English: Pokemon: Pikachu's Summer Vacation
Synonyms: Pocket Monsters: Pikachu no Natsuyasumi, Pikachu Short 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 18, 1998
21 min. per episode
PG - Children
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Score: 6.861 (scored by 8469 users)
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SynopsisAsh and his friends arrive at a Pokémon-only park. They set all their Pokémon loose and, after Ash tells Pikachu to watch over Togepi, they enter for a day of fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, it's not going to turn out the way they had hoped.
Related AnimeParent story: Pokemon: Mewtwo no Gyakushuu
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While it's hard to review the first Pokèmon movie without your nostalgia goggles fogging up, Pikachu's Summer Vacation is enough of an oddity that it can be more closely examined without prejudice from fanboys.
It opens to our 3 heroes, Brock, Misty and Ash, arriving at the Pokepark. As they arrive they release their Pokèmon, and the 90's electro pop song begins. Actually, the song is pretty good. It's by American pop artist Vitamin C and was wrote primarily for the movie. Maybe Nintendo where big Eve's Plum fans? Who knows. As the pokemon enter through the gate of their vacation destination, the screen pans up to a sign reading Pokemon, just in case you forgot what you were watching in the last 30 seconds.
Then the Pokédex begins to speak. Where from? That passing cloud I guess. Our plot it seems is that of 4 Pokémen and a Baby. With Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Psyduck being left to watch over Togepie. The strangest part of this is that Psyduck is with them when you can clearly see him running off with the other Pokèmon. Togepie grows upset and after a variety of ways to console him failing, Bulbasaur eventually rocks him to content.
Next we find... Erm hang on something seems to be happening. Apparently my medication seems to be wearing off. No and we're back. Sorry about that. Had some some of strange Bellsprout kaleidoscope acid trip. We return to out first look at some new Pokèmon. As kids seeing Marill and Snubble for the first time blew our minds but on reflection you realise that it's just a fat blue mouse and bulldog in a pink dress. Apparently the arrival of these Pokèmon lead to a dispute and as Pikachu try's to break up the disagreement the Pokedex translates. A feature which may have been a lot of help multiple times throughout the series.
As I begin to question the amount of Masculine and absinth I've taken, what follows is a series of dick measuring in the form of type based competitions between the Pokèmon. Including a scene where Pikachu and Raichu run through the maze from the Shining. Every so often intermixing with another strange and Dadaist vision of Pokèmon swimming into my consciousness.
After disturbing Charizard with there antics and him throwing a hissy fit he get his head stuck in a pipe. This leads to all to Pokèmon working together to pull him out. Even the rival Pokèmon join in, all except Cubone who as the Pokedex explains is the emo Pokemon. But as he see everyone struggling to save Charizard he screams " I will not abide by society's definitions any longer! I am a Cubone and I am social!" This extra effort somehow pulls Charizard free and the Pokemon pleased with themselves decide to rebuild the park they destroyed before finally enjoying themselves.
Who's running this park out of interest? Pokemon can clearly build the attractions so could they also run the facility? Is it privately funded? Is it paid through local tax or some form of yearly trainer tax which also funds PokéCenters? Or even mafia ran, possible through the Giovanna family avoiding all forms of business tax.
As the sun sets and the Pokemon are called back they say goodbye to one other and return back to their trainers.
So is it any good? The story is simple but it's fun and it's about as much as you would expect from a Pokèmon pre-show cartoon. As a kid all it did was get you more hyped to watch the feature and as an adult it reminds you of a simpler time. It's a shame I kept seeing such odd Pokèmon outbursts in between scenes. Maybe I should lay off the hallucinogenics in the future when I'm reviewing anime.
This anime contained
Mild language (from Togepie)
Maze from the Shining
Overall I'm giving it 4 stars check it out.
Opening Theme#01: "Summer Vacation Fan Club" by Pokémon Kids, Pokémon Mamas, Ikue Ohtani (Japanese Version)
#02: "Vacation: by Vitamin C (English Version)
Ending Theme"Pika Pika Massaichu" by Pokémon Kids & Okido-hakase + Pikachu
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