Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

Kunihiko Yuyama (1998)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Parents may grit their teeth at the prospect of a full-length film with the cuddly Japanese monsters of trading card, video game and TV fame; their big-screen debut could hardly have been worse. The movie actually comprises two films, the first being a virtually plotless short (Pikachu's Vacation) whose eponymous hero, a cute yellow rodent, becomes irritating very quickly. In the main section, genetically modified monster Mewtwo escapes from the lab and goes on the rampage in an adventure that takes children into this parallel world. The climactic battle is long, repetitious and boring, while the film's anti-violence message is crassly expressed.


Fans of the children's TV series should enjoy this animated adventure, though it might not make much sense to those not already in the know. It follows the efforts of a young hero to become the greatest Pokemon master of all time, but his dangerous quest leads him and his pals to a remote island - where they face their most daunting battle. With the voices of Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis and Eric Stuart.

Cast & Crew

Ash Ketchum Veronica Taylor
Mewtwo Philip Bartlett
Misty Williams / Jessie of Team Rocket / Togepei / minor voices Rachael Lillis
Brock Harrison / James Morgan of Team Rocket / minor voices Eric Stuart
Meowth of Team Rocket Addie Blaustein
Pikachû Ikue Otani
Director Kunihiko Yuyama
Director Michael Haigney
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Other Information

Language: Japanese dubbedColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains some violence, and edited for flashing images. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 14 Apr 2000