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All Pokemon Movies in Chronological Order

 

Introduction

Pokemon is one of the most well-known and popular cartoons and media franchises in history, with a slew of films to its credit. This chronological list of Pokémon movies will aid both die-hard and casual fans in piece together more than two decades of incredible storylines and characters. The pokemon movies are listed below in chronological order of their release dates, with brief synopses and a brief review.

1)Pokemon: the First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

First pokemon Movie-Mewtwo Strikes Back

Synopsis:

Ash, Misty, Brock, and travel to a mysterious island with other powerful Pokémon trainers to battle and stop a Pokémon trainer. But there, they discovered a Scientist genetically engineered a Pokémon named Mewtwo, and he did it for Giovanni of Team Rocket. Not only that, those bad guys have set them up, and they are planning to take control of the world with other cloned Pokémon.

Review:

This is without a doubt the best children’s film I’ve ever seen. It sends a strong message of accepting one’s origins, no matter what they are, and other people’s origins, no matter where they come from, in an emotionally lasting way. It’s a story about cloning and the nature of humanity that frequently blurs the line between the autonomy of Pokémon and the characteristics of the franchise—which is the collection and battling of these creatures and makes time for quiet moments to highlight that every time, the answer isn’t to fight; it’s to say no, as Pikachu has done.

Anecdote:

Mewtwo Strikes Back was well-received in Japan, with an appreciation for the film’s emotional impact and treatment of ethical issues, including cloning, genetic alteration, and existentialism. The English-language adaptation, on the other hand, received primarily poor reviews from critics. Despite the negative reviews, it was a worldwide box office success, topping the box office charts in its first weekend and grossing over $172 million worldwide. In the United States, it also sold 10 million home video units, including 4.2 million VHS tapes worth $58.8 million in 2000. If we look at the budget of 5 million dollars, the net profit was huge!  

2)Pokemon: The Movie 2000 – The Power of One (1999)

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Synopsis:

During a festival celebrating the legendary bird Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, Ash and his pals travel to Shamouti Island. Lawrence, a wicked Pokemon Collector, captures all of the legendary birds as part of a cunning plan to capture the legendary Pokemon Lugia. To restore balance to the Orange Islands, Ash Ketchum must acquire the three spheres of fire, ice, and lightning.

Review:

This 2nd franchise movie was nothing less than the first one. The buildup of the story was utterly classy. It’s a story about a bad guy who captures all the legendary birds to capture the legendary Lugia. Meanwhile, Ash and his pals, the champion Pokémon trainers, arrive on an island for the annual re-enactment of an ancient legend. A girl on his team thought she needed to help the environment rebalance. We saw how Ash decided to enlist the services of Team Rocket in this film. He required everyone’s help, including Team Rocket’s, to rescue the day.

Anecdote:

There were some interesting facts about the movie. Starting with how this movie got a box office hit. The critics were good. But nobody thought it would hit the box office that well. First, the budget was 30 million$, but the total box office collection was 133.9 million$. Second, this movie revealed Ash’s mother’s first name, Delia, and Professor Oak’s first name, Samuel. Finally, in this movie, Team Rocket uses a dub-only variation of their motto. This is also the only movie in which Team Rocket recites a variation of the motto and one of the few reciting a whole motto.  

3)Pokemon 3: the Movie – Spell of the Unknown (2000)

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Synopsis:

Molly, a lonely little girl whose father has vanished and is being cared for by the Pokémon Unown, is battling Ash, Misty, and Brock, and their goal is to save Ash’s mother. Molly’s imagination conjures up an image of the Legendary Pokemon Entei, who shields her from the realities of life.

Review:

Great film with a solid storyline (albeit the girl Molly is a bit obnoxious) and, I believe, this was the first appearance of the Unown and Entei! The Unown’s 3D effects are fantastic, and the audio is equally superb; Entei’s music is impressive also. It’s an excellent movie from start to finish, with Brock and Misty making sacrifices for Ash to get his mother back to Charizard returning to help Ash (not to mention Ash and his gang reuniting with Team Rocket). For lovers of the original Pokemon, this is a must-have item.

