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Spell of the Unown: Entei
結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
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Japan July 8, 2000
United States April 6, 2001
Home video
Japan July 7, 2001*
United States August 21, 2001
English themes
Opening Pokémon Johto
Ending To Know the Unknown
Japanese themes
Opening OK! 2000
Ending 虹がうまれた日
United States G
Great Britain U
Ireland G
Canada PG
Quebec G
Japan G
Germany 6
Australia PG
New Zealand PG

Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown: Entei (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター 結晶塔帝王 ENTEI Pocket Monsters the Movie - Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei; officially known as Lord of the "Unknown" Tower in Japan), also known simply as Pokémon 3: The Movie, is the third Pokémon movie. It debuted in Japanese theaters on July 8, 2000. It then made its way to North American theaters on April 6, 2001. It is also the last Pokémon movie to be written by Takeshi Shudō, who had been struggling with an illness during this time, and would retire from writing Pokémon movies afterward.

Spell of the Unown: Entei was shown with the Pikachu short Pikachu & Pichu.

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Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Little Molly Hale has always led a lonely life—but things only get worse for her when the long-lost Unown cause her father to mysteriously vanish one day. But things start to seem brighter when the power of the Unown starts to change the world around her into a fantasy land. She soon lives in a crystal palace, and has the Legendary Entei as a dad! There's only one thing missing from the equation—a mother. So Molly ends up claiming someone else's mom for her very own: Delia Ketchum, Ash's mom!

Ash was expecting to have a fun time in the town of Greenfield, but now he must venture into a vast crystal wasteland in order to rescue the person who means the most to him. Brock, Misty, and Pikachu are right there by his side, but it won't be easy—Molly wants to stay in her fantasy world forever, and Entei will do whatever it takes to make that happen!


In a mansion in the Johto town of Greenfield, well-known researcher Spencer Hale reads a story about Entei to his daughter Molly. They play around and have fun until being interrupted by an e-mail. Schuyler, Spencer's assistant, says that he has discovered some desert ruins. Spencer heads to these ruins, but during their research, he mysteriously disappears into a portal to the Unown Dimension.

Schuyler returns to Greenfield and discusses the sad news with David, the Hale mansion's butler. Molly overhears them from another room and becomes distraught. She takes tiles with mysterious letters out of a box and lays them on the ground, forming the words "papa," "mama," and "me" with them. Suddenly, the letters begin to glow, and a portal opens in the ruins where Spencer disappeared. A swarm of Unown emerge from the portal, exits the ruins, and enters another portal up in the night sky. They appear again above Molly and begin covering the inside of the mansion in waves of crystalline structure. Molly is happy to play with them, but looks at Entei in the storybook and laments her missing father. Fulfilling Molly's desires, the Unown create for her an Entei to be her "papa."

Elsewhere, Ash, Misty, and Brock meet a Pokémon Trainer who introduces herself as Lisa. Ash agrees to have a battle with her, which ultimately ends in a victory for Ash. The Trainers and Pokémon have lunch after the battle. Brock asks Lisa if there is a Pokémon Center nearby, and Lisa tells them that there is one in Greenfield. Misty says that she has always wanted to go there, which Lisa states as well. Misty explains that she was told that Greenfield has beautiful fields and a huge mansion. Sometime later, when they arrive at the top of a hill on the outskirts of the town, they find much of the town covered in large crystals. Meanwhile, Team Rocket surveys Greenfield through binoculars and is just as shocked by the bizarre phenomenon.

As Ash and his friends walkthrough Greenfield, a TV news crew reports about the strange things happening in Greenfield and whether it has anything to do with Professor Hale's recent disappearance. In Pallet Town, Ash's Mom and Mr. Mime watch the news story. Delia goes to the refrigerator and looks at pictures from years ago that show Professor Oak, herself, and a younger Ash, along with the Hale family. At his lab, Professor Oak watches the news report. Delia meets up with him to talk about what is happening, and he decides to head to Greenfield to investigate. Deila joins him, worrying about Spencer and Molly Hale.

