Today is a double-feature -- but don't worry, it doesn't mean I hate you. It's just because neither movie has enough plot for me to write a full entry about.

Pokémon 3 (2001)

Pokémon 3 ends the trend of the movies sending kids confusing mixed messages on the ethics of Pokémon. Instead, they decided to mess kids up with this installment by borrowing its plot from the old Twilight Zone episode "It's A Good Life," which was paid homage to in The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episode "Bart's Nightmare." The Pokémon version a little more toned down, of course, and the little girl doesn't go nearly as far. 

The only entertaining moments come from Team Rocket, who have once again made it their mission to break down the fourth wall. After announcing at the end of the previous movie that they want to turn over a new leaf, they end up at one point rescuing Ash & Co. When the very surprised Ash & Co. ask why they saved them, Team Rocket claim they only did it because if anything happened to the main characters, Team Rocket would lose their ticket to any further appearances on the big screen!

Pokémon 4Ever (2002)

Unlike previous movies, Pokémon 4Ever actually contains a really clever twist. Unfortunately, it bookends an otherwise very forgettable plot. 

The story begins several decades in the past, with a guy who is hunting Pokémon in order to sell them. He's been tracking a particularly rare one called a Celebi. Meanwhile, a boy named Sam has been sitting in the woods sketching Pokémon. The Celebi finds Sam first, who protects it from the hunter.

The frightened Celebi suddenly uses its powers to travel thirty years in the future -- because apparently it can do that -- and accidentally takes Sam with. There, Sam meets Ash & Co.


The next paragraphs contain SPOILERS for Pokémon 4Ever. Do you ever plan to watch Pokémon 4Ever? No? Then read on.


Sam and Ash become good friends over the course of the movie, but in the end the Celebi and Sam must go back to their own time. Ash is sad because he's not sure he'll ever see his new friend again.

Ash & Co. head back to debrief with Professor Oak. After they're done chatting, Professor Samuel Oak looks over an old Pokémon sketchbook he started when he was a kid...

The twist isn't without its minor plot holes, if you're familiar enough with the series, but it's an enjoyable enough idea that I consider Pokémon 4Ever the best of the five theatrically released Pokémon movies. Though it still isn't good enough that I'd recommend it for adults.