Pokemon: The Movie

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  • M.D.K.II
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    Meh, Pokemon... Digimon are far better anyway >.>
    At least the video games don't suck.
    Nice review, although pointing out how this movie is bad isn't that hard.
  • familyguy fan  - Hey
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    :) Why not try asking him to do a review of digimon the movie
  • genonam  - i agree
    B) i agree he should review the digimon movie.
  • TakaComics
    The problem with Digimon's American movie is that it was 3 Japanese movies mushed up into one. It was ok, but it really didn't do the original series justice. :-\
  • texasguy09
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    No..this was actually "popular" back in the 90's....even VH-1 Mentioned it in one of their specials...I think "I love the 90's" or something. Digimon just seemed kind of another carbon copy of pokemon...I guess no one noticed since this was taking all the attention.
  • Chikiru Uchiha  - you got it!
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    thats because it IS a carbon copy of pokemon, just like monster rancher, etc. they've been doing this for years.IE; yugioh=duel masters,bakugan/ Twilight=vampire diaries(and other numorous crap ass shows like it)....I HATE it when they copy stuff that was good....or even worse when they copy shit that was shit to begin with(like the last example).....but on a note to pokemon...no one will ever recapture the insane popularity that Pokemon had over the world...nothing, not Twilight(god no..), not digimon, not yugioh and not spongebob.Pokemon was successful in everything it touched, from games to cards to anime to toys to...just everything....and NC, realy, if 7 year old kids can understand perfectly what pokemon is about without much explaination then I'm sure you can...it's not that complicated...but mostly they didn't explain because if you were a kid and didn't know about pokemon in it's prime then it's safe to asume that you were born under a rock, or atleast never touched a gameboy in your life because it's the original games that basically spoon feed you the back story......and FYI, the story takes place in the Kanto region, which is basicaly like pokemon's version of the real Kanto region in Japan.......god this is a horrifucusly(tm) long comment, sorry.....
  • OtakuWerewolf
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    Actually Yu-Gi-Oh came pretty damn close. The only reason it didn't do as well as Pokemon was that it was geared towards older kids and teenagers who don't really care for toys and whatnot and that, unlike Pokemon, the series ended. Sure they came out with two other series , GX and 5D's but those....kinda suck.
  • avarisclari
    Actually they released at about the same exact time in Japan, though digimon came over a year later in the US. There is no proof of carbon copying :P
  • Prince Variance  - Oh for the love of-
    Digimon did not copy pokemon. Digimon was based off of tamagachi digital pets. The point of Tamagachi is to become a good friend to your pet and it grows bigger and stronger. That is what spawned Digimon, growing closer to your digimon makes it bigger and stronger. This can only happen if you had a digivice, which was essentially their homage to Tamagachi.

