I learned my lesson from Mewtwo Strikes Back and I didn't go to theaters to see the Lugia movie, or the Entei movie, and in fact I don't think I've seen any of the later Pokemon movies dubbed. THEREFORE, I CANNOT POINT OUT DUB DIFFERENCES IN HERE or at least, not as easily as with Mewtwo Strikes Back. I'm sure they're in here though.
Like Mewtwo Strikes Back, I had a subbed VHS of the Lugia movie, but the audio was so bad I only watched it once and could barely remember what happened. Thankfully, not a lot happens in this movie anyway.
SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, POCKET MONSTERS MOVIE '99: LUGIA'S A HUGE FAILURE
tango towards terror, mambo towards molten rivers of death, you know how it goes
So do NOT book him for your birthday party, TRUST me on this one.
Superior in moisture proofness.
Says some random guy.
THE ICE GOD IS A LOSER
you heard it here first
So hot right now.
Whenever people complain about the Japanese names for Pokemon being better than the English ones, I always think about the Legendary Birds.
Freezer -> Articuno
Thunder -> Zapdos
Fire -> Moltres
YES, THE JAPANESE NAMES ARE DEFINITELY MORE CREATIVE, OH YEAH
especially since Jolteon's japanese name is Thunders, another masterful stroke of ingenuity
as a side note translator you can change Shoto to islands, seriously it's okay, I won't mind
Hahahahahaha no your flying fortress looks great, honest
Anyway, random dude freezes up Moltres's island. MOLTRES DOES NOT APPROVE
YOU'RE GOING DOWN YOU... GIANT DOUBLEDECKER FRISBEE
Checkmate wait what
I HATE HULA HOOPS >:O
There's some translation here like "The water god's something birth" or something, whatever. REVELATION LUGIA
Hey guys, it's Tracey! Or is it Tracy? Anyway, Tracey replaced Brock for a brief period, then went off to marry Prof. Oak. This is the only movie he appears in. :O A lot of people didn't like him, but I don't mind him really. He's not annoying or anything, he's just kind of... there most of the time.
I'm sorry, who and his friends
THE TRUE SECRET TO BECOMING A POKEMON MASTER
Every movie seems to open this way. Or at least they did for a period.
Anyway, our opening song for this movie is Rivals!, which is pretty catchy. The movie version isn't very different than the one they used in the show. At least as far as I can tell.
You know what Pokemon I love
Tracy's old battered Scyther, that's what I love
I'm sure this comes as a complete surprise to you
Old fogey Scyther is taking a nap, you kids quiet down
WOOP STORM COMING
OLD SCYTHER'S GOT YOU, VENONAT
suddenly magikarps, thousands of them
Anyway somewhere else
I'm just hugely amused at Prof. Oak riding a bike, I don't know. DOES ASH'S MOM NOT HAVE A NAME OR WHAT
oh nice weather is that what you think
Ash's Mom's Mr. Mime runs and gets an umbrella preemptively.
Prof: Oak: >:[
I'm glad I could share this with you all.
DIGLETTS STOLE MY BIKE!!
I just like the worried Mr. Mime here, don't mind me.
MEANWHILE SOMEWHERE ELSE
Oh hey bird people
Everyone's freaked out but then it turns out the lady giving them a ride knows the people there, so no worries.
Come to think of it why ARE all the villagers dressed up already
Is no one on these islands a trainer? :O Maybe they don't have a Professor to assign Pokemon trainer licenses or something? Hmm.
AND NOW A KISS FROM THE OLD MAN
Togepi is thrilled for some reason.
Misty's going to pop you in the face, Ash.
I just really love little things like this, just the small changes a Pokemon world would have on this stuff. Don't mind me.
And why does my turkey leg have a little pink bow
Furura plays a specific song that reprises through the movie constantly. It's kind of nice. Here's what it sounds like.
Misty what is that even supposed to mean
wow look at that juggler over there
THERE'S NO WAY THIS COULD GO WRONG!!
Misty get over it already.
ANYWAY LET'S SEE HOW TEAM ROCKET IS DOING
OR WILL YOU
I just like lightning, don't mind me.
Yeah I didn't get that the first time, thank you for clarifying
I'd say this is a change of heart for Furura but really we know nothing about her at this point.
MISTY LET IT GO ALREADY
Oh I see you're his friend, yes that would make sense.
Tracey is secretly in love with Ash too. Wait a minute
TEAM ROCKET HITCHES A RIDE
Again I just like lightning, shut up.
