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| Pikachu & Pichu
Pichu and Pikachu
|| July 8, 2000
| United States
|| April 6, 2001
|| 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
| Additional credits
Pikachu & Pichu (Japanese: ピチューとピカチュウ Pichu and Pikachu) is the third Pokémon animated short. It debuted in Japanese theaters on July 8, 2000, and then made its way to North American theaters on April 6, 2001.
Pikachu & Pichu was shown with the Pokémon movie Spell of the Unown.
While visiting a city in Johto, Pikachu meets a pair of young, mischievous brothers called the Pichu Brothers. Pikachu manages to prevent one from falling off a building, only to end up being attacked by a flock of Murkrow for perching on a flagpole. Pikachu ends up hanging above the city block on a rope, which a Murkrow loosens, sending poor Pikachu flying through the air, air walking across a flock of Hoppip and lands on a window cleaner's bench, sending the window cleaner - Meowth - slamming into a billboard. Pikachu befriends the Pichu Brothers who he believes are helping him return to his friends but they instead take him across the city.
The trio get into some trouble which include rolling off the top of a bus, into a river, where they are nearly run down by a ferry, and are pursued across the city by an angry Houndour. They escape Houndour and find the Pichu Brother's playhouse - which appears to have been handmade by the brothers and their large number of friends. The clock tower in the distance chimes five o'clock, Pikachu realizes that Ash mentioned that he and his friends would return for their Pokémon by six o'clock, and tries to leave. Houndour appears and chases the trio, seemingly nearly toppling over the playhouse. Houndour is buried by tires but Pikachu and the Pichu Brothers save him. Together, they and the brothers' friends straighten and rebuild the playhouse. However, time is nearly up for Pikachu, so he and the brothers hitch a ride in a tire and race back to the building where Pikachu must meet Ash. They hit Meowth on the way, who goes flying back into his window cleaner bench. Pikachu returns to the building and bids farewell to the Pichu Brothers. Ash, Misty and Brock arrive and lead the Pokémon into a room full of food. Ash tells Pikachu it has been a full year since they met in Pallet Town, and this party is to celebrate that. Overjoyed at this celebration, Pikachu leaps into Ash's arms in a big hug. The Pokémon start eating, and Ash allows Pikachu to wear his hat for the night. The narrator concludes the short by noting that Ash and the Pichu Brothers have something in common: neither will ever forget the day they first met Pikachu.
- This is the only one of the theatrical Pikachu shorts to be excluded from the Pikachu The Movie Premium Box: 1998-2010.
- At one point in the English dub, Meowth says that he "could sure use a little booze." This marks the first time alcohol was directly referenced in the American version of the anime.
- Voltorb says "Electrode" instead of "Voltorb" when appearing for the first time.
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