The Spin-off Doctors: Pokemon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

What does Pokemon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back have to say about Adolf Hitler? This is a question your resident Movie Boys have the answer to!

Pokemon tears can heal the dead, Minnesota is the link between realities, and Team Rocket just can’t deliver the goods.

This movie is out of its damn mind.

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Remus
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Remus

I think you will find the next island will be called

Newtwo island

Noam
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Noam

I remember winning a contest where you got to see this movie early and also got a pack of Pokemon cards which they used to give away prizes.

I’m also in Minnesota so that Vikings joke got a cheer in the audience. Except from my friend who was a Packers fan.

Evan Thompson
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Evan Thompson

I remember seeing this movie in theatres!

Rune Leffers
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Rune Leffers

Mewtwo being HItler makes sense to me with Pokemon being a Japanese “thing” we all know whos breakfast sausage there where snacking on back then

Raien
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Raien

WOW! Talking about the Pokemon anime, this episode reminds me of one of the most hilarious pieces of television I can remember. So here in the UK, Pokemon was shown not just on Sky One but on a Saturday morning show called SMTV Live with famous UK presenters, Ant & Dec. One day, before an episode started, Ant & Dec did a little dance to “Please, Mr Postman” as they usually do to introduce their letters section. But as they danced, Dec stopped dancing, felt at his heart and then COLLAPSED ON AIR! As the other presenters looked at him… Read more »

RSL
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RSL

Me and my pals were thankful for Pikachu’s Vacation back then. All the little kids in the cinema squealed and screamed with delight when seeing the Pokemon there and then (mostly) shut up for the main movie.

Also what is it with these Pokemon movies and prophecies? I distinctly remember one about Ash in the second one. I think prophecies are rather lazy.

mrhair
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mrhair

It definitely seems to be a theme in some anime/Japanese video games (probably the ones aimed at younger audiences?) that as long as the bad-guy has a Tragic Backstory(TM), he can’t really be held morally responsible for his actions.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Togepi didn’t have a clone, because Mewtwo balls are advanced enough to catch a Pokeball with a Pokemon inside; but they are totally useless against backpacks.

Neil Studd
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I’m gonna choose to assume Jim meant Rodney King, rather than Jonathan King (infamous British celebrity child-buggerer), otherwise that got tangential very quickly.

I’d never seen any Pokemon film, played any Pokemon game or touched any Pokemon cards before watching this, and I’ll say one thing for it: it still made a heck of a lot more sense than Batman v Superman.

Sluedis
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Sluedis

Fahrvergnügen is German and means the “joy of driving”. I’m not sure if that actually makes Conrad racist, though.
Proably something for the Movie Boys CEO to decide…

Remnence
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Remnence

It’s not quite Pokemon WW2 but they came out with Pokemon Conquest on the DS which combines the war strategy game Nobunaga’s Ambition with the Pokemon universe.

TaraMayB
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TaraMayB

I hope you two end up doing the other Pokemon films. At least the ones that were released internationally. I would love to see your thoughts on the next one. It has a song I think is on par with the one in this one. Not to mention, the motivation for the villain there I would say is worse than Mewtwo’s very quick existential crisis/attempt at genocide.

VeryImportantQuestion
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VeryImportantQuestion

To be fair, I kind of get where Mewtwo was coming from with the “poorly trained” remark. I mean yeah, all trainers are filthy disgusting slavers…but at least that’s a skill set, y’know? Ash is just shit. He’s shit at slavery. I can only imagine that the one thing that’s worse than having someone enslave you is knowing that they’re not even particularly good at it. If the people subjugating you at least display a baseline level of competence, you can at least be like “well, could have happened to anyone”. That Charizard has to live with the knowledge that… Read more »

Chapomon
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Chapomon

Funny you should mentioned that this feature is padded since there is about 15 minutes of Mewtwo and Dr. Fuji’s backstory cut from the American release which is dark and is what puts the question in Mewtwo’s mind about why he is alive.

It’s implied that WWII did happen in the Pokemon world since Lt. Surge’s backstory involves a war. Hail Mewtwo!

I really hated that Christian song thrown in this movie.

TaraMayB
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TaraMayB

Thank you all for the Metal Gear/Pokemon mashup in my head now. Picturing an old, grizzled Dragonite with a moustache sitting in front of a gravestone putting a gun in it’s mouth trying to prevent an outbreak of Vulpixdie.

Zeria
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Zeria

You got the original Pokemon Master Guide that NOM did back in the day, Jim? Those were amazing! Much better than the crappy official guides out now that split the walkthrough and Pokedex up into two overpriced volumes that don’t even cover everything anyway.

Cindipool
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Cindipool

I watched this movie again last week in preparation – something I regret with all my heart – and I’m fairly sure Misty saves Togepi from being cloned by cunningly putting it in her backpack. I also think that fighting to the death is what everybody is objecting to. Capturing animals and making them fight for sport is okay, because nobody dies and PTSD is a myth.

I’d also just like to congratulate Conrad on catching himself before he said something he might truly have regretted 🙂

Anton
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Anton
Anton
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Anton
Wulfsmasher
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Wulfsmasher

M O V I E B O Y S

Cameron Davis
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Cameron Davis

Just remembering that scene with Pikachu zapping Ash’s petrified body makes me tear up a bit

Jordan Richards
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Jordan Richards

Oh man, this was such a fun film. Stupid and at points the dub job messed up the identities of some Pokemon, but this was fun as a kid.

Hopefully you guys get to Pokemon 3 in the future, which is probably one of the best written of the films and actually has actual themes to it!

SK
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SK

I forgot what got me into the video game, maybe it was the cartoon show. What I recall most is in middle school when all of the ‘cool’ kids where peddling the cards to the nerds. ALL OF THEM. I would get swarmed outside of class with people shoving cards in my face like they’re trying to dump bad stock.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

So Jim, do you plan on sitting down and doing the other eighteen at some point?

Mark Davenport
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I just did an entire subtext essay of this film for university only last week, but I had it in planning for like a month so when I heard at the end of the Hitman episode you were doing it I was like “What?! XD”

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