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Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ - Myûtsû no gyakushû (original title)
Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

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Satoshi Tajiri (creator), Takeshi Shudo | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Taylor ... Ash Ketchum / Female Scientist / Computer / Fuji's Wife (voice)
Jay Goede ... Mewtwo / Dr. Fuji (voice) (as Philip Bartlett)
Rachael Lillis ... Misty / Jessie / Wigglytuff (voice)
Eric Stuart ... Brock / James / Squirtle / Weezing / Scyther / Hitmonlee / Magneton / Male Scientist / Squirtletwo (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ... Raymond / Meowth / Alakazam (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)
Ted Lewis ... Giovanni / Corey / Male Scientist (voice) (as Ed Paul)
James Carter Cathcart ... Fergus (voice) (as Jimmy Zoppi)
Michael Haigney Michael Haigney ... Psyduck / Venusaur / Nidoqueen / Blastoise / Dewgong / Venusaurtwo / Blastoisetwo / Raticate / Spearow / Charmandertwo (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ... Miranda / Vaporeon / Vileplume / Ninetales (voice)
Rodger Parsons ... Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Sakaki (voice)
Lee Quick ... Officer Jenny (voice)
Ayako Shiraishi Ayako Shiraishi ... Joi (voice)
Chinami Nishimura Chinami Nishimura ... Junsar (voice)
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Storyline

When a group of scientists are offered funding into genetic research if they agree to try and clone the greatest ever Pokémon, Mew, the end result is success and Mewtwo is born. However Mewtwo is bitter about his purpose in life and kills his masters. In order to become the greatest he throws open a challenge to the world to battle him and his Pokémon. Ash and his friends are one of the few groups of trainers who pass the first test and prepare for battle. However they soon find out about further cloning and Mewtwo's ultimate plan for the earth. Written by bob the moo

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,036,678, 14 November 1999

Gross USA:

$85,744,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$163,644,662
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Briefly held the record for highest-grossing opening for an animated film that debuted in November. The record was shattered two weeks later by Toy Story 2 (1999). See more »

Goofs

In the mini movie, Pikachu's Vacation, when Pikachu is strolling along and the Pokemon run over Pikachu, Psyduck also runs on top of Pikachu, and runs off with the crowd. Then when the camera pans to the right, Psyduck is with Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Togepi. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Life. The great miracle, and the great mystery. Since the beginning, humans and Pokémon alike have searched for its meaning. Many strange and wondrous legends evolved for the pursuits of life's mysteries. But none is stranger than this tale of the most powerful Pokémon of all.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see Mew fly away into the sky. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2016 Viz Media DVD and Blu-ray releases omit the Kids' WB, Nintendo, and 4Kids logos (as well as the closing Warner Bros. logo) and all of the opening credits (save for the title slide). See more »

Connections

Featured in Animenia: Pokemon: The First Movie (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Free Up Your Mind
Written by Rhett Lawrence, Melanie C and Emma Bunton
Performed by Emma Bunton
Published by Rhett Rhyme Music/Warner Chappell Music (ASCAP)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Produced by Rhett Lawrence
Emma Bunton p/k/a Baby Spice appears courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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For the love of God, people! It's a good movie!
13 October 2002 | by PeyotePeteSee all my reviews

I admit that I came into the theater completely biased against Pokémon, and I still hate nearly everything about it... with the exception of this film (and the opening theme for Johto League Champions.) Admittedly, the movie was probably pumped out of the studio in order to rake in more and more cash (and it worked) but somehow, the writer managed to keep a stong, albeit thinly veiled anti-violence sentiment. There were also some acts of cheesy heroism I found downright heartwarming. Also notable is the incredible magnitude of the backgrounds. The flying palace was absolutely stunning. I liked it. But, you probably won't. Don't watch it.


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