‘Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution’ Trailer Released, Analysis and Observations!

The first trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution has just been released in Japan!

The movie will be entirely in CGI (like a Pixar movie), as reported over the past few months. It’ll premiere July 12th in Japan.

Mewtwo is undoubtedly voiced by Masachika Ichimura, the voice actor from the first movie.

The movie is expected to borrow heavily from the original 1998 movie, as Takeshi Shudo is credited as a writer. He wrote the first three Pokemon movies on his own before leaving Pokemon in 2002. He passed away in 2010.

I believe the reason the Genesect movie used a different Mewtwo, was, in part, so they would not have to credit Shudo or pay his estate. Writer’s guild rules in the entertainment industry are powerful, protective, and can be quite complicated (especially here in America). Crediting him this time means they went through the legal necessities of using the story and characters he originally penned. For the Genesect movie it probably wasn’t important for them to do that, so they (legally) distanced their Mewtwo from Shudo’s Mewtwo by basing its backstory on the games and making it female (as in to say, “It’s a different character based on the original source!”).

Pokemon also uploaded the original Mewtwo Strikes Back pamphlet and said it’ll be available for “three days only.” The three day restriction is either because they want to create hype, or there’s some kind of rights restriction imposing that time limit on them.

The poster for Evolution was also revealed, though it actually leaked on the Internet last Friday. The official movie distributor for Pokemon, TOHO, issued DMCA takedown notices to those who posted it, which is why I didn’t bother uploading it.

Pokemon’s Twitter is also advertising 2019 as “The Year of Mewtwo.” We’re expecting Mew and Mewtwo to appear in Detective Pikachu in some form because they were mentioned in a summary for a graphic novel of the movie, plus Mewtwo is involved in the original game. Evolution might thus be a “tie in” with Detective Pikachu. Perhaps new fans will watch Detective Pikachu in May, see Mewtwo, and then in July they’ll learn of Mewtwo’s backstory when they see this revival?

It seems Pokemon is truly experimenting with their movies since 2016’s I Choose You. That movie created its own alternate timeline and retold, in part, the first episode of the TV show. Then The Power of Us used a new animation studio to create a new visual style for the movies and continued the alternate timeline. And now we have this retelling of the first movie in pure CGI. Pokemon is clearly loosening the reigns on their anime both visually and narratively. I wonder if it’s because of Detective Pikachu?


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  1. Xenth Aspiring Trainer
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    I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing this
     
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  2. Asrialys Aspiring Trainer
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    Are they going to kill Ash again?
     
  3. Turn on closed captions and translate to English
     
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  4. Asrialys Aspiring Trainer
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    Actually, with all CGI, I wonder if humans will even appear in this movie. I imagine we'll see faceless scientists at most...
     
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  5. Dr. Fuji!
     
  6. VillagerHoss Pokemon Connoisseur, TCG Player and Collector
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    This could be the greatest crossover since Infinity Wars!
     
  7. AshCo "This is Illegal, you know!"
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    inb4 people start complaining about the whole "Year of Mewtwo" thing because all popular Pokemon are somehow the worst thing to exist ever.

    Anyways, that poster for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is REALLY aesthetically pleasing.
     
  8. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    To be honest with you, I'm surprised they dont do more with Mewtwo. Its the one Legendary that doesn't get shoved in your face all the time.
     
  9. Nah, there is Cresselia
     
  10. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
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    Really appreciate the analysis and the link to the pamphlet!

    Upon seeing the Detective Pikachu trailer, I was really excited by the fact that it seemed not to be pure Gen 1 fanservice like so many other cogs in the Pokemon machine targeting broader audiences. This was suggested by the fact that it included many different Pokemon, including some from the S/M era, in the trailer (even though the majority of the main character Pokemon were invariably Gen 1, like Charizard, Psyduck, Jigglypuff, etc.).

    So, I'm kinda disappointed that things are pointing to Mewtwo / Mew somehow playing a role in the film. I almost wonder if it will even make the Genwunners and the people who can barely recognize any Pokemon beyond Gen 2 roll their eyes at this point if the "punchline" of the movie (for lack of a better term, sorry WPM x)) or key plot element ends up being Mewtwo related. Just a thought.

    Regardless this looks really cool and I'm looking forward to learning more in the next 7 months!
     
  11. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul
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    This could be cool, id say its to blur lines between games and this as new engine will prob take another step in realism direction..

    Plus its actually quite impressive pokemon still rock 2d movies after all this time, disney gave up a long time ago - i know japan likes their anime but they will want to appeal to broader audience and coaster on success and popularity following detective pikachu in the west.
     
  12. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    No they won't. This movie will be sensitive to younger viewers, they won't do killings in Pokemon anime.

    I am so excited for the movie, yeah. It could be a remake of the first movie, like game remakes, there's always been some additions. Like possibly Melmetal or a Gen 8 mon.

    TBH, I've fully watched the First Movie like, 4 years ago? It's on the XY era. And I foresighted on why movies become sensitive to young viewers, remember these movies are intended to children. I've wished that they removed or even censored in the movie, because it's like the way they promote it to children on what Pokemon anime does.
    • Stealing. Hence, evident to the Mewtwo challenged that I saw on the movie long time ago.
    • Common errors in the anime like Scyther was mistakenly called Alakazam?
    • Pokemon acting like actual animals. Pokemon and the real-life animals should be seperated a bit. (Clones vs not clones battle)
    • Killing. Like on Ash.
    These won't be seen on children. Hear my plea
     
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  13. Lord Goomy It’s the Beast Game.
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    I, for one, am sick of having Kanto and Mewtwo shoved down my throat!
    Seriously! They just made a game and a movie about it! Good gravy! I am SICK OF IT!
    NGHAAAAAAAAAAAAA
     
  14. Zielo Caught 'em all.
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    I don't see it happening, but at the same time I hope it does. The Pokemon themselves would look great, but I feel like humans would look very odd and offputting with this style and not at all appealing, but they could prove me wrong.
     
  15. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    You forgot about the main thing, Pidgeot being called Pidgeotto. That still continues to this day.
     
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  16. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer
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    Hopefully they give Mewtwo a really cool partner like Mew/Abra/Lunala/Necrozma/Hoopa/Cresselia or maybe itself as both Mega Versions and give a better Gx version in the form of a tag team compared to the one Gx we have already as a promotion and/or part of the set after Team Up.
     
  17. bbb888 One Life. One Dream.
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    "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." - Mewtwo
     
  18. pokemon64 Semi-Ace Trainer
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    I hope they stop all the Kanto pandering soon.
     
  19. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    Okay, Mr. Pidgeot!
     
  20. lukkul Aspiring Trainer
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    the CGI looks more like a product promo than a movie