    Digimon Died down because after a certain moment, the theme of friendship get's tiring. They repeated the same theme and concepts over and over, and it died down. Right down to the "Leader" going berzerk and hurting everyone, and then learning "I must control this power...for my friends!" THAT is what killed Digimon. That and that alone.
  • JetstreamGW
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    That's confusing. Pokemon is a coming-of-age (with no payoff) journey, while Digimon is a world-saving adventure. The only commonalities they have are kids and weird critters with superpowers.
  • UchaNekome
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    I think digimon, as an anime, was way better than pokemon. ESPECIALLY the third season. The characters are WAY more developed and likable, the concept of friendship over (Practical slavery) was much better. The whole Digi"mon" name might make people think (Oh well this is just another pokemon.) Watch the third season. It's called Digimon Tamers. Trust me it's NOT a carbon copy in that season. In fact the final enemy in that season is a mutant program that was origanaly supose to help by deleting small programs that evolve passed their usefullness and in thinking humankind has evolved passed their usefullness get the idia that all humans need to be deleted. Not only that but the program feeds off the emotions of a depressed girl who not ONLY lost her mother but her best friend and partner Leomon. They even take the form of her to mess with the main character who's in love with the girl! Yeah, tell me if any of this sounds like pokemon...
  • danbren244
    agreed, the first season was the best in the franchise I loved it, but i just looked back on the second season and realised how bad that was, now THAT didn't do the series justice.
  • texasguy09  - mmmm....
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    Well this is more nostalgic, and this was as popular as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The 90's were pretty ugly looking back now.
  • chardmelon
    me too! he so should review the digimon movie! P.s. yay i found some digimon love at last! :cheer:
  • Serpico89
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    both pokemon and digimon suck. i think ash's "pokeballs" are hiding in luigi's mansion why don't you go find them :dry:
  • ladiesman217
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    WE R U MORON :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
  • Artisan
    his head would probably explode
  • Atwosheds
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    He does that. It sucks. Although he owns...
  • Atwosheds
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    He did review it. It's one of his lowest rated videos to date.
  • James Picard
    That one isn't hard to call out either.
  • alt400
    true
  • thatguywiththegun
    this movie made me cry tears of unfathonable sadness
  • mike the Know it all
    he should review one of the dbz movies , just because the plots good
  • ThatFellowInTheCoat
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    I watched Pokemon: The First Movie a couple of days ago, because of this review. And how incredibly accurate you were (like you always are). You pretty much nailed it, especially that hypocritical ending. I'm thankful I wasn't into Pokemon when I was younger and I actually [i]was[/i] in the target demographic at the height of its popularity.
  • ToaK
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    I was too, and sadly, I still like it.
  • Daffy
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    I used to like Pokemon when I was a kid. (I was 10. I didn't know better.) But when I rewatched Pokemon: The First Movie the other day, I realized that all the things were said, every single thing, was right. The kids have no personality at all. It really got boring after a while. Not to mention how confusing it was. I don't remember the show at all. But all in all, I was disappointed that all my childhood memories were wrong. Now, I'm thinking that EVERYTHING I KNOW IS A LIE!!! Were all the shows I watched when I was a kid this bad? I hope not. Anyway, nice video, man. This was the first Nostalgia Critic video I ever saw, and it will always be my favorite. Keep on keepin' on, NC.
  • alt400
    i once owned pokemon the movie and the movie 2000 on video and the third one on DVD back in 2003 plus i saw nearly every episode on tv, now you tell me that isn't right
  • imdgr8st
    I think that the thing with the Pokemon things was that you had to be a kid to get it, like he said. Once you grow old enough to realize how stupid some things in life are, you start to think "how did I ever get into this?"
  • Tizoc
    Very, very funny.

    And yes it is full of cliches and It's really dumb, but they had to make it just as dumb as the show, they had to respect the (horrible) original idea.

    Good job, maistro.
  • Curiosity Inc
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    Thanks for making the sacrifice to review this, Critic. You remember it so we don't have to, and I'm pretty sure a lot of us would rather not remember this.

    It's very cathartic to see you deconstruct and mock such a formerly-cherished part of my childhood. Thanks a lot.
  • HanaImakura  - Ummm...
    I found this review rather hilarious, as usual, but I'm on your side, too. But my peeve here is that he didn't watch the Pokemon anime first. If you read this, Critic, you don't have to watch the entire series to find out everything- you just have to watch the first five episodes or so. I think you should have done that before watching this movie. Maybe then you wouldn't have had so many questions in the beginning. The film was released for us kids who were watching the series and playing the games, so they predicted that the viewers would already know the answers to those questions.


    I kind of agree with you about them changing the title, though. In fact, the original title, from Japan, is "Poketto Munsutaa", which is pretty much the same thing, but I think it sounds cooler. :P Also, Mewtwo had a REALLY deep back-story. It was cut out of the original American VHS release. Mewtwo's bask-story was dark and depressing enough to make some of us cry. lol And... Did you just say "Tournament Of The Pokemons"?! Did you not pay attention to character dialogue??? When they refer to Pokemon in plural, they just say "Pokemon". :/


    Another thing... Look up Mew's Pokedex data online before you say anything about it. Please. For the information, Mew and Mewtwo are awesomely elusive, strong, intelligent psychic-type Pokemon. In no way is Mew (or Mewtwo) "retarded".


