Okay okay, it's really cute that these little
animals can only speak their names. And yes, every
time "Pikachu" uttered hers, I was charmed. However,
during the 20 minute short "Pikachu's Rescue
Adventure" I just wanted to tell those little guys to
"Shut up already!"
Forgive me for the crassness, I'm embarrassed for
it. Really I am. Usually, I love kid's flicks. I
champion them. But, perhaps this one was for a
littler kid than I'm used to. In fact, one small tike
left the theater saying, "I liked it! I liked it! I
liked it!" And trust me, he was much more the target
demographic than I. So, if your You JR. loves these
cartoon animals ... go ahead and take him/her/them.
They'll be happy, though you should prepare yourself
for having to limit your fun to watching your kids
Fortunately, the real movie has humans that make
actual sentences. Never mind that they utter them
swiftly and deliberately like the old "Speed Racer"
series, they are full sentences. Seems paradise is
disrupted when some guy in a flying machine
"collects" Pokemon controllers of Fire, Ice and
Lightening. Ash Ketchum and his pals happen across a
touristy Island in the area and with weather
conditions spiraling to disaster, the Earth turns to
Ash ... Ketchum, that is, as the chosen one.
To an adult (namely me) the first half of the film
offers little to keep the attention. But the second
half is admittedly much more compelling. Total, there
were maybe three references in the dialogue that an
adult might find clever or cute.
So ... I reluctantly grade this flick a B-. But
that's for us old farts. Young farts might just love
Trivia: First a Game Boy game in Japan, then comic
book, then TV show, the imaginative world of Pokemon
was conceived by Satoshi Tajiri, based upon
inspiration he drew as a child from watching the
complex interactions of various insects he would
catch and keep. Oh, and if you didn't already know
... Pokemon is short for pocket monsters.