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The Power of One redirects here. For the song, see The Power of One (song). For the CD or vinyl single of the song "The Power of One", see The Power of One (single).

Pokémon the Movie 2000 redirects here. For the book, see Pokémon the Movie 2000 (book). For the Ani-Manga, see Pokémon the Movie 2000 (graphic novel). For the Topps trading cards, see Pokémon the Movie 2000 Trading Cards. For the soundtrack, see Pokémon the Movie 2000 (soundtrack). For the score, see Pokémon the Movie 2000 (score).

M01 : Mewtwo Strikes Back
Pokémon movies
M03 : Spell of the Unown
The Power of One
幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕 Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth
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Premiere
Japan July 17, 1999
United States July 21, 2000
Home video
Japan February 02, 2000
United States November 14, 2000
English themes
Opening Pokémon World
Ending The Power of One
Polkamon
Flying Without Wings
Japanese themes
Opening ライバル!
Ending toi et moi
Ratings
United States G
Great Britain PG
Ireland G
Canada G
Quebec  ?
Japan G
Germany 6
Australia G
New Zealand G

Pokémon the Movie 2000 - The Power of One (Japanese: のポケモン ルギア爆誕 Mirage Pokémon: Lugia's Explosive Birth; officially Revelation-Lugia in Japan) is the second original series movie, and second of all Pokémon movies. It was first in Japanese theaters on July 17, 1999. It then made its way to North American theaters on July 21, 2000.

The Power of One was shown with the Pikachu Short movie Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, and with Slowking's Day (Japan only).

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Blurb

Ash and his friends are on their journey through the Orange Islands—but even this seemingly quiet chain of islands dotted throughout the waters far south of Kanto has its own mysteries, adventures, and Legendary Pokémon! Lawrence III certainly knows it, which is why he's now traveling to the different islands and capturing the three Legendary birds—Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos. But even with all their power, those three are merely a stepping stone to an even greater prize: Lugia, the guardian of the sea!

Of course, Ash is completely unaware of all this when he arrives at his latest destination. The islanders have big plans for him, too, but nothing so sinister—they want him to take part in a ceremony to gather three elemental balls from different islands. When the weather across the world goes out of control, this task takes on a new importance, as the capture of the Legendary birds has thrown the environment out of balance. With Lugia's help, can Ash be the "chosen one" that everyone turns to?

Plot

Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning, lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, alone its song will fail, and thus the earth shall turn to ash. O Chosen One, into thine hands bring together all three. Their treasures combined tame the Beast of the Sea.

--Shamouti Prophecy

The film begins at the Shamouti Shrine, where a Slowking kept guard, as the prophecy was read. Later, it changes to an aircraft where a computer shows holograms of the three legendary birds. Lawrence III, a wealthy collector of the world's most valuable antiques, wishes to make his collection complete by catching the three legendary birds, Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno. Any one of them would be a priceless addition to Lawrence's collection, but he aims to capture the three in order to capture the fourth and most powerful bird, Lugia. Using his giant flying aircraft, Lawrence arrives at Fire Island, home to Moltres. He provokes the Flame Pokémon by shooting ice cannons at its habitat. This caused it to leave its island, and after weakening it with more ice shots, he captures the firebird. However, as Lawrence begins to follow the prophecy, the world's climate begins to be affected.

Somewhere in the Orange Islands, Ash, Misty and Tracey are traveling to their next island destination on board a boat owned by a woman named Maren. They send out their Pokémon as Tracey suggested so they can have some fresh air. Charizard and Snorlax, however, were briefly out of their Poké Balls, but Charizard was recalled after it breathed fire, and Snorlax was recalled because it weighed down the boat. Team Rocket as usual follow in their submarine. Suddenly, both parties are struck by a sea storm and dragged across the ocean to the middle of the Orange Islands, where they arrive at Shamouti Island. The weather is also going wrong at Pallet Town, as witnessed by Professor Oak, Delia Ketchum, and Mimey. They witness various Pokémon traveling in groups towards one direction. According to the Professor, Pokémon can sense the abnormalities in nature better than humans. Ash, Misty, and Tracey, along with their Pokémon meet the islanders of Shamouti, who are celebrating their annual Legend Festival following the prophecy's tale - a Chosen One shall help Lugia to save the world and calm the legendary birds. Maren's friend, Carol was once the Festival Maiden, but as she's too old for that role, her younger rebellious sister Melody takes on the role with some reluctance. As Ash is introduced as a Pokémon Trainer, the islanders become ecstatic, as the legend foretold his arrival. As Melody meets Ash, she approves of him for the role of Chosen One and kisses him, angering Misty.

