Pokemon the First Movie: Mewtwo vs. Mew
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The world domination of Pok¨¦mon begets their first theatrical movie. This adventure is a little more complex and dark than the popular TV series, but kids who live for the show will gobble up this film and ask for seconds. Those baffled by the show's popularity, however, will see nothing better here. Mewtwo, a new type of Pok¨¦mon designed by scientists to be the ultimate fighter, decides he wants to rule the world and challenges all the great Pok¨¦masters to battle. Of course, our intrepid heroes Ash, Misty, and Brock are there to tangle with Mewtwo and spoil his devilish schemes. The film is a tad more emotional than the show (that is, there is some emotion), with Ash sacrificing himself to defend his beloved Pikachu (but don't you worry, Ash will be just fine).

Would you really expect the makers of this worldwide phenomenon to radically change its winning formula? The feature is only 55?minutes long, but there's also a 20-minute short, "Pikachu's Vacation." For the Pok¨¦mon novice, this escapade will truly baffle: the narrated tale has virtually no dialogue except Pok¨¦mon speaking their names (Bulbasaur, for instance, will only express emotion by using variations of his name: "Bulba, Bulba-SAUR!"). It's a real curio. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews:

  • Not bad,but a little violent for the young ones
    This wasn't bad for a first movie,but I found it a little
    violent for young children.When Mewtwo blows up the lab,you
    know people died in there.Otherwise,it's a good film!...more info
  • The best movie
    This movie would have to be the greatest in the Pokemon series, it has awseome battles, emotional scenes and an awesome villian.

    The special features are pretty cool with the audio commentary, and how they redone the movie for its american release. The soundtrack is also the best one i have ever heard in a movie.
    I recommend this movie to any Pokemon fan....more info

  • I found this to be the best of all the Pok¨¨mon movies.
    My kids (5 & 3) LOVE Pok¨¨mon, they have ALL (as in, ALL the US and Japanese issued) the toys, movies, bed sheets, pillows, etc. My oldest son really got into this film the first time he saw it at the theatre. He actually cried when Ash "died" during the battle scene between Mew and Mew Two. Then again, so did about 50+ kids that were there as well. Overall, this is the best Pok¨¨mon movie so far, and the Pikachu's vacation was simply hilarious from start to finish. I highly recommend this one. :o)...more info
  • Ruined the Poke'mon buisness
    Poke'mon was once the hottest thing around. But after this movie Poke'mon did not seem so great after. The plot was really weird, having a Poke'mon who trains Poke'mon and clones Poke'mon too. Sure, other people liked it but I wasn't that too much in to it. It was kind of stupid. Brought Poke'mon down so much that they even made another game which helps you learn how to play the card game. Talk about low. People were really excited when they saw the commercial for this movie, I was too. But after I saw it, I slowly started to lose the passion I had for Poke'mon. If you want to hate Poke'mon, this movie is your one small step toward it....more info
  • Terrible
    I saw this movie when it was in the theatres when I liked Pokemon. I think this is what put me off. The first part, Pikachu's vacation dragged on and I couldn't wait untill the actual thing. It was even worse. I was going to leave half-way through, but I decided not to because I wanted to see if Mew or Mewtwo won. It was a draw. That was a huge disapointment. They also ran out of the special cards you were meant to get. I used to be a Pokemon Fanatic, but now it's my worst nightmare, especially the TV Show, but the game is ok untill you beat it....more info
  • The Best Pokemon Movie EVER!!
    IGNORE THE *OTHER* REVEIWERS WHO SAYS THAT THIS MOVIE SUCKS. THEY'RE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a beautiful, suspenseful movie that brought tears to my eyes and made me cry. The action kept me on the edge of my seat. And, there were surprises!

    This is the best Pokemon movie ever, regardless of what the other reviwers say. Though, I don't know why they released this one and the second movie in theaters, instead of the rest.

    Buy this movie, you won't regret it!

    Unlike most viewers you say, "Pokemon sucks", "The Pokemon craze is over", "Pokemon is getting old", YOU'RE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • If only....
    *Sigh* When I first saw this movie, I loved it. I was obsessed with it, I had no negative comments on it whatsoever except maybe the crappy DVD/VHS box art, but now...

    I am a Pokemon Fan. Unlike most low raters of this movie, I am not giving it a two due to being biased against it, as I am an avid Pokemon lover, but the story behind this movie is just plain sad(sad as in sad, not pathetic)

    The plot of this movie, in a nutshell, is Mewtwo, a super-powerful pokemon is resentful toward his human creators and wants to destroy them and take over the world, but then lures Pokemon trainers to an island fortress to clone their Pokemon and them pit them against the originals to prove that clones are stronger.

