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POKEMON 2000: THE MOVIE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Lawrence III is a big Pokemon collector because he believes Pokémon are things to collect, like cards or stamps. He plans to seize the three great Pokemon birds that rule the elements fire, lightning, and ice. If Lawrence III succeeds, the balance of nature will be disrupted and he will control the famous sea-dwelling Pokemon, Lugia. But according to legend, only the Chosen One can restore harmony on Earth.

”It's easy to see why young kids adore the Pokemon phenomenon. It's bright, colourful, happy, moral, and non-violent. It's filled with cute, weird looking characters that are easy for kids to associate with, even though they may not grasp the somewhat complex plot. Lawrence III is a big Pokemon collector because he believes Pokémon are things to collect, like cards or stamps.

He plans to seize the three great Pokemon birds that rule the elements fire, lightning, and ice. If Lawrence III succeeds, the balance of nature will be disrupted and he will control the famous sea-dwelling Pokemon, Lugia. But according to legend, only the Chosen One can restore harmony on Earth. Young Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum is the Chosen One. He just doesn't know it yet. Following the formula of the original, the main feature is preceded by a 22-minute short called Pikachu's Rescue Adventure that looks as though it's aimed at an even younger audience.

It's an incoherent rant through random fantasy landscapes filled with cute characters and flowers doing aerobics. The DVD is the perfect media to present the Pokemon franchise, and offers a range of interactive features for kids to explore. It takes control of your screen via PC Friendly and waits for you with colourful routines and sing-along tunes. From the DVD-Rom and Features menu you can link to the official Pokemon site, the Warner Bros. Studio store for the latest ‘must haves’, the official Warner Bros site for all their latest movies, and the Warner Bros video site. There's a link to special Pokemon DVD web events and to Pokemon Web World, which connects you with the official site or Warner Bros. Kids.

For bite-sized gamers, there's a Pokemon game section, where littlies can learn special rules and hints for the Nintendo 64 games Puzzle League and Hey You Pikachu! For the Game Boys, there's a detailed list of Gold and Silver Pokemon rules and directions. The movie may be the latest in the marketing maelstrom (look out, Pokemon 3 is on the way), but it's better than its 8-month-old predecessor. The artwork still does an injustice to Japanese anime, but this is aimed at under 10s after all. More positively, Pokemon is very moralistic. There's teamwork, confidence building, puppy love, and a strong environmental message. In some ways, it feels condescending, but it's preferable to many things out there. But fair warning, the flood of colourful activity and intelligible babble is so rampant that riled-up rugrats will result.”
Shannon J Harvey

Published May 10, 2001

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POKEMON 2000: THE MOVIE (G)
(Japan)

CAST: Eric Stuart, Veronica Taylor, Philip Bartlett, Rachel Lillis, Addie Blaustein

VOICES: Veronica Taylor, Ikue Otani, Megumi Hayashibara. Satomi Koorogi

DIRECTOR: Michael Haigney
RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video
DVD RELEASE: March 5, 2001

SPECIAL FEATURES
22 minute short "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure", Feature "The Power of One", Three live music tracks plus a making of the soundtrack special. Links to various Warner Bros web sites, Links to Pokemon web events and Pokemon Web World., Pokemon game section for N64 and Game Boy rules, directions, and hints, Trailer for Pokemon 3, Trailer for Pokemon 2000: The Movie, Scene selections (8 for Pikachu's Rescue, 20 for The Power of One)







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