COULD IT BE THEIR FAULT???
Dang I forget this lady's english name... Prof. Ivy? Anyway. When Tracey was brought in to replace Brock, they had to find somewhere to put Brock. Preferably not six feet under. So they had Prof. Ivy and her three daughters show up, and Brock fell in love with them and decided to live with them, thus freeing up the coveted third slot in the party for Tracey.
Later on, when Brock came back, he was extremely terrified about talking about Prof. Ivy and what happened while he was there that made him leave. MYSTERIOUS.
Tracey, as I mentioned, left to go live with Prof. Oak. I think he's still there to this very day, actually.
Like this floating Paras here
how dare you say that to me
Anyway they land on the island, then sail their boat up a flight of stairs.
That's not a lie, that's actually what happens.
HAHA YEAH LET'S GO WITH THAT
Wow Moltres is big.
We still have yet to learn this guy's name.
I just like the little altar they have going on here, don't mind me.
This is the start of the Team Rocket motto in Japanese, as a note.
How are the kids, by the way
IT'S RAINING BOATS
Only five? Somehow I thought it was more than that.
MEOWTH WHAT FANFICS HAVE YOU BEEN READING
I CLAIM THIS ISLAND
IT WILL BE
oh yeah this happens all the time, nothing weird here
affect, affect him. affect is the verb.
Oh, you want an electric attack do you
There's just something very silly about this shot to me.
There's that territory theme again!
An electric Pokemon's power is like its own private kingdom, and it'll protect with its life.
Zapdos on the whole is rather stupid looking but it's kind of better looking when it has its wings back.
NOOO NOT THE SQUARES
oh hey guys what are these things they look
I cut this but earlier this guy said that no one had ever seen Lugia, which makes it a bit odd that he has a tiny stylized chess piece of him.
I guess that cage is for Pidgeys or something.
lol nice roof
Hey maybe we'll finally learn this guy's name.
WHAT'S YOUR NAME
Old man really he looks like he's in his 20s
DEFINITELY NOT LIKE CATCHING A POKEMON AND DUMPING THEM IN A PC BOX AND NEVER USING THEM THAT'S DIFFERENT
I wonder if there are other dudes like this guy in the Pokemon world.
TELL ME YOUR NAME
But instead mysterious collector man just goes back upstairs in his thronepillar to go chase Articuno. Darn it.
Hey there's an Ekans in the ocean
I SEE THAT PARASECT EEEEEEEEEEEE
PROF. OAK KNOWS EVERYTHING HE HAS TO PLEASE HELP US PROF. OAK AAAAAAAAAAA
If we harglebargle
Prof. Oak has one of those neat multi-color pens. I used to have one of those!
I never saw the dub but I'm going to take a stab in the dark and guess that this got cut or censored.
Will the South Ocean split into bits WILL YOU GET SERIOUS PLEASE
WALK, DON'T RUN
THIS IS NOT A GYM
Team Rocket's thinking ahead.
Moltres and Zapdos are taking a nap, thanks.
WITH MY FACE!!
darn it why doesn't that ever work
Meanwhile Articuno and Collectorguy fight to the death.
Siiiiiiiigh welll if you insist
Collector guy pays top dollar to protect his brass vases from Pokemon accidents
Seriously you can leave the attacks translated, it's alright.
Will you guys cut it out
Meanwhile Ash calls out everyone to help out
OH COME ON
If I recall correctly they also cut this explanation for some reason. I'm not sure though.
CMON BUDDY WE'RE OUT OF HERE
ah what a lovely day to collect pokemon
oh what the f---.
Legendary bird partaayyyy
Hey it's the other glowing marble
Zapdos Moltres and Articuno are going to KILL EVERYONE
Oh yeah there was some stuff about the boat, a water geyser flew up and caught it as you see here.
TEAM ROCKET IS SEPARATED ONCE AGAIN
There's been a Slowking commenting on stuff throughout the whole movie, although I cut a lot of caps of him. BUT HE'S BEEN THERE. Anyway.
Put the marbles in there, we want to play Pinball.
By the way, I think Slowking here is one of the very few Pokemon shown speaking human without using telepathic powers. Much like Meowth.
Ash when has this ever worked
Oh it's you.
You stole my lunchmoney and now you will pay
Lugia and the birds fight for a while, blah blah. Slowking again recites the bit of the prophecy about how Lugia will only appear when the world's about to end.
THEN WHAT'S THE POINT OF HAVING HIM SHOW UP
Lugia you suck.
