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The most elaborate of the features to date, Pokémon 3: The Movie, Spell of the Unown introduces new Pokémon that debuted in the fall of 2000 in the Gold- and Silver-edition Gameboy games. En route to the Johto Tournament, Ash, Brock, and Misty visit the mountain village of Greenfield, where they encounter an 8-year-old girl named Molly. Her father, Professor Spencer Hale, disappeared when he set off to study the Unown, a group of 26 Pokémon that resemble letters. The Unown build a baroque crystalline shell around Molly's palatial home, send the leonine Entei to watch over her, and grant whatever she wishes--except the return of her father. What Molly really wants is a family: she refers to Entei as her father and has him kidnap Ash's mom to be her mother. Ash charges to the rescue with the help of Pikachu, Charizard, and Cyndaquil. In the climactic battle, Ash is joined by Brock and Misty, as well as the usually villainous Team Rocket. ("We figure if we don't help you, we're outta showbiz," Meowth explains.) Molly's father eventually reappears, but the viewer never sees the reunion with his daughter. Ash, Molly, and the other two-dimensional characters simply don't fit into three-dimensional, computer-generated crystal settings, and large sections of Pokémon 3 look like two movies unsuccessfully spliced together. A short is also included, "Pikachu and Pichu," in which the popular electric Pokémon wanders through a big city, getting into mischief with the mouselike Pichu brothers. --Charles Solomon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French
  • Commentary by English adaptation director Michael Haigney and Producer Norman J. Grossfeld
  • Making of "To Know the Unkonown" music video
  • Little know Unknown facts
  • Johto Pokerap
  • Exclusive Unown "J" Pokemon card & Pokemon decorder coin (while suppiles last)


Veronica Taylor
Eric Stuart (III)
Rachael Lillis
Madeleine Blaustein
Ikue Ootani
Dan Green
Amy Birnbaum

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  • Genre: Animated Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Family, Children's
  • Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 93 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 6, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 7, 2005
    JapanJul 7, 2001
  • Also known as:
  • Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown in North America
  • Pocket Monsters: Emperor of the Crystal Tower in Japan
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