more trailers Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back

Mewtwo is bornAshAsh & PikachuAsh, Misty, Brock & PikachuAt the tournamentMew

Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 4.5/10 (13,821 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: Michael Haigney

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

When a group of scientists are offered funding into genetic research if they agree to try and clone the greatest ever Pokémon, Mew, the end result is success and Mewtwo is born. However Mewtwo is bitter about his purpose in life and kills his masters. In order to become the greatest he throws open a challenge to the world to battle him and his Pokémon. Ash and his friends are one of the few groups of trainers who pass the first test and prepare for battle. However they soon find out about further cloning and Mewtwo's ultimate plan for the earth.

Veronica Taylor - Ash Ketchum(voice: English version)
Philip Bartlett - Mewtwo(voice: English version)
Rachael Lillis - Misty / Jessie / Wigglytuff(voice: English version)
Eric Stuart - Brock / James / Squirtle(voice: English version)
Madeleine Blaustein - Meowth / Head Scientist / Pirate Trainer(voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Ikue Ootani - Pikachu(voice)
Ted Lewis - Giovanni / Corey - Male Trainer(voice) (as Ed Paul)
Michael Haigney - Psyduck / Venusaur / Blastoise / Dewgong(voice: English version)
Jimmy Zoppi - Fergus - Water Trainer(voice: English version)
Kayzie Rogers - Vaporeon / Vileplume(voice: English version)
Rodger Parsons - Narrator(voice: English version)
Lee Quick - (voice: English version)
Amy Birnbaum - (voice: English version)
Eric Grossfeld - (voice: English version)
Tara Jayne - Bulbasaur / Vulpix / Ninetales(voice: English version)

Taglines: Training Is Over.


Official Website: Kids' WB | gives more info |

Release Date: 10 November 1999

Opening Weekend: $31,036,678 (USA) (14 November 1999) (3043 Screens)

Gross: $85,744,662 (USA) (27 February 2000)

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Did You Know?

Originally slated for a November 12 release date, but the date was pushed ahead to November 10 to take advantage of the long weekend. Many posters for the movie out there still have the inaccurate Nov. 12 release date on them.

Factual errors: When Ash is trying to save Pikachu from one of Mewtwo's poke balls; he chews the metal arms that grab him. His teeth would have been broken.

Mewtwo: Behold my powers! I am the most powerful Pokémon in the world!

User Review

Such a shame that so many slander a good film

Rating: 10/10

Looking at the overwhelming number of people who gave a 1 to this film, it makes me conclude that this is strictly because of the fact that so many people just gave the film a 1 because it is pokemon without even seeing it.

The movie is cute and charming and brought so much enjoyment to the young children who are fans of the film. Even teenages, parents and adults have thought the film is adorable. Sure the plot is no oscar worthy submission but it happens to be a decent story line for children of all ages.

Maybe if you were all less preoccupied with giving louzy ratings to decent films, imdb would be much more accurate.