    Do you know what the plot, in a nutshell, was in the JAPANESE version? They cut out the long, twenty minute beginning of the movie which may have been the best part: Mewtwo as a baby talking with a girl and three other clones about life and who they are. Then, in the main movie, Mewtwo, who has been created for the sole purpose of fighting, clones trainers' Pokemon in order to destroy all humans and allow clones to live not as the products as science. But when confronted by the trainers, Mewtwo, after having been told his sole purpose in life is to fight, pits the clones and originals against one another and they fight because they believe that their lives are not meant for anything else.

    Nearly all Pokemon fans with a brain want to horribly maul the Engilsh dubbers for how they mutilated such a wonderful Japanese plot. For a long time I wondered why they changed it, until I realized, after a conversation about plot with my younger sister, the plan behind it.

    Little kids don't like plot. They cant register depth, they don't comprehend theme, and meaningful plot means nothing to them. "I'm stronger than you so we'll fight to see who's better," on the other hand, is what they live for, and I think it's truly sad how this good movie went to waste. Yes, it still is entertaining, and I still enjoy it, and yet...if only there was a way to see how the movie would have turned out if it had been dubbed directly into English, with the original splendor still intact....more info
  • Pokemon The First Movie
    Pokemon the Movie was pretty good. I thought that this was a pretty enjoyable movie. The movie starts out by telling the history of the extinct Pokemon, Mew. After a research team found remains of Mew, they decided to clone the DNA and remake Mew. After a successful clone, they called the new Pokemon Mewtwo.

    After a few tests of Mewtwo, the evil Giovanni (Team Rocket Leader) then planned to use Mewtwo's powers for the wrong reasons. Mewtwo then revolted, escaped and swore revenge against any all who stood against him. It's up to Brock, Misty, Ash and Pikachu to stop Mewtwo before he destroys everything.

    This is a great kids movie. It has a nice soundtrack that the kids will love, the animation is good and it has most of the favorite Pokemon like Pikachu, Charizard, Gyarados and many more plus the addition of Mewtwo and Mew. Anyone into the series will like this one.

    Now of course, you have to be into the series somewhat to understand parts of it but still, Pokemon is a little more basic than say Cardcaptors, Digimon, etc so even if you're not up to speed with Pokemon, you'll get it pretty quickly. Pick this one up for your kids because they'll enjoy it and you might even get a kick out of it....more info

  • classic pokemon
    This is the best of the Pokemon movies- great action, touching scenes, and important message....more info
  • Is this pokemon?
    The story of Pokemon: The First Movie is a dark one. Mewtwo, a cloned pokemon, hates humans and how they treat pokemon. So, Mewtwo causes a storm intending to rid the world of humans and the weak pokemon. The story is almost too dark for pokemon....more info
  • Anime. Plus Cutesiness, Minus Animation and Plot
    Yuck! How did Pokemon hit it big!? The plot in this anime/animation floatsom is terrible! And it's like Once Upon A Forest, the message it gives out to little kids is hackyed, and the animation is terrible. And there are 4 sequels to it? Now that is just wrong!...more info
  • the best pokemon movie of them all
    i cant believe you idiots thought this movie was not that bad.it was better than the other pokemon movies.i saw the 1st 2 movies in theatres.you better get it together people...more info
  • This is the best movie i have ever seen
    I am a huge fan of pokemon and i saw this movie when it first came to theatres. It was a dark movie which is a good change and it had a great soundtrack, especially where they battle. It was really cool where they had the hero die because it holds you in suspence untill you relise he's alright, i was almost in tears from the expression and music when it happened. I don't know what people don't like about this movie but i enjoyed it so much it couldn't have been any better and i'm 17....more info
  • The first film for the Pokemon franchise
    This DVD includes Pokemon The First Movie, as well as the short "Pikachu's Vacation."

    "Pikachu's Vacation" tells the story of Ash, Misty, and Brock's Pokemon going to a vacation spot specifically for Pokemon. Over the duration of the 20-minute short, they have a run-in with border-ruffian Pokemon, and hilarity ensues.

    The film itself tells the story of Mewtwo, a Pokemon created from DNA of Mew (a Legendary Pokemon). After feeling betrayed by humans, Mewtwo creates a group of cloned Pokemon, which Mewtwo intends to use to eradicate humans and their Pokemon. He then would repopulate the world with his clone Pokemon. It's up to Ash and friends to save the day.

