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Pokémon in Canada

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Pokémon in Canada
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Flag of Canada
Languages English and Quebec French
Continent North America
Original anime airdates
EP001 September 1998
AG001 2003
DP001 September 7, 2007
BW001 August 1, 2011
XY001 December 7, 2013*
February 15, 2014*

The Pokémon franchise first reached Canada in late 1998 with the release of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions and the airing of the anime.

Pokémon games

In English

All Pokémon games that have been released in the United States have also been released in Canada, with the exception of the Pokémon mini. New games are always released on the same day that they are released in the United States. Pokémon games sold in Canada are direct imports of the American versions, so spelling variations such as color and center are not changed to colour and centre for the Canadian releases. Despite this, some Canadian materials, such as game packaging/manuals and the official Canadian site for Pokémon Black and White Versions, use Canadian spellings in addition to the metric system for Pokémon height and weight stats.

As mentioned below, Canadian copies of Pokémon games come with bilingual (English/French) packaging and manuals, with the French text primarily using English names, despite the existence of French-language copies for the province of Quebec. A few games have trilingual packaging, with Spanish as a third language for Latin America.

In French

French edition of Pokémon HeartGold released in Canada; the actual product features a PEGI "3+" rating rather than the ESRB rating seen here.

While Canadian law requires bilingual packaging and instruction manuals to be included with the sale of all video games in Canada, Pokémon games were available in English only until the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, which received a French release for the province of Quebec in addition to the regular English release. This was due to an agreement between Quebec's government and major video game publishers requiring any video games in Quebec to be offered in French if available in that language elsewhere in the world. French-language games contain exactly the same content as those from France, with the packaging slightly modified to include elements such as a "Play in French" logo (upper-left corner), although they retain their PEGI ratings rather than changing them to those of the ESRB. As they are from France, the games are incompatible with some North American features. For example, the manuals for the French-language HeartGold and SoulSilver warn that Pal Park is incompatible with North American Generation III games, and due to the French versions of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum being unavailable in Canada, Pokémon from said games cannot be transferred to French Generation V games, and the creation trio is unobtainable in the French Pokémon Dream Radar (unless European French copies of the Sinnoh games are used). The games also do not censor common Quebec French swear words, although Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity does censor some French-Canadian curse words despite being English-only in Canada. However, recent event distributions have been compatible with both English and French games, in addition to other European languages if imported. Despite the content of the games being almost identical to that of the releases from France, the Canadian French versions of the games for Nintendo DS have their own country code in the serial numbers, CDF (instead of USA for English North America, or EUR for Europe, etc).

Despite this, French-language manuals, packaging and promotional materials continued to exist for the English translations of the games (until the multilingual support of Pokémon X and Y), both to comply with federal regulations and in order to market both the English and French versions to Francophone Canadians. While French-language games and related material fully translate all terms and names using France's localizations, material related to English games localizes some terms but leaves all proper nouns the same, with France's equivalent provided in brackets for some lesser terms ("Trainer" is translated as "Dresseur", but "Feraligatr" is used instead of "Aligatueur" and Castelia City is referred to as "la ville Castelia City").

Bilingual games

As Pokémon X and Y feature multilingual support, the need for separate English and French Game Cards from Generation VI onwards appears to have been eliminated, as players may choose their preferred language at the beginning of the game. Unlike Generation V games, Generation VI games censor both European French and French-Canadian curse words.

Event Pokémon

A poster in an EB Games store advertising the shiny legendary beasts event, the second in-store event distribution in Canada

Canadian players have had access to all Wi-Fi event distributions since the Secret Key in early 2009. The first in-store distribution was the Toys "R" Us Mew in 2000. In Generation III, Canada had no event Pokémon distributions. There were no in-store event Pokémon distributions again until the 2011 release of the shiny legendary beasts at EB Games and GameStop stores. Following this, other events have been distributed at EB Games and GameStop stores as well as in Toys 'R' Us stores. Events have been released to both English and French games.[1] However, like most Generation V distributions, Canada's distributions can be obtained in German, Italian, and Spanish games as well.

Pokémon anime

In English

Teletoon's logo, in use from 2011 - current

The English dub of the Pokémon anime airs in Canada on Teletoon. The series previously aired on YTV from September 7, 1998, when Pokémon - I Choose You! debuted in Canada, through August 30, 2014. Corus Entertainment, which attained full ownership of Teletoon in 2014, also owns YTV, and both stations began shifting programs in the summer and fall of 2014, including the movement of Pokémon from YTV to Teletoon on September 2, 2014.

