‘Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You’ Coming to Theaters in November!

The English dub of the 20th Pokemon movie I Choose You is coming to a theater near you this November!

TPCi has partnered with Fathom Events to show the film at theaters around the world on Sunday, November 5th, and Monday, November 6th! The film premiered in Japan on July 15th and opened at #1 its first weekend.

More details about the English screenings will soon be available on FathomEvents.com, including theater locations, screening times, and special offers. I will of course post them here when they’re available.

For the past few years TPCi has replaced the background music of Pokemon films with budget music, so it’s unknown if they’ll do the same for a film that will receive this much attention. The 20th film heavily relies on nostalgia and remakes background music from the original show, so perhaps they’ll pay extra money to keep the soundtrack this time around:

The press release confirms Ash’s two traveling companions are named Verity and Sorrel in English.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is an origin story highlighting Ash and Pikachu’s first meeting and their adventures as they search for the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. The iconic pair encounter familiar faces along the way, new characters including Trainers Verity and Sorrel, and even a mysterious new Mythical Pokémon, Marshadow. Challenges and epic Pokémon battles abound in this unique new story about the beginning of one of the most beloved friendships in popular culture.

“As an origin story, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is the perfect way for a new generation of Pokémon fans to experience the beginning of Ash and Pikachu’s friendship, and it offers longtime fans an exciting new look into the start of their epic adventures,” said Colin Palmer, Vice President of Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We’re excited to work with Fathom Events, whose expertise in unique theatrical event activations will offer families and fans the opportunity to come together and experience the excitement of Pokémon animation on the big screen.”

You can read our summary of the Japanese film in this post. Spoiler alert!


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  1. Rindon Aspiring Trainer
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    i hope the movie comes to A theatre near me in Ontario. I haven't been able to see a pokemon movie in theatre since Pokemon 4ever.
     
  2. Srmb Physics, that's what pokemon is all about!
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    I just have to wait till it's on DVD. Not even such as a theater in my country
     
  3. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    I won't be seeing this movie. I grew up with Pokemon lore that makes the series mean something to me and I can't support what they are doing to the series I grew up with. They are changing the major events of the series into something else that didn't happen. I tolerated them adding Mega Evolutions to the Pokemon Generations series and even as a spinoff, it still kept to what it was at its roots but Ash never met a Marshadow in Kanto.

    I have no idea why they just couldn't make another movie about Marshadow without having to remake what season one of Pokemon was about but I guess I'm missing something.
     
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  4. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
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    We'll expect a trailer on Burning Shadows release day, an a Salazzle event which I expectedly Marshie because Marshie was in that set. That sucks.

    Anyways, as I expected.
     
  5. Just gotta hope it comes near me...
     
  6. Lostlorn Forest Sinnoh is the best region
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    Throughout the years ever since the premiere of the Diamond and Pearl anime, I thought it was a personal decision of Ash's original English VA to leave. I couldn't imagine that they would let go such an iconic voice, rooted so deeply in many peoples childhoods. Little did I know she (Veronica Taylor) has been lightly campaigning to return for this one movie and seems oblivious to why they sacked her in the first place. That's really my only hope for this movie. I'll probably go anyway but the newest voice has only ever resonated to me as the curves of the dollar signs in The Pokemon Company's eyes.
     
  7. silversalamence10 Top Hat Regulator
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    On one hand, I think it's cool that they're doing this. On the other I'm probs gonna end up waiting for it to come out on DVD as I have an inkling that if there are screenings in the UK, it'll most likely be too far away from where I live, and I'm not holding my hopes up for the film to air on TV at some point in the future after the theatrical screening either.
     
  8. Shishigami Aspiring Trainer
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    Main reason I'd like to hope it exists is because it is finally Ho_Oh's chance to maascot breakthrough that she has rightfully deserved and make a deus ex machina plot twist at the end to justify all of the surreal encounters that were just as daft as the first movie managed to contrive the whole time spent as a contradiction (2 actually, well at least in the English dub but thats another story...). If you think my last sentence was to mock your precious views of the original series, it wasn't my intention. ;)
     
  9. Snibachi Aspiring Trainer
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    Hoping this comes to a theater near me. I was lucky enough that DBZ Resurrection of Frieza did.
    Not sure how I'll feel about all of the changes though, but it'll be fun to (hopefully) see it in theaters with my son. I was around his age when I saw the first Pokemon movies in theaters.

    As for the changes, I'm guessing they're canon? I don't know, the movies have always felt out of place to me. Like the DBZ films, the movies always seem like they could fit within the continuity, but at the same time, they feel like a side story or "what if" scenario. I know this is marketed as a retelling, but I don't think its meant to be a straight up retcon. I hope not anyway.
     
  10. Cottonmouth25 Flying-type Enthusiast
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    I don't think it's meant to be a retcon either - I simply consider it to be an alternate way of telling the story of Ash's original adventures around Kanto. Your point about the movies feeling "out of place" is also something I can agree on. The impression I get is that the movies and TV show are supposed to remain separate, with the movies taking material from the anime but twisting it into their own separate continuity. The fact that the anime never mentions the events of the movies just strengthens this belief.
     
  11. minecraft7er Going to 2017 Nationals root for me!
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    does anyone know how to find out where the movie is playing?
     
  12. Mezzo Aspiring Trainer
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    I won't be seeing this but I sure love to see the Genwunners who will go see this movie for nostalgia thinking it's a retelling of the first few episodes in a grander movie scale only to be disappointed since they're gonna add some randos and a pokemon they don't even know about. Typical Genwunners, not keeping up with anything besides Generation 1 stuff.
     
  13. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    It's not this who "genwunner" thing for me. There are a lot of important things in the series I assume they will skip. Ash only has his Butterfree because he caught a Pidegeotto trying to eat his Caterpie. To me, Ash's important moments were when he got Pikachu, Saw Ho-Oh, got Pidgeotto and Charmander, leaving his Pidgeot and Butterfree and leaving Kanto and I have a feeling they are going to skip most of this.

    When they go an remake these things, they leave out things that were memories for a lot of people for the sake of a newer generation rather than just showing what was loved about it in the first place.
     
  14. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer
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    I hope they give away special promo cards like they did back when the original Pokemon movie came out back in the day. I would actually go to the theater if they did.
     
  15. AverageAvenger Aspiring Trainer
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    I'm ready to hear Mike Pollock when the movie comes out. He was great as Volcanion and now he says that he's going to be in the dub for I Choose You, so that makes me really excited.
     
  16. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  17. Zeno The Wanderer
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    I hope it is a preliminary list, because I'd be very surprised if the Alamo Draft house in Winchester, VA didn't host it. They've been big on hosting anime movies and limited releases over the past few years.
     
  18. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life
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    There's only one in my state and it's 30 minutes away from me -_-
     
  19. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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    A whole 30 minutes?!?! Oh no!
     
  20. Ramo0927 Magical
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    DANGIT I JUST FLEW TO SCOTTSDALE ABOUT FIVE WEEKS AGO NOW I GOTTA DRIVE AN HOUR TO GET TO FREDRICKSBURG REEEEEE


    But hey at least this is premiering in theaters instead of being plopped into CN's schedule. I bet you they couldn't put it in because of Teen Titans Go XD

    EDIT: I forgot that the SuMo Anime moved over to Disney XD, whoops.
     
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