Pokémon: The First Movie (known as 劇場版ポケットモンスター ミュウツーの逆襲 – Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back! in Japan) was a groundbreaking hit for Pokémon Series, and is loved by many fans from many countries around the world. The movie follows the cloning, manipulating and controlling of Mewtwo- with his rebellion and attack against humanity after realizing the error of his ways. The movie is an outstanding watch, even to this day – and truly holds up as a classic for Pokémon fans. For the 22nd Movie in the main series, The Pokémon Company and ShoPro are releasing ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION (Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION) the very first fully CGI Pokémon Movie.
As of right now, we know little of the story, but from what the teaser trailer has shown, it seems like a full retelling of the original story, only in CGI. If you were unaware, this will be the second time this movie is remade, as the true original version was completely 2D and held additional scenes deemed too cruel for Western audiences – with the US and other English speaking countries receiving a slightly updated version that contained CG scenes and touched up art at certain points – however, this new overhaul is a lot more than they’ve done in the past. The internet is alive with their thoughts on the new character models, but I’m personally happy to see a new style being represented. At most, it’s a one off experiment, so you won’t need to see this style for too long, even Sword and Shield retain a Cell shaded semi 2D effect.
I’m almost positive that this remake will feature elements and possibly even a new Pokémon or two from Sword and Shield in the story like (much like the last two movies, Pokémon: I Choose You! and Pokémon: The Power of Us!) but only time will tell. Even in the original, the opening trainer battle featured a never before seen Pokémon at that time, Donphan. If they don’t shake up the storyline or certain events, I’ll honestly be shocked. The movie is sure to hit our shores within the next year or so, with a Japanese release date set to July 12th, 2019. If you would like to read up more on the movie, you can do so on the official website or follow it’s progress in English through the Pokémon fansite, Serebii, well known for only reporting on official information as it gets released.