Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Confusing plot, annoying voices; for die-hard fans only.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 78 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

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

Positive Messages

No real positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are too one-dimensional, if not outright annoying, to be seen as positive role models. 

Violence & Scariness

Frequent cartoon violence: explosions, battles, fights. Demonic imagery. 

Sexy Stuff

Pokémon is merchandised in everything: cards, socks, watches, toys, school supplies, and numerous other products. 


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages is a 2015 Japanese animated movie based on the popular cards, toys, and, by this point, countless other kid-centric products. Those who are not already fans of Pokémon will be annoyed by Hoopa's incredibly grating voice. There is frequent cartoon violence -- characters do battle amid explosions and scary-voiced monsters. Overall, the annoying voices and lackluster plot make this difficult viewing for anyone but the most die-hard Pokémon fans. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 12, and 15-year-old Written byHendo H. U December 25, 2017


I’m not the biggest fan of Pokémon-infact, I’m not a fan at all. It’s lame. My son loved trading the cards in 2nd grade. He saw the movie last year and liked it... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. December 22, 2017

Were you surprised this movie is bad?

I'm a huge Pokemon fan but... Avoid this like the plague. In fact avoid any of the movies after the Victini movies because those were the last decent ones.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpeedyFAST2006 August 5, 2020


I watch this on Hulu multiple times and I love it! It was boring in some parts, but other than that it's super amazing!
Teen, 14 years old Written byRilesLikesMovies April 22, 2018

Probably the Worst Pokemon Movie

I am a huge fan of Pokemon, but I remember seeing this about two years ago and being extremely disappointed, having two big problems with this movie. One being... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ash, Pikachu, and their friends visit Dahara City, a desert city, where they meet Hoopa, a creature with the ability to summon people and things through its magical rings. While Hoopa at first seems playful and mischievous -- using the rings to steal their donuts -- the power of the rings were part of a dark past in which a more demonic Hoopa used the rings to terrorize this very same city until it was stopped by a mysterious traveler who bottles up the power of what was once Hoopa Unbound. Back to the present day, this bottle has been reopened, and the little Hoopa -- a goofy prankster -- starts to transform back into the demonic Hoopa Unbound, and it's up to Ash and friends to find a way to prevent this from happening and to ensure the safety of Dahara City. 

Is it any good?

The poor acting and annoying voices make Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of the Ages best for the most die-hard fans only. The character Hoopa, who vacillates between a cutesy little prankster Pokémon and a gigantic demon Pokémon in the throes of megalomania, has a jarring and distractingly annoying voice, no matter the incarnation. This voice is tailor-made for headaches, and that alone will make this difficult viewing for kids and adults who have zero interest in Pokémon. 

The story itself is needlessly complicated and seems like more of a chance for the manufacturers of Pokémon products to unveil all the different characters available for purchase than to add anything worthwhile to the story beyond more explosions and cartoon violence. For those interested in checking out Pokémon animated features, this is most certainly not the best place to start. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movies based on popular products marketed to children. How might these movies encourage kids to want to own the various Pokémon products currently on the market? 

  • What are some other examples of kids' entertainment in which characters based on action figures and other popular toys are prominent? 

  • Did the violence in this cartoon seem necessary to the overall story, or did it seem like it was added for the sake of extra excitement? 

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