Pokemon: The Movie 2000

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Better than the first, but that's not saying much.

G 2000 102 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 13 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+

Good but not great...

In the 2nd entry into a franchise that currently as of writing has 21 animated films, a live action spin-off and an upcoming CGI remake of the First Movie, a man named Lawrence III is hording Pokemon for his collection and sets his sights on the legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres to flush out Lugia so he can add it to his collection. After capturing Moltres, we see Ash and his friends out at sea on a boat when bad weather forces them to take refuge on a island that is having a festival. Ash is told by an islander that he is "the chosen one" and as festival tradition must gather up three treasures tied to the bird trio. Nobody realises at first that the balance of nature and the date of the entire world is at risk for real until the unusual weather patterns and the birds fighting eachother because they were disturbed and that Ash really IS the chosen one. When Lugia shows up and teams up with Ash to bring balance back to nature, Lawrence III's greed gets in the way and Ash must now finish setting things right without Lugia. It has nice animation and a nice story but the music is the movies strongest point with songs by the late Donna Summer and her song "The Power Of One" and popular music group Westlife and their song "Flying Without Wings" and even a parody song by Weird Al "Polkamon" as well as a beautiful score to set the tone for the grand finale is what makes it one of the best ones that got a theatrical release back in the glory days of the series. There's also not as much violence in this one. Just peril.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 7+
Violence between Pokémon. Says stupid multiple times. Lots of references to boyfriend/girlfriend. A “welcome” kiss on the cheek.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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