At the Pokémon Center, the reporter says that reinforcements have arrived to help solve what is going on. A car pulls up, and Professor Oak and Delia come out, much to everyone's surprise. Back at the mansion, Molly observes their actions through a TV and remembers Delia. She tells Entei that she wants to have a mom as well, and Entei agrees. At that moment, Delia explains to Ash that Spencer used to work at the Pokémon lab with Professor Oak before leaving to become a Pokémon researcher.

Entei runs across the fields, crystallizing the ground as it runs toward Ash and the group. Pikachu senses something coming and prepares to attack. Entei enters the scene and quickly hypnotizes Delia, making her think she is Molly's mother. Delia faints and falls onto Entei, who takes her and runs off, but not before Pikachu grabs onto its billowing mane. Ash and his friends try to go after Entei, but it is too fast. Pikachu shocks Entei, but it does nothing and Pikachu is thrown to the ground. Brock stops Ash from chasing further after Entei since they do not know how dangerous it is. Ash collapses to the ground, frustrated that he could not stop Entei from taking his mom.

Back inside the mansion, Entei tells Molly that it has brought her what she wished. Delia wakes up, surprised that Molly thinks she is her mother. Molly asks Entei if they can stay together forever, to which Entei agrees once again. Entei shows Molly that the crystallization is growing bigger, and Molly thinks it is very beautiful.

Professor Oak explains to everyone that it was an Entei that took Delia away. Schuyler, who has also met up with them, suggests that the Unown are responsible for creating the Entei and that Molly is inside the mansion somewhere. Far away in Charicific Valley, Liza and Charla are watching the news report on the unfolding disaster. As it walks past the window, Ash's Charizard sees the footage of Entei abducting Delia and Ash's failed attempt to save her.

A TV crew films a bulldozer trying to break down all of the crystals around the mansion, but Molly tells them to go away and the Unown create more crystals to make the bulldozer crash. The driver abandons the vehicle and barely escapes being crystallized too. Shortly afterward, Professor Oak receives an email from Molly claiming that she is together with "her mom and dad", and that everyone should go away and stop bothering them. With her mother and father gone, no one understands how this is possible.

Ash decides to head towards the mansion to rescue his mom. Misty gets Ash to stop and says they will all go together to the mansion. Lisa gives them a Pokégear so that they can keep in contact with the Pokémon Center. They head to the mansion by walking through a small stream of water that was not crystallized. From their balloon, Team Rocket look on with binoculars, but Entei appears on top of a crystallized hill and uses Fire Blast to dispatch them. Entei returns to the mansion to tell Molly that the intruders are gone, not knowing that Ash and his friends continue forth.

The news crew reports that a balloon (Team Rocket's, to be precise) was shot down and that nothing can get through the crystal formations to reach the mansion. They spot a Noctowl flying up the waterfall close to the mansion. Noctowl brings Bulbasaur and Chikorita to the top of the waterfall so that the two can pull everyone else up using Vine Whip. Professor Oak notices that Ash is the one climbing up the waterfall, and Lisa explains to him that he is going after his mother.

Molly sees Ash as well, and wonders why he is trying to get into their house. Delia breaks out of her trance, sees Ash climbing up the waterfall, and yells for him to get down from there. Molly notices Ash's Pikachu and his other Pokémon, and wonders if he is a Pokémon Trainer and has other Pokémon. Delia remains perplexed as to why Molly sees her and Entei as her parents.

As Ash and his friends approach the entrance to the mansion, the Pokégear rings and Ash answers the call. Professor Oak asks Ash what he thinks he is doing. Ash says that he should have talked to him first, and the Professor responds by saying that they will discuss it later. Schuyler tells Ash that they have figured out the cause of these events, explaining that the Unown can read living creatures' thoughts, including people, and create an alternate reality. He thinks that the Unown made Molly's wishes come true and created the crystal formation.

Ash and Brock bring out Cyndaquil and Vulpix to create a hole in the crystallized door of the mansion's garden house using Flamethrower, but the hole quickly repairs itself. They use Flamethrower again, but Misty and Ash send out Staryu and Totodile to keep the hole open with Water Gun. Pikachu, Misty, and Brock enter the hole through the Water Gun torrent. Ash grabs Staryu and Totodile and jumps through the hole with them before it closes.

