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Short AG 01






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Japanese Mini-Movie AG 01:  "Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi

    ("The Dancing Pokemon Secret Base")
American Mini-Movie 06:  "Gotta Dance"
Japanese Air Date:  July 19th, 2003
American Air Date:  June 1st, 2004

Pikachu and the others are playing one day when they come across a Secret Base.  The base belongs to the Rocket-Dan, and Nyasu has been left in charge of guarding it while Musashi and Kojirou make the final preparations necessary to show it off to the Boss.  Nyasu has captured three Gyonyonyo and placed them in a cage, but Pikachu and the others are able to free them.  Nyasu is angry and chases after the pokemon to the outside, where Nyasu's special Dance Ball is activated.  This special baton is capable of making everyone around it break into a dance, and this dancing causes everyone to flee back into the base.  Inside, Pikachu and the others destroy all the party invitations, and before too long the entire base is destroyed.  Pikachu and the others are able to escape to safety as they bid the Gyonyonyo farewell.


Thoughts
This is probably the final short to accompany any of the Pocket Monsters movies.  There wasn't a short for the second Advanced Generation movie, and it doesn't look like there's going to be one for the third one either.  It was a good run while it lasted, but it seems like the shorts are going to end here.

But if you're going to leave, it's best to leave with a bang.  And that's what this short does, in my opinion--it ends the mini-movie series with the best entry yet.  Everything about this short is very done well...the animation, the music, the humor, everything.  I really can't complain about this short.

Even the dubbing is spectacular.  While there is an odd change made, it doesn't damage the short as a whole.  The dubbed version keeps the Japanese music and the widescreen presentation, and they even dub an English version of the opening theme.  When all is said and done, the English version is just as enjoyable as the Japanese version, which is a rarity for any 4Kids dub.  Good job, guys.

Dialogue Edit
The only real change made to this mini-movie is the choice of narration--in the Japanese version, the short is narrated by a lady named
Yamada Hanako.  Like the mini-movie narrators before her, she mainly sets up the story and cheers the pokemon on during critical scenes.  In the dub, however, the short is narrated by Meowth, and the entire short is told as if it was a flashback.  Since this short is only meant to be 20 minutes worth of turn-off-your-brain fun, the change doesn't really affect anything in the dub, but I had to mention it nonetheless.

Music Edit
The ending theme in the Japanese version was a song called
Bouken no Hajimari da!! IThe Start of the Adventure!!").  Instead of dubbing it, 4Kids decided to replace it with an instrumental version of the opening theme instead.

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