Anecdote:

A unique characteristic of the film is that it is the only one to feature an entire battle. A Japanese trailer for Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest was included on the USA DVD (2001). For the American audience, this film, together with the Pikachu Short “Pikachu & Pichu,” marks the first appearance of Ash’s Totodile and Noctowl. With a gross of US$48.5 million, the picture was the third highest-grossing film in Japan for the year, behind Mission: Impossible 2 and The Green Mile.    

4)Pokemon: Mewtwo Returns(2000)

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Synopsis:

The Team Rocket scientists’ logs had not been destroyed, but the Team Rocket scientists’ memories of Mewtwo had been erased. They seek down Mewtwo and create a base in a Johto after discovering the logs.

Review:

By this review, I mean that Pokémon: The First Movie was a good film for Pokémon lovers. Even yet, it was only supposed to be seen once. With the anti-fighting message thrown in, which was most likely utilized in the previous film to assuage parents’ anxieties, this is a dull and dragging film with no major fights. It is marginally dramatic and has a predictable ending. It’s not even excellent for fans, which the lengthier, better first film (and that’s saying a lot) at least accomplished.

Anecdote:

The first Pokemon Direct-To-Video film. It was the first tv movie that appeared in the Pokemon movie lineup. On December 30, 2000, it aired for the first time in Japan, and on March 21, 2001, it was released on VHS and DVD in Japan. The first Pokemon film or episode employs digital ink and paints coloring rather than the traditional animation cell. Also, unlike the Japanese version, which had conventional opening and ending theme songs.  

5)Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest (2001)

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Synopsis:

Ash and his pals encounter Sammy, a mystery lad from 40 years ago, and work together to preserve the legendary Pokemon Celebi from an evil iron-masked marauder.

Review:

This is my second favorite of the first four films, with my favorite being Pokémon 2000, although I grew up watching the first generation from the beginning! Don’t get me wrong, they’re all fantastic, and you can’t go wrong with any of them, but the animation and brilliant colors used in Pokémon 4 are simply magnificent. Ash’s shenanigans are forced down our throats as usual. In 2021, this 2001 film appears to be new.

Anecdote:

It grossed $717,061 in its first weekend, placing it at #18 in the box office. Several scenes from the Japanese version of the film were cut or added, more than any other Pokemon film before or since. In addition, this is the first time a Pokémon has evolved in a film (Metapod into Butterfree). Misty’s sole Pokémon to appear in the film is Togepi.
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6) Pokemon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2003)

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Synopsis:

Ash, Misty, and Brock’s visit to Alto Mare is turned upside down when two thieves try to steal the Soul Dew, a magical crystal that holds the abstract of the Legendary Pokemon Latios and Latios, which keeps the town out of danger.

Review:

This movie was a lot of fun to see, and the finale is entirely different from what we’re accustomed to. It has the perfect combination of action sequences/moments and conversation. With some of the more tense/darker parts where it appears as the bad guys will win, there are an equal amount (if not more) of lighthearted/inspiring/comical passages that stay to the good kind. We also know that Bad guys don’t win against Ash.

Anecdote:

The game was Nintendo’s most significant domestic box office disaster, grossing less than $750,000 in the US. It should be noted, however, that it was only released in 200 cinemas. It made a respectable $20 million on the international market. This is the first Pokémon film in which the characters assign the Pokémon genders and refer to them as such. In the original, Latios spoke in a distinct tone. Instead, the dub producers chose to have him use Latias’ voice.  

7) Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker

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Synopsis:

Ash and his pals come upon the legendary Pokemon Jirachi, who only appears once every thousand years to grant a wish and try to save him from a wicked Team Magma thug.

