HAPPY NEW YEAR, TIME FOR POKEMON!
I don't really have any strong feelings about this movie either way. It's just sorta there for me. BUT this is the first movie of the Advanced Generation, meaning Ash has some new friends and some new outfits, as well as new Ruby/Sapphire Pokemon! How exciting.
Putting these posts together takes some time, and it's not taking the caps that actually sucks up the most. Cap taking is super easy, I even have Fraps set to just automatically take a cap every second then I just watch the movie. The real time consuming part of the process is sorting through the caps afterwards. There I get rid of duplicates, unneeded dialogue, action sequences that don't work, that kind of thing. The Pokemovies are particularly tricky because they tend to be an hour and a half. A thirty minute show will usually run around 300-400 caps, but Pokemovies without some cutting easily run over a 1000. LJ will usually only let you post about 600 or so an entry before the entry gets too long. IMPORTANT TRIVIA.
So most of the time spent with these is whittling down the caps to try and get under that limit. I could squeeze the Lugia and Celebi movies under the size limit (Lugia at 533, Celebi somewhere around 550-600), but the Mewtwo, Entei, and Lati movies ran longer.
So I went through the caps for this over and over, deleting more and more each runthrough, and then when I did a count after the last sweep, I noticed I had 777 caps. HOW AUSPICIOUS! Considering the name of the movie, I thought it was appropriate.
Again I've seen none of the Pokemon movies dubbed after Mewtwo Strikes Back, so I have no idea if there were changes between languages. Also this was done by what seems to be a competent subbing group, so no amusing Kabutobooses or MR Jirachis in here I'm afraid.
Hi Mewtwo what's up
I actually picked up a subbed copy of Mewtwo Returns lately, I should look into capping that at some point.
OOO OOO WHAT COULD IT BE
oh it's you, never mind
NOW WE CAN INCREASE THE NUMBER OF POKEMON FOREVER AND OUR MOVIES WON'T BE INCORRECT
HA HA HA HA!
check out my sweet marbles
Hi default trainer from Ruby and Sapphire
Classy ladies always make time for Pokemon battles.
Solrock you suck.
was that a black boy who just ran by
Shouldn't Camerupts be in a volcano or something?
tee hee. tee hee.
DON'T MIND ME, JUST LOOKIN DUMB OVER HERE
Team Magma! If you didn't play Ruby/Sapphire, there were two opposing teams that replaced Team Rocket. Team Magma looked for Groudon so they could make more land for Pokemon to live on, and Team Aqua looked for Kyogre so they could make more water for... water Pokemon to live in I guess. Magma had such better outfits. Look at those little hoods!
God knows this always works out
FINALLY MY PINECONE COLLECTION IS COMPLETE
BUT ENOUGH OF THAT
who can now WALK ON WATER
not that i'm an expert or anything but that seems like a bad thing to do while flying
EXPLODE YOUR POKEMON
BE THE BEST
Here are the two new companions Ash will have for the AG movies, uh... Masato and Haruka are their Japanese names... I forget their english ones. Max? May? That sounds kind of right. Eh whatever.
Treecko don't play by the rules.
Beautifly just picks up May and carries her off
happens every day in Pokemon world
DON'T GET TOO EXCITED TO SEE THESE POKEMON
THEY WON'T BE DOING MUCH
If you're in the wrong theater, feel free to leave now.
Excalibur Fansubs REALLY wants you to know they subbed this, apparently.
I just like Brock, what.
WOW IT'S MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN I IMAGINED
well time to eat one of the pokemon i guess
THE MASKED MURDERER IN THE BUSHES HAD OTHER PLANS
I just sort of like how Pikachu is curled up here.
OH BOY THE POP TRUCKS ARE HERE
I've mentioned before that I always like how Pokemon are incorporated in the movies into people's daily lives. SO IF YOU WANT TO SEE A POKEMON CARNIVAL WELL
DO I HAVE SOMETHING IN STORE FOR YOU
just passing through, don't mind us
Don't worry, it happens to a lot of Wailmers!
