Pokémon 3: The Movie

Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown[a] is a 2000 Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama as the third film in the Pokémon franchise. The film stars the voices of Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Koichi Yamadera, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki, Ai Kato, Masami Toyoshima, Akiko Yajima, and Naoto Takenaka.

Pokémon 3: The Movie
Japanese film poster
Japanese劇場版ポケットモンスター 結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI
HepburnGekijōban Poketto Monsutā Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI
LiterallyPocket Monsters the Movie: Lord of the "UNKNOWN" Tower ENTEI
Directed byKunihiko Yuyama
Produced by
  • Choji Yoshikawa
  • Yukako Matsusako
  • Takemoto Mori[1]
Screenplay by
  • Takeshi Shudo
  • Hideki Sonoda[1]
Based onPokémon
by Satoshi Tajiri
Starringsee below
Narrated byUnshō Ishizuka
Music byShinji Miyazaki[1]
CinematographyHisao Shirai
Edited by
  • Toshio Henmi
  • Yutaka Ito[1]
Distributed byToho[1]
Release date
  • July 8, 2000 (2000-07-08) (Japan)
Running time
74 minutes[1]
BudgetUS$3–16 million[2][3]
Box officeUS$68.5 million[2]

Like its predecessors, it is preceded by a short film, this one titled Pikachu & Pichu, which marks the debut of the mischievous Pichu Bros., who help Pikachu reunite with his trainer after being separated (without Ash even knowing, due to him preparing a party to celebrate the day Pikachu and he first met). This was also the first Pokémon film to premiere in an IMAX theater. The realistic crystallization and Unown created a 3D effect in the film. This was also the last Pokémon film to be released internationally by Warner Bros. until the release of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu in 2019. The Japanese opening theme is OK! 2000 by Rica Matsumoto, and the Japanese ending theme is The Day a Rainbow Was Born (Niji ga Umareta hi) by Kumiko Mori. The English opening theme is Pokemon Johto by PJ Lequerica, and the English ending theme is To Know the Unknown by Innosense.


Pikachu & PichuEdit

Pikachu and his friends are left on a skyscraper in Big City by their trainers, who go off to prepare an unknown surprise for the Pokémon. Pikachu meets the Pichu Brothers, saving the younger one from falling off an opposite building. A group of Murkrow chase Pikachu off a flagpole, and he uses a group of Hoppip to reach the other side, sending Meowth who is window-cleaning, flying into a billboard. The Pichu Bros. assist Pikachu to return to his friends but they end up going on a journey across the city to the Pichu Bros' playground. On the way, they get chased by a Houndour who they later encounter again. The angry Houndour chases the three around until he nearly knocks the playground over. Pikachu, the Pichu Bros., Houndour and their assortment of friends manage to save the playground. Pikachu realizes it is nearly six o'clock and he must return to his friends before Ash, his trainer, does. Pikachu and the Pichu Bros. use a tire to get to the building, sending Meowth flying again. The three arrive in the nick of time, the Pichu Brothers departing. Ash, Misty and Brock arrive and take the Pokémon into a room where a party has been laid out for them in celebration of the first anniversary of Ash and Pikachu's meeting.

Spell of the UnownEdit

In the town of Greenfield, research scientist Professor Spencer Hale conducts research on the elusive Unown. He and his assistant, Skyler, discover a site of ruins, but Hale is sucked into the dimension of the Unown.

His disappearance leaves his young daughter Molly alone, her mother having disappeared previously. Molly finds a box of tablets containing Unown images and begins assembling the letters, which summons the Unown themselves. The Unown use their powers to make Molly's wishes come true, transforming her manor house into a crystal-like palace which spreads across the town and cuts her off from the world. An illusionary Entei is created to represent Molly's father. Various people come to help sort out the Unown, including Professor Oak and Delia Ketchum (Ash's mother).

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends meet and befriend a trainer named Lisa. They come into Greenfield in the process and agree to join in the rescue mission to save young Molly. However, Entei kidnaps Delia, following Molly's request for a mother as well. Entei's powers hypnotize Delia into thinking she is Molly's mother. Ash, Misty, Brock and their Pokémon head out to the mansion to save Delia, communicating with Oak and Skyler thanks to a PokéGear device given to them by Lisa. Team Rocket try investigating the mansion, but Entei blasts them into the depths of the mansion. Molly watches Ash's Bulbasaur and Chikorita in action through a television and falls asleep, imagining herself being a Pokémon Trainer. Seeing Ash on TV, Delia snaps out of her trance; however, Entei creates a dream version of Molly as an adult and takes her to battle the three. Molly first fights Brock, but Molly's dreamed-up Pokémon are stronger than his; Molly then has a more friendly fight against Misty in an underwater battle.

Ash locates Molly and Delia, and implores Entei to return with his mother. Entei refuses, easily defeats Totodile and Cyndaquil, and tries killing Ash and Pikachu. Having witnessed the crisis on TV in Charicific Valley, Charizard rescues Ash and Pikachu. Entei engages Charizard in a duel and eventually tries to kill him. However, Molly thwarts Entei and tells him to stop fighting. Ash and his friends convince Molly to leave with them, Entei revealing he was created by the Unown to be her father.

The Unown suddenly lose control of their powers and start to seal the group in the mansion. Ash, Pikachu, Charizard, Misty, Brock, Delia, Molly and Team Rocket escape down to the hall where the Unown are. Pikachu and Charizard attempt to break the forcefield protecting the Unown, but they are unsuccessful—until they are joined by Entei, combining their powers to destroy the shield with Molly's support. Entei sacrifices himself and the Unown return to their dimension, reversing all of their effects on the world and returning Hale to the ruins where he originally vanished.

