Pokemon the First Movie – Nostalgia Critic

The Nostalgia Critic reviews Pokemon – The First Movie.

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  1. This is why Digimon Rules!!!!

  2. to be fair (I can’t believe I’m defending this), that’s the American title.
    I think by the time they had that movie come here, they were pretty much over half way through their filmography-so-far. so knowing that they’d be importing the other (sh!t-loads of) movies, I guess they figured they’d more or less make it easier for ya to know what was the first ~spawn of stupid stories~ (say that 5 times fast).

  3. As a kid, I kept hearing the word Pokémon, but never had a clue what it even was. A few years ago, I saw a few episodes of the first season of the TV show and a little bit of the 4th movie. I didn’t think they were bad, just not that interesting to me. I don’t know, maybe I’ll give the show/movies more of a chance at some point in the future. A few months ago, I discovered that I really enjoy some of the GBC/GBA games. Anyway, I really liked the Critic as a poker-playing Jamaican.

    Top 3 funniest Critic comments are:

    What, are they going to show the people who catered the movie next?

    What is this, a Dr. Seuss book?

    That’s like O.J. Simpson going around telling everybody that it’s bad to kill people.

  4. It is a nice series that needed to not been held back
    You can only understand after watching the series
    There are different ways to fight
    Yes i don’t get why they put crying in it its stupid

  5. Haha… All the confusing in the beginning, is so great.

    But you’ll never get it, if you don’t watch the tv show.

    • Yeah, don’t judge a show by it’s movie, the show itself has it’s moments, good and bad, but they put attention into their characters, especially side characters, the main characters do kind of have the personality of sand, but it has a good number of interesting side characters, episode plots. It shouldn’t be judged by it’s bland movie. It starts off bland, but watch it to the end of the first season, and Im sure you will find things to like. Oh, and if the noises of the loud, sometimes annoying creatures starts to grade on your ears, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. (sorry if I misspelled grade or grate, however it’s spelled, I’ve just always heard it said like grade)

  6. ‘Pokemon is stupid’, eh? So, it’s a bad show for being ‘stupid’ but Ninja Turtles is okay because it’s stupid? Well, weather you like it or not, at least Pokemon had much more effort AND consistency put into its writing and characters considering its premise and the fact that it was made to sell merchandise than just about every 80’s cartoons which always had generic plots and cliched characters, and stupid ideas for the most part. If Pokemon was stupid, that makes Ninja Turtles retarded, even if its intention was to be a comedy, it was a crappy one at that, too.

  7. I wasn’t big into pokemon as a kid (digimon was my thing), but I did know what it was and I saw the first movie in the theater and even back then I thought the ending was hypocritical.

  8. My schoolmates were playing and watching Pokémon and some still do (after over 15 years). They were playing the video games and selling their cards. I remember watching them playing but never was interested in the stuff. Someone even told me “This would be good if Pokémon were real”. I never understood the reason for this stuff. I knew the basics but was never interested in the show (I’m repeating myself). And I even got less into Digimon, so I don’t know anything about it.
    Oh yes, I remember one fact: That Team-Rocket-Pokémon only can talk because he/she/it-whatever spent all his power into language. This is boring, like the rest of it.
    Good review, Doug. I told about it to a Pokémon gamer and he agreed with everything, even if she still plays it.

  9. Did it not occur to anyone that in the context of the movie, the pokemon were fighting to the death whereas in the TV series, battles where in the confines of sport which is regulated. The former is very likely what the movie talking about. There was even an episode which stated that if a Pokemon trainer is at fault for his own Pokemon to be killed in battle, they’d be barred from being Pokemon trainers.

  10. The crying scene still rubs me the wrong way

  11. its like judging an entire franchise based on the Uwe Boll movie

  12. In the original version the moral was “it matters not where you come from but what you do with the gift of life that matters.” but that only gets a passing mention in the english dub

  13. This was my first NC video, and I still don’t regret it lmao and tbh, I was into Pokemon as a kid, so I totally adored this~

  14. The movie wasn’t THAT bad. (Even though I do think it’s overrated. Seriously, this over Lucario and the Mystery of Mew?)

  15. I know you were doing the “fighting is bad bit” for comedy but the music used always bring a tear to my eye. So Crying at music + laughing at your exaggerated commentary = Emotional AF!

  16. Pokemon is the story of a young boy’s journey of self-discovery as he travels across the world making friends who will be there for each other through the good times and the bad. Pokemon the First Movie is about racism (if you consider clones as a different race), violence for the sake of senseless violence and superiority, and how even though we come from different backgrounds, we have more in common with one another than we know. I was about 12 or so when Pokemon was introduced and I grew up on it. The message was incredibly touching and is something I keep myself mindful of as I got older. Maybe that’s why so many people in my generation who grew up on Pokemon love it so much. Is it a perfect cartoon/movie? No. Not by a long shot. But if it gets more people to think about how they treat others and to respect one another despite their difference in opinions or physical appearance rather than fight, doesn’t that make it a good movie? In my honest opinion…yes. It does.

  17. My reaction to
    most of HeartCatch Precure
    the entirety of the Mega Man Zero series
    the entirety of The King of Braves GaoGaiGar
    Zonda’s talk to GV/Gunvolt (and xis Male Septima’s design) in Azure Striker Gunvolt 1
    most of the relationships in Cardcaptor Sakura
    the Acid Tokyo arc of Tsubasa Chronicles

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