Pokemon: The Movie 2000 Review

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Ash Ketchum must save the day when an evil Pokemon collector disrupts the balance of the universe.


How come kids get all the sequels that are better than their predecessors? First Toy Story 2, then 102 Dalmatians, and now Pokemon 2000 which is technically two movies in one: a 22-minute short entitled 'Pikachu's Rescue Adventure', and the feature-length 'The Power Of One', the latter featuring some truly stunning computer animation.

Not only that, but young tykes are introduced to no fewer than six new Pokemons (which, judging by my two, is the toddler equivalent of being introduced to six new Maseratis) in the course of a strangely compelling story about the balance of nature being disrupted by an evil Pokemon collector.

Post-modern? Yes, definitely. Entertaining? Yes, surprisingly, especially for parents cynical about the whole Pokemon phenomenon. Given the success of the first film, a quick cash-in would have sufficed. Instead, somebody actually bothered. Who'd have thought it?

Entertaining Post-Modern take on a new children's classic. Something for the kids and their adults.