During the festival ceremony, Melody plays a tune similar to the cry of Lugia and afterward explains Ash's role as Chosen One. He must venture out to the islands of the legendary birds and collects three glass orbs (she uses some fruits as the orbs during her explanation) that represent the elements of Fire, Ice and Lightning, bring them back to Shamouti's shrine where Melody will play the same tune which will end the festival. Ash heads out immediately, with Maren and Pikachu going with him. Pikachu steals Ash's hat as Misty shows reluctance in going. Team Rocket rows what's left of their submarine, which became a boat. Maren's boat crosses their path and capsizes the trio's boat. As they hang on, a wave crashes onto them. After a brief scene of Slowking noticing the mess caused by Moltres' capture, Melody expresses her concern for Ash as the storm extinguishes a torch. As Team Rocket finally make it ashore, they notice Melody, Misty, and Tracey running.

As Lawrence's aircraft detects the presence of Zapdos, islanders watch the news which talked about the unusual weather. This news story also reaches Delia and Professor Oak. Professor Ivy phones in in the middle, telling Professor Oak that the Pokémon are behaving strangely. Meanwhile, Pikachu (who was the only one aware of the urgency of the situation) leads Ash to the location of the Fire Sphere on Fire Island, after Maren's boat crashes onto its shores and loses its rudder. The boat carrying Team Rocket, Misty, Tracey and Melody flipped, causing Team Rocket to get launched onto the island, and the boat crashes onto a rock as Maren tries to relax. When the storm threatens to harm the boat containing the others, Melody hoists a sail. They use the boat and the wind to ascend the steps. The scene changes to Lawrence's aircraft as he admires his newly acquired Moltres, who is helpless. The computer announces Zapdos' arrival to Fire Island.

The scene changes again as Ash and Pikachu ascend the stairs, and Team Rocket plans to take Pikachu. Pikachu finds a pedestal containing the Fire Orb and motions Ash. Ash tries to obtain the sphere while Pikachu urges him on, and manages to collect it. As they turn to head back, they confront Team Rocket and as the trio recites part of their motto, both groups break the fourth wall. Melody, Misty, and Tracey's boat arrives, as does Zapdos. Pikachu and Zapdos communicate using electrical attacks, with Meowth translating the conversation, as Zapdos explains it shall claim the island for its own. Lawrence's ship appears, draining Zapdos of its power and later capturing the Electric Pokémon and the rest in Melody's boat. The ship's computer informs Lawrence that there were others captured along with Zapdos. As they stand in the cage in the ship's lower chamber, Tracey notes the imprisoned birds, and Melody notes a stone with the Shamouti Prophecy etched and reads aloud the first sentence. As Lawrence mentions his plan to collect the birds, Misty criticizes him. Lawrence is very polite to his accidental captives and kindly releases them. The computer informs him of Articuno's location, and he leaves. The scene changes to Articuno as it uses Ice Beam on an island, freezing it and the water around the island. The news later states that a massive amount of Pokémon are making their way to the island, except for those that cannot cross water. The newspeople speak to the two Professors about a cause, and Professor Oak correctly predicts that the legendary birds are involved. After a brief scene featuring Slowking, followed by another scene depicting Shamouti Island in a snowstorm as Carol worries about Melody, the scene return to the lower chamber as Melody reads the prophecy again.

