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Pokémon 3: The Movie

Pokémon 3: The Movie

Alternate Title: Pokémon the Movie 3: Lord of the Unknown Tower

Pokémon 3: The Movie (Pokémon the Movie 3: Lord of the Unknown Tower, Pokémon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unknown) (2001) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Pokémon 3: The Movie

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>Pikachu Project 2000, Shoakuken, TV Tokyo, Nintendo Co. Ltd., 4 Kids Entertainment, Kids WB
  • Pikachu Project 2000, Shoakuken, TV Tokyo, Nintendo Co. Ltd., 4 Kids Entertainment, Kids WB
  • Animated Characters: Ash Ketchum, Misty, Jessie, Brock, James, Meowth, Pikachu, Mrs. Delia Ketchum.
  • Originally Released in 2001.
  • Running Time: 93 minutes.
  • Color
  • Japan  Japan

Alternate Titles:


Alternate Titles: "Pokémon the Movie 3: Lord of the Unknown Tower," "Pokémon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unknown," "Pokémon 2001: The Movie," "Pokemon 3."

Release Dates:


  • Mar 29, 2001- Premiere
  • Apr 6, 2001- General Release

Cartoon Production Information:


Premiered on March 29, 2001; US general release date was April 6th, 2001.


Commentary:


Ever wonder what happened to your old 45 RPM records? Based on the animation style of Pokémon 2001: The Movie, they didn't get melted down-they turned into hostile Pokémon.

Having evil Pokémon swirl around the room like a jukebox gone haywire might be the only original and interesting touch in what is fast becoming a mind-numbing series of sequels. Everything else is either ripped off from more imaginative fantasy films (Batman and The Wizard of Oz), dreary-looking, or downright tasteless when it isn't just boring.

According to the movie's dim story, a professor was studying some hieroglyphic-like Pokémon etchings when vroom! The nasty looking 45s (referred to in the movie as "The Unknown") swallowed him up and left his little daughter Molly without parents. (The Unknown had already made Molly's mother disappear, and after we're informed of that, we never hear about her again.) The Unknown then provided Molly with another nasty Pokémon named Ente to serve as Molly's surrogate parent. It is then up to Ash Ketchum, the trainer so beloved by Pokémon fans, to rescue Molly and make The Unknown unknown again.

This is a pretty dreary excuse for either a cartoon or a family film, and the rest of the movie seems to operate on that same lack of hope. We're meant to sympathize with Molly after The Unknown seal Molly in her father's mansion in a nasty, ice-like shield. But the mansion is so drearily animated (it looks like the evil Xanadu castle from Citizen Kane) that it's not much less inviting after The Unknown's decimation than it was before.

And as always with this mindless genre, this third Pokémon entry tries to have it both ways--carrying on about how the world should be a sweeter and kinder place, while ripping the stuffings out of any creature that gets in its way. In fact, between the violent duels between evil and "nice" Pokémon, and the nasty subtext of a child transferring its love to a surrogate parent because she's too young to understand better, this G-rated film has some messages that would be pretty evil if anyone could take this mess very seriously.

Normally I don't go in-depth with a movie's credits as the names are usually unfamiliar. But I really think this film's anti-legacy should list Michael Haigney (co-writer and director) and Norman J. Grossfeld (co-writer and song composer) among its perpetrators, on the premise that perhaps, like America's Most Wanted, they won't be able to hide the next time a Hollywood filmmaker sees their resumes on his desk.

Final thought to Pokémon addicts: There's an old Beatles cartoon called Yellow Submarine. Its heroes are far more colorful, its villains far more imaginative, it actually practices the anti-violence message it preaches, and the soundtrack is superb. If you want to get addicted to a cartoon, try that one for a while.

Review By: Steve Bailey



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I'm 24 years old and a pokemon fan and glad to be! That said this is the best of the pokemon movies. More elaborate plot, nice animation, exciting battles, good messages, and how many fairy tales have a dragon as the hero? ...  (read more)

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