    The DVD contains a few bonus features. First, there's one labeled "Behind-the-Scenes," which is just twelve pages of text that explain the origins of Pokemon in Japan and the United States, as well as explains the concept behind Pokemon.

    There is also a version of the film on the DVD that contains commentary form Michael Haigney (the director) and Norman J. Grossfield (the producer).

    The music video for M2M's "Don't Say You Love Me" is also a bonus feature (this was promoted as a single from the soundtrack for Pokemon The First Movie). You can also see the theatrical trailer for Pokemon The First Movie, as well as a preview of Pokemon The Movie 2000. There's also a piece labeled "Ash's Journey," which is narrated by Brock and lasts about a minute-and-a-half.

    I would highly recommend Pokemon The First Movie be in the DVD collection of any Pokemon fan....more info
  • THE BIGGEST POKEMON FAN EVER.
    I love pokemon I saw this movie in theaters and it was the best movie id ever seen. I should order this film. But to much people are saying that the japenese original is better.I learned for a fact since the japenese theatrical version of the movie is that when it came out in dvd the japenese version of the birth of mewtwo was released as a prequelhere in the u.s also .The birth of mewtwo and mewtwo strikes back the movie are in two diffrent dvds. Due to time approx.Also the crtics are really wrong the movie is not 55 minutes its much more longer than that . The movie is 75 mins/ 1hr and 15mins and UNCUT Also know there is a special edition dvd that put both the movie ands mewtwos story together in japan.The same thing here but a little cut. So dont listen to what ohters say there. Ive seen the birth of mewtwo in japenese the full version her is in pokemon mewtwo returns.Should of been PG....more info
  • Mewtwo Strikes Back
    Before you turn down this movie due to the negative reviews of other people, please read my review.
    This is a much more powerful and deep tale than, "evil Pokemon wants to rule the world". Dr, Fuji was a scientist who wanted to bring back his dead daughter, Ai. He decided to do this, by cloning her. He decided to clone a Pokemon, and discover their life force, since the human clone could only live for four years. Thus, Mewtwo, a clone of the most rare and most powerful Pokemon ever, Mew, was born.
    Even though they were in separate glass cylinders (that kept them alive) mew and Ai could communicate telepathically. Mewtwo began to learn about the world around him. But, as it happened, it had been four years, and Ai died. Her father, Dr. Fuji, was not worried. He had her DNA, and he could clone her again. This made Mewtwo angry. How dare he just replace her?! She was a living being! Not a toy you can just replace again and again! Mewtwo became unstable, and they had to tranquilize him.
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    (Japanese Version)
    Myuutsuu: Make them? As many as you want? That's not right. There's only one Ai.
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    A year or so later, Mewtwo awoke. He learned that he was not born a Pokemon, but created. Created? He wondered. He was told that he was a clone. An experiment. A mere scientific product. He became angry. He was angry with the scientists who created him. They created him to be only an experiment, and nothing else. How could they? Furious at his own existence, he destroyed the lab, and everyone inside. Soon, Giovanni, the leader of the evil Team Rocket, and the man who ordered the scientists to create Mewtwo discovered him. Giovanni offered a deal. That he would train Mewtwo, and they would rule the earth together. Mewtwo ignore him. He did not need help. But the cruel Giovanni insisted that Mewtwo had no control over his powers, and he could help Mewtwo harness them. Mewtwo agreed to this.
    Giovanni created Mewtwo a battle suit, and had him fight. But soon, Mewtwo discovered that Giovanni didn't care about Mewtwo. Giovanni thought that Mewtwo was worth nothing. That he was created to fight for Giovanni, and for no other
    reason.
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    Mewtwo: Now I fully perceive my power. But what is my purpose?
    Giovanni: To serve your master. You were created to fight for me. That is your purpose.
    Mewtwo: That cannot be. You said we were partners. We stood as equals.
    Giovanni: You were created by humans to obey humans. You could never be our equal.
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    This made Mewtwo angry. Giovanni believed that Mewtwo was an inferior being. How dare he? How dare he say that Mewtwo was only created to fight?! Furious, he left.
    He went back to New Island, where the original lab had been, and created a new one. Humans, the horrible species that created him, that used him, and betrayed him. They cared nothing for clones, and he would make them pay. He would challenge the strongest trainers to come and fight, and then he would clone their Pokemon. He would have them fight, the Originals and the Clones, and see who had more worth. It was a war to see who would control the earth, clones, or originals. He would get his revenge.
    And so, he formed his plan. He created a giant storm, so only the strongest would make it through. The trainers came, and the battle of the century began. Mew, the original came to New Island. Mew was a protector Pokemon, and watched over all of the Pokemon. She would not let Mewtwo destroy the planet! And so, Mewtwo cloned the trainer's Pokemon, and had them fight.
