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Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai

Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001) Movie Poster
  •  Japan / USA  •    •  75m  •    •  Directed by: Kunihiko Yuyama, Jim Malone.  •  Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Ikue Ôtani, Unshô Ishizuka, Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Mayumi Iizuka, Yûji Ueda, Tomokazu Seki, Megumi Hayashibara, Tara Sands, Dan Green.  •  Music by: Shinji Miyazaki, Hirokazu Tanaka.
In this film, we meet the new Pokémon, Celebi, who has the power to travel through time. Vicious, the future descendant of James and Jessie of Team Rocket, travels back in time to wreak havoc, and it's up to young Ash, Pikachu and friends to stop him. Along the way, Ash continues to mature into the unstoppable Pokémon trainer he will become in the future.

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Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Image from: Gekijôban Poketto Monsutâ [04]: Serebî - Toki wo Koeta Deai (2001)
Young Sam is walking in the forest when he comes across a rare pokèmon being hunted. Trying to protect the tiny Celebi, Sam suddenly finds himself engulfed in a light before vanishing to safety. They appear back again 40 years later in the same clearing just as Ash and his friends are in the area. Sam tells them of the Celebi and the new friends set out to find it again in order to protect it. This will be a task harder than they imagine though as, unbeknownst to them, The Iron Masked Marauder is after the Celebi with his black pokeball to turn it evil and thus into the most powerful weapon ever.

I'm not a Pokèmon fan (mainly because I have had sex at some point in my life -' a typical clue that one will not be the target audience for this) but I didn't hate the first movie so when this came on and I was very bored I decided to watch it. The first film had potential because the central character had dark value that threatened to actually create a strong narrative (it didn't of course but it had some good moments). With this film the plot seems to be mostly about introducing a new pokèmon for the fans to care about. This means that there aren't even any vague themes to interest me and the story is very much simple characters in a simple story of bad characters and good characters doing bad and good things respectively. It relies almost totally on the monsters and constant "action" to hold the interest and I suppose in this regard it will suit young children ho really just need colour, movement and noise.

The animation is reasonably good but the pocket monsters themselves are quite bland with lots of soft edges and no real threat or grit about them -' the evil Celebi in its nest is the exception though as it is well done. Meanwhile the human characters are simplistic and delivered in big sweeping gestures and with voices to match. Adults hoping the characters will offer them something to focus on will perhaps not be surprised to learn that there is not.

For kids then and has very little for those members of the audience looking for more than just colourful monsters running around the place in a simplistic narrative frame. I'm sure pokèmon fans will love it, but then they would, wouldn't they?


Review by bob the moo from the Internet Movie Database.