Pokemon: The Movie 2000 The grown men and women who market Pokemon: The Movie 2000 are promoting six new soulless and jittery animated characters as an exciting advance on… Pokemon: The Movie 2000 The grown men and women who market Pokemon: The Movie 2000 are promoting six new soulless and jittery animated characters as an exciting advance on… G PT80M Animation Sci-fi and Fantasy Eric Stuart Veronica Taylor Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Pokemon: The Movie 2000 (2014)

MPAA Rating: G
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Rated: G; Length: 80 Minutes; Genres: Animation, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Eric Stuart and Veronica Taylor; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The grown men and women who market Pokemon: The Movie 2000 are promoting six new soulless and jittery animated characters as an exciting advance on last fall's lucrative, mechanical Pokemon: The First Movie. But — minus a stake in Nintendo — any grown men and women who pay to see the movie face a harrowing ordeal. I can think of three survival plans:

1. They can drop mescaline for a spectacular psychedelic experience (illegal; no endorsement implied). This may prove most effective during the syrupy ''Pikachu's Rescue Adventure'' that precedes the ponderous feature ''The Power of One.''

2. They can gnaw their own arms off while the children accompanying them bounce up and down shrieking Pikachu! Squirtle! Meowth!, oblivious to the phony hug-the-earth messages passing for moral value. (The Backstreet Boy-ish kid hero, Ash, learns, ''In your hand rests the world and its fate.'')

3. They can marvel uneasily at the fantastically weird Japanese-ness of this Game Boy-based phenomenon, the mutant blending of the kitschy and the grimly symbolic. When Ash works in harmony with three powerful Pokemon birds to save his Nipponese home islands in ''The Power of One,'' is he demonstrating Zen concentration? Is he the godhead in a Christian allegory? Do kids care? Balbasaur! Zapdos! Misty!, they scream, in a din that drowns out all adult howls. C-

Originally posted Jul 28, 2000 Published in issue #551-552 Jul 28, 2000 Order article reprints