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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
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.
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Products & Purchases
Pokémon is merchandised in everything: cards, socks, watches, toys, school supplies, and numerous other products.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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