The group ventures outside, where Oak, Skyler, Lisa and others meet them. Team Rocket hides in the mansion upon seeing the police outside and declare that they will always have another opportunity to catch Pokémon. Charizard and Lisa depart from Ash's company, and Molly reunites with her father as well as with her long-lost mother.


Character Japanese English
Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor
Misty (Kasumi) Mayumi Iizuka Rachael Lillis
Brock (Takeshi) Yuuji Ueda Eric Stuart
Narrator Unsho Ishizuka Rodger Parsons
Togepi (Togepy)
Jessie (Musashi) Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis
James (Kojiro) Shin-ichiroh Miki Eric Stuart
Meowth (Nyarth) Inuko Inuyama Maddie Blaustein
Entei Naoto Takenaka Dan Green
Spencer Hale (Sully Snowdon)
Molly Hale (Me Snowdon) Akiko Yajima Amy Birnbaum
Lisa (Rin) Ai Katoh Lisa Ortiz
Schuyler (John) Hirohide Yakumaru Ted Lewis
Delia Ketchum (Hanako) Masami Toyoshima Veronica Taylor
Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido) Unshō Ishizuka Stuart Zagnit
Tracey Sketchit (Kenji) Tomokazu Seki Ted Lewis
Officer Jenny (Junsar)* Chinami Nishimura Lee Quick
David Kōichi Yamadera Peter R. Bird
  • Officer Jenny actually has no lines in the film despite her prominence.


Theatrical runEdit

Pokémon 3: The Movie was released in Japanese theaters on July 8, 2000 by Toho. That following year, the English version was produced by Nintendo and 4Kids Entertainment and licensed by Warner Bros. under the Kids' WB banner, was released in North America on April 6, 2001. The events of the film take place during the third season of Pokémon: The Johto Journeys.

Home mediaEdit

Pokémon 3: The Movie was released on VHS and DVD on August 21, 2001.[4][5]

A limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook containing the first three Pokémon films was released on February 9, 2016, along with single releases on DVD (These are: Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon: The Movie 2000 and Pokémon 3: The Movie). In accommodation with the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, a digitally remastered version of the film was released on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play on February 27, 2016.


Box officeEdit

Like its predecessors, for the film's theatrical release, select theaters would give away exclusive Pokémon trading cards, to capitalize on the success of the trading card game.

Pokémon 3: The Movie opened in theaters in Japan on July 8, 2000 with a 74 minute running time.[1] The film grossed US$48.5 million in Japan.[6]

The film was released in the United States on April 6, 2001, debuting at #4 on its opening weekend, earning $8,240,752 from 2,675 theaters, less than half as much as first-place finisher Spy Kids.[7] The film proved less successful in the box office compared to previous films. During its 10-week box office run, Pokémon 3: The Movie made a significant profit-margin, grossing $17,052,128 in North America.[8]

The film grossed US$4,605,214 in five other countries, including US$2,736,100 in Germany, US$714,016 in the United Kingdom, US$549,902 in Australia, US$327,752 in Austria, and US$277,444 in Denmark. Combined, the film grossed US$21,657,342 overseas outside of Japan.[9] In total, the film's gross was US$70,157,342 (equivalent to $104,158,234 in 2019).

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 21% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 4.01/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Critics say that the third Pokemon movie has a better plot than its two predecessors. This is not enough, however, to recommend it to those not already fans of the franchise."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 22 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[12]


Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedApril 3, 2001
LabelKoch Records
ProducerJohn Loeffler
Various artists chronology
'Totally Pokémon'
Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack
'Pokémon Christmas Bash'

Pokémon 3: The Ultimate Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the third series and the movie, It was released on April 3, 2001 by Koch Records on Audio CD and Compact Cassette. Many of the songs were featured on the album Totally Pokémon but as that was not released outside of North America and Australia, this soundtrack encouraged European fans to own the music. In Australia, some copies of the CD were released with a bonus disc of the musical score album for Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (which was also released as a separate disc worldwide).[citation needed] The Japanese and English-language editions contained different tracks. Shinji Miyazaki wrote the original film score, while Ralph Schuckett composed the score for the International and Japanese DVD releases.

The second track, "To Know the Unknown", was performed by girl group Innosense. Tracks 13 to 15 were karaoke versions. The album also features two Pokémon videos, the Pokérap and a scene from the film, which are accessible upon insertion of the disc into a computer.

Track listingEdit

No.TitlePerformed byLength
1."Pokémon Johto [Movie Version]" (Johto)  
2."To Know the Unknown"Innosense 
3."Pikachu (I Choose You)" (Johto)Élan Rivera 
4."All We Wanna Do" (Johto)Ken Cummings, John Loeffler 
5."He Drives Me Crazy" (Johto)Shauna McCoy 
6."You & Me & Pokémon" (Johto)Élan Rivera, PJ Lequerica 
7."Song of Jigglypuff" (Johto)Jamily Gray, Shauna McCoy 
8."Pokerap GS" (Johto)  
9."Two Perfect Girls"Eric Stuart 
10."Pokémon Johto [TV Version]" (Johto)PJ Lequerica 
11."Biggest Part of My Life" (Johto)PJ Lequerica 
12."Medley from Spell of the Unown"John Loeffler and Ralph Schuckett 
13."Pikachu (I Choose You)" (Karaoke Version)  
14."Song of Jigglypuff" (Karaoke Version)  
15."You & Me & Pokémon" (Karaoke Version)  


  1. ^ Known in Japan as Pocket Monsters the Movie: Emperor of the Crystal Tower – ENTEI (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター 結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI, Hepburn: Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Kesshōtō no Teiō Entei)


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