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Spell of the Unown (2000) Poster

Spell of the Unown (2000) at a glance

Spell of the Unown (2000) also known as Pokémon 3: The Movie, is the third theatrical film of Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, this animated feature is also the first Pokémon film to premiere in an IMAX theater.

Spell of the Unown (2000) Trailer

Spell of the Unown (2000) Synopsis

Get set for an action-packed adventure unlike anything you've seen before! A crystal catastrophe is unleashed upon Greenfield - and Ash, Pikachu and friends must figure out how to undo the damage to the once-beautiful town. But the unthinkable happens when Ash's Mom is kidnapped by the powerful Entei, a Pokemon thought to have existed only in legend. Now Ash must go to her rescue, uncertain of what he'll uncover when he unlocks the real secret power behind the unbelievable turn of events: a young girl whose dream world is being turned into a nightmarish reality by the most unstoppable Pokémon ever - the Unown!

Spell of the Unown (2000) Review

Molly's "mama" and "papa".
Molly's "mama" and "papa".

In my opinion, Spell of the Unown (2000) is one of the best earlier Pokémon films. It is my favorite as a child and still is today because of its hidden power; it has the ability to captivate with its rich Pokémon mythology and to move our hearts with loving messages!

Ash's Charizard came back for him.
Ash's Charizard came back for him.

Compared to the first two films, this film can standalone without the aid of other short films or sequels to enhance the story. The film does feel short though, so additional scenes and increment of total running time would be nice because the story moves a little too fast in the beginning, which may be confusing to those who are new to the Pokémon Universe.

Crystal World.
Crystal World.

Thankfully, the whole movie turns out an interesting fantasy dream. The visually pleasing animation and beautiful imagination would appeal the majority especially dreamers. There are also more action than before, more variety of Pokémon and it is fun to watch.

Entei and Pikachu
Entei and Pikachu

I like Molly, it seems that she has a beautiful imagination but Entei is my favorite character from the Spell of the Unown (2000)! This is because he is devoted to Molly and will protect her with all his might as sees himself as her father. Although he does whatever she wants, he does not intends to spoil her; he just wants her to be happy and if she is happy, he is happy. Too bad he's just an illusion!

Spencer Hale and his daughter.
Spencer Hale and his daughter.

Another special mention of favorite character would be Spencer Hale, Molly's father. Although he is a renowned researcher, busy with his work, it is easy to tell that he loves her very much. He'd always spend time with her as much as possible and read her bed time stories!

Pikachu, Pichu brothers, Clefa, Magby, Blissey, Hitmontop, Sunflora, Furret, Smeargle and Shuckle.
Pikachu, Pichu brothers, Clefa, Magby, Blissey, Hitmontop, Sunflora, Furret, Smeargle and Shuckle.

Ending this post, I must mention that I certainly loved the animated short Pikachu & Pichu that comes with Spell of the Unown (2000). Featuring the Pichu Brothers and plenty of other second generation Pokémon, it is super endearing and light-hearted! Their lively adventure makes the whole animated feature perfect!

PS. I think this is the Pokémon film and short film that I've watched the most as a child! Now I wonder how many times I've seen them!

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans, especially those who loved the earlier generations!!

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
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, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Satoshi Tajiri
Screenplay: Takeshi Shudo, Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Ikue Ōtani, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Ai Kato, Masami Toyoshima, Akiko Yajima, Naoto Takenaka
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Warner Bros.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family Fantasy Sci-Fi
Running time: 71 mins
Budget: USD 16,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 68,411,275 est.

Official website(s)

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