It’s time to travel back in time. Close your eyes and imagine: It’s 1999, and Ash is still wandering the world with Brock and Misty. Gary freaking Oak continues to be a walking example of all things amazing, and… oh, right! There’s only 150 Pokémon out in the wild.
That doesn’t matter, though. All that does count is being the very best, like no one ever was.
Yesterday, the official Pokémon website announced that Pokémon: The First Movie will return to theaters for a limited engagement. 200 Cinemark theaters will show the film on October 29 and November 1.
Fans who caught the original run 17 years ago can relive the magic in its entirety, as short film Pikachu’s Vacation will also be shown with the film. Pre-sale tickets are available via Cinemark’s website.
Pokémon: The First Movie is an English adaptation of Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo Strikes Back (Pocket Monsters: Myuutsuu no Gyakushuu), which hit western theaters in November 1999. Kunihiko Yuyama (Kimagure Orange Road: Summer’s Beginning, Ushio & Tora (OVA)) directed the movie at OLM Digital, with Sayuri Ichiishi (Wedding Peach DX, Pokémon TV) providing character designs. Hideki Sonoda (Doraemon, Captain Tsubasa) and Takeshi Shudo (Fairy Princess Minky Momo: La ronde in my dream, Pokémon 2000) wrote the film’s screenplay.
Viz Media currently distributes Pokémon: The First Movie on DVD. They describe the film as:
Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, had ambitious plans to take over the world, involving his latest experiment, a powerful clone of Mew-Mew two. Mew two is very powerful, and also very smart-smart enough to not want to be controlled by Giovanni. It escaped from the lab, and now Mew two begins to concoct its own scheme, clandestinely inviting a number of Pokemon Trainers to the ultimate test. Of course, if it’s an event for talented Trainers, Ash Ketchum will be right in the front row. Ash’s excitement turns to fear and anger when Mew two reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of all of the kids’ Pokemon so it can even the “imbalance” between Pokemon and their Trainers. Despite Ash’s protests, Mew two refuses to believe that Pokemon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination of a young Trainer and the love of his Pokemon, Mew two just might have to reconsider, especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew