Pokemon 4Ever



Serious Pokemon fans will like it.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 119 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Apparent character death; peril (intense for a G-rating).

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie depicts characters in peril and one apparent death that could be upsetting for younger children. There is one mildly crude joke that kids will find funny.

What's the story?

In this fourth installment of Pokemon feature films, Ash and his friends explore an enchanted forest and meet Celebi, a dove-like Pokemon with the power to move through time. They also make friends with a boy named Sammy who was catapulted 40 years into the present day when he tried to protect Celebi from being captured. But then Celebi is captured and turned into a supercharged evil force. Sammy, Ash, Pikachu, and their friends have to find a way to save Celebi and the forest. And Sammy has to go back to his own era.

Is it any good?


POKEMON 4EVER offers more of a story than the previous Pokemon features, some surprisingly lovely background paintings, and a very impressive computer-animated monster made out of twigs and straw. I was a bit relieved to get away from the concept of possessing the pokemons and focus more on cooperation and friendship. But it is still a long slog for anyone but the most committed Pokemon fan, and parents may feel that the movie's title is a reference to its running time.

Parents often wonder about the appeal of Pokemon. There are three reasons that children are drawn to characters like Pokemon. First is the perennial appeal of characters who appear to be weak but have hidden sources of power. Kids, who live in a world of powerful giants are drawn to stories of transformations and secret strength. Next, the many facts to memorize about Pokemon give children a sense of power and competence. Finally, as children start to develop social skills, fads like Pokemon provide a shared language that can help those conversations and imaginative games get started.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Ash and Sammy will continue to be close to each other, even though they will not be together. How did Celebi stop being violent? What is the difference between Jesse and James and the other member of Team Rocket they meet? What do you think Team Rocket is?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 11, 2002
DVD release date:March 18, 2003
Cast:Addie Blaustein, Rachael Lillis, Veronica Taylor
Director:Kunihiko Yuyama
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:119 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviewannabe June 10, 2013

Great Pokemon movie

I never knew peril and deaths were intense for G ratings. This movie is violent and some say this should be rated PG. Another thing to be warned for is a very brief reference to "being naked".
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byBeckstar November 1, 2011


Saw when I was very young. I always cry watching even at my age. It's a shame they aren't made like this anymore. Yes, some scary scenes though. Not very bad, but is Pokemon and Pokemon is all about Pokemon fighting and adventures, so you aren't going to avoid fighting in a film. NO SEX in Pokemon though, what more can you want?
Kid, 11 years old April 6, 2011

Stupidest animated feature I've ever seen

This movie was way too dark,silly and childish for me... GOD! WHEN IS CARTOON NETWORK GOING TO GET GOOD AGAIN?! NOT with Toonami off ...
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Too much violence
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