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A Movie Review by Erica O.


Pikachu's Vacation

Apparently, the people who dub Pokemon, 4Kids, think that little kids are too dumb to understand a movie without constant dialogue. The Pokedex narrating was completely exclusive to the dub, and made me extremely angry.

Otherwise, Pikachu's Summer Vacation was pretty good. Despite the stupid Pokedex narrating, and basically changing the plot subtly, by making it an analysis into Pokemon vacations or something instead of a lighthearted, no purpose short story that developed the Pokemon's personality a little. (I was touched when Charizard started to cry.)

I give the dub of Pikachu's Summer Vacation a 2 out of 5 Pokeballs.
I give the original a 3.5 out of 5 Pokeballs.

Mewtwo Strikes Back

What can I say about Mewtwo Strikes Back? It was definitely more intense than the Anime television show usually is, and I did enjoy it, although I do enjoy the lighthearted atmosphere of the television show. The animation quality was not really better than the show, and the 3-D effects added to the movie by 4Kids was distracting, and the name mix ups were pretty sad, reminding me of DiC's job with Sailor Moon.

Even though the people who made the dub tried to make it better than the original, they definitely did not succeed, and in fact, made it far worse than the original. The music on the soundtrack had almost no relevance to Pokemon, and the re-recorded theme was... Bad is an understatement.

This movie was a definite improvement over the television anime, and I did enjoy it, although no dub, no matter how good it is, or close it is to the original, can never compare to the Japanese original.

I give the dub of Mewtwo Strikes Back a 3 out of 5 Pokeballs.
I give the original Mewtwo Strikes back a 4 out of 5 Pokeballs.


Overall, I would recommend a subtitled version, if it is made available, or even a raw Japanese version of this movie. If you are a fan of the dub (which I am not) than you will probably like this dub. If you have to choose between the dub and the original, get the original.