Movies, with little exception, center around and featurelegendary Pokémonwhich are either not at all or very rarely seen in the mainanime, often with the legendary Pokémon causing some sort of disaster with its powers or being pursued by someone with less than noble tendencies. Ash and his friends will often befriend a Pokémon during themovieand must, at the end, say goodbye to their new friend.
The locations in which the movies take place have been, sincePokémon Heroes, based on a real-world location outside of Japan. Topics explored are typically deeper than those explored in theepisodesaired on TV, with the battle between greedy people who would use Pokémon for evil and those like Ash who are friends and partners to their Pokémon being a central issue in several movies.
When they open in Japan, they usually gross a large amount of money, typically ranking first for their premiere weekend. Recently,one moviedrew in a significant crowd despite the fact that it was released in the same weekend as aStudio Ghiblifilm. In the United States, only the first five movies, those associated with theoriginal series, were released in theaters, however, the movies continue to be dubbed, being released directly tohomevideo and, sincePokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, airing onCartoon Networkearly in the year.
To date there have been twelve theatrical Pokémon movies and three movie-length special episodes.
Ash Ketchumandfriendsare tricked into visitingNew Island, an island ruled by a mutant Pokémon,Mewtwo. There, they find out about Mewtwo's plans to clone their Pokémon and destroy the world, and a massive battle follows between the clones and the originals—including the "original" counterpart to Mewtwo:Mew.
結晶塔の帝王 ＥＮＴＥＩ Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei Lord of the "Unknown" Tower
July 8, 2000
WhenSpencer Hale, a researcher exploring the mystery of theUnown, disappears on an expedition, his daughterMollyis left alone in their mansion inGreenfield. Using tiles of the Unown sent to her by her father, she brings Unown into thePokémon world, where their power can make real her dreams. When she wishes for her parents to return, however, she wishes her father as anEntei, and then for him to bring her a mother. When Ash'sown motheris kidnapped by Entei to serve as Molly's, Ash and his friends must journey into the mansion that has been warped by the Unown's power and Molly's wishes... but can they get to Molly in time to stop the Unown's power from warping the wholeJohtoregion... or even the world?
セレビィ時を超えた遭遇 Celebi: Encounter Beyond Time Celebi: a Timeless Encounter
July 7, 2001
Forty years in the past, ayoung Trainerfinds aCelebion the run from a Pokémon poacher. Trying to calm it, the boy is accidentally transported to the present day by Celebi, and thought by all in the past to have vanished. He meetsAshandfriends, but before they can get Celebi to take him back to the past, it is captured by a far more dangerous man,Team RocketoperativeIron-Masked Marauder, whoseDark Ballsbrainwash Celebi into following his every command.
水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios The Guardians of Altomare
July 13, 2002
InAlto Mare, a legend is told of its guardians,LatiosandLatias, who have protected the city for a long time. TheSoul Dew, their essence, is kept in Alto Mare to keep the city safe. But whenTeam RocketagentsAnnieandOakleyarrive to attempt to steal the Soul Dew, Ash and his friends must recover it to keep Alto Mare safe at all costs.
七夜の願い星 ジラーチ Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi Wishing Star of the Seven Nights
July 19, 2003
A mysterious comet that passes by every millennium awakensJirachi, a legendary Pokémon. Using its power, amagician,Butler, who was formerly a member ofTeam Magma, attempts to create aGroudonto further the group's goals. CanAshandhis friendsprotect Jirachi during the week that it is awake?
裂空の訪問者 デオキシス Sky-Splitting Visitor: Deoxys Deoxys the Visitor
July 17, 2004
When a meteor crashes into Earth, a battle begins betweenRayquazaand theDeoxyscontained inside. With Rayquaza the victor, researchers pick up a portion of the meteor with the intention of studying it. When the Deoxys has finally recovered four years later, it attacks the city where the researchers call home, just in time for Ash and friends to visit. But why is it attacking? What connection does the meteor have with it?
ミュウと波導の勇者 ルカリオ Mew and the Wave-Guiding Hero: Lucario Mew and the Wave Hero
July 16, 2005
Ash's Pikachuis taken to theTree of World's Beginningby a wildMew. To get Pikachu back, Ash must now team up with a legendaryLucariofrom many years past, but with Lucario still bitter about the hero who sealed him away, Ash and friends must discover the hero's true intentions.
InAlamos Town, a large shrine toDialgaandPalkia, theSpace-Time Tower, sits. But when Dialga and Palkia begin to battle in their dimension, the fight spills over into the Pokémon world, trapping Alamos Town away from the rest of the world. ADarkraithat lives in town tries to help, but is ultimately blamed by the town as the cause of the problem. Can Ash and his friends save Alamos Town before it is destroyed, and prove Darkrai's intentions?
ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin
July 19, 2008
When dark, poisonous clouds begin to appear in theReverse World, home toGiratina, it takes matters into its own hands and pursues the cause of the clouds:DialgaandPalkia. Finding Dialga, it lures it for revenge, and assumesShayminto also be responsible. But this is not the only trouble: a researcher who wishes to make Giratina's power his own is also in pursuit of the Renegade Pokémon. With the balance of the Pokémon world and Reverse World altering due to Dialga and Giratina's own fight, Ash and friends must stop the fighting and get Shaymin toGracideato participate in the flower bearing ceremony.
Ash and friends have traveled toMichina Town, an ancient area surrounded by many legends—and unsurprisingly, manylegendary Pokémonas well.Arceus, however, is angry, as in the past it was betrayed by the people of Michina Town, and begins to destroy the area.Dialga,Palkia, andGiratinaarrive to protect Ash and friends from the legendary Pokémon, but how can Ash stop the most powerful Pokémon of them all, especially in its rage yru?