A flight of crystallized stairs returns to normal, which Misty thinks is the Unown changing reality. They continue up the stairs and find themselves in a grassy field. Team Rocket breaks through the crystallized barrier into the midst of the Unown, which they think they can sneak by without being noticed.

Observing Ash and the group, Entei asks Molly if she wants them to go away, but Molly shakes her head and says that she wants to have a Pokémon battle with them, but does not think she is old enough. Entei says she can have that battle if she so wishes, prompting Molly to fall asleep thinking of having a battle. Entei disappears, which surprises Delia, and heads toward Ash and his friends with Molly on its back. Molly does not think she is old enough to be a Pokémon Trainer, but Entei tells her that she only has to believe that she is, which transforms Molly into an adult.

Molly and Entei meet the group and she asks if they are Pokémon Trainers. Ash demands to know where his mom is, and Molly says that Ash is no fun at all. Misty comments that this young woman is too old to be Molly, but Brock reminds her that this world was created by the Unown from Molly's dreams. Ash agrees to battle her, but Brock tells him to continue up the stairs while he battles instead. Entei runs across the field to create a battlefield while Misty and Ash run up the stairs.

They decide that it will be a 3-on-3 battle. Brock selects Zubat, whereas a crystal Poké Ball forms in Molly's hand and releases a Flaaffy. Zubat uses Supersonic to confuse Flaaffy, then swoops in with Wing Attack. Flaaffy sways out of the way and responds with Headbutt, which misses. Before Zubat can turn around, Flaaffy takes it out with Thunder Shock. Brock switches in Vulpix and Molly chooses Teddiursa. Teddiursa knocks Vulpix back with Dynamic Punch, but it lands on its feet. The two trade blows using Quick Attack and Fury Swipes, but Teddiursa eventually throws Vulpix to the ground.

Team Rocket runs up the stairs after Ash and Misty. Vulpix and Teddiursa tackle each other in midair and land, but Vulpix collapses. Brock releases Onix, so Molly switches to Phanpy. Despite its small size, Phanpy sends Onix flying with Rollout.

Ash and Misty continue up the stairs to the mansion. Delia looks through Molly's storybook and asks her if she has seen it. Molly explains that her father reads it to her every night. Delia looks at the photographs and asks her if she gets very lonely. Molly says sometimes, but now that she has a mom and dad, she does not feel lonely anymore. Delia sees a picture of the sun over some flowers, as the next scene shows Ash and Misty in a dream version of that picture, surrounded by the ocean.

Molly appears in front of Ash and Misty and asks who will be battling her next. Ash volunteers again, but Misty says he should go on while she battles instead. When Misty reveals that she is a Gym Leader, Molly is surprised that a Trainer does not have to be an adult to run a Gym, and transforms herself from an adult into a ten-year-old. Misty tells Ash that the real Molly must still be at the top of the mansion and that he should continue on. Misty makes up the rules for the battle: since she is a Water-type Pokémon Trainer, they will only use Water-type Pokémon. A giant wave crashes ashore and turns the beach into a seabed, but they quickly realize that they can breathe underwater since Molly dreamed for that to be possible. Ash continues up the stairwell with Pikachu.

Molly brings out Kingdra to battle Misty's Goldeen. Kingdra surrounds Goldeen in Smokescreen and follows up with Headbutt, which Goldeen dodges. Goldeen tries to use Fury Attack, but Kingdra dodges it and knocks Goldeen out with another Headbutt.

James asks Jessie how they can breathe underwater, and she says to just keep going and not ask stupid questions. Meowth breaks the fourth wall when he wonders if they will get a bigger part in the next movie.

Next, Molly's Mantine faces Misty's Staryu. Mantine uses Tackle, but Staryu dodges. Mantine uses Whirlpool to trap Staryu and piles on more damage with Bubble. Staryu uses Rapid Spin to escape the Whirlpool. Mantine and Staryu go back and forth hitting each other with Take Down and Tackle. Ash reaches the top of the stairs before the battle ends, leaving its outcome unknown.