    The originals and clones fought viciously, their trainers watching horrified. Mew and Mewtwo also faced off. Ash Ketchum, a Pokemon trainer watched his Pokemon fight. He realized that it had to stop. As Mew and Mewtwo formed energy balls, and ran into the middle of the crossfire, turning him to stone.
    It was at that moment the Pokemon realized what would happen as a result of this senseless fighting. And the Pokemon, clone and original cried. Mewtwo was shocked. These Pokemon crying for a human? The species that had abused and betrayed him?
    The Pokemon tears were filled with life, and Ash was restored. Then Mewtwo realized something. That senseless war was not the answer, and that originals and clones could live together, in harmony. That everyone deserved equality. Mewtwo ceased the fighting, and took his clones to a place where they could live in peace. He wiped the memories of everyone except his clones and Mew, and everything was restored to normal.
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    Mewtwo: I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.
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    This movie is very powerful, and holds a meaningful message. Please, watch this movie and experience Pokemon at its greatest. Thank you. ...more info
  • Please note i give it 111111111111002 moons
    THis is a movie!!!!!!!!! do you like movies?? then you will like gay am=nimals like mew and mew2 "fighting" ya. THey fight and the gay boy named ash turns to a sexy rock. because all the poke people fight and make him a rock. he cries. and cries. and cries. like a little gay baby. that i eat. he is fagified. lalalalalala....more info
  • A movie based on a [bad] TV show can't be that good
    First there were Pokemon: The Video games. The games were decent, but nothing special. Then came a horrible TV show starring an annoying, whiny-voiced kid (Ash) and a little yellow electric rat(pikachu). My brother owns this movie. I have seen it a few times. I was not impressed, but then again, I wasn't too happy with the... TV show on which it is based. The message in the movie-it's what's inside that matters-has been overused in other children's movies. Fans of the TV show (like my brother) will enjoy it, but the movie(and the show) are too inconsistent with the Game Boy games. Hearing the annoying voice of Ash and watching him make stupid decisions detracts even more from the movie. The worst part is, there's not one but TWO sequels. What were they thinking?...more info
  • A Good Movie
    This is an O.K movie. I give it a 3.5. It starts out with the origin of Mewtwo, as using DNA from the legendary Pokemon Mew's eyebrow fossil to create a clone, Mewtwo. Soon, Team Rocket leader Giovanni tries to control Mewtwo after he destroys the lab from which he was born in, but Mewtwo has other plans, thinking his purpose is not to serve humans. So he invites the most powerful Pokemon trainers to the New Island to see who can stand up to him. But things get outta control when Mewtwo steals all the Pokemon in black Pokeballs and creates artificial "Super-Clones" to prove that clones are the strongest in the universe. But he didn't count on Ash, a young Pokemon Trainer. Ash destroys the cloning machine, thus bringing Mew to the scene and saving the captured Pokemon. Who'll win? The superclones or the originals? Mew or Mewtwo? You've got to see it to beleive it!...more info
  • THIS MOVIE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!
    THIS MOVIE WAS COOL!!!! THE FIRST TIME I WATCHED THE MOVIE, I WAS SUPRISED TO SEE MY FAVORITE CHARACTER, MEW. THE BEST PART WAS WHEN ASH WENT BETWEEN MEW AND MEWTWO AND WAS HIT BY THIER PYSCHIC BLASTS. POKEMON, BEING MY FAVORITE TV SHOW, I WOULD HAVE TO GIVE THIS MOVIE 5 STARS. PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!!...more info
  • Disapointed
    This movie isnt like the series, its rather crappy. Some of the effects are good but the storyline is dull and boring and I was very disapointed. If you must watch this movie, I highly recommend you rent this before wasting youre money on it....more info
  • Mewtwo vs. Mew
    I have seen this movie several times and I must say that its one of the best Poke'mon movies made. The poke'mon are drawn well in this movie and the characters voice acting are done quite well.
    Overall I give this movie like a 3.5 rounded to four!...more info
  • The End of the 90s...
    Like many young millennials, circa 1997-99, I followed what probably was the biggest fad the world has ever known, called "Pokemon." I was one of the first kids to have Pokemon Red & Blue when it came out in America-- and my brother and I would get up at 6-AM every Saturday morning to watch the anime on KidsWB. It was also around this time that I began using the internet, reading forums and finding out all about movies in production. When I found out they were making a movie out of Pokemon, my first initial thought was it was going to be live action, kind of like another one of my favorite game to movie adaptations: "Super Mario Bros." But I digress. When I found out it would be a cartoon, I was a little disappointed but not discouraged. And when it finally came out, I was the first in line to see.

