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The Pokémon franchise first reached Portugal around 1999, when the anime started to be broadcast on SIC.
Pokémon video games
All Pokémon video games were released in Portugal in English, with the box and the instruction booklet translated. Up until April 2009, games were not launched in Portugal in time. On April 3, 2009 Nintendo opened a branch in Portugal, and now almost all the games are launched in time. The first game events were also held in 2010. Like in the rest of Europe, the Black and White games were released on March 4, 2011.
SIC's most recent logo, used since 1997
The television station that started broadcasting the Pokémon anime in Portugal is SIC, Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, a station based in Lisbon that was owned by a consortium led by Francisco Pinto Balsemão, and backed by Controljornal (now Impresa Jornais, a holding that contains Impresa's newspapers and magazines), Impala Editores, BPI and Rede Globo. It is the third terrestrial television station in Portugal, launched on 6 October 1992. It aired the seasons 1-10, including Pokémon Chronicles, having several breaks in the process. The show aired in an irregular pattern, shifting from 6 A.M. to 10 A.M., but always in the same programing block, named LOL@SIC. The seasons 1-9 were dubbed in the Nacional Filmes studio, in Lisbon.
The Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl season was dubbed in the Dialectus studio, in Lisbon too. It premiered on SIC on 31 January 2009, airing more or less consistently one new episode each Saturday, around 7 A.M. After DP037 aired on 4 October 2009, the show went on a hiatus. The 14 last episodes of the season aired from 6 February 2010 to 13 March 2010. These last episodes were sponsored by the Italian toy company Giochi Preziozi.
In Fall 2010, the rights to the series were purchased by another Portuguese channel, Panda Biggs. Production of the dub was moved into the Cinemágica studio in Porto, which meant replacement of the entire voice cast. TPCi took over the control of the series, adding a Portuguese subtitle below most of the season titles' English names', retaining the episode titles written in European Portuguese introduced in the Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl season, editing the ending credits with information from the local dub staff and replacing the "To be continued..." message with a translated one. It became known that the series' translator would be Sérgio Figueiredo.
The channel aired the 10th season from 20 September 2010 to 25 October 2010, showing 2 episodes each day of the week and repeating the 10 episodes shown on workweek in the weekend. Notably, this version had fixed some audio errors in the dub, along with replacing select lines from the original dub with ones of the new actors, which were presumed by the fans to be tests for the new voice cast. Midway through the airing of the 10th season, the channel started a promotion campaign of their new ownership of the series, conducting a contest in which 70 winners would win two tickets to a first-hand premiere of DP053 and DP054 in cinemas. There were two premieres: one in Lisbon (40 winners) and one in Porto (30 winners). Both premieres were held on 23 October 2010, with the winners notified two days earlier.
The Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension dub premiered officially on 26 October 2010. Unlike the previous season, Panda Biggs broadcast 1 new episode each day of the workweek. The airing of the season ended on 5 January 2011 and the channel aired reruns twice until the end of May.
The Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles season premiered on 1 June 2011 and finished its airing on 4 August 2011. Reruns were aired twice until 23 December 2011, though the last three episodes were skipped in the second rerun.
The Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors season premiered on 25 December 2011 and finished on 9 February 2012. The season filled Pokémon's time slot on the channel during the workweek (including a rerun of all the 5 episodes aired from Monday to Friday, on Saturday) up to the time when new episodes of the following season only aired during the weekends.
Like Battle Dimension, the Pokémon: Black & White season's first two episodes got a promotion campaign for a first-hand premiere on cinema on 19 May 2012. Those competing for the special tickets had to send their participation notifications until two days earlier. 55 winners saw the episodes' premiere in Lisbon, and an additional 47 saw it in Porto. The series' TV premiere was on 26 May 2012. Only two episodes premiered each week during weekend, until the 28th episode. However, starting from the 29th (which aired at the start of September, when the channel usually changes the schedules of its series) and until the end of the season, the channel aired one new episode every day, until it finished on 20 September 2012. Reruns of the episodes were aired as before, for nearly one year.
Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies began on 16 September 2013 (just short of an year after the end of the previous season) and finished on 21 November 2013. The season title was fully translated onscreen for the first time.
Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova is scheduled to begin on 15 March 2014 and air two new episodes on both days of the weekend.
Pokémon The Series: XY has begun airing on March 2 2015, airing 5 new episodes on weekdays and a repeat on weekends.
Movies 1-4 were dubbed in Matinha, a studio known for dubbing famous Disney and DreamWorks movies, with nearly the same voice actors from the anime.
Destiny Deoxys was dubbed in PSB, an amateur studio in Lisbon, which was poorly received by the fans, due to it using amateur and unknown voice actors.
The dub of The Rise of Darkrai aired on 25 December 2010 in the channel, as part of the Christmas campaign. It was produced in the Cinemágica studio (which, like the series from 11th season onwards, dubbed all the subsequent movies) and the movie was the first to have its ending songs dubbed into European Portuguese.
The Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Arceus and the Jewel of Life movies premiered on 13th and 23rd June 2011, respectively.
The dub of Zoroark: Master of Illusions aired on 22 February 2012. DVD releases of the movies 10 and 11 appeared in the stores on 1 May 2012, with later movies following suit afterwards.
Black—Victini and Reshiram premiered in the channel on 15 August 2012, while White—Victini and Zekrom first aired on 26 August 2012.
Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice premiered on 25 December 2013. Like its accompanying season's title, the movie title was translated onscreen for the first time.
The movies Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, Jirachi: Wish Maker, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea have never been dubbed.
Cover artwork for Pokémon Vamos Apanhá-Los!
All themes used in the Portuguese dub are translated versions of the themes used in the English dub, except for Pokémon World, where the previous theme was used, and Diamond and Pearl theme, which was aired in English. However, fans can still hear Pokémon World in the opening sequence of Movie 2.
A Portuguese translation of the Pokémon 2.B.A. Master soundtrack was released, entitled Pokémon: Vamos Apanhá-Los!. This soundtrack included a video of the English version of the Pokérap that could be played on a computer. The Totally Pokémon soundtrack was also released, under the title Pokémon Total.
Cast and crew
Many main characters in the Portuguese dub of the Pokémon anime have switched voice actors several times.
Ash Ketchum, for example, had no less than ten different voice actors over the years. The first voice actress to dub Ash was Maria João Luís, who stopped doing it regularly after EP031, but oddly did it one final time in EP033. In addition, she returned for the first and the second movies. In EP032, and from EP034 until EP094 Sandra Faleiro replaced her. Starting from EP095, Sandra de Castro voiced the character, until EP128. She reprised the role from EP158 to EP209, AG093 to AG177, and finally, from DP001 to DP052. During the breaks between Sandra de Castro's returns to the cast, the role was given to Alexandra Sedas, from EP129 to EP157, Bárbara Lourenço (5th and 6th seasons, along with Pokémon Chronicles), Raquel Ferreira (7th season) and Ana Madureira from AG178 until AG192. Two other actresses to voice the character were Cristina Carvalhal (3rd and 4th movies) and Sara Marques (in the 7th movie). With the production being moved to Porto in 2010, the VA was replaced again. Raquel Rosmaninho took over the role starting from the 11th season, being notably the first voice actress since Maria João Luís to give Ash Ketchum the voice in both episodes and movies, all starting from the 10th one.
Brock was originally dubbed by Peter Michael, from his debut until EP083. He also gave him the role in the first and the second movies. Rui Quintas then dubbed the character from EP115 until AG192 and also in Pokémon Chronicles. The role was given to Luís Barros in the 10th season. Vítor Emanuel voiced him in the 3rd and 4th movies, with an unknown VA filling the role in the infamous 7th movie dub. Starting from the 11th season and until his last main series appearance, Brock was dubbed by Pedro Almendra, who also provided the voice in the DP movies.
