Cleavon Schpielbunk

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Cleavon Schpielbunk

Cleavon Schpielbunk (Japanese: ヒート南野 Heat Minamino) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is a famous director and the winner of the Golden Growlithe Award at the Flea Collar Film Festival (Japanese: ビンヌムービー画祭 グランプリ Binnes Movie Festival Grand Prix). Some of his famous titles include I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday and Pokémon in Love.

History

Schpielbunk first appeared in Lights, Camera, Quack-tion. He was scouring the Kanto countryside for actors for his latest title, Pokémon in Love after the male lead, an Abra Teleported off the film set. Cleavon watched in amazement as Ash and Katrina took on Team Rocket, and invited everyone to audition their Pokémon for his upcoming film.

Pikachu, Katrina's Raichu, Arbok, Weezing, Meowth, Vulpix, and Psyduck, though Misty originally wanted Staryu, all audition for a role in the film. The Pokémon easily passed after showing off their dancing skills. Next was the singing stage. Though Team Rocket's Pokémon all fail their auditions after the lead actress, Wigglytuff took a disliking to them. Psyduck, however, was given the lead role after all the other auditioning Pokémon stood aside because of Wigglytuff's prima donna attitude. Team Rocket later gatecrashed the film set and stole all of the Pokémon. Though Psyduck used a powerful Confusion attack to save the actors and blast Team Rocket off.

In Go West, Young Meowth Schpielbunk invited Ash, his friends, and Delia to Hollywood to watch the world premiere of Pokémon in Love. Much to his dismay, his guests didn't enjoy the movie, mostly because of the fact that they weren't in it. Schpielbunk claimed that since it was a Pokémon movie, he had to cut out all of the human roles. He also added that he couldn't get anyone famous to show up for the premiere.

Character

Cleavon Schpielbunk is an enthusiastic individual who often speaks through a megaphone to command attention on set. He has a clear vision for his films and their plot, however his creative process is often chaotic and lacks direction. Schpielbunk's dreams of stardom and blockbuster films, though his cinematic creations appear to be niche.

Pokémon

Hired

Cleavon Schpielbunk's Wigglytuff
Wigglytuff
Wigglytuff is a Pokémon that Cleavon Schpielbunk hired as one of the stars of Pokémon in Love. It was originally partnered with an Abra, only to scare it off. After a round of auditions scared away most of the other Pokémon, Misty's Psyduck was the only one remaining.

As filming got underway, Team Rocket captured all of the Pokémon except for Psyduck who was able to free Wigglytuff.

Wigglytuff's only known move is Double Slap.

Debut Lights, Camera, Quack-tion
Misty's Psyduck
Psyduck
Main article: Misty's Psyduck

Cleavon Schpielbunk hired Misty's Psyduck to star in Pokémon in Love after Wigglytuff scared away its original co-star and the other Pokémon who auditioned for the part. When Team Rocket captured all the Pokémon, Psyduck was able to free all of the Pokémon and finish filming.

Debut Hypno's Naptime
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Michael Haigney
Cleavon Schpielbunk's Cloyster, Poliwrath, Blastoise, and Gyarados
Cloyster, Poliwrath, Blastoise, and Gyarados
Cloyster, Poliwrath, Blastoise, and Gyarados are Pokémon that Cleavon Schpielbunk hired to appear in Pokémon in Love. They played members of Psyduck's family and got into a fight with Wigglytuff's family. As filming got underway, Team Rocket captured all of the Pokémon except for Psyduck who was able to free them.

None of their moves are known.

Debut Lights, Camera, Quack-tion
Cleavon Schpielbunk's Doduo, Tauros, Raticate, and Chansey
Doduo, Tauros, Raticate, and Chansey
Doduo, Tauros, Raticate, and Chansey are Pokémon that Cleavon Schpielbunk hired to appear in Pokémon in Love. They played members of Wigglytuff's family and got into a fight with Psyduck's family. As filming got underway, Team Rocket captured all of the Pokémon except for Psyduck who was able to free them.

None of their moves are known.

Debut Lights, Camera, Quack-tion

Voice actor

Language Voice actor
Japanese 林家こぶ平 Kobuhei Hayashiya
English Jimmy Zoppi
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Hebrew שלמה סדן Shlomo Sadan
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Mikołaj Klimek
Brazilian Portuguese Daoiz Cabezudo
Spanish Latin America Enrique Mederos
Spain Juan Lombardero


Trivia

  • Schpielbunk's English name comes from Steven Spielberg, another famous director.
    • Also, Schpielbunk's Japanese name may come from Takeshi Kitano (北野 武), who is also known as Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし). Kita (北) means "north" in Japanese, while minami (南) means "south".
  • Kobuhei Hayashiya, the voice of Minamino in the original, is the son of Sanpei Hayashiya, the comedian whose signature line was the inspiration of Wobbuffet.
  • For the Hindi Hungama TV dub of Pokémon: Indigo League, Schpielbunk's name was changed to Charan Johar, which is a reference to Karan Johar, a famous Indian director.


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