Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Mildly violent tale of dark and light, anime style.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Emphasis on helping friends, teamwork, and bravery. Shaymin is a gratitude Pokémon with a singularly ungracious attitude towards one character, which is pointed out repeatedly. One character sacrifices his life's work when he realizes that to complete it would put the world in harm's way.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish mild fighting throughout, with weapons ranging from thunderbolts to seed flares to flying magnets. Giratina appears to be electrocuted in a machine designed to kill him.

Sexy Stuff

May induce sudden need for Pokémon trading cards.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie will thrill Pokémon fans, but a helpful intro makes it accessible to newbies. Cartoonish mild violence occurs throughout, and one character appears to be electrocuted. The main human characters are a boy and girl who operate well as a team, along with their Pokémon buddies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. November 6, 2018

It's cute

Shaymin is a cute little hedgehog like critter who can turn into "sky forme" where it looks like a flying dog crossed with a deer (since the ears are... Continue reading
Adult Written byShadowFan567 June 15, 2009

Good Kids Flick!!

This movie is very good for kids and teens who are big anime fans!! It contains cartoonish violence,but not over the top. Great Movie!!
Kid, 11 years old July 1, 2015

Not the best Pokemon movie but still a good one

This movie was a bit dark and scary. I first saw it when I was 11, but I think 9 and up could watch it. The plot has several strong and heroic characters, along... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 4, 2014


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What's the story?

In the eleventh Pokémon anime movie, POKÉMON: GIRATINA AND THE SKY WARRIOR, unlikely allies cooperate to face a greater evil. A cuddly Pokémon named Shaymin (voiced by Amy Palant) is inadvertently caught in a battle between the Reverse World-dwelling Giratina and its real world counterweight Dialga that ends in an imbalance of time and space between the two dimensions. Shaymin is rescued by battle students Ash (Sarah Natochenny) and Dawn (Emily Bauer) and their Pokémon sidekicks, who try to help Shaymin reach a magical garden that will transform it into a higher form. They must resist efforts by the evil Zero (Brian Ferguson) as well as Giratina to bring Shaymin back to the Reverse World, and unravel the mystery of how the Reverse World maintains the one in which they exist.

Is it any good?

While the plot sounds complicated, it's fairly straightforward once you realize there are four villains with varying degrees of badness, and Pokémon powers with varying levels of effectiveness. These two dimensions are brought into contact repeatedly amidst skilled animation that superimposes anime-style action over beautiful static backgrounds resembling Lake Como and Norwegian fishing villages. Stiff dialogue, weak jokes, and confounding Pokémon skills (an aromatherapy move?) probably won't detract from the entertainment for Pokémon fans.

For youngest kids, the nonstop action and cute-as-a-button antics and voices of the Pokémon helpers will be enough. For older kids, there's a message about helping others, facing challenges, and doing the right thing, even when that means working with former enemies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Ash and Dawn overcome their aversion to Giratina when it becomes apparent that there is a bigger problem. Have you had a situation where someone you disliked or feared became an ally? Which of the Pokémon powers in this movie do you wish you had, and why?

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