Gotta set up the inflatable Wailmer mutter mutter this was supposed to be my day off baaaah
Illumise you look kind of unhinged
and you are
Wait how does that work
did you graduate from the Yu-gi-oh hairstyling school
There's a big sequence in here with a lot of magic setting up this big inflatable tent but I cut it. IMAGINE IT IN YOUR HEAD.
Kind of an ugly tent though.
is that how train tracks work
JUST IN TIME TRACK BUILDING
Random odd note: this movie has no intro theme. Which is bizarre, since the show had Advanced Adventure as its first opening which is fun and peppy and it probably would have worked fine here. And almost every movie has an opening theme, in fact I thought only the Manaphy movie didn't have one (because it sucked). But I guess not. WHATEVER.
ash suffers a psychotic break in the middle of a game of bumper cars
this is my favorite attraction
HI TEAM ROCKET nice outfits
that's right buddy
meowth knows where you live
man i could go for a chocolate banana
What kind of color scheme is that
COTTON SWAB BIRDIES EVERYWHERE
pikachu that's probably bad for you
WE KNOW YOU LOVE US OUT THERE, BABY
have a hat mightyena
BEHOLD, A PINECONE!
as previously implied
She's a robot!
awooooo i couldn't help taking caps of Mightyena, i like them :B
the fanciest mightyena
and why are they talking to me
i'm a minor character
i probably do less than brock
what's going on here
GIANT POINTY ROCK IS THE MOST ADORABLE LEGENDARY EVER
gonna run up onto this stage where all the dangerous pyrotechnics were
i swear i can't take you anywhere
no candy for you when we get home
This is said in English in kind of a hilarious way.
it's not going to suck itself
trick! Did I say trick?
Diane your eye appears to be sliding off your face here.
and now you're just generally walleyed, what the
cmon what are you chicken
what's the worst that could happen
THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU RUN DOWN THERE??
it makes me want to ram this ice cream into my head
HI WE'RE TEAM ROCKET, WE'RE THE BEST PART WHEEE
Hyper Beaming small children, what could go wrong
He says Dangerous in English too, hehehe.
or we're just going to get murdered on stage OF COURSE THERE'S A TRICK TO IT MAX
what's YOUR deal
I HATE YOU ICE CREAM CONE
This is probably the best shot of this guy in the whole movie. Just as a note.
HOPE YOU DON'T MISS AND TAKE OUT THE AUDIENCE INSTEAD, HA HA HA
and organs peppered those sitting in the front row BRAVO BRAVO
Actually they drop down below the stage onto this thing here or something, shooooom
i did most of it
oh no who saw this coming
i just like how pikachu is sitting in his hood
NOW TO MOSEY ON OUT OF TOWN
Why the glasses, James
sort of an odd thing for a clown to have
ARE YOU A-TAKING PIKACHU?
MAGIC MIGHTYENA aren't a Pokemon's psychic powers basically magic
i just liked this pose
ALSO THE MONEY, WE'RE SO HUNGRY
The attack that burns people?
Yeah, looks about right.
DO 100 DAMAGE
I WANT TO SEE MORE PEOPLE DIE YAAAAAAY
lol that guy in the bottom right
just bask in it Ash
man what is wrong with the faces in this movie
this giant pinecone, just take my word for it
cause god knows a kind hearted young boy will protect you against every evil organization in the world
although to be fair Ash does a pretty good job of that.
ARE YOU SURE IT'S NOT ASH
WE'RE GOING TO GET MARRIED
do you buy that
immediately drops it on the floor and shatters it
diane is concerned and also her hair doesn't look quite as stupid as usual, it's like there was one team of artists that could draw her hair competently and another that was just GIANT TRIANGLE OFF THE HEAD, KAY DONE
Real Wailord or a balloon? WHO CAN SAY
I just really love that Wingull balloon.
