A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie contains fighting, although not among the main characters; they try to stop two secondary characters from fighting due to a misunderstanding, and there are no bad guys. The movie asserts that if everyone communicates with one another, everyone can be friends.
This entry is less focused on tournaments and fighting and more focused on establishing friendship and trust with some newcomers. At first there's fighting, but eventually characters learn how to live with one another in peace.
Positive Role Models
In this particular entry, Ash is more of a peacekeeper than a kid obsessed with collecting and battling his Pokemon. When he meets a being from another world (or another time), he immediately extends a hand of friendship and promises to help get the creature back to its home, a promise he eventually keeps, even though it turns out to be more difficult than he thought.
Violence & Scariness
Unlike the other Pokemon movies, this one is not focused on tournaments and humans entering their collected "pet" Pokemon in battle. In this one, four Genesect, who mysteriously appear and are looking to get home, attack Mewtwo, mainly out of fear. Mewtwo battles the Genesect throughout, until they all come to understand one another. The battles include chasing, hurling fireballs, and explosions. No one gets seriously hurt, and there is no blood. One childlike Genesect keeps saying, "I want to go home," in a sad, scared voice, which could upset young children.
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Products & Purchases
As always, kids who see this movie are going to be aware of all the various Pokemon cards, games, and toys that are available, though this particular title is less about consuming than other Pokemon titles are.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened is an animated Pokemon movie. Unlike some of the other titles, this one seems less focused on collecting Pokemon and battling against one another in tournaments. Even so, kids who see this movie are going to be aware of all the games, cards, and toys that are for sale. The main fighting is clearly based on characters that misunderstand one another and attack out of fear. Ash and the human heroes are focused on making friends and trying to get everyone to live together in peace. The fighting is fantasy-based with chasing, fiery blasts, and explosions; no one gets hurt, and there's no blood. One lost alien, with a scared child's voice, keeps saying, "I want to go home," in a way that could upset younger viewers. (Note: It appears that the American DVD release is some 24 minutes shorter than the Japanese theatrical version.) To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie feels like a fairly lightweight entry in the Pokemon series. It's not particularly focused on characters -- Ash, Pikachu, and their friends don't seem to matter much in the grand scheme of things -- and the action stays largely in one place. Most of the drama in Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened revolves around the misunderstanding between Mewtwo and the Red Genesect. And since much of it has to do with Mewtwo's anger over having been created by humans in a lab, it will be hard for human audiences to identify with her plight. However, the movie does a good job of establishing the decent motivations of all the characters; there are no bad guys here, just miscommunication. The ultimate goal of finding one's place in the world and learning to trust and become friends with those around you seems a good and heartfelt one. Moreover, the movie does not focus on collecting and battling Pokemon, as many of the previous entries have done. This decent message arguably overrides the movie's shortcomings.
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