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Pokémon: All you need to know about this media franchise

by Ratan Srivastava

Pokémon is indeed a media property centred on fictitious animals named Pokémon that was conceived by video game designer Satoshi Tajiri. There have been 23 animated movies and live-action features since about 2020. The first nineteen animated movies are inspired by the same-named anime television series, well with the original movie subsequently reworked into the twenty-second.

The anime’s 20th, 21st, as well as 23rd animated features are set in a different timeline. The movies are created by OLM, Production I.G, Xebec, as well as Wit Studio and distributed by Toho in Japan, with the other studios handling distribution in North America. Takeshi Shudo, Hideki Sonoda, Atsuhiro Tomioka, Shji Yonemura, Eiji Umehara, and Aya Takaha wrote the scripts, which were directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Tetsuo Yajima.

Pokémon: The First Movie, the first Pokémon animated movie, was released in Japan in 1998, and was later recreated as Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. Pokémon Detective Pikachu, a live-action movie directed by Rob Letterman as well as written by Letterman and Nicole Perlman, was developed by Legendary Entertainment in the United States. Toho distributes it in Japan, as well as Warner Bros. distributes it outside of Japan and China. On May 10, 2019, this was released.

Ash Ketchum, a Pokémon trainer, as well as his electric mouse companion Pikachu feature inside the flicks. The movie Detective Pikachu is inspired by the 2016 video game Detective Pikachu as well as features Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu in motion capture, with Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton playing the primary human parts. Also, there are two animated television specials featuring Ash and Pikachu that aired on TV Tokyo, as well as 10 short animated shorts.

In North America, Warner Bros. licenced the first three animated features, while Miramax Films licenced the next four. They were licenced in Canada by Alliance Atlantis Communications, Inc., which was in charge of Miramax Films’ Canadian distribution. In many countries, the dubbing casts for these four Miramax films were partially or wholly different from those for the TV series. Viz Media is the only North American licensee, beginning with Pokémon: Lucario as well as the Mystery of Mew.

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, the 23rd and most current animated feature, was scheduled to be shown in Japanese cinemas on July 10, 2020, but was pushed back to December 25, 2020, owing to the COVID-19 epidemic; it was released in the United States on October 8, 2021.

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