Pokémon the Movie 2000 – The Power of One


Directors – Michael HaigneyKunihiko Yuyama

This is a heart warming animation of the animated show Pokémon that was a major release for my generation when we were growing up. The story centers around the protagonist Ash Ketchum and his friends during their journey in an area known as the Orange Islands. Some knowledge of the show’s second season offers insight into certain aspects of the movie, but aren’t unnecessary to understand or enjoy the movie. The plot of the movie involves four legendary bird pokémon who’s abilities help keep the global climate in check. The antagonist, Lawrence III aka The Collector, conspires to capture, or collect, these legendary pokémon to keep for himself. This disturbs the Earth ocean currents and threatens to bring an end to life on Earth. However by a prophecy from one of the Orange Islands, it is revealed that by obtaining some “treasures” and returning them to a certain island, Ash and his friends can bring harmony back to the four legendary birds and the Earth. 

This movie, while meant for children, is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Some argue that because it’s animated and meant for a younger audience that it can’t be a great movie. But I believe that if it’s something people love to watch then that’s all that’s needed. I love this movie because it’s the classic story about good vs. evil. It’s inspiring, sends a good message, and teaches valuable lessons that many people need. And besides all that it’s also very nostalgic. I’ll be honest, I may have teared up during a scene or two. I would recommend this movie to anyone who grew up with pokémon in their lives. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend it is because It was difficult to find a full copy of this movie anywhere online, and my own copy is lost in a sea of VHS’s somewhere back home. That being said, I feel like it’s still the perfect series to show my future children one day. 


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