Pokemon 3: The Movie
The latest big-screen chapter in the Japanimated series starts off amiably enough, as the undeniably adorable Pikachu and his pint-size sidekicks, the Pichu brothers, get lost in a big city. It’s part Curious George, part Home Alone 2. Unfortunately, it’s also only part of Pokemon 3: The Movie — a 22- minute featurette. The more protracted main story line finds pocket-monster trainer Ash battling to rescue his mother from a crystallized fortress. The plot quickly devolves into a sense-numbing succession of showdowns between such mutant creatures as the lion-ish Entei and the dragon-ian Charizard. It’s enjoyable only if you’re under the age of 7 — or the influence of psychedelic drugs.