Review:

To be honest, there wasn’t much of a plot. The majority of the film takes place in a circus, and the final half-hour is devoted to getting Jirachi back to his home. Jirachi was sweet but primarily obnoxious, and I thought his bond with Max was contrived. However, it had the fundamental theme of long-lasting friendship, which, although good, has been done before. The animation is still lovely but a transparent drop down from “Pokémon Heroes,” and there wasn’t much excitement until the last 20 minutes.

Anecdote:

This is the first Pokemon film in which one of Ash’s pals, Max, plays a significant part. The principal human characters in the preceding five films were Ash and/or a character of the day. Not only that, but this is the first Pokémon film in which the season’s theme music isn’t played during the opening credits. In Japan, this film grossed more than $40 million.  

8) Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys (2004)

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Synopsis:

Ash, May, Max, and Brock investigate the mystery surrounding an attack by the alien Pokémon Deoxys and the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza, and they discover that a bit child named Tori is involved.

Review:

The animation and overall quality of this film were excellent, and I enjoyed seeing Deoxys and Rayquaza battle it out. Deoxy was fantastic on this, knowing its origin as an extraterrestrial pokemon who crashed landed on Earth to start a new existence. Rayquaza, the sky’s protector, saw this unknown monster as a threat to our planet and unwillingly assaulted it. Blaziken and his impressive combat sequences are something I always look forward to because he is my favorite fire pokemon.

Anecdote:

This is the second film where Ash and his pals are not introduced to Team Rocket. Deoxys’s Speed Forme does not appear in this film since it was released before Pokémon Emerald, and Speed Forme had not yet been released to the general public. In Japan, the film did not make the top ten box office films. However, with $34 million in box office receipts, it was named the top anime film of the year, beating out Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey ($26.5 million).
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9) Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)

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Synopsis:

While saving Pikachu, Meowth, and the mythical Pokémon Mew from calamity, Ash and his companions aid an old Pokemon, Lucario, uncover the circumstances that led to his abandonment by a man renowned as an ancient hero.

Review:

Even the intro is entertaining to watch. While the voice acting is generally decent, it may get tedious and obnoxious at times; nevertheless, you should be alright if you can get beyond that. In this film, the drama is portrayed fabulously. Finally, because it takes place in the Pokemon universe, I loved it as a youngster and still do today. If you want to see a beautiful film while looking the Pokemon World, this is the film for you. Take a look at it for yourself.

Anecdote:

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew have made 4.3 billion yen in Japan since its release on July 16, 2005, making it the year’s second-highest-grossing domestic film, behind only Howl’s Moving Castle. The Rota castle that we have seen is based on Neuschwanstein, a Bavarian castle in the Allgäu region.  

10) Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea(2007)

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Synopsis:

A Pokemon Ranger entrusts May with the mystical Pokemon Manaphy’s egg. She, Ash, Brock, and Max must protect it from Phantom, a terrible pirate, and preserve Manaphy’s lovely house from ruin.

Review:

With a few minor modifications in viewpoint, the tale is remarkably similar to Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (2003). May grows bonded to Manaphy instead of Max becoming the main focus, where he establishes a relationship with Jirachi. While it’s essential to shift the focus to another character, making it feel like a scene from another film doesn’t exactly help it feel fresh. May’s bond with Manaphy is sympathetic but not distinctive enough to get a mention.

Anecdote:

This was the first Pokémon film to include new voice performers in the dub. Wobbuffet, portrayed by Kayzie Rogers, was the sole voice that didn’t change. Director Kunihiko Yuyama traveled to Italy to research the film’s location by visiting the ruins of Rome, the city of Naples, and the island of Capri. This film was the longest of the Pokémon films to date, clocking in at 105 minutes. For the first time in several seasons, Ash reverses his hat at the end of the film.  

11) The Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon (2006)

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Synopsis:

Dr. Yung sends Ash a note asking him to his lab to see his latest creation, Mirage-Pokémon, which is said to be far more powerful than “regular” Pokémon.

