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Pokémon Heroes
Pokémon Heroes
North American DVD cover
Film information

Directed by

Kunihiko Yuyama

Produced by

Yukako Matsusako
Takemoto Mori
Choji Yoshikawa

Written by

Hideki Sonoda

Starring

Japanese:
Rica Matsumoto
Mayumi Iizuka
Yuji Ueda
Megumi Hayashibara
Shin-ichiro Miki
Fumiko Orikasa
Kōichi Yamadera
Yuzo Gutch
Uno Kanda
Yumiko Shaku
Masashi Ebara
Ikue Ōtani
English:
Veronica Taylor
Rachael Lillis
Eric Stuart
Maddie Blaustein
Phillip Bartlett
Lisa Ortiz
Megan Hollingshead
Wayne Grayson
Tara Jayne
Ed Paul
Kayzie Rogers
Masashi Ebara
Megumi Hayashibara
Kerry Williams
Ikue Ōtani

Narrated by

Japanese:
Unshō Ishizuka
English:
Rodger Parsons

Music by

Shinji Miyazaki

Cinematography

Hisao Shirai

Studio

OLM, Inc.

Distributed by

Toho (Japan)
Miramax Films (International)
Optimum Home Entertainment (UK DVD)
Studio Canal (UK Blu-Ray)

Release Date(s)

  • May 16, 2003 (2003-05-16) (United States)
  • Flag of Japan July 13, 2002
    Flag of the United States May 16, 2003

Running time

90 minutes (original version)
71 minutes (cut version)

Language

Japanese

Gross Revenue

$20,867,919

Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters the Movie: The Guardians of Altomare (劇場版ポケットモンスター 水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Ratiasu to Ratiosu?, lit. "The Guardian Gods of the Water City: Latias and Latios"), is the 5th Japanese animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It is the fifth film in the Pokémon series, complimenting Pokémon: Master Quest (the last season of Pocket Monsters story arc in the Japanese version). The film was released in Japan on July 13, 2002, and stars the regular television cast of Rica Matsumoto, Yuji Ueda, Mayumi Iizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki and Ikue Ōtani. The English adaptation was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and distributed by Miramax Films, and saw a limited release in the United States on May 16, 2003, before being released to video and DVD in January 2004. The English version stars the regular television cast of Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rachael Lillis and Maddie Blaustein.

Although Cartoon Network currently airs the film, it also aired on Toon Disney on November 27, 2007 (because Miramax, owned by Disney, released this animated film), being the fourth Pokémon film to air on Toon Disney (the first three being Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker, Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys, and Pokémon 4Ever.

Pokémon Heroes focuses upon the main characters, Ash, Misty and Brock, traveling through the Johto region once more; the main location of the movie is based on Venice, Italy.

Optimum Home Entertainment re-released the movie on DVD in UK on May 9, 2011 [1]

And Studio Canal are re-releasing 2 movies on Blu-ray in UK as a double Pokémon movie pack on April 2, 2012 [2] Just seven days, before Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom comes out on DVD on April 3, 2012.

PlotEdit

Camp PikachuEdit

The story behind this short film revolves around the Pichu brothers as they attempt to find a train back to the big city. Along the way, they are helped by seven of Ash Ketchum's and Misty's Pokémon (Pikachu, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Phanpy, Corsola, Togepi, Psyduck) and a Wynaut. Meanwhile, Meowth and Wobbuffet are hiking in the back country, but their journey continuously goes wrong and their paths intertwines with the others.

Along the way, the Pokémon sit around a campfire, where the older Pichu brother, along with Wynaut, scare the younger brother with the help of a Duskull. They also encounter a Volbeat, who guides them to a mill where they can stay the night.

Heroes: Latias and LatiosEdit

The main film's setting is in the water-themed Johto city of Altomare (which means "High Sea"), based on cities such as Venice, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city is watched over by two legendary Pokémon, Latias and Latios. The story behind the two involves an evil Pokémon Trainer using a Kabutops and an Aerodactyl to terrorize the citizens, until the original Latios came to the city, using his powers to drown the evil Pokémon and turning the streets into canals. However, Latios died and his children were left orphans. His soul is within a special jewel, the Soul Dew.

The Soul Dew is sought by Annie and Oakley, two members of Team Rocket. The Soul Dew acts as a key for activating the Defense Mechanism of Altomare, a special device built in case of disaster. Meanwhile, Ash Ketchum, Misty, and Brock are visiting Altomare on their travels. Ash and Misty participate in the Tour de Altomare, a water chariot race. Misty wins, after Ash takes a wrong turn due to an invisible Latias and Latios. Ross, the former champion of the race gives the friends a tour of the city in his gondola and tells them of the city's guardians. Annie and Oakley follow Latias, disguised as a human girl named Bianca. Latias is saved by Ash and Pikachu. Team Rocket are also in the city and decide to follow Annie and Oakley.

