FEEDBACK: upNXT MOVIE REVIEW - Pokémon: The First Movie (1998)


Allo, allo, allo! Davie Portman here reqursting all of your feedback for Pokémon: The First Movie (1998). There are many, many Pokémon films out there, this is the Mew vs Mewtwo one.

We would like to hear your thoughts on this movie, the tv show, the trading cards, GameBoy games etc etc. How did you first get into Pokémon? Are you still a fan? Which Pokémon did you first pick up from Professor Oak? We want to know everything!



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First time, long time, there’s three movies I vividly remember going to see as a child.
Those movies are The Mighy Morphin Power Rangers movie, The Phantom Menace, and Pokemon: The Movie.
Weirdly enough they’ve all been ones you guys have reviewed.

The one thing that always stuck out to me as kid and even now as a bigger kid is how dark Mewtwo’s origin is.
One could only hope that they eventually remake this movie with a plot similar to Kill Bill in which Mewtwo tracks down the scientists who made him leading to a culmination with Blane, the leader of the gym on Cinabar Island where HE WAS CREATED!

Love you guys and can’t wair for BOTH of you to come down to Chicago for Survivor Series.


I have been playing pokemon for over 20 years. I like the many aspects of the games (hunting shinies, building competitive teams, breeding…) It’s a never ending quest. The anime is not as good as the manga or the games but Team Rocket has to be the best stable just ever.

I have watched the first four movies. I really love the third one. This one was a meh for me especially when you know what they are able to do story wise in the manga or in pokemon black/white. The story was too simple, no real plot and Ash is the most hateable character ever. Everyone should have jumped for joy when he died.

Pokemon has depth when the characters are reflecting on the conditions of the creatures and why they are used the way they are. They could have done this way more with Mewtwo but they didn’t. Kids would have enjoyed a clever story too.


at 51 I will be skipping this one. After my time I am sure my sons watched this at some point


Patrick from Toronto

I have been a big fan of the Pokemon franchise since it made it’s way to North America in 1998. I was 8 years old at the time and was all in on the Pokemon fever.

I started with the anime and toys, then moved on to collecting and playing the trading card game and eventually convinced my parent’s to buy me the old Gameboy colour. I became obsessed with Pokemon Red, Silver and Sapphire. First starter Pokemon I picked was Charmander (cliche, I know!)

The games are where my fandom has continued until this day. I got back into the franchise about 10 years ago when I bought a DS and have played most of the games that came out since then. The games provide a pretty simple and straight forward formula that hasn’t changed much since it’s debut. Very easy to play and still very enjoyable.

As for the movie itself, I remember watching this when it came out in 1999. The theater was giving out free holographic Mew or Mewtoo pokemon cards for every kid that showed up on opening day. Wish I had kept the card…

I am not going to watch it again since I remember it being kind of a crappy movie. Just wanted to leave my thoughts on the franchise as a whole.

Keep up the great work boys! All the best!!!

PS, Davie buy a DS and jump back on the bandwagon.


Andrew from Cape Breton

Pokemon is one of, if not the best video game franchise ever. And this is coming from someone with the Triforce tattooed on his hand. I was a huge fan of Pokemon when I was a kid. During the big Pokemania boom in the late 90s, I was into the anime, the cards and the games. I spent years as what’s known in the community as a “Genwunner”, where the best games were Red and Blue and I only counted the original 151 Pokemon. After starting to collect video games in 2013, I ended up with all the Pokemon games, so I decided to play them, one generation after the other. I became hooked all over again.

Pokemon has so much depth to it, just with the games alone. There’s the main games, which are straight forward, but then there’s details on specific Pokemon. Many of them are not just based on particular plants and animals, but concepts of life and death, truth vs ideals, and Alchemy. My favourite Pokemon is Shedinja, which is basically a left over husk of it’s pre-evolution that was possessed and became a ghost. The line of Nincada, Ninjask and Shedinja are based on the life span of real life cicada bugs. Nincada has two evolutions, the speedy Bug/Flying type Ninjask, and if you have an extra slot in your party and a pokeball in your bag, you get Shedinja. Ninjask is the adult cicada bug, and Shedinja is the left over husk. It has 1 hit point and is only damaged by Super Effective moves. The competitive Pokemon scene is something to behold. The website Smogon has tiered Pokemon from the general Overused tier, to a tier with all of the crazy strong Pokemon, to a tier with the worst Pokemon in the game. They also have yearly seasons of the Video Game Championships, which takes a lot of planning and strategy in their doubles format. Then, you have one of the crazier concepts, being Shiny Hunting. In the games prior to Generation 6, 1 out of every 8192 Pokemon had a chance to have a different colour and be a “shiny” pokemon, and people spend hours, months, days and years shiny hunting particular Pokemon.

So, this is definitely the longest feedback I’ve ever left. Pokemon is 10 out of 10. I’ll leave some extra links but I highly suggest both of you guys play some Pokemon games. They are coming out with Generation 8 this fall. - The Pokemon Wikipedia page, Bulbapedia for all your Pokemon knowledge - A hub for competitive Pokemon with the Smogon rulesets, with detailed strategies on most of the 800 plus Pokemon.Tiers are Uber,Overused (OU), Underused (UU), Rarelyused (RU), Neverused (NU), and PU (because they stink). They also have the Untiered ZU tier for Pokemon who can’t even cut it in PU. - A Pokemon battle simulator, which is played with Smogon Rules but you can also play under the rules of the types of battles played on the 3DS. There are also different generations to compete in, including Gen 1.

There are also many Poketubers on Youtube, but in particular, my favourite is False Swipe Gaming. He also does a few things with Smash Bros, but I wanted to give him some love as well.

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Ok I like your style. We speak the same language. :laughing:

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I use smogon, bulbapedia but also serebii. That’s the perfect combo.


Ari from montreal
Man i still remember going to the theater to see this epic movie. Still remember getting a free card if you went to the movies (pretty sure it was a machamp). Things frim the movies i remember is finally knowing wtf happened when ash went to get that gym badge and well mewtwo escaping. Also pikachu facing pikachu is still something tht doesnt leave a dry eye in house.
Ps i have also procured takeover tickets…however sry Davey im bringing my tottenham fan older brother to meet you guys should be interesting #Coys and hes also excited to roll one with you Braden ahaha


Chris from Queensland, Australia.

Like many in my generation Pokemon was a big thing with my friends at school. I remember the anime would air on tv before school, and both the Trading Cards and the Gameboy games (Red & Blue) were already released. And I remember that my family hired if on VHS from the local Video Store.

Without repeating everything that has been said above, the scene with all the Pokemon crying and Ash “dead” always got me as a kid.


  • What is your favorite game from the core series? Mine is Gold, as my brothers main game was Silver. Gold was my first game of Pokemon I ever played. Also 16 gyms, 2 regions and 100 new Pokemon what’s not to love?

  • The shows slogan is “Gotta Catch 'Em All”, so did either of you ever complete an in game Pokedex? (SPOILERS, I did not).

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Yes Gold and Silver also bring a lot of new mechanics like breeding and they have the 1/63 shiny rate thanks to red gyarados.