When YTV was airing the anime, they also aired new Pokémon movies during the weekends (with the exception of Movies 8 through 11). Pokémon was very well received by YTV's viewers. Pokémon was YTV's longest running television show and YTV has aired the anime longer than any other English television network to date. YTV has also held a number of contests related to the Pokémon franchise (especially the main series games), with the most recent promotion related to Pokémon Black and White Versions and its Canadian tour. YTV is currently wholly owned by Corus Entertainment.

Currently, Teletoon airs Pokémon the Series: XY every Saturday at 12:00 PM EST. Reruns of older episodes are shown Monday through Friday, at 3:30 PM EST.

Day Time (EST)
Monday 3:30 PM
Tuesday 3:30 PM
Wednesday 3:30 PM
Thursday 3:30 PM
Friday 3:30 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM


Airing history

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YTV's logo from when when Pokemon was aired

While some episodes such as The Tower of Terror, Tentacool & Tentacruel, and Holiday Hi-Jynx were aired and later banned in the United States, they had not been banned from YTV's schedule. However, YTV had not aired any episodes which were also never aired in the United States, such as The Legend of Dratini and The Ice Cave.

When the episodes switched to a high definition format, YTV's standard definition channel had letterboxed the episodes to maintain the aspect ratio of the image. When YTV introduced its HD feed on January 11, 2011, Canadian viewers were able to watch all HD episodes of Pokémon without it ever being letterboxed.

In some areas of Canada, The WB (now The CW) is available on cable. With this, Canadians were able to watch the newest English-dubbed episodes on Kids' WB! before they aired on YTV. Since the US version of Cartoon Network became the USA's provider of the Pokémon anime in 2006, Canadians had to wait until the dubbed episodes aired on YTV to watch them due to the fact that the American version of Cartoon Network is exclusive to the United States. There had been rare occasions however in which YTV had aired content on the same day as the US, such as the airing of Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.

Original series

When the anime debuted on YTV, it aired on weekdays at 4:00 PM. When Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands debuted in the U.S., YTV continued to air Indigo League episodes until Pokémon Double Trouble aired on Kids' WB!. This was due to YTV's general practice of not airing new episodes until there was a substantial amount of new dubbed episodes to air five days a week for the weekday timeslot until the end of the season. Back around this time, Pokémon sometimes scheduled blocks of "back to back to back to back" specials. The first time this occurred, the block was called "Pokemania". On September 22, 2000 YTV had finally begun to air episodes of Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands.

Diamond & Pearl series

YTV began airing new Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl episodes on Saturdays in May 2007. A 3:30 PM weekday timeslot starting with Following A Maiden's Voyage was added to YTV's schedule on April 7, 2008. Eventually, these 3:30 PM episodes surpassed the timeline of the Saturday episodes, starting with Buizel Your Way Out Of This!. Thus, Canada started getting five new episodes per week. The first season of the Diamond & Pearl series had finished its chronological airing on Tuesday, June 17, meaning that Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension should have started on the next Wednesday or possibly Saturday. However, this did not happen, as YTV began rerunning season 10 from the beginning. This is due to YTV's episode policy as stated above.

Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension briefly appeared for three weeks, airing on Fridays at 8:00 AM starting November 7, 2008. At one point, YTV was constantly changing their schedule around from Pokémon: Battle Frontier and Diamond and Pearl episodes at the times of 3:30 PM and 8:00 AM. On Monday, March 2, 2009, YTV began to air Battle Dimension regularly and only aired Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl episodes on Saturdays. On Wednesday, June 3, 2009, YTV aired the last episode of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension.

On Saturday, October 10, 2009, YTV began airing episodes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles.On the same day, they aired Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness at 12:00 PM, and also Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness at 12:30 PM (just one day after the US airing). On November 20, 2009, YTV stopped airing episodes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension and began to air only Galactic Battles. On November 28, 2009, YTV aired the Canadian premier of Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Beginning in late December 2009 until March 2010, YTV reverted to airing Pokémon: Advanced Battle episodes on weekdays. Only one new episode of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles aired on Saturday at 12:00 PM. YTV later on switched back to airing episodes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles six days a week. With the airing of Gotta Get a Gible! On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, YTV closed the gap between the US air date and the Canadian air date down to just three days, which was rare to happen on YTV. This gap however, was widened again as YTV aired from Get Your Rotom Running! on Wednesday, May 18, 2010.

