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"POKÉMON HEROES"
(2003) (voices of Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart) (G)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None None Heavy *Moderate *None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor None Moderate None None
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
*None None None Mild Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Children's Animated: Several Pokémon trainers try to stop two girls from kidnapping several powerful Pokémon and unleashing what could be a powerful weapon.
PLOT:
Pokémon trainers Ash, Brock and Misty have traveled to the canal city of Altomare for some Pokémon related games. There, they learn about the legendary Pokémon protectors of the city, Latios and Latias, that haven't been seen in a long while, but are reportedly able to take human form as well as turn invisible.

They're not the only ones interested in them, however. Annie and Oakley are thieves working for the unseen Giovanni who have been sent to capture the elusive Pokémon as well as steal the Soul Dew. It's a gem containing the spirit of another Pokémon that also protects the city, but could be used as a powerful weapon should it fall into the wrong hands.

Ash and his friends then meet Bianca and her grandfather Lorenzo who are the only two humans who have regular contact with Latios and Latias. When Annie and Oakley kidnap those two Pokémon and steal the Soul Dew, it's up to Ash, his Pokémon, Pikachu, and the others to thwart their diabolical plan and save the Pokémon.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Pokémon related products, they might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: G
For not containing material to warrant a higher rating.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
It's debatable whether kids view animated characters as role models, but here's a quick look at the characters.
  • ASH is a human boy who wants to stop Annie and Oakley and save the new Pokémon and the city of Altomare.
  • MISTY and BROCK are his friends who help him on his quest.
  • ANNIE and OAKLEY are two thieves who want to kidnap Latios and Latias and steal a device that could be used as a powerful weapon.
  • BIANCA is a human girl who's befriended Latios and Latias.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this G-rated kids film. Violence consists of various Pokémon creatures firing energy beams or electrical charges at other Pokémon or humans, occasionally resulting in some unconsciousness.

    One of the Pokémon creatures reportedly sacrifices its life to save a city from destruction, but we don't see the death. Some of those scenes as well as various chase moments could be unsettling, suspenseful or even scary to very young kids, but older ones will likely have no problems with the material.

    A few characters have bad attitudes and some brief imitative behavior is present, but the rest of the remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of objectionable material. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Two girls, Annie and Oakley, steal a book from a library, kidnap/capture Latios and Latias and steal an all-powerful gem.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might also be unsettling, suspenseful or even scary to some younger viewers. That also holds true for the sight and actions of some of the more monstrous/bad Pokémon creatures.
  • Annie and Oakley's two Pokémon chase after Latias.
  • There's another brief chase scene (with related music) down an alley.
  • Ash falls from the sky and heads toward the ground, but Latias catches him (a very brief scene).
  • A bad/monstrous Pokémon chases after Ash and destroys his gondola, sending him sinking beneath the water while unconscious (a good Pokémon saves him).
  • A bad/monstrous Pokémon chases after Ash again, but smacks into several buildings.
  • A bad girl creates a huge wall of water that races toward the city.
  • An all-powerful machine (run by one of the girls) goes out of control.
  • We hear that one of the new Pokémon creatures sacrificed his life to save the city that could be upsetting to younger kids (we don't see his death, but do later see a beam of light representing his "being" as well as see a point of view of what he's seeing as that "being" travels away from Earth).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None of the usual type, but the various Pokémon creatures fire energy or electrical beams and such at others.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Annie and Oakley wear midriff-revealing tops, as does another girl.
  • Annie and Oakley run and jump from rooftop to rooftop.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful and some action-oriented music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None, but Bianca gives Ash a brief, chaste kiss either on the lips or cheek, thus causing Brock to be jealous.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Criminals and the repercussions of their acts.
  • Being girl-crazy like Brock.
  • VIOLENCE
  • An energy blast of some sort hits a character (fired from a Pokémon).
  • Pikachu fires an electrical charge that hits Annie, Oakley and their Pokémon (to free Latias).
  • Pikachu fires an electrical charge at another Pokémon that then flies by and knocks him down.
  • Ash falls from a swing and lands hard on the ground, but is okay.
  • Team Rocket (some characters from previous Pokémon films) falls and lands on a horizontal flagpole of some sort that then breaks (and they land on the street in a cloud of dust - we don't see the actual impact).
  • A bad Pokémon does something to a man (we don't see the impact) that causes him to fall to the ground unconscious.
  • A bad Pokémon fires an energy beam that hits another Pokémon and apparently causes it some pain (we hear its squeals) and it then crashes to the ground. Another energy beam hits another Pokémon and it hits the ground.
  • A bad Pokémon shocks Bianca and her grandfather, knocking both of them unconscious.
  • A bad Pokémon grabs Latias and Ash gets Pikachu to blast the former with an electrical charge.
  • A bad/monstrous Pokémon chases after Ash and destroys his gondola, sending him sinking beneath the water while unconscious (a good Pokémon saves him).
  • A bad/monstrous Pokémon chases after Ash again, but smacks into several buildings.
  • A Pokémon knocks another Pokémon aside just as it tries to strike Ash.
  • Pikachu zaps one of the bad girls and a bad Pokémon.
  • Various people are knocked aside, around or into each other.
  • A huge tidal wave destroys buildings in the city.
  • We hear that one of the new Pokémon creatures sacrificed his life to save the city by stopping the above tidal wave (we don't see his death, but do later see a beam of light representing his "being" as well as see a point of view of what he's seeing as that "being" travels away from Earth).



  • Reviewed May 8, 2003 / Posted May 16, 2003

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