POKÉMON 3: The Movie, the third full-length animated feature based on the popular Japanese cartoon series (adapted for American audiences by producer Norman Grossfeld and director Michael Haigney) presents an intriguing blend of fast-paced adventure and fantasy. Young pokémon trainer Ash and his traveling companions arrive at the idyllic town of Greenfield, where they encounter five-year-old Molly, a lonely little girl whose parents have disappeared into another dimension inhabited by the Unown. These cryptic hieroglyphic-shaped pokémon are able to read the minds of humans and make their dreams become reality. With the help of the Unown, Molly's overactive imagination has spawned a bizarre dream world complete with a crystal tower of gigantic proportions and a mighty guardian pokémon to do her bidding. After fighting their way inside Molly's refuge, Ash's loyal pokémon pals and the Unown finally clash in a splashy computer-enhanced showdown.
As in the first and second Pokémon movie installments, an animated short precedes the main feature: In PIKACHU AND PICHU, everyone's favorite yellow electric pokémon encounters the playful Pichu brothers during a trip to the big city, along with a host of colorful new pokémon first introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver for the Nintendo Game Boy.
Theatrical Release: April 6, 2001
"...Worthwhile morals abound in this film....POKÉMON 3 is all about bright colors and constant movement..." - 04/06/2001 New York Times, p.E26
"...New pocket monster Entei is a fine addition to the collection..." - 04/09/2001 Variety, p.18
"...The characters manage to get the point across to young Pokémon trainer-hopefuls that a hero fights hard, knows when to quit and puts friendship first..." - 06/01/2001 Box Office, p.60