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, YTV started to air episodes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors on their Saturday time slots starting from Regaining the Home Advantage! while still airing episodes of Galactic Battles on weekdays. YTV had finished the Galactic Battles weekday run on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 and on Wednesday they started to air a run of Pokémon: Battle Frontier starting from Fear Factor Phony. After this run had concluded, YTV had gone back to episodes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles. YTV started Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors on their weekday time slot on March 7, 2011. On Saturday, March 12, 2011, YTV surprisingly aired Zoroark: Master of Illusions without prior advertisements or TV listings, making most fans miss out on the movie airing.

Best Wishes series

YTV began to air Pokémon: Black & White on weekdays starting on Friday August 5, 2011. YTV aired Black—Victini and Reshiram on January 14, 2012. on April 7, 2012, YTV began to air episodes of Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies on their Saturday timeslot. Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies replaced Pokémon: Black & White weekday run on August 13, 2012. YTV aired Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice on December 8, 2012. This was the first time since Pokémon movie theatrical releases in which Canada has had the same premiere date as the US. On March 23, 2013, Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova had replaced the Saturday timeslot. On December 7, 2013, YTV had aired Genesect and the Legend Awakened.

XY series

Pokémon the Series: XY first premiered on Saturday, December 7, 2013 on YTV with the airings of Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! and Lumiose City Pursuit!. These initial airings of the seventeenth season did not replace Saturday airings of Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova, but were simply aired as a sneak peek. Continual airings of Pokémon the Series: XY began on February 15, 2014, though the sneak preview versions of XY001 and XY002 were aired instead of the regular versions. On September 2, 2014, YTV has concluded the airings of the Pokémon animated series and YTV's sister station, Teletoon, picked up where YTV had left off.

YTV On Demand

YTV Anime On Demand logo used at the time Pokémon was offered.
Bionix On Demand logo

In 2005, YTV launched an on demand anime channel simply named YTV Anime On Demand. The channel contained new and old programs, including series that do not air on the normal YTV. The Pokémon anime was also available on this service. In 2008, YTV renamed its on demand service to Bionix On Demand. In December 2009, YTV cancelled Bionix On Demand[2] and returned to the YTV On Demand service, which no longer offers Pokémon in its line-up.

Netflix

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Beginning on March 1, 2014, the Pokémon anime became available on Netflix, a subscription-based on demand service available in a wide range of countries, including Canada. Currently, episodes of Pokémon: Indigo League and Pokémon: Black & White are available, as well as the movies Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom.

In Quebec French

Logo of Télétoon used from 1997-2005, used when Pokémon was aired

The Quebec dub of Pokémon is actually a modified version of the dub from France. While the Canadian dub uses most of the same dialogue as the European French version, all of the character names in the show are changed to match the names used in the English version (for example, "Misty" is used instead of "Ondine" and "Charmander" instead of "Salamèche"); it is unknown whether the names were simply dubbed over the European French version, or whether the Quebec dub is completely new. Despite the changes to character names, other proper names such as the names of cities remain the same as in the European French version (for example, "Carmin sur Mer" is used instead of "Vermilion City" or a translated equivalent such as "Ville de Vermilion"). All dubbing and other modifications required for the Canadian French version of the anime were conducted by Covitec in the province of Quebec.

Volume 1 of the Pokémon anime distributed in Canadian French by Imavision Distribution Inc

The Quebec dub aired on Télétoon, a French-language children's network based in Montreal. Télétoon stopped airing Pokémon after the completion of Pokémon: Johto League Champions. Following this, Pokémon: Master Quest was partly aired on a different network, TQS. The Canadian French version of Pokémon was cancelled in 2004 for unknown reasons. The Canadian French version of the Pokémon anime currently does not air on any channel, although Télétoon occasionally airs the Pokémon movies.

The Quebec dub was released on VHS and DVD by Imavision Distribution Inc., but their license to distribute the series has expired and their Pokémon titles have gone out of print. The movies were distributed on VHS and bilingual DVD (with both French and English audio tracks) by Warner Brothers, although no movies have been released to Canadians in French since VIZ Media took over the distribution of the films.