Ash meets up with his mom, who tells him that Entei left a while ago. Ash explains that it was Entei who brought her there and that the Unown created this mess from Molly's imagination. He tells her that they should leave. Delia wakes Molly up and explains to her that she is not her real mother and that she is Ash's mom. They tell her that they have to get out of the mansion now, but Molly cries out loud and refuses to go with them.

The Unown create a red light and cause large crystal pillars to appear in Molly's room, separating Molly, Delia, and Ash. Ash tries to go with his mom, but Entei shows up and Molly tells it that Ash is trying to take her mother away from her. Entei makes a barrier of pillars to separate Ash and Delia.

Entei tells Ash to leave the mansion or else he will be forced out, but Ash releases Totodile to battle. Entei asks Ash if he thinks he can defeat it, and Ash says that he will not lose to an illusion. Totodile uses Water Gun, which Entei dodges and answers with Flamethrower, knocking Totodile out. Ash brings out Cyndaquil to attack with Flamethrower, but Entei's Flamethrower easily overpowers Cyndaquil.

Ash admits that Entei is strong, but says that he refuses to lose to an illusion from a little girl's imagination. Entei yells that it is no illusion, roars, and stomps the ground as a blizzard starts to blow inside of the mansion. The crystal pillars grow larger, the Unown's red light grows bigger, and the pages of the storybook start flipping. Entei says that it is Molly's father and must protect her. Entei charges as Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which does not affect Entei. Entei uses Flamethrower, and they keep attacking each other back and forth and dodging. Delia realizes that only Molly can stop everything by remembering her real mother and father.

Team Rocket comes up through the hole and notices how cold the room is. Two attacks cause an explosion, forcing them to duck out of the way.

Entei aims a Fire Blast at an exhausted Pikachu. Ash jumps in to protect him, but Entei's attack blasts them through the wall and they fall. Fortunately, they are saved by Charizard, who has arrived from Charicific Valley to help. They go back into the room and Ash explains to Entei that he and his Pokémon work together, like a family. Entei threatens to destroy this family. It clashes with Charizard, knocking it into Ash. He is nearly sent off the edge, but his friends and Team Rocket grab him before he falls. Ash says to Molly that if she comes with them, she would be able to have her own Pokémon, but she says that she already has real Pokémon of her own (as her illusionary Pokémon appear next to her) and tells them to go away. This prompts Entei to attack, but Ash jumps on Charizard's back and flies out of the way.

Ash tells Molly that Entei cannot take the place of her real father and she cannot be allowed to remain with it, but Entei says it is her real father as long as that's what Molly wants. Entei and Charizard continue battling each other, using Flamethrower back and forth. At one point, the Flamethrower attacks create an explosion, scaring Molly and pushing Charizard backward. Charizard dodges Entei's Fire Blast and trades Flamethrower attacks with it. Entei uses Fire Blast to break a hole in the wall and jumps outside. Charizard and Ash follow and keep attacking with Flamethrower. Entei jumps and lands on newly-created spikes.

After many Fire attacks, Entei is caught in a Flamethrower and launched onto another pillar. Ash tells Entei that it should not keep Molly captive, and Entei responds that it must do as she wishes. Another clash of Fire Blast and Flamethrower ignites a frightening explosion. Entei uses Fire Blast once more, hitting Charizard and sending it crashing through the ceiling and back onto the floor of the room. Entei presses on Charizard's neck and prepares to finish it off with Fire Blast, but Molly steps in and asks Entei to stop fighting.

Brock and Misty explain that she is a great Pokémon Trainer and that it is important to know when to stop a battle. With her instincts, she could become a Gym Leader someday. Ash says to her that no matter how hard the battles are, they always stay friends. Even though the battles are tough, the friends are real, and no matter what they all love Pokémon. He asks her to come with them, which Delia says is what her father would want. With this, Molly decided that she wants everything to be real again. The crystallized pillars start disappearing and the Pokémon she battled with disappear. Entei explains that it was an illusion created by the Unown, but since Molly wants things to be real again, it must go.

