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Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)


“Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ – Myûtsû no gyakushû”

Animation, Action, Adventure

Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back is Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, the chief director of the Pokémon television series. It is the first theatrical release in the Pokémon franchise. It was first released in Japan on July 18, 1998. On July 8, 1999, a Complete Version of the film aired on Japanese television.

The Pokémon of Ash Ketchum, Misty, and Brock are sent to spend a day at a theme park built for Pokémon. Pikachu, Togepi, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle cross paths with a group of bullies consisting of a Raichu, Cubone, Marill, and a Snubbull. The two groups compete against each other in sports, but it leads to Ash’s Charizard getting its head stuck in a pipe. Pikachu, his friends, and the bullies work together and successfully free Charizard and rebuild the park, spending the rest of the day playing before parting ways when their trainers return.

Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney

Writers: Satoshi Tajiri, Takeshi Shudo, Norman J. Grossfeld, Michael Haigney, John Touhey

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Jay Goede, Madeleine Blaustein, Ikue Ôtani, Ted Lewis, James Carter Cathcart


Veronica TaylorAsh Ketchum / Female Scientist / Computer / Fuji’s Wife (voice)
Jay GoedeMewtwo / Dr. Fuji (voice)
Rachael LillisMisty / Jessie / Wigglytuff (voice)
Eric StuartBrock / James / Squirtle / Weezing / Scyther / Hitmonlee / Tentacruel / Magneton / Male Scientist / Squirtletwo (voice)
Madeleine BlausteinRaymond / Meowth / Alakazam (voice)
Ikue ÔtaniPikachu (voice)
Ted LewisGiovanni / Corey / Male Scientist (voice)
James Carter CathcartFergus (voice)
Michael HaigneyPsyduck / Venusaur / Nidoqueen / Blastoise / Dewgong / Venusaurtwo / Blastoisetwo / Raticate / Spearow / Charmandertwo (voice)
Kayzie RogersVaporeon / Vileplume / Ninetales (voice)
Rodger ParsonsNarrator (voice)
Hirotaka SuzuokiSakaki (voice)
Lee QuickOfficer Jenny (voice)
Ayako ShiraishiJoi (voice)
Chinami NishimuraJunsar (voice)
Lisa OrtizNeesha / Miranda / Female Scientist (voice)
Amy BirnbaumTrainers (voice)
Sachiko KobayashiVoyager (voice)
Megan HollingsheadNurse Joy (voice)
Aiko SatôSweet (voice)
Yôsuke AkimotoDoctor (voice)
Eric GrossfeldMan on Intercom (voice)
Tôru FuruyaSorao (voice)
Tara SandsBulbasaur / Vulpix / Bulbasaurtwo (voice)
Wataru TakagiUmio (voice)
Raymond JohnsonRaymond (voice)
Tesshô GendaKamex (voice)
Ryûzaburô ÔtomoFushigibana (voice)
Michiru OgataKairyû (voice)
Shinobu AdachiDr. Fuji’s Wife (voice)
Megumi HayashibaraMusashi / Pikachutwo (voice)
Kyôko HikamiAi (voice)
Masachika IchimuraMewtwo (voice)
Inuko InuyamaNyarth (voice)
Mayumi IzukaKasumi (voice)
Etsuko KozakuraFushigidanetwo (voice)
Rica MatsumotoSatoshi (voice)
Yûji UedaTakeshi (voice)
Rikako AikawaSeadra / Golduck (voice)
Unshô IshizukaNarrator / Gyarados / Onix / Kingler (voice)
Katsuyuki KonishiNidoking / Rhyhorn / Tauros (voice)
Satomi KôrogiTogepi (voice)
Shin’ichirô MikiCharizard / Staryu / Arcanine / Charizardtwo (voice)
Chiyako ShibaharaMeowthtwo (voice)
Kerry WilliamsAmber (voice)
Kôichi YamaderaMew (voice)

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