For the first 128 episodes, Misty was voiced by Helena Montez, including the first 4 movies. After she left the cast, the character was dubbed by an unknown actress from EP129 to EP157. Paula Pais gave her the voice in the 4th season. She was replaced again by an actress presumably named as Carla, who dubbed her in the Master Quest season, her cameo appearance in the two-part arc in AG044-AG045 and in Pokémon Chronicles. The last VA to give her the voice was Isabel Ribas, in AG132-AG134.
Jessie's first VA was Teresa Madruga, from EP002 until EP041. After that she left, but returned one more time, from EP100 to EP128, including the 2 first movies. In the break between EP042 to EP099 she was voiced by Sandra de Castro, who also did it from EP263 to AG065. After that, Dora Cruz took over, from EP129 until EP209. Raquel Ferreira then picked the role, dubbing Jessie in the 5th, and from 8th to 10th seasons, except for the last three AG episodes, where Rita Fernandes took the job. Bárbara Lourenço voiced her between AG066 and AG092 and in her Pokémon Chronicles appearances. Cármen Santos was the VA in the 3rd and 4th movies, with an unknown VA filling the role in the 7th movie dub. Raquel Rosmaninho started giving the voice in the 11th season, due to the series' dubbing being moved from Lisbon to Porto. She also dubbed the character in all movies starting from the 10th.
James was first dubbed by Peter Michael, from EP002 until EP093 and was also his VA in the first 4 movies. Rui Quintas then took the role, dubbing the character from EP094 until DP052 and in Pokémon Chronicles. Another VA to give the voice to the character was in the 7th movie, but his name (like almost all of the other voice actors from the movie) remains unknown. He was replaced by Pedro Mendonça in the 11th season, who also gave the voice to James in all the movies starting from the 10th.
Meowth's original voice was Rui Luís Brás, from EP002 until EP093 and was also his VA in the first 4 movies. The role was then given to Pedro Carneiro, who dubbed the character from EP094 until AG092 and from DP001 to DP052. Luís Barros was the VA in the 8th, 9th seasons and also in Pokémon Chronicles. An unknown actor gave Meowth the voice in the 7th movie. Since the 11th season the voice has been performed by Mário Santos, who also dubbed the character in all movies starting from the 10th.
May's original voice was an actress known as Carla. In AG109 she was replaced by Isabel Ribas. She played her main role until the end of AG. Sara Marques played her voice in the 7th movie, the only VA to be identified from the movie's voices. In her cameo in the Diamond & Pearl series her role was performed by Marta Mota.
Max's voice was first given to Sandra de Castro, who dubbed the character in the 6th and 7th seasons. Raquel Ferreira replaced her from AG093 until AG177. An unknown VA performed the role in the 7th movie. Another unknown VA provided the voice in the last 15 AG episodes.
Dawn's voice was first given to Raquel Ferreira in the 10th season. She was replaced by Joana Carvalho in the 11th season and provided the voice until her last appearance, as well as in all DP movies.
Iris' voice was given to Isabel Queirós.
Cilan's role was performed by Pedro Manana.
The original Narrator's voice was Rui de Sá, in the first four seasons. Rui Quintas replaced him from the 5th to 10th seasons, along with doing the role in Pokémon Chronicles. Paulo B was the VA exclusively in the 1st movie, Carlos Freixo only in the 2nd movie, José Jorge Duarte in the 3rd and 4th movies, and finally, an unknown one in the 7th movie. After the switch of the rights of the series in 2010 between SIC and Panda Biggs Mário Santos took over, beginning from the 11th season and 10th movie, respectively.
A Portuguese version of Pokémon Live! was performed at the Pavilhão Atlântico in Lisbon from March 21 to March 27, 2002.