    I can still remember seeing it in theaters with my brother and my Dad. At the time, my Dad was very overweight and suffered from sleep apnoea, so as soon as the previews were over, he fell asleep in the crowded theater and began snoring loudly. He did this three quarters of the movie, until he woke up and watched the rest of it with a mild disgust. I also remember when the opening titles rolled, the word "NINTENDO" came up, and somebody yelled "Hey, that's our favorite thing!" And then it was followed by te word "POKEMON," to which the same guy yelled "And that's our second-favorite thing!" But I think what I remember most was that the first time I saw the movie, I absolutely hated it. I thought it was shallow and lacked any sort of coherent plot. I was eleven years old, walking out of the theater, grumbling over what 'a bad movie it was.' But now, looking back on it, I realise that it was the end of an era, the end of the best years of my life, the end of the 90s. After that movie, everything in my life slowly became more and more 'grown-up.' Soon it was ten years later, and I've become a man, and will never again know the carefree state of mind that is childhood. I think what I'm getting at here is that in the end, if you were a parent taking your kids to see this movie, and you hated the movie, just know that Pokemon, or whatever, brought us lots of fun and made us happy. My eyes still grow damp with nostalgia to remember times when my biggest worry was missing the new episode of Pokemon. Now that's all over, but every time I see this movie on TV, I'm reminded-- the world isn't all that bad, and in the end it's pretty cool through the eyes of a kid. "Pokemon The First Movie," was followed by two theatrical sequels, "Pokemon 2000" and "Pokemon 3," both of which I saw in theaters. I'm one of the few people who stuck with the fad all the way to 2001 and saw all three theatrical movies in theaters. Pokemon is still popular to this day, but not nearly as strong or bright as it was back in the day. But it will always stand as a reminder to the millennials who grew up in that joyous time called the 90s.

    That's a very long review, it has nothing to do with the movie, but I think it can help some people understand the whole obsession we had for Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu back then. Nowadays, times have gotten rough, with the war in the Middle East and the economic recession. New technologies bring new fear into our hearts. It's hard to be a carefree kid these days, with all the access to horrible information about the constant killings in the war and the fact that congress pretty much threw the Millennial generation's future away by bailing out a couple of small businesses and giving them all our money for no good reason. But there's always one human emotion that makes its stand: hope. I hope that the world will one day again feel like the 90s did. It's funny, I remember a lot of people saying "I just don't get Pokemon." People like that have truly forgotten their inner-child.

    ~ C. Rob Merritt "On Pokemon," written February 20, 2009...more info
  • I think this needs an increase of stars!!! Very nice movie!!
    I think this is ridiculous how people didn't like it!!! This is by far the best Poke'mon movie!!! ((the worst being the second))
    Mew and Mewtwo's battle is great, plus.......

    MYSTERY
    ........suspense
    action
    even some romance!
    Good plot and story!

    A great movie for people of all ages, no matter what others say! PS-Pikachu's Vacation is SO good, SO funny, and SO cute!!!...more info

  • Number One Movie
    Pokemon the movie 1 takes place in the Kanto area. This movie starts when Ash gets an invitation to battle the best trainer in the wrold on an island in the sea. But when he gets to the port where they're supposed to leave from a storm is brewing but Ash and the other heros are not going to give up that easily so they hop aboard a boat with two vikings. The ride was going smooth until it turned out that these vikings were really members of Team Rocket!
    If this sounds interesting to you then you should check it out right now. If it doesn't I still sugest you think about it....more info
  • The best Pokemon movie
    Easily my favorite of the 3 movies, this first animated movie was much darker and brooding than the light-hearted television show. Mewtwo was by far the most menacing villain in any of the 3 movies. The plot was excellent as was the animation. It was a welcome sight to see the Pokemon (especially my favorite, Vulpix!) on the big screen. The story did get a bit heavy at times - even main character Ash temporarily "dies", but is brought back to life through the combined mystical powers of the Pokemon, which, in turn, teaches villainous Mewtwo a valuable lesson that life is a gift, not to be squandered. Good life lesson, great animation, great story, great Pokemon!

    The short before the movie, "Pikachu's Vacation", maybe should have been shown after the feature (I think the Pokemon needed another vacation after that!), but it was cute. Those who do not follow Pokemon will probably be lost, as the Pokemon speak their own language (variations on their names). But again, for me, it was great to see Vulpix on the big screen so much!