    I'm laughing at a lot of the jokes as I'm typing this, but other things... Well, the other "carnage" here is pretty offensive.
  • ThatFellowInTheCoat
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    "Were all the shows I watched when I was a kid this bad?"

    Well, Animaniacs stills holds up incredibly well as proven by the Naughtiest Moments video. So do Tiny Toons and Darkwing Duck, in my opinion.
  • Horribafuckus125
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    I never got into Pokemon. My brother still has a book of cards somewhere in my attick. hey when the year 2020 hits i' ll get rich with these things ;D
  • Krustoff
    My friends found out that I hadn't seen this last year when we were hanging out. So they dragged out a VCR and put it in. I thought I was going to be blown away, but I was just bored throughout the whole thing. I was the only non nerd in the room and picked up on the Minnesota Vikings joke and I left the room. So retarded.
  • Daffy
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    "Well, Animaniacs stills holds up incredibly well as proven by the Naughtiest Moments video. So do Tiny Toons and Darkwing Duck, in my opinion."

    Hmmm. I agree. I even have every episode of Darkwing Duck on DVD, and I have Animaniacs Vol. 1, and I'm planning to get Tiny Toons once it comes out. So, yeah.
  • Kryss LaBryn
    Also Gargoyles (one of my fave reviews AND series) and ReBoot and Transformers: Beasties (or Beast Wars in the States).

    Hey, NC: How about reviewing Beasties or ReBoot? They were both pretty awesome, and pretty groundbreaking with their use of CGI.
  • tbussard
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    Brilliant work on Pokemon, NC. That was some much needed justice to what was actually a horrible film that left my interest in Pokemon in tatters.

    However, I have to respond to your comment about Mew. I think that his flippant and childishly playful behavior was actually intended to showcase him as the "Prankster" character, akin to many legends of the past. However, Mewtwo's assault prompted a character transformation, as if to say, "Well, he's cute and isn't as dark and demented as his clone, but can still kick plenty of ass!"

    Also...I never realized just how cruel that "bringing your friends back from the dead" concept was. Jesus...

    Oh, and one more thing, and I'll shut up: Why is it that Japanese children's shows have to have EVERY character in the shot say something, no matter how pointless it is to the overall dialog? Is it that hard to have just one character stare in complete shock?
  • Dekkard
    I can't believe I actually used to watch pokemon as a child ( and enjoyed watching it)
    this and other over rated shows like dragon ball z, naruto, etc. really give anime a bad name

    "pokemon, sounds like something a Jamaican shouts out when he wants to play cards, eh would you like to play some poke'mon?"
    subtitle: apologies to jamaicans everywhere

    lmao
  • ASP84
    Great review! I HATED Pokemon tv show and movies (though I must admit to getting sucked into the video games).
    PS Tinkerbell coming back to life by people clapping?
  • DeanoTheLegend
    There's a Movie similar to this which is just as bad that i'd love NC rip the shit out of.

    Beyblade the Movie :o
  • BJB
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    You'v just reminded me that the only thing good about the pokemon movie were the opening logos.
  • Mattato
    The Jamaican part made my mother laugh.

    Good review, though you probably should have cut out the Lion King analogy. Should have just ended that point at "Suck my balls."
  • pinkechidna
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    I loves me some Pokemon! Which actually made me enjoy this review even more! I'm funny like that... >w
  • Bionic-Sun
    I remember seeing this with my father when it first came out (mainly to get those limited trading cards; you'll do [i]almost[/i] anything for trading cards as a kid) and he fell asleep during the film. I coudln't see why at the time, but now I get it.
  • calger459
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    I LOVE this review, I would end up watching this damn show every morning at 6am when I was a teacher. Nothing like killing brain cells before teaching art to little kids!

