Young Molly Hale is a 5-year old girl who has lost her father to the Unown, a strange group of Pokemon who can make a person's dreams real by using their Psychic energy. One day she accidently releases the Unown, and they begin to answer Molly's wishes; first by creating Entei, a legendary lion-like Pokemon who Molly then thinks is her father because he always pretended to be Entei when he played with her. Molly then feels lonely because she has no mother, so Entei decides to kidnap Ash's mother and forces her to become Molly's. Ash, Brock, and Misty must then try to save Ash's mom, Delia, and Molly; And in the process they must also try to find a way to stop the Unown from turning the town of Greenfield into a bizarre crystal wasteland.
I watched this as a child around 5-8 years old- and i remember it clearly- i have it on VHS and let me tell you-it was the bomb! it rocked my 6 year old mind. This was my favorite of all the Pokemon movies out at the time.
It Had Great sound,great artwork, a heartwarming story and as a kid it was just awesome.
They did a lot of character Development on Entei, showing his depth and he wasn't just the bad guy-he was the misunderstood villain,so much that i didn't see him as the true villian-he was the good guy to me.Entei was My Favorite character in the movie because the gave him so much depth,care and feeling to him.
A truly heart warming movie-Much recommended to any Pokemon Fan, Young or old. Overall: 9read more
"Spell of the Unknown" stands as the odd one out among the dozen or so Pokemon films. While the first was driven by plot, second by action, the third film is driven by characters. Molly, an aquaintance of Ash has lost her father in one of his excavations relating to Unown, a mysterious pokemon species. Finding herself all alone, she is given unfathomable power by the same Unown who pushed her father into oblivion. As the traumatized child reshapes the world in her image, Ash's mother is kidnapped by Entei, Molly's projection of a missing father. Thus Ash is forced to venture into the heart of her twisted fantasy and make everything right.
Why am I talking about the setup of a Pokemon movie? Because in this film, an intriguing premise is used to create a different experience. The most visible stand out in the film are the twisted worlds Molly created (and manipulates throughout the film). These locations keep the slow moving plot from getting stale. Spell of the Unknown keeps the plot really simple; the goal is to reach the heart of the twisted kingdom Molly is shaping and snap her out of madness. Throughout the film, she'll appear before Ash, Brock and Misty, testing their strength, as they and Delia slowly make the girl realize what she's doing is wrong.
In the movie we're given a very memorable fight between Charizard and Entei, a fight that ranks among the best in the film series. Knowing that settling cerebral problems with a neat fight isn't viable in any self respecting work, this film uses it merely as a catalyst for the character resolution, instead of a resolution itself.
The film isn't without its faults, though. One of the two major complaints I have is the mediocre soundtrack. While a valid critique, my the second complaint can't be helped - the middle of the film felt slow due to underwhelming battles. These moments really show how the budget for this film got cut. Beyond this, I've got minor nitpicks about about the dialogue at times (it helps a bit if you watch the film in japanese with subtitles).
Pokémon 3: The Movie (or Emperor of The Crystal Tower: Entei if you prefer Japanese) is an interesting creation. It's a very subdued Pokemon film. At its core it's a fine children's character film (woe unto humanity if someone thinks I'm critiquing this with same expectations I have for Paradise Lost!). While it drags on for a few scenes, it's elevated by great visual design, locations and atmosphere. Character arc is resolved in a satisfying and not overtly cheesy way. Eventually there's a great Charizard VS Entei fight, too. What more could you want?
Standing out as a slower character work, I'd recommend this one to everyone interested in Pokemon films.
I can clearly remember, when someone older than me, and actual native english speaker - not like me - once described this movie, as a 'Silent Hill for children'. Linkara, was that you? Anyway, I can fully agree with him, because when it's about pokemon, this movie is dark. And sweet... like a salty liquorice!
What I especially love about this movie, is that the setting for the story itself is actually in this time made... well, smaller, and thus more personally, than the first two movies. The first two movies - while still quite good - where all about saving the world, with rather bizzare messages and morals like, "the war is wrong", and "the power of one may sometimes be all that's needed" and so on, but this movie took it to the whole new direction - what if the stakes, and motives, where actually personal, rather than universal? Like say, a little girl is mourning over her lost family, literaly whishing herself a new one, and thus endangering all around her, consuming anything and everything that stands between her and her illusions - now that's... rather good idea, I'd say! It's all and good, if the heroe rescues or saves something, that is important to everybody, but what if he has to save something, that only he actually cares, and only he can loose - his mother! This plotpoint alone would have made this movie an awesome on it's own, but this is not actually the main focus, no! It's about a little girl, and her passion, to life forever in this magical dreamland, where everyhting is beautiful and peaceful, and no one can never just come, then go, and leave you forever. This movie is about acepting the pain and loss, and how to let go of something, that you love - that's a real pickle, even for some of us adults to handle, but for a little girl...damn!
The music, and the art in this movie, is just breathtakingly beautiful, and precise. The music fits perfectly for every scene, and in every picture. When you want to cry, you cry. When you want to feel the adrenaline, you will feel it! "If that's what you wish" is still one of my favourite pieces of musical soundtracks, even on this very day! The action - a.k.a the actual battles - are also finaly done right, right from the opening credits! The battles themselves aren't overly done, or even on the majority of the runningtime, but substaine both entertainment, and focus to the plot, without feeling forced. The main characters are the very same nuckleheads that we pokemaniacs know and love - gotta love that ol' Brock - and even the ever so obnoxious Team Rocket gets a fairly decent laughs in, and even some of their most heroic moments are captured in. Nice!
The story itself... well, it's good and all, but it can be mayde little bit too cheesy or horned in sometimes - remember, we have to sell this movie outside of Japan, so we can't be too subtle, now can we - and the lessons a bit corny for my taste, but hey... it's a 90's anime series for ya, so what did you expect, really? Also, if you didn't like the desings of the little critters, after the first genertion, then you may not like all these new little monsters you see here either - Aipom is actually kinda creepy!
As a child, I didn't really love this movie, because of the story - I just liked the Entei, music, and the awesome battles... just like any stupid child would. Also, I never really liked that Casey-dude, so I was more than thrilled, that they left him to rot somewhere, after the second movie! Now, as an adult, I can see the themes, the personal stakes, threat of the situatuon, and the contradictions of the morals of grief, loss and sadness, and now, I love this movie even more! This is everyhting, that pokemon is to me, when done right, and I would recommend this to anyone, who at least knows, what the pokemon is!
If you still like pokemon, you are not too old to enjoy this movie, and you should... if for nothing else, but for nostalgia.
Look at the top ten most successful anime at the American box office and its... almost all Pokemon, other toy/card game show adaptations, and Studio Ghibli films. But what other anime films have managed to make money in their limited releases?