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Pokemon - Jirachi Wish Maker (2004)

Unshô Ishizuka , Rica Matsumoto , Kunihiko Yuyama , Masamitsu Hidaka  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ôtani, Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Iizuka
  • Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Masamitsu Hidaka
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAMIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pokemon - Jirachi Wish Maker" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Never before seen short "Gotta Dance"
  • Music video
  • Message from the director
  • Set-top trivia
  • Artwork gallery

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Product Description

Catch one of the most amazing Pokémon ever -- Jirachi, a magical creature capable of making wishes come true -- in this all-new Pokémon movie never before seen in theaters! Only once every thousand years when the Millennium Comet is visible in the night sky does Jirachi awaken from his slumber. And when he awakens this time at a traveling circus, he's got a whole new set of friends by his side: Ash, Pikachu, Max, and the whole gang. But soon, they must rescue Jirachi from the clutches of an evil magician and former scientist named Butler who wants to harness Jirachi's incredible energy to bring to life one of the most legendary and powerful Pokémon of all! Packed with nonstop thrills, high-energy action, and lots of surprises, POKÉMON: JIRACHI WISH MAKER is a wish come true for fans!

The sixth Pokémon feature may well rank as the most satisfying entry in the series because the filmmakers avoid the overblown threats of the earlier films. Ash and Brock are joined not by Misty, but by May and her little brother Max, on a trip to a festival. Butler the magician and his assistant Diane introduce them to Jirachi, a wish-granting Pokémon that emerges every thousand years, when the Millennium Comet appears in the sky. Max and Jirachi quickly bond. Butler tries to exploit the energy Jirachi receives from the comet to regenerate an extinct Pokémon. He accidentally creates a monster that Ash, Max, and Jirachi have to defeat, but it's not the kind of world-threatening menace that throw the previous Pokémon features out of balance. Adults may find the film tedious, but Pokémon-playing children will enjoy it. (Not rated, suitable for ages 6 and older: minor cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pokemon for the older fans June 7, 2004
Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker may have gone direct to video, but that doesn't mean it's not as good as previous installments. In fact, in some ways this entry could very well be the best Pokemon movie so far, especially in the way the franchise seems to have grown up with it's original fans.
The basic premise of the movie is that Ash and company attend a festival for the Millenium Comet, which only comes to earth once every thousand years. They meet a magician named Butler and his assistant Diane, who have found Jirachi deep in an isolated forest and convince Max to befriend it. However, Butler has dark motives and it's not long before he is found out and it's up to Max, Ash and the others to save Jirachi.
The story is actually quite good, considering this is a direct release. This time, Ash takes a back seat to May and Max, and we get to see their characters really develop. The themes of the movie, such as the relationship between brother and sister, and having to say goodbye to friends, are subtle at first, but by the end of the movie you realize they've been around all the time. We even get some foreshadowing for Season Seven of the tv series... the only thing that disappointed me was the lack of a theme song during the opening credits, but the Pokemon Advanced theme really wouldn't have fit the action on screen, so it was probably the right decision to exclude it.
One thing I would like to add... this is a film for the older Pokemon fans. Parents would be advised that the movie might be a bit intense for their littlest Poke-fans, especially the creature Butler creates near the end. I'm a college grad, and it creeped even ME out! The accompaning Pikachu short, however, is perfect for all ages.
If I liked the film so much, why only four stars?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful "Pokemon" film! September 13, 2004
Kudos to "Pokemon" for turning out yet another wonderful masterpiece!Like"Pokemon Heroes" and the other "Pokemon" films,JWM has a unique plot,well-rounded characters,and plenty of action,suspense ,comedy and drama!And the scenes are breath-taking and well-animated!