HELP WE'VE BEEN ON THIS ROLLER COASTER FOR HOURS SOMEONE MAKE IT STOP
I'm indeterminately Native American!
Also it's a convenient way to keep track of the plot! I MEAN
NO WAIT I WAS SUPPOSED TO SAY THAT AFTER YOU BOUGHT IT
i can't make up my mind is what i'm saying
i'm a rock kid
i can't see anything
Hey that van sure doesn't fit in with the background! Well anyway
i don't need a comet, i can just cuddle my sharp and pointy rock creature instead
i remember when i used to cuddle rocks like that
I LOVE YOU
I just like Pokemon decorations.
I GUESS WE WERE JUST TOO BORING FOR HIM
wait what happened to their mom anyway, is she dead
ANYWAY May sings this lullaby that will reprise as the ending theme of the movie. I'll get more into it when we get there. I have the soundtrack for this movie, but I don't think the singing in it made it onto the cd. HMM.
JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
back to lookin at the comet i guess
does it do tricks or something
that's it i'm out of here
NO MATTER WHAT I DO
Giant glowing telepathic rocks
IT'S THE TAALO
BACK TO OUR STORY
Eh, I guess Jirachi could look worse (cough manaphy cough)
DID YOU USE TOO MUCH HAIRSPRAY AGAIN
DON'T GET SUSPICIOUS
I MEAN DON'T WAIT UP
gdit then why did i even come here
wait is that it
i want a refund
diane is concerned.
YOU BETTER GIVE ME MY WISHES JIRACHI
IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU
IT'S MY LEGENDARY POKEMON FOR ONCE
DON'T RUIN THIS FOR ME
no if you want to make a sucky stupid wish that's your right
i'm not judging you for your terrible wish that's dumb and stupid
is that like blood
YOU DON'T KNOW ME
Potato chips? Cookies? B&B brand tan blobs.
lol max's eyes
BUY A BAG OF CHEESE
So hey I know all your candy is disappearing but I want my licorice whip already, just give me my reciept
I WANT ALL THE NAKED LADIES MY POOR EYES CAN STAND
I was expecting Jirachi to like explode here but I was sadly disappointed.
OH GOD THERE'S BLOOD EVERYWHERE
that's why you gave me this legendary pokemon right
Diane honey you're walleyed again.
The freelance schadenfreude squad arrives!
No you didn't.
YOU DEAL WITH THE REPERCUSSIONS OF MY ACTIONS NOW WELL BYE
yeah sure why not
I sure know a lot about Jirachi! Anyway.
Max that's kind of creepy.
AND YOU'RE POSSESSED!
TIME TO RIP OFF YOUR SKIN
God knows how many times I've been bored and gone clowning.
hahahahahaha no seriously let me get a picture
no i won't post it anywhere
HAVE FUN DOING ACTUAL WORK
I BET IT'LL BE DIFFERENT TONIGHT
FIRST I HAVE TO GO WANDER THIS HUGE CARNIVAL FULL OF PEOPLE BY MYSELF FOR THE ENTIRE DAY WHEEEEE
That other one though, whatta douche.
BECAUSE POKEMON ARE EQUAL TO PEOPLE
that seems dangerous
hehe, the balloon. I forget that's Makuhita isn't it? I always forget that thing's name. I think Hariyama was its evolution?
Did I mention I'm the leader of Team Plasma
I love you
There's our binocular segue!
LOOK UP MY SKIRT INSTEAD
This may sound random from Meowth but if I recall correctly the Pikachu short for this movie was Gotta Dance! where I think Meowth made a secret base, sang Polka o Dolka, and then a bunch of Pokemon danced it to the ground. I've never seen most of the Pikachu shorts. :B I have heard Polka o Dolka though! It's super catchy. It was also dubbed into English with the exact same melody if you're curious.
Oh yeah, for those who never played RuSa, Secret Bases were a game feature. You could make your own Secret Base in various places and you could decorate it with items and neat stuff. :B
Oh Team Rocket.
