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Pokemon Heroes
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2003
I just saw this a few hours ago, and I must say that it was spectacular. Pokemon Heroes: Latias and Latios begins with a couple of attractive master thieves stealing a book from some sort of library, and in James Bond fashion, they leap through the window, swing down a grappling hook's rope, jump in their sweet-looking car, and hit the road at high speeds. But the cool part came when they drove off the side of a large cliff and as they plummeted downwards, their car transforms(very detailed, but quickly) into a flying machine as they zoom off into the night sky. The movie has tons of these sort of slick action scenes, which is what moves the movie forward. The story is okay, for a Pokemon movie, and isn't too predictable. Ash and Co. arrive at a beautiful city called AltoMare(which resembles Venice, complete with water canals and gondolas). After participating in a water race, Ash runs into a strange girl, and the thieves who want to kidnap her for some reason, which leads to what is the first of many chase scenes in the movie.
The animation is far more advanced than the previous movies, with LOTS of computer generated imagery, and some SFX shots that are Matrix-esque. This movie is a very nice piece of eye-candy indeed(There's a scene where a flood starts to brew from afar, which sent a chill up my back). The traditional hand-drawn animation is good too, though there are many times where the characters seem to be drawn with black outlines that are a little too big. Thankfully Miramax left in the original orchestrated music, which is beautiful, mixing traditional anime orchestral pieces with Italian music. Heck, they even left in a JAPANESE song during a certain part of the movie! The movie begins with the same 'World of Pokemon' segment seen in many other places, and again they skip the mini-movie which will probably be on the DVD. Anyways, the voice acting is okay, and they didn't really change much of the movie in this English version. The opening and ending sequences has some american songs though, but they're okay. The only gripe I had was with Latias and Latios' voices; they're kinda annoying, and not what I expected.
Either way, if you're a Pokemon fan, you should definitely find a theater that's playing this film and see this movie. The semi-large audience at the screening actually clapped at the film's finale, and they even stayed for the end credits!(Which has a cameo appearance of a certain Pokemon collector from the second Pokemon film) It's one of the best, and possibly the most satisfying Pokemon movie made. Besides, the movie's ending is really cute. ;)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie was quite a pleasent suprise! I have known about Pokemon ever since it started here in the U.S. I didnt really like it a ton, but this movie made me! It was just so great! The storyline was great, the picture was great....it was just overal wonderful! My Mom (I just turned 14) even said it was good (TRUST ME-That means something)!
I really think the movie would've done a lot better if there were more advertisments. I found out about it by literally going onto a theater site, and seeing what was playing. Also the fact that it was only a limited release movie, that people didnt know about it.
But, I hope there are commercials and previews for the Video and DVD Release. That will help a lot!
Thanks so much for taking time to read my review! :)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2003
Format: DVD
I was pretty excited for the 5th installment of the Pokemon films when it hit theaters in the US and boy was the wait worth it! This movie is awesome, the animation is detailed and beautiful, once again they use a lot of computer animation but it's blended much better than in Pokemon 4ever (the 4th film). The new characters are fun and the movie introduces you to a whole new side of Ash, because he gets a crush! How cute, huh? The story line is great, a little sad at the end, but what's a movie without strong emotions? I definatley think this movie deserves more than 5 out of 5 stars, more like 10 out of 5. It's my all time favorite and I am SO psyched for it to come out on DVD. So, if you're a diehard Pokemon fan and own all the other movies, BUY THIS ONE, and if you're a Pokemon fan all the same but don't own any of the movies, this is the one to own!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2003
As one who owns the Japanese version of "Guardians of Altomere", I must say that I was very pleased with this production. Animation quality is right up there with the more "critically acclaimed" animated films, and while this film is no "Spirited Away", this film DOES show significant improvements over the previous films in this genre.
The story is somewhat original, however, does tend to fall into the previous traps that the previous 4 have. While Ash is the centerpiece of the series and the films, less emphasis needs to be put on this character and more emphasis on the other companion characters in the series.
Aside from some of the minor shortcomings in the story, the animation and the music in this film make up for this. All in all, this is a film that can be enjoyed by FAMILIES and fans young and old. A well done and very well deserving piece of work.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2003
Format: DVD
Ok. First off, I am a true die-hard Pokemon fan. I have loved it since I was 9. I have basically all the games, and seen all the shows.