Review:

The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon” is billed as a 10th Anniversary Special; however, it looks to have been thrown together cynically for the occasion. Some have stated that it would have been better if it had been split into two episodes, but even that would have been a shame. The animation is average, the text is dreadful, and the acting is dreadful. In addition, the storyline was just terrible. Throughout the film, there are many inconsistencies. But somehow, I loved the scientific aspect of this story, as well as the Mirage Mew!

Anecdote:

This was the first time Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) and TAJ Productions handled English-language production solely. Previously, the Pokémon anime English dub was operated by 4Kids Entertainment (now known as Konami Cross Media NY). As a result, costs were slashed due to the move. In addition, the English-language version of the special included an entirely new voice cast, replacing many of the program’s original voice performers, many of whom had worked on the show for eight years.
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12) Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai(2007)

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Synopsis:

Ash, Dawn, and Brock must figure out a method to defend Alamos Town from the Legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia’s space and time-bending abilities. Is it possible that Darkrai, the nightmare Pokemon, has something to do with it?

Review:

This film will keep you wondering and have some tremendous action that will take your breath away. Anyway, it’s time for another adventure. But this time, it’s Dialga and Palkia, two Pokémon, who are fighting and destroying the universe. Darkrai is coming to save the day, so don’t worry. Darkrai attempts to stop them from fighting, but they never give up. Things are resolved, though, with the assistance of the Yellow Rat and Ash. Again.

Anecdote:

Darkrai is referred to as he in the English dub, even though he is genderless in the games. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, inspired the Space-Time Towers. The Rise of Darkrai topped the Japanese box office rankings in the first three days after its release. The film outperformed its predecessor Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, earning $1.13 billion ($9.26 million) from 1,074,000 spectators.  

13) Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior(2008)

Giratina and the Sky Warrior

Synopsis:

While Giratina and Dialga fight in a reality-warping battle and threaten to ruin everything, Ash and his pals must aid the mythical Pokémon Shaymin to return to the Gracidea Flower Garden.

Review:

If you’re a big fan of the amine’s Diamond and Pearl, you’ll enjoy this movie. From beginning to end, there was plenty of action. The Reverse World can appear to be a mirror reflection of the real world above it at times. Zero’s attractiveness to the Reverse World is never really explained, except that he gets to be alone in it, which isn’t exactly a compelling incentive for a movie villain. Nevertheless, it isn’t a complete waste of time, and it is unquestionably superior to the majority of the following flicks.

Anecdote:

When Shaymin is in Sky Forme, his voice is more profound than in Normal Forme. Instead, the accent in the original Japanese was different. In addition, the crew visited three locations in Norway for inspiration for the film’s setting: Sognefjord (the world’s second-largest fjord), Jostedalsbreen (Europe’s largest glacier), and Bergen (the second-largest city in Norway). Eevee and the seven Eeveelutions (Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Glaceon, and Leafeon) are shown during the opening sequence.  

14) Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life(2009)

Arceus and the Jewel of Life  

Synopsis:

When Ash, Dawn, and Brock visit Michina Town, they meet the legendary Pokémon Arceus, long-standing hate against the locals. When Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina cannot contain the situation, the heroes are sent back in time to attempt to repair the damage.

Review:

The film conveys a positive message about the importance of hard work! This is a great purchase! Pokémon, as usual, delivers. Great plot, great music, and all of the loving charm that is synonymous with Pokémon. The best time to see the film is after season 12 of the show, because the Pokémon Ash, Dawn, and Brock have, as well as their evolutions, correspond to the season’s finish.

Anecdote:

With 2,384,198 tickets sold in advance, it set the Guinness World Record for an animated motion picture’s highest advanced ticket purchase. This is Ash’s first time traveling across time. However, it has occurred to his pals previously. This is the first film to feature Dialga and Palkia, two Legendary Pokémon who starred in earlier Pokémon films. In addition, this is the first film to be released in the United States and Japan in the same year.  

