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Two Pokemon Movies to Release in Theaters

Written by SkulShurtugalTCG :



 

UPDATE: THE TRAILER IS NOW AVAILABLE!

If you grew up in the '90s or somewhere near there, Pokemon was part of your life. In its history, it has broken Pokemon the Movie Black: Victini and Reshiramseveral records: its games are the second-best selling series of all time, after the Mario series. The Pokemon Trading Card Game has sold the most number of trading cards ever, beating out other games like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: The Gathering. The comic books and manga are among the highest-selling of the kid-friendly category. And arguably most importantly, its animated series is the longest-lasting anime of all time.

The Pokemon anime has broken several records of its own. Its pilot episode Pokemon - I Choose You! was watched by over 18 million people in Japan the first day of its airing, and double that in America. In 1999, Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back broke the record previously held by The Lion King for the largest-grossing weekend for an animated film. And it was directly due to the success of Pokemon 2000: The Power of One that prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to instate its current Best Animated Film category for the annual Academy Awards. In 2009, the television series became the longest-lasting anime of all time, and today airs around the world, translated in over 71 languages.

Pokemon the Movie White: Victini and ZekromThe last Pokemon film to be shown in theaters outside of Asia was Pokemon Heroes: Latias and Latios in 2003. It was released in four theaters in America, only to be pulled out after initial bad sales. It grossed about $100,000, and was considered a box-office flop.

But that is about to change. Following the new Pokemon hype due to the newly released video games Pokemon Black and White Versions, Pokemon International, INC, has announced a partnership with Cinedigm Digital Cinema to release two brand-new Pokemon movies in theaters!  At first it will only be 300 select digital screens (one of which will be in Las Angelas, California, to secure the films' eligibility for Academy Award nominations) beginning December 3, but the films will spread out to more theaters in America soon afterwards. Current foreign releases also include Australia screens in Q1 2012, and European theaters March/April 2012.

The two films are two versions of the same film, collectively known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Best Wishes: The First Movie. For their release outside of Japan, the films will be known as Pokemon the Movie Black: Victini and Reshiram and Pokemon the Movie White: Victini and Zekrom. The films have collectively grossed $53,387,800 in Japan, making them a box-office success. It is estimated that their releases overseas will total up to $400 million. To catch a special preview of the new movies, check out the official Pokemon website on September 17 and 18. During those days, the previous film Zoroark: Master of Illusions will be shown, and after the movie is over the preview will play.

Stay tuned for more information regarding theater releases and release dates worldwide for these films.

I'm Skulblaka_Shur'tugal, writer of this fan news, and I approve this message.




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September 30, 2011
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
Ash is still in it!?! i haven't seen a pokemon film since the legend of mew and lucario.. im glad to see its still its good o' classic self

September 24, 2011
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WQ > Balto > WoC
Kyaaaa~ I've been looking forward for this! I can't wait to see them myself and the trailer looks so awesome! Eeee...

- Juuchan17 [obvious Pokemon fan]

September 17, 2011
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the darkness bringer §
i got to see this!

September 17, 2011
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Team Rocket
I've been seeing posters for these outside the movie theatres. I've been so tempted to see it but movie tickets in Japan are so expensive.

September 17, 2011
Usa Male Is not currently on the site
I don't really like Pokemon, but my sister loves it. I might as well see it with her.

September 17, 2011
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
i love Pokemon! but, i dont really like the new monsters that they're coming out with, . . . i miss the original ones, aww the memories they bring back :'D. i still have all of my pokemon cards =P i started collecting them when i was in kindergarten, i still have the VERY first card i ever got, it was an Entei.

i remember in in 2nd - 5th grade, during recess all of the kids who had pokemon cards would gather right out side of the doors and battle each other, it was always either me or my friend Austin who would win. i was the only girl in my school who battled pokemon, and I was better then ALL of the BOYS! X)

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September 16, 2011
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wow!!! I thought Pokemon was so lame, but i like the show. The games on the other hand, make no sense. I always lose when i play that game.

September 16, 2011
France Male Is not currently on the site
Dedicated and crazy Pikachu
Pokemon ! *_*
Very nice news, Skul ! Pokemon will never cease to enchant me *_*

September 16, 2011
Usa Is not currently on the site
I thought scooby doo and Jabberjaw was the longest lasting series 34 years i mean wow! oh wait you said anime! i didn't wacth pokemon because i wasn't allowed. and scooby doo was out of the question when i was little. So it was Jabberjaw for me. Jabberjaw Rocks!

September 16, 2011
Usa Is not currently on the site
I thought scooby doo and Jabberjaw was the longest lasting series 34 years i mean wow! oh wait you said anime!

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