    My only complaint about the DVD version is that it is not in the widescreen format, thus cutting off quite a bit of the original picture. This was especially upsetting to me since Vulpix was in the corner of the screen a lot, and tended to get cut off more in the DVD version. Oh, well... maybe someday they'll make a special deluxe edition in widescreen. Until then, if you like Pokemon, get this DVD!...more info

  • A nice movie.
    It's a good movie overall. For an overview, read editorial and other customer reviews. Although it would have dome better as a multi-part cartoon, it's still an okay movie. (Although the other Mewtwo Pokemon movie stinks, and is completely illogical.)
    If you're a hard core pokemon fan, get it. If not, you might want to take it into consideration. I mean, it's great and all, but it still has the common "cheesines" found in childrens cartoons such as this. (For some odd reason I still enjoy the show.) SO, again, so-so movie, although take into consideration. (They completely messed up Mewtwo with that weirdish personality they gave him.)...more info
  • Very powerful
    Now I saw some of the reviews on the site and some are bad and some go way far into the plot. Now as an adult I'm going to rate this.

    Pokemon is first of all a show that follows Ash Ketchum aboy who begins an adventure to catch and train pokemon-creatures that inhabit his world. It is pretty much a childrens show but the movie really has a strong theme.

    It begins with a scientist funded by Giovonni, a corupt mad man in charge of a lethal organization. Now the scientists recovered a fossil that is said to be remains of the legendary pokemon Mew, also the first one in existence.

    The cloning process was successful but Mewtwo soon discovered that the humans care nothign for him and rebelled against his creators. Once Giovonni betrayed him Mewtwo was adamant to destroy humanity thining humans are all the same. Doing that he brings forth the greatest trainers on the planet and clones their pokemon.

    The movie teaches the greatest lesson that can be learned- We are all different but if you can look past the differences and focus on what we have in common then perhaps we can be so much more.

    A good lesson hidden inside the chaoticly famous series....more info
  • The Last Great Fad Of The 20th Century...
    The crass commercialism of Pokemon is hardly the issue here. We've lived through He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, with no real scar left on children's entertainment. Pokemon enslaved children in the late nineties because it was a genuinely unique and novel idea. The video game was addictive, the character designs were interesting and the marketing gimmicks of seeing NEW characters were enticing... So what's the problem with Pokemon?

    Look at the industry when the previous fads hit the airwaves. Children's entertainment was all about milking toys and movies so much that each fad could survive only until the next hit movie or new toy was released. Pokemon wasn't like these previous crazes made to sell a bunch of toys until interest moves onto the next big thing. Pokemon was an institution. They created an entire world of escapism that ended up to be so powerful, not even the release of a film was able to effect its popularity. If you completed the video game, they hooked you onto the card game, and when interest on the card game waned, they released a sequel to the video game, which lead to a new set of cards... They had us working on a loop that would make George Lucas drool.

    By the time the older fans grew up and caught on, it was too late. The whole industry had taken Pokemon's lead and Japan/Anime-style saturated the market. Digimon, Card Captors, Loonatics Unleashed, Winx Club, and Yu-Gi-Oh are all the obnoxious off-spring to Pokemon that have ruined the fun associated with a craze and have left the soulless commercialism. As I said, Pokemon was a cool idea that just happened to inadvertently cause one of the biggest slumps in children's entertainment that'll take years to get out of.

    As for the film... It's just bad....more info
  • A Masterpiece, In Its Own Weird Way
    Mewtwo Strikes Back is, in my opinion, one of the best movies in existence, and not just because it has Pokemon in it. The plot, dialogue and especially the art were all very interesting. This movie has received a lot of hostility from people, but it's usually for the following reasons:

    1. They dislike Pokemon, anime, or something along those lines.
    2. They take cartoon violence way too seriously.
    3. They just don't like the English version, because it is apparently evil and horrible and wrong for the English-speaking scriptwriters to write what they WANT, instead of conforming to the original script.

    The movie is in fact, like I said, really, really, really, really good. The plot involves a team of scientists making a clone of Mew, the rarest and most powerful Pokemon to have ever existed, after finding its eyelash (I think) in the Amazon. However, they attempt to make the clone much more powerful than its genetic ancestor. After developing in a gargantuan test tube for quite some time, Mewtwo is born.
    Unlike most Pokemon, Mewtwo can actually speak human speech instead of just saying its name (this is most likely because the movie would be rather confusing otherwise). Mewtwo quickly realises he is being used by the scientists, and so he blows up the lab. It is at this point that the dastardly boss of Team Rocket, Giovanni, shows up and wheedles Mewtwo into a partnership with him.
    However, after some time, Giovanni informs Mewtwo he isn't actually his equal and was created solely to obey humans. Mewtwo is of course upset about this, so he blows up Giovanni's hideout and goes on his own.

