In this action-packed adventure story based on the popular TV series, a villainous Pokémon "collector" is attempting to ensnare the mysterious guardian Pokémon Lugia. In order to summon this mystical creature, he must first capture three powerful elemental Pokémon representing fire, lightning, and ice: Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno--an act that threatens to upset the balance of nature itself. As horrible natural disasters begin to occur all over the world, young Ash discovers that according to an ancient prophecy, he is the chosen one who must save the earth from total destruction--a daunting challenge for any Pokémon trainer. Fortunately, Ash is surrounded by friends he can always count on for support: his faithful electric Pokémon Pikachu, traveling companions Misty and Tracy, and his new friend Melody. Even some old enemies, the nefarious Team Rocket, end up lending a helping hand for a change. This film has a more polished feel than its predecessor, POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE, and some impressive computer-animated background graphics.
The main feature is preceded by a new animated short, "Pikachu's Rescue Adventure," in which audiences get to see a variety of wild Pokémon in their natural settings while learning a valuable lesson about cooperation.
Following just after the accurately titled POKÉMON: THE FIRST MOVIE, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: 2000 tells the tale of a Pokémon collector who goes in search of three rare birds that, when brought together, attract Pokémon Lugia, a dreaded sea monster. The other Pokémon fight against the collector to keep Lugia hidden, as he is so powerful and dangerous that he could destroy the world. Pokémon started as a Japanimation television show featuring 151 different monsters. These monsters are brightly colored and loaded with personality. For this reason (and because they are highly marketable icons for toys and games) the Pokémon characters have become the subject of a comic book series and a string of Nintendo video games, hugely popular with kids both in Japan and in the United States.
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