The group suggest to free the imprisoned birds as Lawrence's ship nears Articuno. Lawrence provokes the Freeze Pokémon using fire. Something underwater notices the commotion and ascends. Back in the chamber, Ash calls out Charizard and Pikachu to use Flamethrower and Thunder Shock to free Moltres, while James calls out Weezing, who fails to save Zapdos. Jessie then releases Arbok to attempt to release Zapdos with Poison Sting, but it fails to penetrate the prison. Ash calls out Squirtle and Bulbasaur. As Squirtle joins in with Water Gun, Moltres is released. Moltres unleashes a Flamethrower attack that breaks Zapdos free. As the two birds are freed, however, they immediately get into a fight and destroy the ship in the process. The ship informs Lawrence that it is going down, and promptly crashes onto Lightning Island. The group evacuates and lands onto the island. The debris of the ship crashes onto the pedestal, destroying it and releasing the Lightning Sphere, which Ash acquires. The group escape onto Melody's boat while Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno duel overhead. A giant typhoon scoops up the boat and carries it to the Shamouti Shrine, where Ash and the others meet Slowking, the shrine's guardian. Able to speak, he shows Ash where to place the collected spheres. When he sets down the Spheres of Thunder and Fire, the legendary birds attack the shrine, but are stopped by the sudden appearance of Lugia. Lawrence eyes Lugia from the remains of his aircraft in awe, considering it "his prize" while the other three birds gang up and attack it. Lugia attempts to quell the fighting and protect the shrine, but the Diving Pokémon eventually falls victim to the attacks and crashes down. Meanwhile, the massive gathering of Pokémon arrive after crossing the now-frozen sea.

Melody plays the same tune from the ceremony, which reinvigorates the fallen Lugia. Lugia, who can also speak using psychic powers, explains that Ash must collect the Ice Sphere from Articuno's island. Ash doubts he can do it, but support from his friends and Pokémon changes his mind when Misty realizes when the legend states 'The earth shall turn to ash' it refers to the earth relying on Ash as the Chosen One to save it. As Ash sets out with Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charizard, and Lugia towards Ice Island, Team Rocket witness a helicopter containing Professor Oak, Delia, Professor Ivy and a news crew crash land. Seeing a discarded inflatable raft and the helicopter's tail propeller, they get an idea. Ash's attempts to reach the island are thwarted by the legendary birds, but Team Rocket surprisingly come to the rescue on a motorboat using the items they salvaged. Team Rocket shock Ash by revealing that they do not wish for the world to be destroyed. The heroes (and villains) race through the island using the raft and find the Ice Sphere, which Ash obtains. The legendary birds appear and ambush the group in Ice Island, then Articuno is knocked down by its opponents. Lugia saves Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket and heads back to Shamouti.

However, Lugia is slowed down by the extra weight of Team Rocket. The trio of villains decide to let go and nobly sacrifice themselves to allow Ash to save the world, which surprised him. As Ash notices the gathered Pokémon, he asks Lugia, who responds that they gathered in case they were needed, yet they stood still because they were unsure about what to do. Lawrence's ship, which is still functional, tries to capture Lugia, but it uses an Aeroblast attack to defeat the remaining legendary birds and Lawrence's ship before falling unconscious into the sea. Ash also falls unconscious and Pikachu tries to urge Ash to wake up. Fortunately, Misty arrives in time to save the two. Misty and Tracey revive Ash, who leads the group back to the shrine. Ash inserts the final sphere into the shrine, which shines brightly with the unison of the spheres. The pillars glow in tune as Melody plays Lugia's song, which revives it and restores balance to the legendary birds. Lugia takes Ash and Pikachu for a flight with Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres beside them. Suddenly, a giant stream of water rises out of the ocean (the Beast of the Sea) and is tamed by the song. All the birds return to their homes and the Beast of the Sea vanishes into the ocean.