The trio later visit Lorenzo, the curator of a local museum, who explains the city's history and also introduces them to the Defence Mechanism of Altomare (DMA). Ash pursues Bianca, and then Latias in disguise, across the city, eventually discovering a hidden garden where Latias and Latios live. When Latios and Bianca threaten to force Ash out, Lorenzo arrives to clear up all the tension. Latias and Latios play with Ash and Pikachu, and later Lorenzo reveals to Ash the Soul Dew. However, Annie and Oakley's spy robot is watching this and later the duo steal the Soul Dew and capture Latios - using both to control the DMA. Latias flees to Ash for help, and later the two and Pikachu race across the gridlocked city to the museum. Using the DMA, Oakley locks down the city and revives the dead Pokémon to capture Latias. After a long chase through the city, Ash and Latias cause the undead Aerodactyl to crash into a building, and are saved from the Kabutops by their friends' Pokémon. The heroes arrive at the museum to find the DMA going berserk and Latios seriously injured. After freeing Latios, the Soul Dew fades and turns black, causing the DMA to shut down. When Annie tries to get the Soul Dew, it disappears and the city's water becomes a giant tsunami. Latios and Latias use their psychic powers to stop the tsunami, but Latios sacrifices himself in the process. The water returns to the city, washing away Team Rocket in the process. The undead Pokémon return to their fossil states, and Annie and Oakley get trapped inside the DMA.

Latios becomes a new Soul Dew and is placed as the new guardian of Altomare. Ash, Misty, and Brock head off to leave Altomare, but Latias (disguised as Bianca) stops them before they leave and hands Ash a drawing of him and Pikachu, giving Ash a kiss on the cheek before disappearing. As the group leave on a boat, they see two Latios and a Latias in the air. Annie and Oakley are sent to jail, where they examine the possessions of Lawrence III.

Japanese versionEdit

The Japanese version had a few key differences from the English version.

  • Annie and Oakley were not affiliated with Team Rocket.
  • The original Soul Dew may or may not have the soul of a Latios inside it at all. The one that appears after Latios's death still does.
  • The English version edited out the prologue where Annie and Oakley were reciting the legend of Altomare from the book they were about to steal:

A long time ago, Altomare was just a small town. One day, an old couple walking along the beach found two unconscious children lying in the sand. They brought the children home and took care of them. But a dark cloud above Altomare rained down shards of darkness. Anything these shards touched became dark as well. One shard was about to hit the old couple when the children started to glow and all the shards were destroyed. The children revealed themselves as Latios and Latias. More appeared, one of them carrying the Soul Dew. Their power, combined with the Soul Dew's, shone upon the dark cloud, vanquishing it. In gratitude for their help, the two Latios and Latias gave the Soul Dew to the old couple.

CastEdit

Character Japanese voice English voice
Satoshi / Ash Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor
Kasumi / Misty Mayumi Iizuka Rachael Lillis
Takeshi / Brock Yūji Ueda Eric Stuart
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani Ikue Ōtani
Latias Megumi Hayashibara Megumi Hayashibara (sounds); Madoka Kimura (singing voice)
Latios Masashi Ebara Masashi Ebara
Musashi / Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis
Kojiro / James Shin-ichiro Miki Eric Stuart
Zanna / Annie Uno Kanda Megan Hollingshead
Rion / Oakley Yumiko Shaku Lisa Ortiz
Rossi / Ross Kōichi Yamadera Michael Sinterniklaas
Bongore / Lorenzo Gutch Yuzo Wayne Grayson
Kanon / Bianca Fumiko Orikasa Tara Sands[citation needed]
Older Pichu Brother Yumi Tōma Yumi Tōma
Younger Pichu Brother Satomi Kōrogi Satomi Kōrogi
Nyarth / Meowth Inuko Inuyama Maddie Blaustein
Sounans / Wobbuffet Yuji Ueda Kayzie Rogers
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Rodger Parsons

Box officeEdit

The film was a box office failure, only making $20,121,538 at the Japanese box office and $746,381 at the United States box office, making it the least successful film in the series. In fact, it barely surpassed Super Mario Bros. as Nintendo's least successful film adaptation. The movie was only released in 196 theaters in the United States. Future Pokémon films were then released exclusively on DVD in America, as opposed to a receiving a theatrical release in Japan. This changed with the US release of Pokémon The Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom, which received a limited theatrical release.

Critical ResponseEdit

The film received negative reviews from most critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 16% "Rotten" approval rating, a significant decline from its predecessor, based on the reviews of 38 critics, with the consensus being, "This series isn't getting any better". The film reviews from the audience also received a 64% "Fresh" approval rating, the first pokémon film to get a fresh rating and a significant improvement from its predecessors.

References Edit

External linksEdit



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