Get this for your family today and watch everyone's faces light up with pure joy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Off The Chart Of Cool! May 26, 2004
By Lauren
This 6th movie's gotta be the best of them all! I mean, Jirachi doesn't appear as often as most people would like...
Anyway! This movie is in the Pokemon Advanced series, as in May takes Misty's place (I hate that!). Max is Jirachi new best friend! ^__^ It's so cute the way he fell asleep with Jirachi's big, crystal rock in his arms! And there's a small part that gives a small hint of Ash liking Misty!
The mini movie is in the extras (Like always), and it's called "Gotta Dance." It's basically how Meowth gets this cool stick that can make Pokemon dance, but it's really cute! ^___^
I highly recommend this to ANYone who's a huge fan of Pokemon, or has been into it for a very long time! And here's another thing... I think I was one of the first ones to get this DVD a week before it came out because a certain movie, DVD and CD store forgot not to put it on the shelves yet! Hah Hah!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon is still #1!!! June 6, 2004
This movie was so awesome! I'll admit, it did start off rather slow, but this movie is so different from all the others before it!! The animation was beautiful and fluent, and so was the music! Thank you Miramax for keeping the original Japanese music in this film too, although I wished that there was a Japanese audio too. Maybe later I hope. Some of the scenery in the movie was so breath-taking!! The story was very exciting as it got going, especially at the end with the fake Groudon. I loved the scene where Ash and Max are flying around on the Flygon and Butler is on Salamence. The ending song "Chiisaka Mono" in Japanese, or "Make a Wish" in Enlish, is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. The Japanese singer puts so much emotion into her singing, its gorgeous and makes the music video one of the biggest reasons to buy this movie! I also like the fact that there was some romance going on with the two new characters, Butler and Diane. However the voice acting left a lot to be desired. Some of it sounded like a tv dub, Diane's voice was great, but Butler...well it was ok. But it sort of took away from the film. I was about ready to pound that Flygon, very annoying. And the movie actually focuses on a character other than Ash!! *gasp* Thank God! Max & Jirachi were the main focus, with Butler and Diane being secondary focuses. Which made the movie very interesting and a lot more enjoyable than the old "Ash saves the world from certain doom" theme. Not very much air time for Jessie, James and Meowth though, which was a dissapointment. The Pokemon short on this dvd, "Gotta Dance" is hilarious!! The original song for this short was "Polka wa Dolka" and I prefer the Japanese singing to the English-its better on the ears. >_< Very cute song though, makes me wanna dance too. ^_^ All in all, this is a movie that should definetally be on your favorite's list!! Thank you Shogakukan and keep up the good work!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie, but... May 20, 2011
The movie is average. Worth a watch, and a must for any fan of the series. However, this newer release has two major drawbacks:

1.) It sticks to the original fullscreen format of the first release, despite the previous two movies, and the following movie being avaliable in widescreen.

2.) The Pikachu short "Gotta Dance", originally included with this movie is now absent.

Its a pretty bare bones dvd. No special features to speak of, but if you don't care about either of these things, then purchase whichever. But if you really want to "catch em all" and have the complete film, or you at least want more content, find a copy of the original release. I wish I had.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Roy J. Walls
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Edwin Quinones
5.0 out of 5 stars cute
Really cute pokemon movie! A must to add to the collection! Both my sons and my daughter loved it! buy!
Published 9 months ago by Patricia Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars ITS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
My sons review: This movie was a really good movie. It was a big hit because of the graphics. It is a better movie than ones like Pokemon 4ever and Heros the movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Got what I was looking for at a reasonable price. The case was broken however but there is no way to pin point where in transit it happened. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Azemiops feae
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
Jirachi; Wishmaker was the first of the Hoenn Region (Advanced Generation) series movies to come out. Read more
Published 18 months ago by T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My boy loved it. He has been a fan of pokemon for ever. Movie kept his attention. Not to long.
Published 18 months ago by BSG FAN
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD was what my son needed for his collection.
We got the movies in a timely matter and it was what we wanted . Good price as well !!!
Published 19 months ago by Todd D. Aldo
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta dance
Lotad is going along a high branch in a tree, followed by Mudkip who's watching after it. But Lotad falls off, getting it's lilypad caught between a forked branch. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by jasmine garcia
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good film, but not one of the best
Pokemon Jirachi Wishmaker has it's ups and downs. It was good as far as Absol being in it, and plus the fact with the ending song is beautiful. Read more
Published on September 29, 2011 by Bambi L. Tuckey
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