Suddenly, havoc erupts as crystal spikes emerge everywhere, posing a threat to everyone. Ash calls Professor Oak, who tells him that he should leave because the Unown have lost control of their psychic energy. However, he and everyone else in the Pokémon Center are forced to evacuate before the building is engulfed by crystal formations. Entei creates a pathway to the stairs so that they can exit through the hole that they came in through. Amid the dangerous crystal spikes and destabilizing surroundings, the group continues running down the stairs.

The group arrives at the hall containing the Unown. Ash tries to reach them but is bounced back by a protective barrier. Charizard tries to break through, but with the same result. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but it also cannot breakthrough. Even when Pikachu and Charizard use Thunderbolt and Flamethrower together, the barrier forces them back. Entei breaks into the room and uses Flamethrower to create a pathway so it can get through to the Unown.

Entei says to Molly that it was happy being her father and that the last thing it could do for her is to take her out of the mansion. Entei tells her that it was created from her dreams and that if she fully believes in Entei, there is nothing it cannot do. Entei tries to break the barrier but is bounced back. It uses Flamethrower to try to breakthrough, but that also fails. Entei again tries to run and break through the barrier, asking Molly to help. Ash tells her that the only way Entei can stop the Unown is if she believes it can, so Molly yells "You can do it, Entei!" as Pikachu and Charizard help.

Entei uses Flamethrower to finally break through the barrier and the ball of light around which the Unown swarmed. The bright light shines upon everyone, then dims to reveal Entei in a green aura. Entei says it must go and that Molly must keep Entei in her dreams. Entei crystallizes and disappears. The letter tiles fall to the ground and glow blue as the Unown disappear into a portal. As the portal closes, a wave is released which disperses the crystal and restores the mansion and Greenfield to normality.

The Unown return to the ruins where they were discovered and enter the portal to their dimension. This frees Professor Hale, sending him back into the ruins where he disappeared. Everyone heads outside of the mansion and basks in the true beauty of Greenfield. Police cars containing everyone that was in the Pokémon Center approach the house. Molly looks up to the skies, sees a cloud shaped like Entei, and quietly thanks it for everything.

Noticing the presence of law enforcement, Team Rocket concludes that they cannot exit the mansion just yet. Jessie is happy for the little girl, saying that she is adorable and indomitable just like her. James says that Entei is powerful and inscrutable like him, and Meowth just finds himself lovable. They do not care that they did not capture a single Pokémon because they will have a chance next time.

As the credits roll, Professor Hale returns to the mansion, Charizard and Lisa depart, and Ash and his friends go on the road again. Molly plays with a real Teddiursa by the mansion's pond and then sees that her papa has returned and brought along her mother as well. The Hale family happily reunites.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.






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
Brock Eric Stuart Takeshi Yūji Ueda タケシ うえだ ゆうじ
Misty Rachael Lillis Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Jessie Rachael Lillis Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Eric Stuart Kojirō Shin-ichiro 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
Entei Dan Green Entei Naoto Takenaka エンテイ 竹中直人
Molly Hale Amy Birnbaum Me Snowdon Akiko Yajima ミー・スノードン 矢島晶子
Spencer Hale Dan Green Sully Snowdon Naoto Takenaka シュリー・スノードン博士 竹中直人
Lisa Lisa Ortiz Rin Ai Katō リン 加藤あい
Schuyler Ed Paul John Hirohide Yakumaru ジョン 薬丸裕英
Delia Veronica Taylor Hanako Masami Toyoshima ハナコ 豊島まさみ
Professor Oak Stan Hart Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Tracey Ed Paul Kenji Tomokazu Seki ケンジ 関智一
Officer Jenny Lee Quick Junsar Chinami Nishimura ジュンサー 西村ちなみ
David Peter R. Bird David Kōichi Yamadera デイビッド 山寺宏一
Reporter Kathy Pilon Reporter Yōko Sōmi リポーター 沢海陽子
Cameraman Roger Kay Cameraman Kōichi Sakaguchi カメラマン 坂口候一
Narration Ken Gates Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇


Main article: Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack

Manga adaptation

Main article: Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei (manga)


