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Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One (simply known as Pokémon the Movie 2000 or The Power of One, known as Revelation Lugia in Japan) is the second Pokémon movie and the only one set during the Orange Islands arc. It was first released in Japanese theaters on July 17, 1999. It then made its way to North American theaters on July 21, 2000. The Power of One was shown with the Pikachu short Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, and with Slowking's Day (the latter being in Japan only). The film earned less at the box office than its predecessor, but was still a financial success and received better (albeit still negative) reviews upon release.

It was promoted in the US with a television special featuring live performances of the songs on the soundtrack.

The film marked the debuts of Lugia and Slowking before the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Plot[]

Ash Ketchum and his friends visit Shamouti Island, the center point of culture in the Orange Islands, just in time for their annual festival in honor of the Chosen One spoken of in legends who would save the world when Lugia's song was not enough to quell the fighting Legendary birds. But when the meddling of a self-named "Pokémon Collector" causes the legendary birds to begin fighting, will the Chosen One appear in time to help Lugia?

Cast[]

Character Japanese voice English voice
Ash Ketchum Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor
Misty Mayumi Iizuka Rachael Lillis
Tracey Sketchit Tomokazu Seki Ted Lewis
Pikachu Ikue Otani
Togepi Satomi Korogi
Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis
James Shin-ichiro Miki Eric Stuart
Meowth Inuko Inuyama Maddie Blaustein
Narrator Unsho Ishizuka Rodger Parsons
Lugia Kōichi Yamadera Eric Rath
Articuno Yumi Toma
Zapdos Katsuyuki Konishi
Moltres Rikako Aikawa
Melody Akiko Hiramatsu Amy Birnbaum
Slowking Masatoshi Hamada Nathan Price
Lawrence III Takeshi Kaga Neil Stewart
Data Computer Emi Shinohara Megan Hollingshead
Carol Aya Hisakawa Michelle Goguen
Tobias Chikao Otsuka Norman Altman
Maren Kotono Mitsuishi Tara Sands

Box office[]

The film was financially successful. It earned $9,250,000 on opening day, which was only less than $1 million behind the opening day of its predecessor. It reached third place for its opening weekend, grossing $19,575,608. On its second weekend it declined 68.3% to $6.2 million and descended to sixth place. It made $43,758,684 at the domestic box office, barely over half of the first film's domestic total. As of 2015, the film is the 88th highest-grossing film in Japan, with ¥6.4 billion. The film made $133,949,270 at the end of its box office run.

Reception[]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the North American adaptation of the film has an approval rating of 19% based on 69 reviews, with the website's critical consensus reading: "Despite being somewhat more exciting than the previous film, this kiddy flick still lacks any real adventure or excitement. What it does contain is choppy animation and poor voice acting. Doesn't match up to virtually anything out there." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 28 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.

Plugged In said that "the plot is as tiresome as it was in the first movie. But the violence is tamed somewhat, so the positive messages shine a bit more brightly".

A more positive review was given by Gene Seymour of the Los Angeles Times. Seymour believed that the film "charms without talking down to its audience". He also compared it favorably to the first movie, stating, "...unlike its predecessor, 'Pokémon 2000' doesn't assume that everyone who sees it will know how to tell Togepi from Bulbasaur or Squirtle from Pikachu. Sure, I know now, but I'm not telling because I don't have to".

At the 2000 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, the film was nominated for "Worst Achievement in Animation" and "The Remake or Sequel Nobody Was Clamoring For". However, it lost "Worst Achievement in Animation" to Digimon: The Movie.

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Trivia[]

  • Lugia was created by Takeshi Shudo for the second movie. He was surprised to later see Lugia used in the games and subsequent anime appearances.
  • This is the first movie where Brock isn't a main character, though he has a cameo; when Professor Ivy calls Professor Oak to inform him of the unstable weather situation, Brock can be seen in the background, running from side to side in a frenzy (presumably doing multiple chores at the same time, as he can be seen carrying a Nidorina and a Paras). He is also seen in a picture in Ash's house in Pallet Town and making various poses in the background of a video conversation between Professors Ivy and Oak. Brock would be a main character in every other following movie until the first Pokémon the Series: Black and White movie, Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom in which he makes no appearance, and onward. However, Brock became the main character in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, the CGI remake of Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.
  • As Team Rocket are weighing down Lugia, James makes a reference to the diet program Weight Watchers, saying that they should try it, with Jessie replying that it is too late for it. Meowth refutes; "I heard it's never too late if you really stick to the program!"
    • In addition, the dub has Jessie and James undergoing a variation of the "that's good, that's bad" routine from The Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror III, specifically the short Clown Without Pity.
  • The first names of Ash's mother, Delia, Professor Oak, and Professor Ivy are first revealed in this movie.
  • Four of the movie's characters, Melody, Carol, Maren, and Professor Ivy, each share their Japanese voice actresses with one character from the anime series Sailor Moon. Melody's voice actress, Akiko Hiramatsu, voiced the Calaveras, Carol's voice actress, Aya Hisakawa, voiced Sailor Mercury, Maren's voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, voiced Sailor Moon herself, and Professor Ivy's voice actress, Keiko Han, voiced Luna and Queen Beryl. Hisakawa and Mitsuishi would later reunite in later Nintendo media such as the TV movie Mewtwo Returns (as Luna Carson and Domino) and 2018 Nintendo Switch game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as Palutena and Ditto).
  • According to Takeshi Shudo, the Japanese ending of this movie was originally going to be The Endless World instead of Toi et moi. He criticized that the replacement song was unrelated to the movie.
  • As the green energy from Lugia's song is spreading over the frozen sea toward the three islands, the pillars that surround the Shamouti Shrine are seen at the bottom, but do not light up when their notes are played. They light up again in all subsequent scenes until the song is over, including several other scenes that have a very similar point of view.

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