Kristen Baldwin
March 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pokemon The First Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Phillip Bartlett, Ikue Ootani
director
Michael Haigney, Kunihiko Yuyama
genre
Animation, Kids and Family

We gave it a C

The First Movie — a surreal adventure in minimalist animation — begins with a vague, menacing preamble (something about ”life’s mysteries”) and ends with an equally thin conclusion (”I guess we’re just here because we’re here”). The plot, meanwhile, is as hard to catch as a Pokémon itself. It’s got something to do with Mewtwo the evil clone and his sinister plan for world Pokémon domination. Here’s what we know for sure: That Pikachu is one cute little thingamajig. C

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