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The Power of One (1999) Poster

The Power of One (1999) at a glance

The Power of One (1999) also known as Pokémon: The Movie 2000, is an anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. Featuring the legendary guardian of the seas Lugia, water psychic type Pokémon Slowking and the legendary birds trio Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno, this animated feature is the second theatrical film of Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri.

The Power of One (1999) Trailer

The Power of One (1999) Synopsis

An ancient legend comes true when Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are disturbed after centuries of harmony. As the very forces of nature come unbalanced, life on earth depends on the unlikely teaming of the mythical Pokemon Lugia and a mysterious "chosen one" foretold in the legend. Can Ash Ketchum summon the courage to save the day? See how one person can make all the difference.

The Power of One (1999) Review

Guardian of the seas, Lugia.
Guardian of the seas, Lugia.

With all the endearing Pokémon in this animated feature and highly successful television anime series, it's no wonder that this animated feature is a box office success grossing over USD 133 million worldwide. But rewatching it again in 2014, I can't help to slightly feel upset.

Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno.
Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno.

The Power of One (1999) is visually beautiful and much lighthearted when compared to its predecessor Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998). However, in terms of storyline, it is worst. The concept of the film is great but its ending and dubbing edits almost destroyed the whole thing.

Slowking, Ash, Misty, Tracy, Melody and Ash's Pokémon
Slowking, Ash, Misty, Tracy, Melody and Ash's Pokémon

I must confess, I don't like the ending story. There are scenes that are fun to watch but the prophecy which initially radiates mystery; exactly becomes one of the dumbest thing I have ever heard on screen. Although it is expected that the whole Pokémon anime series and movie is Ash-centred, it is still super shocking alright, especially when the legendary Pokémon fate if not whole world seems to be dependent on him as well.

Melody plays the Lugia's song.
Melody plays the Lugia's song.

So, it's sad to conclude The Power of One (1999) as a letdown! Love the fictional disaster, love Lugia's song and voice or cry, love all the adorable Pokémon, love all the majestic legendary Pokémon, love the short film which is the most memorable part of this whole animated feature for me (I may have seen it probably nearly a hundred times as a child) but my gosh, I get what they are trying to do but I don't like it.

Elekid holding onto Exeggecute's nest.
Elekid holding onto Exeggecute's nest.

Perhaps the reasons why I don't remember the plot because it wasn't remarkable and that all I care about the DVD is the short film. I don't even need to rewatch the short film to give you a list of Pokémon that have made their appearance in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

Love the Pokémon (and short film) but maybe not the story. :(

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans!

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
Spell of the Unown (2000)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001)
The Legend of Thunder! (2001)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
Jirachi: Wish Maker (2003)
Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
Giratina and the Sky Warrior (2008)
Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom (2011)
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
Pokémon Origins (2013)
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
Pokémon the Movie XY (2015)

Details of the movie

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Producer: Yukako Matsusako, Takemoto Mori, Chōji Yoshikawa
Story: Satoshi Tajiri
Screenplay: Satoshi Tajiri
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Tomokazu Seki, Satomi Kōrogi, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Kōichi Yamadera, Takeshi Kaga, Masatoshi Hamada
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Warner Bros.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 84 mins
Budget: USD 30,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 133,949,270 est.

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Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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