Lugia also departs, thanking Ash for his help. After Lugia leaves, Delia, Oak and Ivy arrive. Delia scolds Ash for his recklessness, but after Misty tells her he saved the world, Delia asks him if he could visit her once in a while on his journey. Ash agrees to her request. Lawrence picks up an Ancient Mew card from the wreckage of his ship, deciding to restart his collection on a smaller scale. The film ends with Team Rocket appearing on Shamouti, having survived their sacrificial fall, lamenting that nobody actually saw them being heroes - but Slowking reveals to them that many people watched them and are right now. Slowking looks towards the screen, breaking the fourth wall, as do Team Rocket, who end the film discussing what they should do now since they seem to now be good.

Major events

Debuts

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Cast

Cast
Ash Veronica Taylor Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Misty Rachael Lillis Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Togepi Satomi Kōrogi Togepi Satomi Kōrogi トゲピー こおろぎさとみ
Tracey Ed Paul Kenji Tomokazu Seki ケンジ 関智一
Jessie Rachael Lillis Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Eric Stuart Kojirō Shin'ichirō Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Addie Blaustein Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Professor Oak Stan Hart Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Delia Veronica Taylor Hanako Masami Toyoshima ハナコ 豊島まさみ
Lawrence III Neil Stuart Jirarudan Takeshi Kaga ジラルダン 鹿賀丈史
Slowking Nathan Price Yadoking Masatoshi Hamada ヤドキング 濱田雅功
Lugia Eric Rath Lugia Kōichi Yamadera ルギア 山寺宏一
Melody Amy Birnbaum Fleura Akiko Hiramatsu フルーラ 平松晶子
Maren Tara Jayne Michiko Kotono Mitsuishi ミチコ 三石琴乃
Carol Roxanne Beck Yodel Aya Hisakawa ヨーデル 久川綾
Tobias Norman Altman Earthia Island Elder Chikao Ōtsuka アーシア島の長老 大塚周夫
Moltres Rikako Aikawa Fire Rikako Aikawa ファイヤー 愛河里花子
Articuno Yumi Tōma Freezer Yumi Tōma フリーザー 冬馬由美
Zapdos Katsuyuki Konishi Thunder Katsuyuki Konishi サンダー 小西克幸
Professor Ivy Kayzie Rogers Dr. Uchikido Keiko Han ウチキド博士 藩恵子
Narration Ken Gates Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇

Trivia

  • The first names of Ash's mother, Professor Oak, and Professor Ivy were first revealed in this movie.
  • Lawrence III's actions in this movie were set in motion due to an Ancient Mew card. This is the only movie to feature a Pokémon card.
  • This is the first movie where Brock isn't a main character, though he has a cameo; when Professor Ivy calls Professor Oak to inform him of the unstable weather situation, Brock can be seen in the background, running from side to side in a frenzy (presumably doing multiple chores at the same time, as he can be seen carrying a Nidorina and a Paras). He is also seen in a picture in Ash's house in Pallet Town and making various poses in the background of a video conversation between Professors Ivy and Oak. Brock would be a main character in every other movie until the first Black & White movie, in which he makes no appearance.
  • Some of the Pokémon shown on the cover are never actually seen in the movie.
  • On the front cover, it appears as if Ash's undershirt is white, but it's actually black.
  • When Pikachu steals Ash's hat, Ash behaves similarly to the way he did in Primeape Goes Bananas.
  • When Professor Oak is talking to Professor Ivy, the Pokémon TCG type symbols are shown as link buttons near the bottom of the screen.
  • In this movie, Team Rocket uses a dub-only variation of their motto.
    • This is also the only movie in which Team Rocket recites a variation of the motto and one of the few in which they actually recite a full motto.
  • Four of the movie's characters, Melody, Carol, Maren, and Professor Ivy, each share their Japanese voice actresses with one character from the anime Sailor Moon. Melody's voice actress, Akiko Hiramatsu, voiced the villain Calaveras in the Sailor Moon R arc. Carol's voice actress, Aya Hisakawa, voiced Sailor Mercury. Maren's voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, voiced Sailor Moon herself, and Professor Ivy's voice actress, Keiko Han, voiced Luna and Queen Beryl.
  • Ash follows up on the agreement he made with his mother at the end of the film after every region, visiting Pallet Town before heading off to his next destination.
  • Pikachu and Zapdos are shown to be able to communicate through electricity, which Meowth can understand.
  • Lawrence III goes after the legendary birds in reverse National Pokédex order.
  • Even though the Orange Islands arc was never dubbed in Finnish, this movie was dubbed and aired in Finland.
  • As Team Rocket are weighing down Lugia, James makes a reference to the diet program Weight Watchers, saying that they should try it, with Jessie replying that it is too late for it. Meowth refutes; "I heard it's never too late if you really stick to the program!"