Possibly because of the Quebec dub's retention of English character names, France-translated Pokémon media (such as the French-language games and TCG) tend to not perform as well in Quebec as in France due to their use of France's localized names. Although the official French-Canadian Black and White website specifically references the French dubs of Black: Victini and Reshiram and White: Victini and Zekrom by name, any further French-language airing of the anime in Canada (whether another localized dub or the version from France) has yet to be seen.

Pokémon movies

The first seven Pokémon movies were available to Canadians in French. There were two versions made of the first movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back - one with dialogue based on the European French version, which aired on Télétoon; and one which was dubbed from scratch in Quebec, which was released theatrically and on home video.

The last Pokémon movie to be released to Canadians in French was Destiny Deoxys. After this, VIZ Media took over distribution of the movies, and they have not included French versions on their DVDs.

Music

Cover artwork for Pokémon: Le plus grand maître Pokémon

Imavision released one French language Pokémon music CD in Canada, a translation of Pokémon 2.B.A. Master titled Pokémon: Le plus grand maître Pokémon. It is nearly identical to the CD release from France, though it has a different title and different cover artwork. Some song titles were changed to be accurate to the Quebec French dub of the anime (for example, Misty's Song is titled as "La chanson de Misty" rather than "La chanson d'Ondine"), however, any spoken dialogue in the CD continues to refer to the proper names from the European French dub (including Ash addressing "Pierre" and "Ondine" at the beginning of Misty's Song). The exception to this is the the PokéRAP, which uses the English names for each Pokémon instead of France's localised names. Unlike France's CD, this version does not contain the PokéRAP video.

Cast and Crew

Many voice actors and actresses contributed to the Quebec version of the Pokémon anime. Although much of the dialogue from the European French version was reused for the Canadian dub, many proper names in the show were redubbed to match the proper names used in the English version of the anime airing elsewhere in Canada.

The voice actors who contributed to this redubbing included Sébastien Reding, who provided the voice of Ash Ketchum, Kim Jalabert, who provided Misty's voice, Martin Watier, who provided Brock's voice, and Joël Legendre, who provided Tracey's voice. Ash's mother, Delia Ketchum, was voiced by Nathalie Coupal.

Jessie was voiced by Christine Séguin, James was voiced by Antoine Durand, and Meowth was voiced by François Sasseville. Their boss, Giovanni, was voiced by Daniel Picard.

Professor Oak was voiced by Alain Sauvage. Another Pokémon Professor, Professor Elm, was voiced by Pierre Chagnon.

Other notable voice actors of the Canadian French dub include Julie Burroughs, who provided the voice for Nurse Joy, and Camille Cyr-Desmarais, the voice of Officer Jenny.

Pokémon manga

In English

All Pokémon manga which has been published by VIZ Media in the United States has been concurrently available in English in Canada. Volumes can be found at most retailers where manga is sold.

In French

A French version of The Electric Tale of Pikachu, titled L'aventure électrique de Pikachu, was published by Imavision Distribution Inc, the same company that released the Pokémon anime on VHS and DVD in French-speaking regions of Canada. The French release includes the first four monthly issues and is directly based on VIZ Media's translation, including the reversal in the publishing order of ET02 and ET03.

In addition to this, some of the newer French manga translations published in France by Kurokawa, such as Pokémon Noir et Blanc (the French translation of the Black & White chapter of Pokémon Adventures), have been available in Canada through online retailers such as Amazon.ca and Indigo Books & Music.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game have been sold in Canada since the introduction of the Base Set. English-language cards are imported from the United States to be sold in Canadian stores. In Quebec, only English-language cards were originally available, but many French-speaking parents felt this was unfair to their children, who also did not have a French-language Pokémon video game. As a result, Wizards of the Coast, which had recently started selling Pokémon cards in France, began to import these French-language cards for sale in Quebec; however, distribution of French cards became less widespread after a few early sets, as the French cards were not as sought-after by collectors as their English and Japanese equivalents. Today, both English- and French-language cards are recognized as tournament legal in official tournaments.

Currently, English-language cards are sold nationwide. In Quebec, French-language cards are sold alongside the English ones (somewhat less commonly), mostly at retailers such as Wal-Mart and independent gaming stores such as Le Valet d'Coeur that import games directly from France; the two McDonald's TCG promotions in the province have also been in French.