Unknown Unown
  • This is the only movie where the antagonist is a child.
  • This movie was released between EP155 and EP156 in Japan.
  • The first draft of the movie written by Takeshi Shudō had a completely different plot that dealt with the discovery of a dinosaur fossil, which would be brought to life and would go on a rampage through Kanto. This draft was rejected by the producers as being too risky.[1]
  • Some of the Unown that appear on Professor Oak's computer have not appeared in any other media. However, since they are just drawings, it is possible that they do not really exist in the Pokémon world, and only exist in the Unown Dimension, if at all.
  • This is the only movie that does not feature a new Pokémon.
  • This is the only original series movie not to feature a Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon as the main Pokémon. However, in the movie, Unown are explicitly referred to as Legendary Pokémon.
    • Also, since the Entei seen in this movie was not a real Pokémon but merely an illusion, this is the first movie not to feature an actual Legendary Pokémon (acknowledging the fact that in the games, Unown are not considered Legendary).
  • Professor Oak's computer's task bar area features Energy symbols from the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  • This is the last movie that ends with Jessie and James saying "ii kanji!" ("Good feeling!"), which is the opposite of their Japanese catchphrase, "ya na kanji!" ("Awful feeling!"), which was translated as "We're blasting off again!".
  • This is the first movie to have its screenplay written by more than one person.
  • An early teaser trailer for this movie, featured in the American VHS release of The Power of One refers to the third movie as Lord of the Unknown Tower, which is the translation of the original Japanese subtitle of the movie.
  • A Japanese trailer of this movie features a very brief shot of Mewtwo at the entrance to a cave, looking out into a thunderstorm. This could be an indication that Mewtwo was going to appear at some point during this movie's development.
    • Also, at one point in development, this movie was going to feature a Tyrannosaurus rex. This idea was scrapped as more Generation II designs were revealed.
  • This movie, along with the Pikachu short Pikachu & Pichu, marks the first appearance of Totodile and Noctowl for the American audience. The Totodile Duel and Fowl Play!, in which Ash catches Totodile and Noctowl respectively, did not air in America until after this movie was released, The Totodile Duel on May 5, 2001 and Fowl Play! on April 28, 2001.
  • The identity of the woman who returned home with Spencer Hale was not revealed in the movie itself, but was confirmed in the screenplay to be Molly's mother. This also acted as one of the reasons why Takeshi Shudō retired from making Pokémon movies after this movie as well as the start of his retirement from any Pokémon anime-related media, as he, upon learning who she was by getting a copy of the screenplay, mentioned that Hideki Sonoda had fundamentally misunderstood the point behind his screenplay, stating that had his own mother been alive and he been in Molly's shoes, he would have never abducted another person's mother.
  • Molly's Japanese name, Mii, is partly derived from a nickname of Takeshi Shudō had for his own daughter.[2]
  • This is the only movie to feature a complete Full Battle.
  • This was the last Pokémon movie to be distributed by Warner Bros., until POKÉMON Detective Pikachu.
  • This is the most recent original series Pokémon movie to be available on digital streaming.


The report from Professor Hale
  • Professor Hale's report on the Unown contains numerous mistakes. Not only is the species spelled as "Unknown", but many spelling and grammar mistakes are made, as it is a rough translation of Japanese.
  • After Charizard saves Ash, the front of Ash's hat is colored red like the rest of the hat instead of white.
  • When Entei, Pikachu, and Charizard are trying to break the barrier, the inside of Brock's mouth is the same color as his skin.
  • In the DVD commentary, Michael Haigney incorrectly states that Entei can talk due to it being a Fire/Psychic Pokémon. Entei is actually a pure Fire-type Pokémon, while its ability to talk was due to it being a construct of the Psychic-type Unown.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Misty states that she was the Vermilion Gym Leader instead of Cerulean.
  • In the Hindi dub, when Misty sends out Goldeen to battle Molly, she refers to it as Magikarp.
  • In airings of this movie in the United Kingdom, Molly telling her Flaaffy to use Headbutt is removed, but the shot of Flaaffy using the attack is left intact.

