Pokemon: The Movie 2000
A wealthy madman has his own spaceship and a determination to possess all Pokemon and control the world. When he captures three giant birds that hold dominion over an island named for fire, ice and lightning, it disturbs the balance of earth’s nature and it looks as if he may succeed with his evil plan. At this point, Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum is called upon to save earth.
This good-vs.-evil children’s parable presents many positive lessons, including loyalty, the true character of a hero, and the difference one person can make. It is brightly animated, occasionally humorous, and involving for little ones. As for the magical and mighty Pokemon, I did not find these characters demonic or occult, but merely fanciful, meant to further the film’s themes. However, it continues with the series’ tumultuous action. Almost from beginning to end, there are battle sequences that include turbulent storms, tidal waves, chases, endangerment of children and a whole lot of explosive destruction.
Although we are approving this film for its positive messages, beware that the violence may cause aggressive behavior in some children. There are few adults represented, and no one seems in charge of the minor leads.