You may have noticed that there were absolutely NO advertisements when Pokemon Heroes was out in theatres. I truly think it would've done better if people knew about it!
I am also disappointed at the time the movie is coming out. It was originally in the middle of December, but they decided to change it to mid January. It would've been a huge seller for the Chrismtas Season.
Well, for the movie, I thought it was awesome. The storyline was great, graphics were sensational, dubbing was better than usual, everything was better (For more info, refer to my review from a few months ago)!
I definitaly recommend this to every Pokemon fan out there!
Thanks for taking time to read my review!
*Jonathan
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2004
Format: DVD
Sick of baby shows like "Fairly Oddparents","Recess" and "Rugrats:all Growed Up?" Well,"Pokemon" is a wonderful alternative to the usual baby shows that are shown on TV these days.

Like "Hamtaro" and "Digimon",the "Pokemon" series offers a wide variety of plots and excitement."Pokemon Heroes" is a great example of a wonderful family show that the whole family can sit down and watch.Breathtaking scenery,an original plot and well-developed characters make this movie worth watching over and over again.

Forget the usual,boring,cheaply-animated garbage like "Teamo Supremo"," "Codenames:Kids Next Door",and the very fakey "Robot Jones"-watch "Pokemon Heroes" instead and see everyone's faces light up with joy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2003
Format: DVD
I love how cute Latias and Latios are. Latias is very fond of Ash just like Chikorita. Ash seems to like a girl but she turns out to be Latias. But the real girl must like him because she drew a picture of him, he gets kissed on the cheek at the end ios it Latias or the girl??? This movie is so good I've already watched it like 509 times I havc the Jap version with English Shubtitles. I can't wait to watch it in English.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2004
Format: DVD
Pokemon has always been one of my favorite animes, the reason is because it gives the audience an upbeat and esthusiastic sensation that's hard to forget. Some people may find the TV series a bit boring, but I can guarantee you, Pokemon's 5th movie, Pokemon Heroes, is no where close to boredom since 80% of the time is filled with suspense and action.
The movie does not emphasize on the "one person who saves all" perspective, which means Ash, to my surprise, does not play the major role here; his significance in this movie is far less than that of Latias and Latios, the two legendary guardians that protect the city that looks almost identical to Venice. Unlike Pokemon 2000, Ash does not takes his enemies out with Pikachu, his courage and bravery in this movie cannot prevent the destruction of the city. This reflects that the word "heroes" in Pokemon Heroes does not refer to Ash and his gang, rather, it focuses on Latias and Latios' sacrificial actions (especially Latios).
Like all other Pokemon movies, the graphics are beautifully drawn and rendered. When Ash is running away with Latias in street alleys near the beginning of the movie, the first person view of the scenary mixed with 3D effect is truly breathtaking! It is comparable to Miyazaki's Spirited Away's 3D rendering, and to some degree, better than that of Spirited Away's.
The background musics give the audience a sensation of Venice's (though the city is not Venice in the movie), and musics can be heard most of the time throughout the anime, which do not create boredom because they match up with the atmosphere perfectly.
Pokemon Heroes is truly an amazing film, anyone who loves Pokemon animes should watch it, and anyone who's bored of the protagonist saving the entire world should watch this for a change, it will not give you disappointment!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a great movie. I have been a pokemon fan since I was about 7. This pokemon movie is probably the best when It comes to action that I have seen yet. It has a good story line and even a little sadness at the end. If you buy the DVD only will you get the cards and the poster. I would reccomend this to any pokemon fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2004
Format: DVD
I bought this one yesterday, and I liked it as much (if not more)than Pokemon 2000. Great CGI & story. Unfortunately there's no audio commentary track this time! The Camp Pikachu short is cute, but no better or worse than any of the other shorts. They're mostly eye candy anyway, and not really plot-heavy. Why is Camp Pikachu in widescreen, and the main feature is not??!! Aargh, I hate formatted & pan-and-scan films! The DVD/VHS comes with 2 promo cards (guess who of!). Pokemon is still alive & well, this film is proof. I'm on a master quest, I'm on my way to victory! Over 350 Pokemon now, and the TV show is still "To Be Continued" after 6 seasons, with more on the way! Ignore the naysayers and check this one out, it's worth watching.
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