    Sometime later, Ash, Misty, and Brock are lured into a trap, along with some other trainers, via an invitation to battle "the world's greatest Pokemon master". Mew, somehow sensing that it is needed, also goes to Mewtwo's hideout.
    Mewtwo ends up cloning their Pokemon, rather like the scientists who created him, and a great battle ensues between the normal Pokemon and the super-clones, not to mention between Mewtwo and Mew.

    In short, this movie is in fact really good, despite the bad reviews it tends to get. I'm not sure I'd recommend it for especially young or sensitive children, though, because there are certain amounts of violence in it, but no one dies or anything.
    Well, actually, Ash gets turned to stone, but he comes back to life after a few minutes, being the main character and all, and it's supposed to tie in with something someone said earlier on in the movie....more info
  • Pokemon DVD
    The dvd came in good condition: It is very watchable. I ampleased with the purchase....more info
  • Good anime flick, bad moral message
    Though not graphic in its violence, POKEMON: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK teaches the moral (there are six other morals blended in also) that fighting is the RIGHT way to solve issues? What is up with that?

    As in the TV shows, a Pokemon trainer, Ash and his other friends, also Pokemon trianers, are heading off to the big Pokemon tournament to be the greatest Pokemon master. Meanwhile, a mean, mutated Pokemon is cloned out of the angelic Mew, called Mewtwo, wants revenge and closes off the tournament by creating a bad storm.

    But Ash and his friends manage to get to the tournament, and Mewtwo decides to clone all the Pokemon and send them fighting against each other and rule the world. Ash, in order to save the Pokemon and his world, has to fight Mewtwo.

    The movie is a promising, though short at 1 hour and 9 minutes, cutesy anime flick. The animation is bright and colorful, a fine vocal cast and comic humor is aplenty. But, in spite of the promising things, P:MSB has a flimsy plot and the moral sticking out is that fighting is the right way to settle issues?

    I give it a full ***** stars, but I subtract 1 for the flimsy plot and another for the the fighting moral. If the writers for the U.S. release had though better, they might have rewritten a moral in there that is better than the... one that is implied in this otherwise delightful animated movie....more info

  • Enjoyable, but degrading compared to the Japanese edition.
    When "Pok¨¦mon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back" premiered in cinemas, Pok¨¦mon was currently at the climax of it's popularity. It is not surprising 4Kids Entertainment decided to edit the American edition; after all, the audience 4Kids Entertainment was aiming for were young children.

    This film was decent. Yet, because of the plot's change from the Japanese edition, it was almost embarrassing for the teenagers and adult fans to watch. 4Kids altered Mewtwo from a depressed, confused creature into a menacing, vengeful villain. While "Myuutsu no Gyakushuu" focused on Mewtwo in search of himself, "Mewtwo Strikes Back" focused on Mewtwo plotting for world domination. And while it's obvious Mewtwo is suffering from a sense of security in both editions, it's much harder to notice in the American one.

    Plus, the removal of the entire featurette makes it all the harder on Mewtwo fans. (Such as myself.) The dub only showed it up to where the scientists began extracting the genes from the fossilized Mew eyelash, whereas the Japanese edition included both that AND the second chapter: Mewtwo's bond with Ai.

    It is essential in the timeline of Mewtwo's life that Ai is included. She was, above all, the only human Mewtwo felt a full friendship and trust with. Ash is defiantly second (and for that matter, the only other human) Mewtwo has a bond with, but nothing like what he had with Ai. Ai was a sister/mother-like figure, whereas Ash is a messiah figure.

    This film is good, but I suggest for you to purchase "Myuutsu no Gyakushuu" instead....more info

  • My favorite of all the Pokemon Movies so far!!!
    I did take a star off for the oddly funny Pikachu's Vacation, which is ok to watch when I'm depressed, but hardly any other time. I love Mewtwo! One of my very favorite Pokemon!... And I heard the Japanese version was even more violent that the Americanized version, but I say you do not need to have much violence to have a great movie. (ex: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I rest my case) I highly recommend this movie.

