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Awesome: 22.45%
Worth A Look: 8.16%
Average: 4.08%
Pretty Bad: 14.29%
Total Crap51.02%

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Pokemon 2
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by EricDSnider

"OK, Japan, we're even now."
1 stars

Just like its predecessor, "Pokemon: The Movie 2000" is a shameless attempt to cash in on the Pokemon craze, which pretty much died down a long time ago. Also just like its predecessor, it's dull, sloppy, poorly dubbed and incomprehensible, and appears to have been animated by, well, no one. I'm guessing the animation department took the week off, leaving us with this characteristically crappy Japanese "style" of animation in which nothing moves, which really stretches the definition of "animation" for me, but I won't belabor that point.

Of course, it wasn't meant to entertain me, or anyone else above the age of 8. And most of the kids -- the boys, anyway -- who were in the audience with me seemed to be mostly entertained by it, though they didn't seem to exactly LOVE it. And let's face it, anything with bright, colorful objects that sort of move around is liable to entertain a 5-year-old.

The movie begins with a 23-minute short entitled "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure." Surely you remember Pikachu. He's the adorable little gopher-shaped Pokemon of dubious gender origins whose powers include the ability to annoy people. The only word he can say is his own name, though he uses it in such a way as to indicate that to HIM, it means whatever he wants it to mean.

In "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure," Pikachu and his pals have an adventure rescuing someone, though I am not entirely clear who it was they rescued, or what danger they rescued them from. All I know is, since there are no humans in the story, there's no real dialogue either, and we've already mentioned that wordless animation is not the strong suit of the Pokemon films. I suspect the reason I did not enjoy this short was that I did not smoke enough crack beforehand.

Then we move on to the main feature. This one has people, so there is talking, though you'll soon wish they'd shut up. Basically, there's a bad guy whose name we are never told (Rule #1 of movie-making: If you're going to have a bad guy, tell us his name), who smiles a lot and actually seems rather friendly, a lot like Frasier Crane. Anyway, he wants to capture three mythical birds that represent fire, lightning and ice, because somehow having all three will enable him to also control the Beast of the Sea, whose name is Lugia, often pronounced "Nubia," "Lukia" or "Nokia," depending on who's talking. Why he wants to control the Beast of the Sea is anybody's guess.

No-Name captures Moltres, the bird of fire, pretty easily, and Zapdos, the bird of lightning, proves no more difficult. In capturing Zapdos, though, he also accidentally sucks Pokemon trainer Ash and his friends, along with several Pokemon, onto his hovering spaceship. The Pokemon go about setting the two magic birds free, whereupon the two birds inexplicably start trying to kill each other and their rescuers.

At some point, Ash discovers that each bird has a magic ball that represents it, and that if you put all three balls in a special place facing each bird's home island, something good will happen, I forget what. He gets Moltres and Zapdos's balls, and then figures out he's the fulfillment of ancient prophecy and has to go to the island of the ice bird, whose name is Articuno, and get his sphere, too.

No-Name disappears for a while, but comes back at the end to cause trouble in his genial, laid-back sort of way. All the while, the three magic birds are fighting each other, and the gentle Beast of the Sea, who speaks without moving his mouth and sounds the way Jesus always sounds in movies, helps Ash and his friends along.

Oh, and there are some other kids who like to steal and try to thwart Ash's plans but wind up turning good and being heroes, but I'm not going to mention them, because they're stupid.

This is not a movie "for the whole family." It's for little kids. Parents should avoid it, opting instead to stay in the car and stick their heads in the glove compartment for 90 minutes, as that will surely be a more tolerable experience for them than sitting through the movie. In fact, find something better to take your kids to, something you can enjoy with them. Or stay home and rent something. Read a "Harry Potter" book. Do anything. But for the love of all that is holy, don't see "Pokemon." We don't need to encourage this kind of cynical, soulless, assembly-line crap factory.

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User Comments

4/28/10 I liked it... See name... 5 stars
10/29/09 Anti-Anti-Pokemon To all Pokemon haters and Pokemon fan haters, FUCK YOU ANF GO KILL YOURSELVES!!! 3 stars
7/10/09 Shipper Awesome. Climax of AAML. Haters are full of shit. 5 stars
5/27/09 Psyburn Horrid film. then again, the pokemon cartoon was always a piece of shit. 1 stars
1/27/09 Shaun Wallner Fell asleep to this one. 1 stars
1/11/08 me yes! pokemon forever! 5 stars
12/22/07 jessie poo best friend:gary mann this movie rules 5 stars
10/07/07 pokecrap Well there's 90 minutes of my life gone. Its full of bullshit just like everything pokecrap 1 stars
9/20/07 Kathleen Pokemon rules 5 stars
8/22/07 Dudette Sesame Street was more interesting. 1 stars
4/18/07 Stevo UK The visual equivelent of having your balls fed through a mangle. while on fire. 1 stars
2/09/07 PokemonSux Fuck all of you fuckymon fans. You suck. The movie was so fucked. 1 stars
11/21/04 pokemon rule dumbies pokemon rule better then you pokemonhaters of craps 5 stars
8/16/04 Gray this is cartoon cock fighting! 1 stars
6/03/04 Sean Scanlan Funny 5 stars
5/15/04 Sean Scanlan Everbody polkamon! 5 stars
5/04/04 Whatevr The only way I survived watching this movie was by gnawing off my own leg 1 stars
7/13/03 nick g like japan give it a rest 1 stars
4/25/03 jackass i havnt seen it but im sure that ITS GAY 1 stars
10/22/02 Jiz Insultingly stupid. Plot makes no sense. Bad guy lets good guys out to destroy his ship? 1 stars
4/20/02 Pokemon hater POKEMON SUCKS! Fuck you pokemon fans. Anti-Pokemon rules! 1 stars
1/27/02 Andrew Carden Unwatchable Crap. Totally Abandons The Original Pokemon Plot. 1 stars
5/07/01 Waddle Doo Only the non-Pocket Monsters fans will not understand this movie. 4 stars
2/28/01 The Evil Penguin watching your son getting whipped is less painful. 1 stars
2/12/01 Richard Wright If u luv pokemon, then go for it. If u want a half decent film, go elsewhere. Thats it.. 2 stars
1/15/01 Yoshi What an entertaining piece of fucking shit! 1 stars
12/22/00 alex ashby best poke film 5 stars
9/28/00 Rio This Pokemon movie was pretty good. Much better than the first movie 5 stars
9/13/00 Jenna koch Everybody loves it,I've got to say something. SNAP OUT OF IT PEOPLES,ALL IT IS IS CRAP!! 1 stars
8/03/00 Chen Kenichi Aw. Pikachu is CUTE! =) 4 stars
8/02/00 Chuck Craig Too long even though its short! 1 stars
7/31/00 The Bomb 69 tough to grade, my daughters loved it and I slept 3 stars
7/27/00 Auto If your a Pokemon freak, or think it's cute, watch this movie. Also for the anime maniacs:) 4 stars
7/25/00 Diamond Lawrence Complete and utter crap. 1 stars
7/25/00 Pikafucku Who's posting for this movie? 3-year-olds? This is the worst movie ever. Fucking shit! 1 stars
7/24/00 hamlet3k A well made sequal to last year's hit. Gorgeous. 5 stars
7/23/00 Digitalus It's a good anime movie, but I'd rather watch Digimon 4 stars
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