    I showed this to my friend and her two young sons, both Pokemon fans (of course) came running over and they thought it was hysterical, especially where you mock the big fight at the end. Though I don't think they found it funny for the same reasons we did...

  • kayla
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    oh god i remeber begging my dad to let me watch this movie..i'm ashamed to have ever been a fan...great review though!
  • Nostalgiaoholic87652
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    "I didn't know that Vikings still exsisted...They mostly live in Minnesota."
    Um...Yeah if Ash was talking about the football team. But what would he know all he does is catch Pokemon I don't think he has any idea about other sports. Oh well
  • Lan Moore
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    You should review the USA version of Digimon the movie, the movie that was originally 3 moves but they got turned to one by Fox.
  • Misfit Slacker
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    I was about 15 when Pokemon came out. I actually did try to make an effort to check it out, but it never maintained my interest. One thing that puzzles me, though... What was the point of resurrecting Ash if the timeline was going to be reset anyway? Wouldn't Ash's death actually been a sort of justification to resetting the timeline if it meant preventing his death? It still would have been lame, but just saying. I preferred Care Bears 2's variation on the Tinkerbell resurrection. Also, love the Lion King bit. "It's just creepy."
  • chrisinullapool
    no it was the pokemon crying that broght back ash because this fittid nicly as a start point for the transforamtion scene where new 2 becomes a good guy :evil: => :lol:
  • Mr. Easterband
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    That was probably the most alarming opening credits of any movie.

    Warner Bros Kids
    Nintendo
    4Kids

    With my current knowledge about these I would have walked out of the theatre instatly... too bad I wasn't that wise when I saw the movie. Oh why! Why did they ever create this? And I who liked the Gameboy game and all.
  • xH1Mx
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    I used to love Pokemon as a kid and saw that movie the first day it was on in theaters. (I was about 3 at the time and was easily amused) Now I noticed how stupid i was back then. I can't believe i got caught in the hype. Parents and teachers were annoyed by it too! In elementary there we "no pokemon allowed" rules.

    This is one of many successful yet stupid anime shows out there. the only one that can be made an exception is dragon ball z. Every guy my age watched that show when they were younger.
  • xH1Mx
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    correction. most guys who were 6-30 watched dragon ball z. it was one of the top 10 violent children shows at the time. (before happy tree friends and metalocaylpse)
  • AngryLibertarianNerd
    Um,metalocalypse isn't a children's show btw. It's awesome, but not for kids (hence it being on adult swim)
  • Rhoey
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    As a kid, I used to love this movie, but I have to admit that the plot has always been confusing and I wondered if it's just me - or it really makes no sense?
    The second movie was better anyway.

    I agree with you; the moral makes no sense at all. And it was lame to kill off Ash only to bring him back a few moments later. It makes it entire pointless.

    Thanks for the entertaining review.
  • M. Mori
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    Upon reflecting on what you said... yes, it's true that the makers of this movie blatantly catered only to the fans of the show. God help the parents that took them to see this movie; they must have been completely confused from watching this film.
  • HanaImakura  - I Wish I Would Have Gone To See It...
    I loved Pokemon as a kid, but for some reason never got to see this movie in theaters. I got it on VHS though and my parents never understood it unless I sat there and explained things, which, for me, was FUN! :) I loved telling my family about everything I knew and loved. :)
  • thepunisher124
    i'd like to see him review the second power ranger movie,hitman,batman& robin,and the new ninja turtle movie
  • AVPGuyver21
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    This video was hilarious and the part when all the pokemon was crying was funny as hell :D
  • HanaImakura  - That...
    Is supposed to be the part that makes you cry watching the movie. You have no heart. Yes, its animated and some things make it hard to relate to, but try to put yourself in the mind-set of a really small child watching the film, who loves Pokemon.
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