    Signed, A 21 year old Pokemon crazed girl....more info

  • A VERY GOOD MOVIE
    The story line was good. Usually you have a human play the bad guy, but Mewtwo makes a better bad guy! I think Pikachu's Vacation should be after the movie. I was so excited to see Mewtwo Strikes Back that I didn't pay much attencion to Pikachu's Vacation. When I re-watch Pikachu's Vacation, I thought it was so cool! At the end of the movie, it kind of leaves you in suspence because I noticed that Giovanni's memory wasn't erased and leads to the sequel, "Mewtwo Returns." A lot of people hate this movie and I have something to say to those people... give pokemon a break! Geez! People hate the movie just because of Pikachu's Vacation and that Mewtwo and Mew tied at the end of their battle. Overall, this is a movie worth buying!...more info
  • The first endeavor into the theatrical world of Pokemon
    I am currently collecting all 10 of the Pokemon movies and plan to write a review on all 10 of them. The first Pokemon movie is one I had seen in theatres when it had first come out. I think that this movie has a lot going for it and definitely ranks among the best of the movies. I am not a big fan of Pikachu shorts. Something I am glad that is not on every movie. As far as Mewtwo Strikes Back is concerned, it is the only movie that is officially canon for the Pokemon series being that Mewtwo is seen in his metal armor several times during the series, most notably while battling Gary. I liked the movie overall, I think it had an interesting story. It kind of defeats the whole 'Gotta Catch 'em all' tagline because they make it seem as though there is only one Mewtwo. So therefore, only one person can catch it, if that is possible....more info
  • Ehhh...
    To me, this was not a good movie. The movie is basically about a genetically engineered Pokemon named Mewtwo who feels thet humans want to control him and he sets out to control the world with his Pokemon clones.

    Mewtwo seemed kind of forced. He didn't have much emotion. (Which is understandable,) but he just seemed like a cardboard cut out. He wasn't a very good viillan. He didn't seem that dangerous.

    For once, I would like to see the villans triumph. Make a movie worth watching....more info

  • The battle of century
    This was the very first pokemon movie. I had been a big fan of the T.V. show before the first movie was made. I disagree with the rating I think all the pokemon movies including the most recent one were to violent to be G. They clone pokemon created by by mew II beat the crap out of the real pokemon. Then mew show up and battles new two. Mewto was a gentic clone pokemon of mew that was made by scientist to serve Givonia the evil president of team rocket.

    He trained mew II to master his powers. When mew to found out his purpose. He refused to served Giavana and adomed him. Later he lowers Ash, Misty and Brock. To a castle and captures and clones there Pokemon. All the pokemon fight except ash's Pikichu who refuses to fight his clone double. They even clone Mewoth. Who is the only clone that does fight in the dramatic battle. Mew shows up and enages mew II. Then this is when Ash not standing seeing the pokemon fight there clones. Does they most brave thing he's ever done in his whole lift. He runs towards mew and mew II he runs in between the two yells to them to stp. As is hit by the two pokemons physic attacks falls to the ground dead. The pokemon cry there tears revive ash. Mew II an the clones leave erasing the memory of ash in his friends so they remember none of what happened. It is not the end of mew to he returns in the 3 sequel New II returns. I you like this I recommend you see the 7 sequels....more info
  • The One Movie That Started It All
    This Movie Is Way Cool. It's The One Movie That Started It All.
    I Used To Own It. And I Was Just Blown Away By It. My Favorite Part In The Movie Was In "Pikachu's Vaction" When Charizard Got It's Head Stuck In A Pipe. And Pikachu And The Others (Onyx, Geodude, Psyduck, And A Whole Host Of Others) Tried To Get Charizard Out Of The Pipe. Then They Got It Out. And They Were Happy. Oh And At The Very End Of The Movie You Will See Mew Flying To An Icey Mountain. So I Would Like Everyone To Buy This Movie. It's A Must Have For Anyone Who Like's Pokemon. ...more info
  • The first and nearly the best Pokemon movie
    This movie was voted the worst of 1999 in several on-line polls. Many parents had to endure the movie in theaters as their children watched gleefully. That's pretty much what it boils down to: if you're someone who is not familiar or fond of the world of Pokemon, this movie will bore you to tears... but if you like the show, the movie pushes it to the next level. The movie opens with a 20 minute short featuring the pokemon without their human trainers. Once the short ends you get the story of Mewtwo versus Mew, which is pretty cool and features a lot of nice visuals. With a soundtrack featuring the pop-stars of the time, this movie also feels a bit more "Americanized" than most other Poke-features. While Lucario and the Mystery of Mew or Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea might have arguably better stories, this movie seems to zip along the quickest when you watch it....more info