Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior



Mildly violent tale of dark and light, anime style.
  • Review Date: April 29, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Not applicable

May induce sudden need for Pokémon trading cards.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 2009
DVD release date:March 31, 2009
Cast:Amy Palant, Emily Bauer, Sarah Natochenny
Director:Kunihiko Yuyama
Studio:Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 14 years old Written bygabemtz14 December 20, 2015
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 with a villain that is everything one should be. There is a lot of happy and fun moments, but also a very sad and scary moment near the climax where a main hero almost dies. There is violence, but it is very cartoony and mild. I might be a bit biased, being a huge Pokemon fan, but this is a very good movie for 9 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old May 4, 2014


Hello, Epic Waffles here! Go to http://www.commonsensemedia.org/users/epic-waffles to see my activities! I give this Pokemon movie a 4star. It is a very good movie, this was the only Pokemon movie I hadn't seen, but when I saw it it was good. The reason I didn't give it a 5star was that at some parts it was slow meaning kinda boring. It is probably appropriate for ages about seven and up. Just because I said it is appropriate for 7 and up doesn't mean that an older kid such as 10 or 11 will find this movie boring. But the adults might get confused with this movie because of all the Pokemon science and stuff. Also, Giratina, the co-main character/Pokemon, dies but a Shaymin the other co-main character/Pokemon brings Giratina back to life. Shaymin goes away from Ash and his friends at the end, so him and the other Shaymins can do something that I forget. So some parents might not let their kids see this, and it IS rated PG, so for 6 and under parents might not let them see it. Here is the link for where you can watch the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg6fukZMeEo
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence


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