Errors

Normal-colored Paras
  • Brock is seen running around Professor Ivy's Lab carrying normal-colored Nidorina and Paras despite the Pokémon on Valencia Island being alternately colored. A Paras was previously seen on Valencia in Poké Ball Peril.
  • Ash could have given Professor Oak the GS Ball, which was the reason he went to the Orange Islands in the first place, but instead waits until he gets back to Pallet Town.
    • However, it is likely that this was done on purpose, as the movie, unlike the anime, was not initially released on "free" TV, and instead was a theatrical production.
  • When Melody and Misty first meet, Melody tells her "Oh, and Misty, try not to get jealous." However, only Ash had been introduced at this point, while Misty's and Tracey's names were never mentioned.
  • At the beginning of the movie, Lawrence III's computer says that the three legendary birds are unique to the Orange Islands, yet they are all found elsewhere multiple times in the anime, especially Articuno.
    • The computer may have meant that their abilities were unique, as they seemed to affect the weather on a planetary scale, which the legendary birds in the televised anime were not known to do.
  • When Zapdos is captured, Ash and his friends are captured with the boat, but are then shown in the ship without it.
    • Though before they are shown inside the ship it is clearly seen that the boat is stuck in part of the ship, so it may not have been freed.
  • When the sled is destroyed, Ash returns Charizard, but no Poké Ball is shown.
  • At one point, Maren erroneously refers to multiple Krabby as "Krabbies." However, this error is intentional, as the incorrect form is used as a pun.

Dub edits

The deleted shot
  • The English dub uses the word "ash" in the Shamouti Prophecy, conveying a double meaning by playing on the name of the movie's protagonist. This is not present in the Japanese version, and was largely untranslatable for foreign language dubs using the English dub as source.
    • The Danish, Finnish, and Latin American dubs each opted for a full local translation with Misty translating the local word for "ash" to English, the name of the movie's protagonist.
  • A portion of Professor Oak's explanation of what was causing the weather disturbance was cut. In it, Professor Oak theorized that life on earth was started by a chemical reaction that began when lightning struck volcanic seawater on the young planet, relating it to the elemental abilities of Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno. This was likely removed on religious grounds.
  • Misty's speech to Lawrence III was altered. In the dub, she says that she considered his way of thinking Pokémon as mere things to collect to be disgusting. In the original version, Misty was simply asking him why he used his methods to catch the legendary birds instead of Poké Balls like regular Trainers. To this, Lawrence replies that he considered himself a collector, and feels that the collected things must be visibly on display, or they couldn't be called a collection.
  • When the Pokémon are attempting to free Moltres, Thunderbolt, Water Gun, and Flamethrower are used simultaneously. Tracey's explanation, which was cut from the dub, is that "electricity, plus fire, plus water… electricity separates water into hydrogen and oxygen, which is then recombined using fire which means—Everybody get down!" However, this line is included in the novelization and the ani-manga with different dialogue: "The water and electricity blasts are creating two gases, hydrogen and oxygen. If those two gases come into contact with Charizard's fire, there's going to be an —<explosion>."
    • The English audio track on the DVD released in the 2007 Japanese box set simply cut to dead silence during this scene. The same was done during Professor Oak's explanation scene.
  • Like the Japanese version, the Finnish dub refers to the legendary birds as what can be translated to "gods", whereas the English dub refers to them as "titans".

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