I'M KIND OF BUSY
NO MY GLASSES
I CAN'T PUSH THINGS WITHOUT MY GLASSES
cause it looks like you failed
I WAS THE ONE WHO RAN THE THING INTO A BLOCK THAT MADE IT TIP IN THE FIRST PLACE BUT IT'S JIRACHI'S FAULT
LOOK OUT FOR THAT TRAIN
GONNA POP YOU LIKE A GRAPE
hey what's goin on
oh god i'm going to end up on the news aren't i
Not a legendary! But sure shows up a lot regardless.
Thank goodness for this cushion here
Delayed reaction syndrome
OH GOD NOOOO I DON'T WANT TO DIIIIEEE
LOOK AT HOW BIG ABSOL IS HERE
Butler is unmoved.
wait how does that work
place in water, instant pokemon!
SO I HAVE TO KILL YOUR FRIEND'S POKEMON NOW
His power level is so high! I don't know if my body can take it!
YOU GUYS HAVE OTHER POKEMON
WHY DON'T YOU USE SOME OF THOSE?!?!
check out my magic cane button
I'm really sad I didn't get a better cap of this but a trapdoor opened below Absol and it was like BAM
I knew leaving a cage under the stage would come in handy.
Does Hypnosis (a psychic attack) work on Dark type Pokemon? I can't remember right now.
OH WELL ALL IS FORGIVEN I GUESS
I MEAN IT'S NOT LIKE JIRACHI COULD DO THAT TO ANY ONE OF US FOR ANY REASON
you do what i want or i'll wish you into the cornfield
I just appreciate that Pokemon actually considers what people who wear glasses have to do, like take them off when they go to sleep. Unlike some things I could name.
HEY BUTLER YOU DOING ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS OKAY GOODNIGHT
wait how did you get jirachi wasn't max just snuggling him two seconds ago
THEY WERE GOIN DOWN TO POP'S PLACE FOR A MILKSHAKE
I mean just because a Pokemon said to bring disasters showed up
what since when
check out my cool rock
You know if Groudon is the Pokemon that created all the continents, wouldn't the entirety of the ground be part of Groudon's body?
GUESS HOW THESE TWO THINGS GO TOGETHER!
THINGS SEEM TO BE GOING WELL
death by dust inhalation must be a big problem in the Pokemon world
HAHAHA BURNED YOU GOOD
does Groudon just vomit up lava everywhere, is that what happens
rare angle where his hair doesn't look ridiculous
what are you like 12
Psychic does whatever we want!
I WANTED TO KILL HIM FIRST NO FAIR
Throughout this whole sequence Jirachi is screaming in agony, it's sort of uncomfortable.
i could walk on air
jirachi please there are children present
EXPLOSIVE DAMAGE AIN'T NOTHING
Diane I can't take you seriously when your eyes look like that
Butler throws Diane to the ground. YOUR EYES UNSETTLE ME
Psychic picking up an entire kid here!
THIS KIND OF SUCKS
have him get me a coke from the machine for free
We trust you immediately, evil guy's assistant!
Our chance to watch them from above and not do anything!
Mightyena's jaws could crush your fingers.
You know, before he sold out.
THAT'LL SHOW THEM FOR DUMPING MY BOOKS
And considering the top notch grunts they employ with their eight dozen Zubats and Sevipers, that's a pretty low bar.
You know, that whole wishing subplot we apparently forgot about.
THAT'S MORE INTERESTING THAN A WISH RIGHT
This comet right here!
you aren't jealous are you Ash
Thank god that boy was born in this region!
Is he in his office in the bathroom?
HE HAS TO SEE HIM JUMP THAT SHARK!
Fools. They'll never suspect a thing.
I TOSSED YOU TO THE GROUND BUT WHAT IS THAT REALLY
now how will butler track them?!?!!
just grinding up roots for my alchemy here don't mind me
we could use our sleeping bags but no this hard jagged rock is good too
so what's wrong with your eyes
WHY DOES YOUR HAIR KEEP CHANGING SHAPE
The blender that ate people was definitely a surprise, can't fault him there.