15) Pokemon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)

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Synopsis:

When Ash and his pals arrive in Crown City for the Pokémon Baccer World Cup, they discover a Zoroark disguised as legendary Pokémon Entei, Raikou, and Suicune spreading havoc. Zorua, Zoroark’s baby, begs the heroes for assistance from the evil Kodai, who is on the lookout for Celebi and its time-traveling abilities.

Review:

The “illusions” section of the film is a lot of fun, and it features several of my favorite legendaries. There’s an intelligent villain and a good balance of action and drama in this film. The film gets right to the point and doesn’t waste any time getting into the tale. Overall, if you enjoy Pokemon movies, I recommend this.

Anecdote:

This film marks the first time in the anime that all three Legendary Beasts appear simultaneously and Raikou’s debut appearance in a movie. Ash has seen all of the Legendary Pokémon from the first four generations at least once as of this film. Team Rocket is the final figure to appear before the end credits in this film. This is a pattern seen in early Pokemon films but discontinued after Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest.
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16) Pokemon the Movie:Black – Victini and Reshiram/  White — Victini and Zekrom (2011)

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Synopsis:

Ash, Iris, and Cilan travel to Eindoak Town to compete and meet the legendary Pokémon Victini. Damon, the descendant of Eindoak’s Archaic People of the Vale, must be stopped from destroying everything using the region’s legendary Pokémon (Reshiram or Zekrom).

Review:

This was a genuinely great film. There are two versions of this story, and Ash must enlist the aid of either Reshiram or Zekrom to save Victini and the village, but will he pick power or courage? If you’re a Pokémon enthusiast, I recommend seeing this film to find out!

Anecdote:

On July 16, 2011, the films were released in Japan and made over $57 million. This is the 16th Pokémon anime film, and it is the first two-in-one film in the franchise’s history. In addition, Victini was explicitly created for this film as a Pokemon. Again, this is the first time this has happened in the franchise’s history.  

17) Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)

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Synopsis:

The legendary Pokemon Kyurem froze the other Sacred Swordsmen: Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, and Ash and his friends help Keldeo, mythical water, and fighting type Pokemon, escape. Will the heroes save Keldeo’s buddies?  

 Review:

We don’t see the main protagonists take any action until the sixteenth minute! That’s a big issue in a film that’s so short. Keldeo is introduced as a Pokémon that wishes to beat Kyurem to join the Sword of Justice. It was strange to watch a movie with five talking Pokémon in it! To be honest, it came across as a little awkward. I adore Keldeo as a character, and the animation is beautiful, but it seemed essentially meaningless and didn’t add anything new to the Pokémon franchise.  

Anecdote:

This is the first movie in the series in which Team Rocket does not play a role in the plot. This is the fourth film in a row that Ash and his pals haven’t encountered Team Rocket. It’s also the only film in which Jessie, James, and Meowth don’t dialogue.
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18) Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)

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Synopsis:

A gang of enraged Genesect lost their home assault Ash, Iris, and Cilan. Mewtwo, who wants to help the Genesect while simultaneously saving the city from destruction, holds the heroes.

Review:

It’s a fantastic Pokémon film, especially when Mega Mewtwo goes after the Genesect to stop them from destroying the world, and Ash and the gang assist in finding the Genesect a new home. In terms of quality, plot, and action, it’s a better film. Unfortunately, this is a rare good Pokemon film that isn’t worth seeing again.

Anecdote:

This film has the most talking Pokémon of any previous film, with six. At three months, this movie has the shortest period between its Japanese and English releases. This is the first time that the concluding film of an anime series does not feature any Pokémon from the following generation.  

19) Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)

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Synopsis:

When the legendary Pokemon of destruction, Yveltal, is mistakenly awakened and wreaks devastation, Diancie and legendary fairy Pokemon Xerneas team up to preserve Diancie’s kingdom, but they need help from Ash, Serenea, Clemont, and Bonnie.