Dub edits

  • The first English dub version of this movie was released theatrically in 2001 and on home video later the same year. The second version was streamed on Pokémon TV in 2015, which removed all company logos, retyped the opening and ending credits, and changed the copyright to 2015.
  • The English dub adds in a voiceover (implied to be Spencer's) declaring itself to be Entei, since Molly thought Entei was her dad when the Unown start creating it. In the original Japanese version, there was no voiceover. Similarly, the Entei is speaking with a distinct echo filter throughout the English dub (implying it was only speaking via telepathy), when in the original Japanese version, it spoke normally.
  • Until Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, this was the last movie to have its background music replaced in the English dub.
  • When meeting up with Ash and his friends and relaying Hale and Delia's history, Delia and Ash originally mentioned that he occasionally helped out with her homework. The English dub replaced this with Ash pointing out that he eventually moved on to become a big Pokémon expert (something that was implied but not directly stated in the Japanese version).
  • In the scene where Liza and Charizard watch the breaking news report, the reporter explicitly identified the Pokémon as an Entei and only referred to Delia as "a woman on the scene." In the English dub, the opposite occurred, with the reporter identifying Delia by name, but being unable to identify the Pokémon that abducted her.
    • Due to the news report, Team Rocket are able to identify Entei upon encountering it. In the English dub, they do not.
  • Originally, Team Rocket went to the mansion to try and plunder it of any treasure, independent of Ash and his friends's presence. The English dub made it seem as though they decided to enter the estate simply because Ash and his friends were going in and thinking there was some important Pokémon inside for them to steal.
    • After their encounter with Entei and landing, the Japanese version explicitly states that the tower they landed in was actually a different tower from the one Ash and his friends were currently at. The English dub does not directly indicate that this was the case.
  • When Brock challenges Molly to a battle, he enters a sequence of puns relating to the Rock-type, with Molly expressing mild amusement at "rock and roll." Originally, he mentioned he was a Breeder and the way a Pokémon is raised is important for both the Trainer and the Pokémon, with Molly agreeing about its importance.
  • Several of Entei's yells are replaced with big cat roars in the dub.
  • Originally, Ash tells Charizard to use Fire Spin against Entei. The English dub doesn't specify the attack, and Ash simply tells it to give it everything it's got.
  • In the English dub, Ash tells Charizard that they need to get Molly out of the mansion. Originally, he was trying to plead desperately to Entei that if their fight continues, Molly will be alone again.
  • By the time Entei battles with the Unown, the English dub has Molly stop calling Entei her papa and refer to it by its species name. Originally, she still called it Papa even after the battle.
  • Entei's line before sacrificing itself, of telling Molly to continue believing in it, if she wished, was added in the English dub.
  • Originally, the scene when Spencer Hale returns from the Unown world was part of the end credits. For the English dub, this scene was moved after Greenfield was restored and before the scene where Ash, Pikachu, Misty, Brock, Charizard, and Molly come out from the mansion after Greenfield's restoration.
    • The 4Kids Entertainment staff stated that they did this re-ordering because western audiences tend to leave the theaters without watching the closing credits. Therefore, the producers were worried that if the audience did leave before watching the credits, then they would assume that the movie ended with Molly remaining an orphan.
  • In the original Japanese version, Spencer Hale's wife's presence was never directly stated in the movie, although guidebooks revealed that she had in fact been hospitalized. However, in the English dub, her absence was explained as her having gone missing while studying the Unown. As a result, several references to his wife were added:
    • The English dub strongly implies that his obsession with the Unown stemmed from his wife's disappearance.
    • The news report reporting on the phenomena indicates that Molly's mom had disappeared two years prior to the events of the movie.
    • In the Japanese version, the reporters commenting on the phenomenon say it seemingly originated from the Hale residence, with Delia recognizing the name. The English dub adds an implication that Hale's wife had disappeared chasing a Pokémon, with Delia demanding to know how much more Hale is going to go through before his troubles are over.
    • Delia, when relaying Hale's connection to Ash and herself, mentions that his wife disappeared and implies that led to Hale's estate being crystallized.

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