Wow I guess someone's parents were loaded.
SOMEDAY I'LL BRING ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD
WON'T YOU BE SURPRISED THEN
Hold on gotta get these hot pants on screen
AND HIS DREAMS WILL BE CRUSHED AND HE'LL BE A DEPRESSED LIFELESS HUSK, DRIFTING FROM SHOW TO SHOW WITH NOTHING TO LIVE FOR, PLIANT TO MY EVERY DESIRE BECAUSE HE JUST CAN'T MUSTER UP THE ENERGY TO CARE ENOUGH TO PROTEST
IT'LL BE WONDERFUL
For some reason they play an instrumental version of Advanced Adventure HERE. WHY?
Cup noodles for the comedy relief on the go
i wonder what would happen if i just let it roll backwards
could we wish the truck out of the mud
just throwing that out there
SEE YA SUCKERS
saved this cap just for may's face
This may look like I cut this entire day for space but no actually pretty much nothing happened.
LIKE DAGGERS IN MY HEART, YOUR INFERNAL CHARM
since your sister can't be bothered to come talk to you or anything
Thank you Ash that's what I was thinking.
I'M COMFORTED BY YOUR VAGUENESS
No really is this it
cause it's kind of disappointing
Cotton swab birdies are an epidemic in Hoenn.
I GUESS IT'S NOT COMPLETELY STUPID
days just flew on by
I'LL KILL YOU
I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR POKEMON FRIEND GO TO SLEEP
WASTE YOUR TIME TOGETHER
gonna take it on you jirachi
oh noooo hey the glasses on his backpack kind of make it look like groucho marx
this shot makes me uncomfortable
she sings the lullaby again, as a note
let me show you my twostep
no weren't you listening
BRELOOMS SAY HI
going to feast on your dead bodies
anyway into a cave yada yada
what is this again
TOO BAD KID, I GOT BUSINESS TO ATTEND TO
Is it too late to give this a pro-environmental slant? No? Put it in!
THAT ENTIRE WALL WAS A CANVAS HA HA TRICKED YOU
wait what did that have to do with opening jirachi's heart
i mean from what i assumed jirachi would come and do this every 1000 years regardless of how open his heart was
So wait Butler put a tracking device on them, then it fell off, but he didn't need it anyway since he got to Fonz before them (how?), set up a fake cave and laser capturing things, rebuilt his entire Jirachi machine, hoisted it up on a set of huge cables, and then just stood up there for hours waiting for them to get there while no one noticed?
I guess that would be a pretty good trick.
THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED ME TO DO FOR YOU RIGHT
gonna take my jirachi balloon here and go to the carnival
a comet, where have i seen a comet lately
They're not here Butler
aside from in your mind, constantly laughing at you
Anyway his weird pink things set up a shield around them, which Pikachu tries halfheartedly to shock down. When that doesn't work they just stand there helplessly.
Apparently it was up to Absol to figure out that if they attacked the generators they could take down the shield. Way to go guys.
CAUSE I'M NOT COMING BACK FOR YOU
I GUESS WE'LL JUST WAIT HERE... THEN...
LOOK AT HOW BIG ABSOL IS HERE
IT'S AS BIG AS A HORSE
GET OFF MY LAWN
Actually never mind, let me ride you for a while instead! Whee! Whee!
BUT WAIT I DON'T KNOW
well i'll just stand here and give pikachu moral support i guess
Jirachi's fine, relax jeez
THAT WAS PRETTY EASY HUH
But the Groudon lines aren't done!
i'm perfectly fine you baby, i do this every thousand years
I GUESS WE'LL DO OKAY ON OUR OWN, WHATEVER
WE DIDN'T WANT TO GO FLY A DRAGON ANYWAY
I like how Max's glasses are askew here. THANK YOU FOR PAYING ATTENTION POKEMON
diane just keep your head at that angle for the rest of the movie okay
HEY SOMETHING'S HAPPENING
oh I'LL take care of it i guess
vaguely worried swablu
I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT I AM BLAAAAR
So why would Groudon, a ground based pokemon, use water based gel tentacles to attack things? I guess lava tentacles would be a bit hardcore.
what do YOU think Diane
Meanwhile, inside the Groudon's belly
The Brelooms don't really seem that upset.
