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Pokemon 3: The Movie

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Distributor: Warner Bros., 4-Kids Entertainment, Nintendo
Original Story: Satoshi Kon
Volumes: N/A
Rating: G
Anime Code: F

These Pokemon call the Unown (no, spelling is right) have the ability to brint to life the dreams of anyone.  And they do so using the mind of a young girl, bringing to life a legendary Pokemon whom Molly adopts as her father.  When Ash's mother is kidnapped by the Pokemon, Entei, Ash and his friends must journey into a crystallized mansion to save her and return everything to normal.

Review: Not as good as the previous one, but it did have some good points.  And those good points are the ones that they didn't mention.  Like how come Ash didn't remember Molly before.  And why was there a picture in Ash's mother's house featuring just her and Molly's father?  They also don't explain what happened to her mother (the Americans say she just vanished, the Japanese say she was institutionalized).

Action Level: 4/5
The Pokemon battles between Ash and his friends and Molly and her imaginary Pokemon started out exciting, but only until you realize that they'll all turn out the same way (with the possible exception of Entei vs. Charizard).

Romance Level: 3/5
Okay, this might be a little stretch, but I was thinking that Ash's mother and Molly's father were involved way back when.  Think about it, there was a picture of the two of them + Professor Oak.  Plus Prof. Oak commented that she knew Mr. Hale since childhood which leads me to believe that they might be childhood sweethearts.  Not only that, but she almost paniced when the news report about Greenfield first came on.  But like I said at the beginning, this is a little stretch.

Comedy Level: 3/5
There were three funny parts in this move and two were from Team Rocket.  One was Meowth breaking the fourth wall ("Do you think we'll get a bigger part in the next movie?")  Another was James stumbling onto the truth ("It's like a storybook land invented by a five year old!").  The third was Ash's mom acting excited on seeing Pikachu but only throws a casual greeting to her own son.

Adult Level: 2/5
They don't go into much detail about the past relationship between Ash's mother and Molly's father.  I might have to look into this.

Drama Level: 3/5
The drama around Molly's family was well-played.

Overall Level: 3/5
Excellent drama, okay action, and mediocre comedy.  If you're a die-hard Pokemon fan, then definitely buy this.