This just in: Lugia a failure! We report to you live.
Ivy are you high
But that's exactly what they're doing, wait
PARASECT :D :D :D
Raichu and Drowzee are friends.
Look at all that dust.
Ash come on stay with us here
Furura plays a smokin jam
Lugia what kind of legendary Pokemon are you.
WHY? WHO KNOWS!
As implied by my previous statement.
You know why can't someone else get the little orb
I mean that's all there is to it, just getting an orb and putting it in the thing. That's not that complicated.
COME PARTY WITH US ASH
Anyway everyone gives Ash their support, you know.
Does Ash cry in every movie? I should check this out.
NEVER MIND I GIVE UP
no wait there we go
you know why couldn't ash just ride charizard over there?
Lugia: I'M HELPING TOO
Ash: yeah whatever
THESE PLOT THREADS BETTER TIE IN, MOVIE
Oh no you don't.
INVISIBLE CRANE GAME
NOW we get the whole motto.
Kojiro, sorry missed it.
The translation I've always heard for it goes something like:
If you need to know what's going on..
Listen to us, guys.
To guard the universal destruction!
To keep the universal peace!
We carry out an evil of truth and love!
We are the lovely, charming villians!
We the Rocket Gang travel any stars in the galaxy and..
A white hole -- a white future is waiting for us!
Eh, close enough.
TEAM ROCKET'S GOT THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE
woah ho ho
Yeah thanks where were you like two minutes ago
Yeah that's looks very structurally sound.
WOOOOOOO HOO HOO HOOOOOOO
HAY GUYS WHAT'S GOING ON
MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE
James what are you doing
Articuno succumbs to type weakness
Meanwhile Ash hitches a ride on Lugia
DON'T FORGET YOUR COMIC RELIEFS
TEAM ROCKET NO!
Haha oh team rocket.
Hey what's that cloud look like? I think it looks like... RAIN! HA HA!
Everyone's a Pokemon?!?
(just like it said in sinnoh, ooooooh)
That Hitmonchan doesn't seem to be feeling it.
Lugia what are you talking about
Deep inside Lugia conceals a fierce, world-destroying rage
Bye Collectorman who never told us his name
Lugia what kind of wussy legendary pokemon are you
Well me and Tracey, whatever.
TRACEY'S GOT YOU ASH
Didn't see you leading anyone but hey whatever
Cool they're strobelights
So the secret was mutagen all along
Play us some phat beatz
who is playing that flute
that's really annoying
uuuuuugh what did i do last night
YAY EVERYTHING'S BETTER NOW
oh it's you, whatever
HEY ASH CAN WE RIDE TOO
ASH CAN WE
ash you're a jerk
oh what now
collector guy, so jealous right now
what is going on here
And what I assume to be the ocean current goes back into the ocean! What
Maybe you should stop sucking, Lugia, just a thought.
Yeah, you do that. In fact never come back.
FINALLY IT ALL COMES TOGETHER
Whatever happened to Ashmom anyway? She hasn't shown up in any of the later movies in a long time.
Oh Prof. Oak.
Fun fact: This is the card they gave out for free during showings of Mewtwo Strikes Back. I THINK I HAVE ONE.
OUR TRADITIONAL ENDING
and we never did find out what that collector guy's name was
Although I know what it is, it's Jirarudan. It's just weird to me that no one ever says it during the movie. :O The only way you'd know is by watching the credits. He even has his own evil sounding song about collecting things! It's pretty catchy.
Apparently he started being a collector with that Mew card, thus the shot of him with that. I guess you're supposed to read the supplemental material to find that out or something.
More fun trivia: Apparently Jirarudan is voiced by Chairman Kaga from Iron Chef. Tee hee.
The ending song is Toi et Moi, because why stop at random english when you can do random french too? Sort of a hiphopish sounding song. Not that bad, but not high on my list of favorite Pokemon songs.
Furura likes her flute.
BYE RANDOM INCIDENTAL CHARACTERS
RELATED TO THE MOVIE??
Tracey's thing was drawing stuff, if you didn't watch any of his episodes. I think his full name was Tracey Sketchit or something? I know his japanese name was Kenji.
Ashmom where are you now
Onward to Mount Doom they rode
WOOOOO the end
Yeah, not one of my favorites if you haven't guessed. If you haven't seen it you're not missing much. NOW I CAN MOVE ON TO THE ENTEI MOVIE THOUGH WHICH IS MUCH BETTER