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| Lights, Camera, Quacktion!
Pokémon the Movie!
|| November 5, 1998
| United States
|| October 8, 1999
|| Team Ota
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Assistant director
|| 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Itani
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Lights, Camera, Quacktion! (Japanese: ポケモン・ザ・ムービー！ Pokémon the Movie!) is episode 69 of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 5, 1998 and in the United States on October 8, 1999.
In this episode, Ash and company, while at a campsite, take part in the production of a movie.
Ash and company are at a campsite, training for the Pokémon League, when they meet a trainer named Katrina. Though Brock tries to make an advance, Ash quickly accepts an offer to battle against her Raichu with Pikachu. However, before the battle begins, Team Rocket suddenly appears with a net in an attempt to snag Pikachu, but ends up catching Raichu in the net instead. After the realization that Pikachu had not been caught hit them, Raichu breaks free, and uses a Thunderbolt and Mega Kick to knock Team Rocket over. As they are preparing to send Team Rocket flying, a director yells "Cut". It had turned out that during this entire exchange, they had unknowingly been filmed.
The producer introduces himself (in the style of the Team Rocket motto) as Cleavon Schpielbunk, an acclaimed director. However, Ash and Misty had never heard of him, though Brock easily recognizes him as the producer behind his favorite movie, I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday (which Katrina also admitted to "almost" have seen - implying that though his movies were critically acclaimed, they were hardly box-office successes). Schpielbunk is in the area to cast a Pokémon for his all-Pokémon production, Pokémon In Love, after his male lead, an Abra, had teleported off the set over its costar, a Wigglytuff with a prima-donna attitude. Everyone is interested in being part of the movie, and sends out their Pokémon to audition: Pikachu, Raichu, Arbok, Weezing, Meowth, Vulpix, and Psyduck are chosen by their trainers to audition (Misty originally wanted Staryu to audition, but once again, Psyduck pops out instead. Misty also had to rein in Togepi from walking onto the stage as well.), and easily pass though after showing off their dancing skills (Pikachu and Raichu dancing together in a ballroom-style dance, Arbok spinning about, Weezing and Vulpix by bouncing and jumping, Psyduck by wagging its tail, and Meowth from a tap-style routine).
In the next round, Schpielbunk wants the Pokémon to sing. However, as if on cue, Jigglypuff appears, and puts everyone to sleep. After waking up, Schpielbunk wants everyone to sing with Wigglytuff. When Meowth mentions to her that he "works alone", he and the other Team Rocket Pokémon are DoubleSlapped. As a result, an enraged Team Rocket fumes off in order to comfort their Pokémon. After the realization that show business is tough, if only because of Wigglytuff being irritable, Pikachu, Raichu, and Vulpix dejectedly leave the stage, leaving only Psyduck (Misty claiming it was too stupid to get off the stage), who gets the part (prompting Brock to claim that Psyduck was only acting stupid).
Later, Brock asks Schpielbunk for a plot summary of Pokémon In Love, to which Schpielbunk describes the movie as simply "brilliant". In his movie, Psyduck and Wigglytuff are lovers who are caught in a "family feud" between Psyduck's fellow Water-types and Wigglytuff's Normal-types. However, just as the movie reaches a climactic battle, ruffians (Fighting-types) appear, and a stray arrow manages to hit Psyduck, fatally wounding him. The family feud ends over Wigglytuff's remorse over Psyduck's death. While Brock is amazed at Schpielbunk's brilliance, Misty claims that it isn't original at all (the premise being similar to that of Romeo and Juliet). However, Ash and company (including Katrina) agree to assist in any way that they can for the production. Meanwhile, Team Rocket, nearby, is plotting their revenge for their Pokémon's behalf.
Schpielbunk begins filming by shooting the climactic scene - so that he knows how the movie should end, he claims. The filming begins (with Staryu providing rain effects, Pidgeotto providing wind effects, and Pikachu and Raichu embedded among the large mass of Normal- and Water-types for thunder effects) as Pikachu and Raichu have their respective groups attack each other. However, as Wigglytuff and Psyduck prepare to enter the fray, Pikachu (in the middle of the fray) is thrown into Wigglytuff, to which Wigglytuff responds adversely. Just then, smoke fills the area, and Team Rocket appear to have their revenge. However, this only causes all the Pokémon to turn their attention on Team Rocket. Schpielbunk then orders his crew to join the brawl that has ensued, while Ash and company take the opportunity to pose in front of the now-unattended camera.
Katrina's scream, however, brings the group back to the brawl: Team Rocket had gotten the upper hand, and had, with the help of a large magnet on a crane, kidnapped all of the Pokémon, except Psyduck (prompting Misty to say that he doesn't know the proper way to get kidnapped). As both Misty and Wigglytuff prompt Psyduck to take action, Psyduck manages to snap, and, in his brief moment of psychic powers, uses Confusion to free everyone and send Team Rocket flying. As Psyduck passes out from exhaustion, Wigglytuff comes over to him, concerned. Ash leads all the Pokémon to cheer for Psyduck as the scene ends.
That night, Ash is worried as another day is wasted from not training. Brock and Misty console him, though, as it is not every day he can take part in a movie, and he also met a rival trainer (Katrina) in the process. Schpielbunk thinks that Ash's adventures would be great movie material, and that any male lead would have plenty of female fans (to which Brock immediately tries to sign up for the role). The episode closes out with Wigglytuff and Psyduck alone by the lake, while Team Rocket is stuck in another precarious position...
Who's That Pokémon?: Snorlax (US and international), Pukurin (Japan)
Pokémon seen at the town/movie set:
- I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday is a reference to the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer.
- The premise of Pokémon In Love is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with Psyduck as Romeo, Wigglytuff as Juliet, and their respective types being the Montagues and the Capulets, though the two differ on how they end (in the play, Romeo commits suicide by poisoning, believing that Juliet had died when she simply faked her own death, causing Juliet to also commit suicide after realizing Romeo is dead - the double tragedy in turn concludes the family feud).
- Cleavon Schpielbunk's name is probably based on the director, Steven Spielberg.
- In the dub, when the Pokémon were dancing, the Pokémon Dance Mix plays as background music.
- Cleavon's motto is similar to the Team Rocket motto.
- This episode's dub title is a reference to the popular movie phrase, Lights, Camera, Action!
- This episode is the first in the English dub whose title is a pun, which becomes the norm throughout the series.
- The Japanese name for this episode is 'Pokémon the Movie' title of the the first Movie.
- Cleavon Schpielbunk said he won the "Golden Growlithe", yet the statue that's being shown behind him is an Arcanine.
In other languages
- French: Lumière! Moteur! Action!
- Italian: Ciak si gira!
- Latin American Spanish: Lúces, cámara ¡Cuacción!
- Spanish: Lúces, cámara y cuacción