Original Script for Third Pokemon Movie Involved a T-Rex

Takeshi Shudo was the head writer of the Pokemon anime from Kanto to Johto and is pretty much responsible for making the original series what it was. The first three movies, Mystery at the Lighthouse, Ghost of Maiden’s Peak, Dig Those Diglett… most “memorable” things you can remember about the original show are thanks to him and his personal, “non-corporate” touch. He developed the show, wrote the series bible, and built the Pokemon world we all love today. He eventually left Pokemon during Johto, and I think most fans will probably agree that’s when the show first took a nosedive. (I swear it started exactly at that Donphan amber episode. I marathon the Pokemon anime way too often.)

Sadly Mr. Shudo died in 2010, but he left behind his Pokemon musings on his blog, which fans are still translating to this day. Dogasu’s Backpack, the only fan blog I ever read about the Pokemon anime, today posted something I’ve never heard before… that according to Shudo, his original script for the third movie was going to address what happened to all the real-world animals in the Pokemon world!

Trex FossilThe Pokemon world is where real-world animals don’t exist (the few appearances of real world animals in earlier episodes, Shudo says, is due to the animation staff not paying enough attention) so he wanted to have the third movie tackle this question. What happened to all the real world animals? Why are there real trees and flowers but not real animals? What is the difference between plant Pokemon and regular plants?

The idea was to have the third movie introduce a new type of creature – real world animals – into the world where only humans and Pokemon exist. This would have been done with the discovery of a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil; not a fossilized Pokemon, mind you, but a real, actual dinosaur fossil.

The discovery of a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil was, as you would expect, big news in the Pokemon world. Real world animals used to exist in this world and records (including photographs) of them do exist but there isn’t anyone alive today who actually remembers ever seeing one. A Darwin-type theory of evolution doesn’t really exist, either, and professors who tried to tackle this problem usually tended to stop what they were working on to move to the countryside to try to figure this out. Orchid-Hakase is one such professor.

Satoshi and his friends, as well as the Rocket trio, would have spent the movie trying to stop this dinosaur fossil’s rampage. The fossil’s rampage would have taken it through the Rocket-Dan’s secret base as well, causing the rest of the organization to get involved as well.

You should read the rest of the page here, which explains even more details (I don’t want to steal views from Dogasu’s work). The third movie would have been a very different film, but it still turned out to be one of the better Pokemon movies, don’t you think?

The first three Pokemon movies (the ones Shudo wrote) are being released on Blu-Ray on February 9th if you want to pre-order them.


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  1. Arcane Potato Aspiring Trainer
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    Hehe a fossil going rampaging... Meessing up team rocket too...
     
  2. JiJi-T ID [ Dream ] We all are living in a dream!
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    I already clicked on your link at your twitter :p So I read the story.

    It would have been cool, but too complicated... and Pokémon is already complicated xD
     
  3. Celty Somebody you used to know
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    That sounds like it would've been a really interesting movie *^* still like how they ended up doing it though. I'm going to buy that blue ray, the first three movies are my favourite, the later movies... didn't really do it for me. =x
     
  4. postmodern_pinko So postmodern
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    at first I was certain that this would lead to one of your tweets about not trusting bad journalism or something similar. because this is frankly unbelievable lmaooo.
     
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  5. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    I have a crossover series where Pokemon and real world animals exist. In this world, 'Pokemon' are just normal animals with powers and abilities.
     
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  6. precita Aspiring Trainer
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    Its a shame Shudo lost control of the anime during Johto. That's why Johto turned into a repetitive filler-fest and the show lost its charm from the first two seasons.
     
  7. Hemos The demonic Shadow Lugia/Mystical Raven Witch
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    Dogasu always has some fascinating Pokémon anime/movie information come up, and this update is no exception :)
     
  8. Raigetsu Lightning Trainer
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    Yeah, I absolutely lost interest once the Hoenn anime started, I tried picking it back up in B/W and XY but ultimately I just couldnt do it.
     
  9. Pinecone A Pinecone on the Beach
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    The way I see it, everything is a Pokemon in the Pokemon world, even humans. This film would have changed a lot, not exactly for the worse, but they would have had to keep the idea in mind when making all post-Pokemon Movie 3 Pokemon lore. It sure would have been interesting, but I'm glad they decided against the idea.
     
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  10. precita Aspiring Trainer
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    The anime has always run with the same formula, but I guess you've just outgrown the show?
     
  11. Shishigami Aspiring Trainer
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    I am sympathetic towards Takeshi Shudo. Tyrannosaurus rex was and is (also when you consider Tyrantrum) way more menacing than anything Entei or Unown could have produced. Despite its first appearance in the anime being intertwined with prehistoric Pokémon, there actually could have had a Charizard vs Tyrannosaurus Rex fight exist... :(

    For an animal that wouldn't be a Pokémon to have logically be capable to coexist in tamed harmony via Pokémon training does counter against Takeshi's story of an alternate evolutionary theory to Darwin's evolution by natural selection, something that generally seen oppositely towards Pokemon's more strategic basis concerning growth and maturity. In an ideal solution the former form of evolution in topic was most likely to be a plothole for Prof. Oak to have researched upon about how these creatures lived and died the way they are.

    I find his influence as to how this idea came about indeed fascinating. Knowing how much Pokémon has seemed taken fancy the resurrection of fossils as a main core since the beginning really surprises me how much they have referred from my understanding to similar concepts found in the Jurassic Park franchise. Surely Shudou Takeshi undoubtedly must had been inspired by it at the time, let alone Satoshi Tajiri with his naturalist interest of collecting insects. For me, even when I first read the Mewtwo pokedex entry on the games and Base set holo (10/102) before the first movie came out, "A scientist created this Pokémon after years of horrific gene-splicing and DNA engineering experiments.", it immediately made me think of the science behind Jurassic Park's creation of gene modification. Even now, Jurassic World seems to have made this origin seem imminent when it decided to make a 'Mewtwo' direction of itself with the superpredator Indominus rex.

    If this 3rd movie was planned before the Japanese release of Gold & Silver Version (circa 1997/1998), it could potentially had been Nintendo's form of appropriate marketing into the dinosaur lore of the late 1990's happening with The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). As that films main premise is about transporting what are now described as valuable living fossils to be made a cultural phenomenon onto the normal human world. It becomes more apparent as a reference when you notice what was intended with this 3rd films original synopsis.

    Now having read the link in the description from what it seems, I'm surprised that the first movie was more successful than the second, that is if I read that correctly. Because I find that to be rather absurd.
     
  12. Green778 It's always darkest before the dawn...
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    Who knew what else Molly would have asked?
     
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  13. RiverShock Aspiring Trainer
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    You know, if he is correct about real-world animals no longer existing in the Pokemon world (keep in mind this interview was a long time ago, and doesn't necessarily still reflect Pokemon's viewpoint), I guess this confirms that all the meat shown in the anime is indeed from Pokemon. (Or synthetic, but I find that doubtful.)
     
  14. Ramo0927 I am a
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    This popped up in my head when i saw this:


    is groudon a dinosaur?

    You BETTER NOT say hes a dragon....
     
  15. Shishigami Aspiring Trainer
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    Yep, G's a Theropod. ;)
     
  16. pokemon64 Semi-Ace Trainer
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    If this is true then I doubt the T. Rex would be able to defeat even a Pikachu... The T. Rex would not have any ability so it would probably get killed if it were to enter the PokeWorld. Maybe that is why there isn't any animals in pokemon?
     
  17. Marky Vigoroth Aspiring Trainer
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    ...real-life animals in the Pokémon world... that would actually make great fan-fiction material!
     
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