LOOK OUT IT'S GOOLIX
You know they never explain what happened
I assume it's because they pulled Jirachi out of the machine too early and it didn't get finished or something.
she actually pushes him out of the way here
JUST THOUGHT NOW WAS THE TIME
did i fall into fist of the north star all of a sudden
GET CAUGHT IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID
jirachi finally decides to do something
JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW OKAY BYE
that's sort of creepy pokemon
anyway chase scene yada yada
IT'S A GOOD THING I INCLUDED THAT FUNCTION IN CASE THIS HAPPENED
Salamence is the stupidest looking dragon of all. There, I said it and I won't take it back. Everything about it is terrible looking.
TAKE YOUR TIME GUYS
diane's taking this well
I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT
I just thought this shot was kind of cool. Here's the bigger version.
lucky you have me to cover for your failures, butler
you didn't see me fumble that canister ignore that
HEY WHATCHA DOING
butler you kind of suck at this
I GUESS I'LL DO IT, SINCE YOU'RE SO BUSY
is that what we were doing, i was just going along for the ride
YOU REVERSED THE POLARITY, HOW DARE YOU
HI I'M BACK
YOU'RE ALL DEAD
I'M JUST GOING TO... PRESS YOU INTO MY MOLTEN STOMACH HERE
THAT'LL SHOW YOU
jirachi you couldn't have done this earlier or anything
wow that's a creepy shot pokemon
NIGHTMARES FOR YOU
hey honey you okay
did you see how awesome my evil groudon was
i can't wait to try again
i forsee a lot of children with terrible hair being born
MORE FILTERS ON JIRACHI! MORE! PUT ALL OF THEM ON HIM! DO IT NOW!
but you cannot pass
BUT THE WORLD WON'T UNDERSTAND
BUT ME THE MOST RIGHT
actually we didn't spend a lot of time hanging out with you jirachi it was mostly you and max but okay
WOW WHO SAW THIS COMING
DURRRRR I FORGET THE WORDS
at this point actually the voice actors do a better job than the animation. Max stares at Jirachi blankly here, but his voice actor is choking back tears as they sing the song.
grief is beautiful
let us bask
HEY WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING
WAIT I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS EARLIER
i'm over it now by the way
I LOVE YOU TEAM ROCKET
This movie features a comet.
in the middle of the wilderness with no connection to the outside world and no shelter or food
what could happen
BUT I WANTED TO DO MAGIC okay yes honey
looking at plants is better than amazing children and adults alike with my impossible feats of sorcery
you don't deserve an answer.
Subtext? idk who cares
Brock says, having taken all of his steroids at once.
my very own pokemon stalker
Alright, the ending song for this movie is Chiisaki Mono, or the Small Things. It's nice I guess, but not my favorite. However I do run a Pokemon song exchange site and Chiisaki Mono was, by far, the most requested song to be sent to people. People really liked this song I guess. More interestingly, this song was dubbed into English as Make a Wish and it completely kept the original melody, and even went back into the original Japanese and the two languages even combine for a duet at the end!
May gets tired of walking and throws a tantrum like a five year old.
you got lucky this time may
max isn't feeling it
HEY THESE CONSTELLATIONS LOOK FAMILIAR
for the record i am god awful at constellations
Ah, the ancient myth of the Machoke squeezing a Seviper. Old as time.
Is that the castle from the third movie?
max how are you doing that
MAX YOUR EYES
get a gardevoir scribe today!
oh what, that's only one star.
and we're going to have to hike all of it
LOOK AT MY SUB LOOK AT IIIIIIIIIITTTTTT
Next up, the Deoxys movie!