Pokemon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom

  • Review Date: April 4, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Gentler, less complex than others; has a companion movie.
  • Review Date: April 4, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is meant to entertain, not educate. But it has messages about helping others, as well as an introduction to the concepts of "truth" and "ideals."

Positive messages
Helping others is good. Understanding and following through with your ideals is a good thing.
Positive role models

The movie has no real villains. Each character's actions are intended to help others, though one character makes an honest mistake based on a lack of knowledge. Though Ash is still interested in collecting and battling Pokemon, in this story, he wants nothing more than to help a new friend.

Violence & scariness

Less violent than many other Pokemon movies, this one still has battles between the little creatures, and two larger "dragon" types have a brief fight. A cute, heroic Pokemon (Victini) is trapped and hurt for a long section toward the climax. Ash is likewise trapped and hurt while trying to protect his friend. In a flashback, a beloved king dies (he closes his eyes, and his hand drops to his side).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Part of the Pokemon franchise, which is all about collecting more and more Pokemon (cards, figures, toys, games, etc.).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pokemon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom is one of two Pokemon movies sometimes packaged together, which tell almost the exact same story (the other is Black - Victini and Reshiram). The difference shows how alternate paths can lead to the same conclusion. This movie is less violent and complex than other Pokemon entries, with less about fighting and collecting, and more focus on helping others. But there are still some Pokemon battles and some brief attacks, and the main character -- an adorable Pokemon called Victini -- is trapped and shown to be in pain for a section of the climax. Beautifully animated and with a gentle touch, this is a top entry in the feature-length Pokemon movies.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Ash (Sarah Natochenny) and his friends arrive in Eindoak Town for a big festival and a Pokemon battle. Ash's Pokemon win handily, but with some unseen help from an invisible Pokemon named Victini (Nana Mizuki). With some homemade macaroons, Ash lures Victini out of hiding, and they become fast friends. He learns Victini's sad story, that he once helped watch over a magical castle and kept the Dragon Force flowing freely -- but that he has been trapped and lonely for a millennia. A local, Damon (J. Michael Tatum), wants to harness Victini's power and return the castle to its former resting place. This requires awakening the long-dormant dragon Zekrom (Marc Thompson), who represents \"ideals.\" But what Damon doesn't know is that moving the castle again will lead to certain disaster.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This Pokemon movie seems more thoughtful and less interested in flashy violence than others in the franchise. The pace is more leisurely than usual, the plotline is less convoluted, and the animation and artwork are more elegant and genuinely lovely, recalling some of Hayao Miyazaki's work. It may be the finest Pokemon of the franchise. The hero this time is an adorable new Pokemon called Victini, who shyly comes out of hiding and quickly wins Ash's heart (as well as ours). 

The main focus is on helping Victini out of his sad situation and trying to bring a dying land back to life. There isn't even a real villain here; the antagonist is acting in what he believes is everyone's best interests, though he lacks all the information he needs. (The naughty Team Rocket shows up for a few obligatory comic relief scenes.) As for the two alternate movies, it's not clear what the point really is, since they lead to the same conclusion, but they may get viewers talking about the meanings of "ideals" and "truth."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Pokemon the Movie: White's violence. Why did the filmmakers feel it was necessary? Does it make the movie more thrilling or less appealing? How did you feel when Victini was hurt?

  • What's the movie's message? When asked about "ideals" and "truth," what does Ash answer? What's the difference between the two movies?

  • Did watching this movie make you want to buy more Pokemon toys, games, or cards? Why?

  • Why are there two movies? How do they affect one another? Did one movie make the other seem richer or deeper?

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Movie details

DVD release date:April 3, 2012
Cast:Eileen Stevens, J. Michael Tatum, Sarah Natochenny
Director:Kunihiko Yuyama
Studios:Viz Media, Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDarky'sReviews July 15, 2014
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6
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WARNING HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD: Pretty Emotional For A Pokemon Movie

My mum brought this for my hardcore gaming teenaged brother for his birthday since he's right into the Pokémon games. However, my sisters 8 and 6 at the time wanted to watch it as well since despite being too young to properly enjoy the games, they're right into the anime. We let them watch it anyway but by the time it passed the climax, even the tough 8 year old was in tears at the sight of the lovable Victini's supposed death. Okay, he did come back at the end and fix up the valley that the 'bad guy' was complaining about but the torture that Pokémon had to go through to save that town and Ash. Also the fact that Victini was basically stuck inside the boundaries of the village for most likely more than a century.... way too much for what elementary school kids can handle. Despite going one step edgier, this was definitely one of the more wholesome Pokémon movies to have come out in this generation, having a story more than flashy legendary Pokémon battles. Just keep the tissue box at handy. ON: 10+ IFFY: 7-9 OFF: 0-6 (although it can depend on how sensitive your child is, since my 6 year old was pretty fine second time watching.)
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old May 5, 2012
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AWESOME!!!!!!!

i am 9 but i still love pokemon they may be violent but it is a really cool show!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 10, 2012
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Pokemon the movie white victini and zekrom

What's the movie's message? When asked about "ideals" and "truth," what does Ash answer? What's the difference between the two movies? Did watching this movie make you want to buy more Pokemon toys, games, or cards? Why? Why are there two movies? How do they affect one another? Did one movie make the other seem richer or deeper?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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