Pokémon merchandise

A bilingual Event card from the Pokémon Master Trainer board game

In general, Canada receives most of the same Pokémon merchandise that is available in the United States, such as plush toys and foods. Per national laws[3], all Pokémon toys and other merchandise come with bilingual packaging and instructions. Most Pokémon merchandise prior to 2013 had specialized Canadian packaging that only used the English localized names in both official languages, while TOMY's merchandise from 2013 onwards uses the same multilingual packaging as the United States and Europe (which includes localized French names for the French portion).

All four Burger King promotions (1999, 2000, 2008 and 2009) as well as both McDonald's promotions (2011 and 2012) were available in Canadian restaurants.

Several Pokémon books that have been released in English in Canada and the United States have been translated into French by Le Groupe Syntagme Inc for sale in French-speaking regions of Canada. Examples include many books from the Pokémon anime novelization series, the Pokémon Adventure Series (Pokémon Collection Adventure), Pokémon Pop Quiz (Pokémon Questions-pièges) and Extreme Pokémon: The Guide for the Ultimate Fan (Extrêmes Pokémon: Le guide ultime des vrais mordus). As of the 2010s, most of the Pokémon books and manga that has been available to Canadians in French has been imported from France rather than locally translated from materials that were originally available in English. This includes books such as Hachette Jeunesse's series of novels based on the Best Wishes series of the anime, despite the series itself no longer being broadcasted in French in Canada.

All Pokémon board games released in the United States, such as Pokémon Master Trainer and Pokémon Yahtzee Jr., have been released in Canada in fully bilingual versions.

Canadian exclusive items

Cover of the Pokémon Legends boxed set

In 1999, a series of bilingual Pokémon Game Tip Cards were given away in packages of Kellogg's cereal, exclusively in Canada. These cards contained tips for Pokémon Snap and Red, Blue, and Yellow Versions. Canadian exclusive game tip cards were also given away with Black Diamond cheese and Danone yogurt.

In the year 2000, YTV featured Pokémon Theme on their first Big Fun Party Mix CD.[4]

In 2010, Alliance Films, which owns the Canadian distribution rights to Celebi: Voice of the Forest, Pokémon Heroes, Jirachi: Wish Maker and Destiny Deoxys; released a boxed set of those four movies exclusively in Canada, titled Pokémon Legends. The boxed set consists of four discs and contains all the same bonus features as previous standalone releases of the movies. All four movies in the set are available in both English and French.

Events

A photo of the BW Sampling Tour stop in Mississauga, Ontario
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The Pokémon 2000 Stadium Tour made a few stops in Canada. There were no promotional tours throughout Generation III and Generation IV.

In February 2011, in conjunction with the Pokémon Black and White Sampling Tour in the United States, two similar events were held in Canada, one in Burnaby, British Columbia and the other in Mississauga, Ontario. At these events, players were invited to try a demo of Pokémon Black and White a month before it was released in Canada. There were other activities such as photo opportunities, face painting, and colouring pages.

In October 2013, a launch party for Pokémon X and Y was held in Toronto.

Trivia

  • Scott Ramsoomair, the author of the webcomic Super Effective, is Canadian.[5]
  • Pokémon.ca redirects to Pokémon.com.
    • There is a possibility that Pokémon.com will create a website for Canada via this page but due to the fact that TPCi's American branch manages the Pokémon franchise for Canada, there is little chance that it will happen. Currently, if the user selects Canada as their country on the map, they will be redirected to the American website.
  • For April Fool's Day 2014, Bulbapedia and other Bulbagarden websites adopted a Canadian theme, with Bulbanews releasing several Canada-themed hoax articles.
  • LaRousse City was based on Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Director Kunihiko Yuyama traveled to Canada to scout out locations for the settings of M17.

References

  1. Image of bilingual Zoroark distribution cart @ GameSniped (retrieved April 9, 2012)
  2. Bionix On Demand cancelled (retrieved February 18, 2010)
  3. Official Languages Act (retrieved February 18, 2010)
  4. Big Fun Party Mix: Big Fun Party Mix: Amazon.ca: Music (retrieved February 18, 2010)
  5. Scott Ramsooair Biography @ AnimeCons.com (retrieved February 18, 2010)


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