Review:

The film continues to make the same flaws as previous Pokémon movies. It’s far too brief! In a movie with a large cast of characters, this can be irritating! When they try to jam all of these people into something so short, it’s horrible. However, I’m still delighted to have met all of these new Pokémon. The films themselves are conventional, with Ash and the gang just encountering and saving a new legendary talking pokemon. The previous movies had a lot more variation than this one.

Anecdote:

With four human villains, this film has more than any other. This is the first time a dub title has been revealed before the Japanese premiere of a film. The film grossed $28.2 million at the box office.  

20) Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)

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Synopsis:

Ash and his pals meet the legendary Pokémon Hoopa, who can call anything through its magic rings, including people and other Pokémon. They learn about a heroic hero who once stopped the rampage of a terrifyingly powerful Pokémon, which is now on the verge of resuming its rampage! Will a deadly secret eruption be seen into a battle of legendary Pokémon, or will Ash be able to assist Hoopa in overcoming the darkness within?

Review:

I liked how the movie had so many legendary Pokemon. Hoopa’s narrative was intriguing, and it made me want to catch him. As far as Pokémon films go, this one is a fantastic journey that the kids will undoubtedly enjoy. The viewer’s patience for the unrelenting Pokéformula will determine whether Hoopa and the Clash of Ages are worth their weight in Pokéblocks. For overindulgent Pokéfans, it’s a lot of nostalgic joy.  

Anecdote:

Do you want to hear a fun fact about the movie? In the United States, this was the final film to air on Cartoon Network. This film has the most Legendary Pokémon of any other to date, with eleven. In addition, ash has been possessed by an evil spirit for the second time. This is the only film in the Pokémon the Series: XY franchise that does not have a human antagonist.  

21) Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016)

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Synopsis:

Ash and his pals encounter the legendary Pokémon Volcanion, who despises humans but requires assistance from the heroes. Volcanion wishes to save the mythical Pokemon Magearna from a corrupt minister attempting to seize the kingdom with Magearna’s strange power. Is it possible for Ash and Volcanion to work together to save Magearna?  

Review:

Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel is the best Pokémon movie to date, in my opinion, with a captivating (though a little predictable) tale, excellent animation, and a piece of fantastic music… The dynamics amongst the cast of characters were spot on, and seeing Volcanion and Magearna on the big screen was a treat. Aside from that, the film has a reasonable run time of 90 minutes, whereas most other Pokémon films are approximately 75 minutes or less. For any Pokemon enthusiasts, this is a highly recommended film.

Anecdote:

This picture came in fourth place at the Japanese box office, collecting 323,901,600 yen ($3.09 million) in its first weekend on 366 screens with 289,971 attendance. This is the first time that more than one Mythical Pokémon gets a lead part in a Pokémon film.  

22) Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)

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Synopsis:

Ash Ketchum of Pallet Town reaches ten years old, making him eligible to become a Pokémon Trainer. Unfortunately, Ash oversleeps and is forced to take the only Pokémon left by Professor Oak, a finicky Pikachu. What kinds of adventures will Ash and Pikachu have on their journey?

Review:

This was a fantastic film. It reimagined many of the best moments from the original animated series, adding some new Pokémon to the mix. Every previous Pokémon film is so childish that it feels like it was made for three-year-olds. But this was like something out of a movie. It made me laugh and cry at the same time, and the animation and Pokemon battles were fantastic.

Anecdote:

The film portrays the story of Ash and Pikachu meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon’s debut broadcast in Japan (1997). The first time, Ho-Oh is the main Legendary Pokémon to appear in a Pokémon film. The film broke all box office records in Japan. Also, this is the first time Kayzie Rogers hasn’t voiced a character in the dub. Before her retirement, she had at least one role in the nineteen films se has worked on.    

23) Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018)

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Synopsis:

The yearly Wind Festival in Fula City draws together an unusual cast of personalities to honor the legendary Pokemon Lugia, who brings the wind that keeps the city afloat. The festival, the people, and the Pokemon of Fula City is suddenly in jeopardy, and Ash, Pikachu, and their pals must save the day from impending devastation.

Review:

I was blown away by it, despite my disdain for several of their films and series. A fantastic film for both adults and children. It was comforting and not at all monotonous. The music and animation were terrific. The tale did a tremendous job of involving everyone in the story, not only Ash. The title seemed entirely appropriate. The character development was fantastic.

Anecdote:

Only one of Ash’s Pokémon, Pikachu, is featured in this movie. So far, this is the only film in which Ash does not have any traveling partners. In North America, this was the final Pokémon film to air on television. Kunihiko Yuyama did not direct the first Pokémon film. This is the first film in which the location of the action is never specified.  

24) Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)

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Synopsis:

When ace detective Harry Goodman goes missing for no apparent reason, his 21-year-old son, Tim, is determined to find out what happened. Harry’s previous Pokémon partner, wise-cracking, cute super-sleuth Detective Pikachu, is assisting in the investigation. They join forces to solve the tangled riddle, realizing that they are specially prepared to work together because Tim is the only human who can communicate with Pikachu.

Review:

It’s a unique take on Pokémon films in a noir style, but it’s probably not suitable for very young or sensitive children. It deals with intra-familial connections and personal growth topics, making it significantly more sophisticated than most Pokémon movies. However, the visuals are stunning. Here’s your chance to see what a Blade Runner would look like in a Pokémon world. The Pokémon blend in perfectly whether at home, in the city, or nature.

Anecdote:

The complete film was “leaked” onto YouTube the day before its theatrical debut. In truth, clicking this video will show you a minute of the movie before turning to a 45-minute loop of Pikachu dancing. Detective Pikachu made $144.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $289.8 million in other markets, for a global total of $433.9 million on a $150 million budget.  

25) Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (2019)

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Synopsis:

A scientific experiment results in the development of Mewtwo, a clone of the legendary Pokemon Mew. Mewtwo is on a mission to destroy the world, but Ash and his pals decide to stop him. Pokemon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back has been remade with CGI animation.

Review:

It’s faithful to the original Mewtwo Strikes Back, which I remember from my childhood. While added bits weave in elegantly and give the movie fresh air, it does not deviate from the original tale. The animation isn’t spectacular, but it’s also not horrible. It’s just the way it is.

Anecdote:

The first CGI-animated Pokémon movies. The first Pokémon project to be made into a Netflix original series. The review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes has a 44 percent approval rating based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.    

26) Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020)

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Synopsis:

Koko spends his childhood in the bush with a lone Zarude. He discovers the human world and its harm to his home when he meets Ash and Pikachu.

Review:

With such a vibrant color pallet, it’s a visual treat. The story contains all of the classic elements of fantasy, action, adventure, and appropriate emotions. It’s a fantastic film. In a nutshell, this film sends out a message of compassion and cooperation between humans and animals.  

 Anecdote:

The film was supposed to be released in Japan on July 10, 2020, but owing to the global COVID-19 outbreak, it was postponed until Christmas. Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle has crossed the 1 billion yen barrier, according to the Toho Report for “First Half of 2021 Released Films,” with a final gross collection of 2.02 billion yen (US $18.41 million).  

Conclusion

Except for Detective Pikachu, almost every film on the list is an animated movie. This is a live-action film with actors in it. The Pokémon films are geared toward a younger audience. The majority of the films are rated PG, which means that parental supervision is recommended, but no content is considered too offensive for youngsters. Now talking about this list, all of the films weren’t great at times. But we, the Pokémon fans, always loved it. Yes, sometimes we criticize that this is good or bad. But in the end, we love it. That’s what Pokémon movies were all about, and this is what we have learned throughout the last 2 decades.
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