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Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) Poster

Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) at a glance

Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) also known as Pokémon 4ever is the fourth theatrical film by the Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, it features two legendary Pokémon, the time travelling Celebi and Suicune.

Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) Trailer

Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) Synopsis

In order to escape a greedy Pokémon hunter, Celebi must use the last of its energy to travel through time to the present day. Celebi brings along Sammy, a boy who had been trying to protect it. Along with Ash, Pikachu, and the rest of the gang, Sammy and Celebi encounter an enemy far more advanced than the hunter. This new enemy possesses a Pokéball called a "Dark Ball," which transforms the Pokemon it captures into evil and far stronger creatures. When Celebi is captured, the fate of the entire forest is threatened. Let Pokémon 4ever transport you to a world of adventure as ash, suicune and the rest take action to save the day!

Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) Review

Celebi's Shrine
Celebi's Shrine

Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) has an interesting friendship and time travelling story. If you love Pokémon and also happen to enjoy time travelling stories, it is quite certain that you may like this one!

Ash, Sammy and Celebi.
Ash, Sammy and Celebi.

In this one, the movie narrator finally introduce the characters and Pokémon Universe in brief. Its plot is also not as rush as before and it is a little more like the TV anime series which is good. Most of all, there are plenty of adorable forest Pokémon which is lovely and the time-travelling concept is absolutely clever!

Featured legendary Pokémon, Suicune and Celebi.
Featured legendary Pokémon, Suicune and Celebi.

Unfortunately, I don't really like the 3D graphic incorporated into this film which I felt it is overly done. Overall, the forest is indeed beautiful but not until a 3D monster appears, which does not blend well with its surrounding. They also tried to let Ash to steal the spotlight even though this animated feature isn't about him so these are at least the two turn offs.

Celebi, Guardian of the Forest.
Celebi, Guardian of the Forest.

Nonetheless, Celebi: Voice of the Forest (2001) is quite sweet to watch and it is interesting. I didn't want to spoil it for you but if you haven't seen it I could only hint that it isn't predictable!

PS. The Pikachu Short, Pikachu's PikaBoo is the most adorable hide-and-seek ever!

Who will like this?

Pokémon fans and those who love time travelling stories may like this one!

Pokémon Movie Marathon

Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
The Power of One (1999)
Spell of the Unown (2000)
Mewtwo Returns (2000)
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: Hideki Sonoda
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Studio: OLM, Inc.
Starring: Rika Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Anne Suzuki, Shiro Sano, Kazuko Sugiyama
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Miramax Films, Studio Canal
Country: Japanese
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Action Adventure Family
Running time: 75 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 28,023,563 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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