Pokemon: Zoroark - Master of Illusions

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Better but more violent than the usual Pokemon entry.

NR 2011 96 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 7+

A quest to save Zorua's adoptive mama

In this 13th entry an evil man driven by greed and whom has the ability to see into the future and made alot of money due to being able to predict the economy and marketing trends is losing his ability that he got 20 years ago by touching a time rift created by the forest spirit Celebi and destroying the plants and trees in the city. With the return of Celebi after a 20 year absence he intends on touching that time rift again at the expense of anything. He kidnaps two Pokemon: Zorua, an orphan Pokemon that looks like a little black fox, and Zoroark, Zorua's adoptive and highly protective "Mima" whom is a master of Illusionsdisguising itself as scary legendary Pokemon whilst unable to do anything actually physical. Zorua escapes captivity, leaving Zoroark still at the mercy of the evil man and unaware that Zorua got away safely. Ash and his friends find Zorua who tells them via telepathy what happened and they agree to help save Zoroark and the gate of the town that is at the mercy of a cruel man who is the one behind the disaster. As far as content goes, this movie has some very iffy things. An evil man who only cares about getting ahead threatens to harm a baby Pokemon to make the grown Pokemon do bad things. He is also shown to choke Zoroark into unconsciousness and to have a complete disregard for anyone but himself. He is one of the most evil villains in the franchise to date and his cruelty shows it. A character nearly dies but is saved by Celebi whom is really adorable and has the ability to heal it's friends. There's a strong emphasis on friends and making friends. Zorua is also cute and is also able to "change" it's appearance, though it can't hide it's tail or it's foxy little smirk. There's some good moral lessons about how greed can drive a person to do terrible things and how they eventually get caught and a message about how caring for others is what truly matters as kindness and caring are rewarded with a very heartwarming ending. It's also great to see an adoptive parent show extreme protectiveness for her child and the ending song "I Believe In You" is a really good song that sounds very Christian-y. Like another reviewer noted it would have been PG (I have a DVD 4 movie set that says TV Y7 so yeah PG).

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 8+

Program would be PG-rated if rated.

If this program was rated, it would be PG-rated due to the peril.

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