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!