Pokémon 3: The Movie – the 2000 animated film
Pokémon 3: The Movie is a 2000 Japanese animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, considered the third film in the Pokémon franchise. The film features the voices of Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Koichi Yamadera, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Ai Kato, Masami Toyoshima, Akiko Yajima and Naoto Takenaka. Like its predecessors, it is preceded by a short film, titled Pikachu & Pichu, which marks the debut of the mischievous Pichu Bros., who help Pikachu reunite with his trainer after being separated.
The film is divided into two segments, “Pikachu & Pichu” and “Spell of Unown”. The first sees Pikachu and his friends engaged in an adventure in the Big City, while the second tells the story of Molly, a little girl who, desperately wanting to get her parents back, becomes involved in the magic of the Unown who transform her house into a palace crystal.
Pokémon 3: The Movie was the first Pokémon film to be shown in an IMAX theater, using realistic crystallization and Unown to create 3D effects. It was also the last Pokémon film released internationally by Warner Bros. until the release of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu in 2019.
The film was released theatrically in Japan on July 8, 2000, and the English edition was produced by Nintendo and 4Kids Entertainment, licensed by Warner Bros. under the Kids' WB banner, and was released in North America on July 6 April 2001. It was later released on VHS and DVD on August 8, 2001.
Pokémon 3: The Movie was a great success at the box office, grossing $68,5 million against an estimated budget of between $3 and 16 million. The film was praised for its high-quality animation and engaging storyline that captivated longtime fans and new viewers alike. With its mix of adventure, action and emotion, Pokémon 3: The Movie has continued to entertain and captivate viewers of all ages.
Pokémon 3: The Movie is a 2000 Japanese animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama as the third film in the Pokémon franchise. The film was created by OLM, Inc. and was distributed by Toho. It has a running time of 74 minutes and was released on July 8, 2000 in Japan. The film was produced on a budget of $3-16 million and grossed $68,5 million. The film was televised on various networks around the world. The film's plot follows the adventures of Pikachu and his friends, including Ash, Misty, Brock and Pokémon, as they face off against the mysterious Unown and a new character called Entei. External to the film, a short film titled “Pikachu & Pichu” was also released. The film was released in Japan in 2000 and an English edition was produced the following year, distributed by Warner Bros. under the Kids' WB label. Pokémon 3: The Movie was released on VHS and DVD in August 2001.