoping to attend the party gather at the ferry station seeking passage to New Island. A hurricane shuts the ferry service down, but some enterprising trainers (including Ash, Misty and Brock and Team Rocket) use their Pokémon to cross the dangerous waters. Once at the castle, the trainers are shown to a great hall by Joy, the beautiful girl who appeared in their hologram invitation. She introduces the trainers to their host-Mewtwo, a master trainer and the world's most powerful Pokémon, who reveals his plan to hijack the globe with a specially created race of super-Pokémon.

What follows is the ultimate Pokémon match of all time, ending with a face-off between Mewtwo and the rare and powerful Mew.

Persons of interest

  • Rica Matsumoto .... Satoshi
  • Ikue Ootani .... Pikachu
  • Masachika Ichimura .... Mewtwo
  • Kôichi Yamadera .... Mew
  • Mayumi Iizuka .... Kasumi
  • Yûji Ueda .... Takeshi, Hitokagetwo
  • Satomi Koorogi .... Togepî, Zenigametwo
  • Megumi Hayashibara .... Musashi
  • Shinichirô Miki .... Kojiro
  • Inuko Inuyama .... Nyarth
  • Hirotaka Suzuoki .... Sakaki
  • Takeshi Shudo .... Screenwriter
  • Norman J Grossfeld .... Screenwriter: English version
  • Michael Haigney .... Director
  • Kunohiko Yuyama .... Director

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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Bonus footage: The story of Mewtwo's origin
  • Commentary: Michael Haigney, Norman J Grossfeld
  • Dolby sourround 5.1 (English only)
  • Mini-movie: Pikachu's vacation
  • Subtitles: English, English captions
  • Trailer: Theatrical
  • Web enablement (English only)

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92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 3 April 2000
VHS retail: 3 April 2000

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