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Mewtwo Returns (2000) at a glance

Mewtwo Returns (2000) is the sequel of Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998). Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, it is Pokémon's first TV special and direct-to-video movie. Featuring the legendary Pokémon Mewtwo, Mewtwo Returns (2000) is the first Pokémon television film.

Mewtwo Returns (2000) Trailer

Mewtwo Returns (2000) Synopsis

Deep in a remote area of the Johto Region is a place with crystal clear waters, forbidding mountains… and a secret. Mewtwo and his fellow super-clone Pokemon have finally found a home where they can live and thrive, far from the prying eyes and harsh judgments of humans.

In Pokemon: The First Movie. Mewtwo removed all traces of his battle with Mew, of the clones, and even of his very existence! Everyone's memory was erased except for that of Giovanni, the evil force behind Mewtwo's creation.

Now the devious Team Rocket leader has discovered Mewtwo's idyllic hideaway. And as luck would have it, so have Ash, Pikachu and their friends. Soon Giovanni confronts Mewtwo with an agonizing challenge: submit to his human authority or stand by as the super-clones are sacrificed. An all-out battle seems certain, but the starting effects of their unique environment suddenly come into play… leaving the fate of Mewtwo in Ash's hands!

Mewtwo Returns (2000) Review

Pikachutwo and Ash's Pikachu.
Pikachutwo and Ash's Pikachu.

Organizing a personal Pokémon Movie Marathon (22 films) makes it less difficult to distinguish the differences between the Pokémon films and it is fun to observe their growth over the years. However, I can't tell which Pokémon films is the best yet even though I have seen all of them before long ago as I watched them in different years and I do not have perfect memories. At this point, I am just done rewatching one quarter of all Pokémon films ever released by Pokémon but I think I have identified one thing from watching Mewtwo Returns (2000); this is how Pokémon films should have been from the start!

Mewtwo
Mewtwo

Mewtwo Returns (2000) is a follow up to Pokémon the First Movie. It may be confusing to those of you who have not seen Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998) and the short anime The Birth of Mewtwo but if you do, you will notice that this one has a better script. The characters are not that flat anymore by being more lively and expressive, just like its TV anime series. However, like almost everything else in the world, it is not perfect but still interesting to watch.

Screenshots are from trailers.
Screenshots are from trailers.

Initially Mewtwo is full of hatred and vengeance but he has changed and becomes a much more caring and open-minded Pokémon. He cares deeply for everyone especially his Pokémon clone friends in which he brought them all to the beautiful and secluded Mt. Quena to start a new life. Although Mewtwo is a lost and confused child and his birth is a sad story, he has come to accept it and moved on optimistically! He is one of my favorite characters from Pokémon films and my favorite quote from Mewtwo is "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are"!

Mewtwo has changed.
Mewtwo has changed.

In brief, this animated feature champions equality, wonder and nature of life, which leisurely reveal to us the charm of Pokémon world in addition to revealing to us more about Mewtwo! Although Mewtwo appears to be less invincible here, it has a softer heart and a much enlightened mind so that development is a must watch for Mewtwo fans!

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans who loved Mewtwo and the anime series!!

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Spell of the Unown (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: Takemoto Mori, Choji Yoshikawa
Story: Satoshi Tajiri
Screenplay: Takeshi Shudō, Kōji Fukasawa
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Ralph Schuckett, Kenneth Lampl
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin'ichirō Miki, Inuko Inuyama, Masachika Ichimura
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Shogakukan Productions, Warner Home Video
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Drama Family Sci-Fi
Running time: 60 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not applicable.

Official website(s)

http://www.pokemon.co.jp/
http://www.pokemon.com/us/

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