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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Mewtwo Strikes Back

A lot goes into the creation of a theatrical film and the Pocket Monsters movies are no different.  This page takes a look at various model sheets and reference models used throughout the animation process.

Character Model Sheets

Mewtwo's Psycho Armor
This is the armor that was created to suppress Mewtwo's overwhelming power (Mewtwo Strikes Back).

Mewtwo's Armor

Here's a map of Pokemon Castle:

Pokemon Castle

Here's a translation of the text, going clockwise:

Windmill:  Mew was playing here.
Mewtwo's Room:  It has a huge screen!
Spiral Staircase:  Mewtwo makes his grand entrance in a pillar of blue light!
Pokemon Battlefield:  Satoshi's and everyone else's pokemon have a huge battle against Mewtwo's pokemon!
Underground Laboratory:  The Pokemon Cloning machine is here.  Copies of both Nyasu and Pikachu are made here.
Bridge:  Satoshi and the others enter Pokemon Castle from here.
Balcony:  Mew is behind the Rocket-Dan.

Stories from the Cast and Crew

The following is a translation of part of an interview with Mouri Kazuaki (毛利和昭), one of the chief animation supervisors that was printed in the book Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Perfect Guide ~ Satoshi's and Pikachu's Adventure Log:

How did you become involved in these movies?
I was still a freelance animator when the first movie Mewtwo Strikes Back was being made but I was called upon anyway to help out with the key animation for three cuts.  It was the scene where Satoshi is coming out from the smoke with all the clone pokemon.  After that I worked a little bit on the storyboards for the third and fourth movies.  I became a fully integrated member of the staff with the fifth movie, Latias and Latios, The Guardian Deities of the Water Capital.

Next up is the sound director of Pocket Monsters, Mima Masafumi (三間雅文):

What's the title of the most memorable Pocket Monsters movie for you?
Of course it's Mewtwo Strikes Back.  There was this real excitement in the air at that time of something new being born.  Everyone on the staff worked hard to create something new that hadn't existed before.

The script for that movie by Mr. Shudou Takeshi was, of course, incredible.  Everyone should read it because it makes you wonder just how low humans can go and makes you feel excited in ways you've never felt before.  Even looking at it now after all these years I think it's a movie that adults won't be bored with.

What's your favorite pokemon, in particular?
Of course it's Mewtwo.  Ichimura Masachika's presence is just incredible!

And finally, here's a story from that same book from Ohtani Ikue (大谷育江), the voice of Pikachu:

So when it comes to this role that's been such a big part of your life, how have things changed from the first movie to the way it is now?
The Pikachu of today can understand a little bit more than it could in the beginning and so that's different.  To tell you the truth when the first film was being made there were talks about Pikachu eventually learning how to speak human language.  That's why I played Pikachu as a little kid who was able to articulate what it did and did not understand. 

For example, let's look at the scene where Satoshi gets turned into stone trying to stop the fight between Mewtwo and Mew.  I thought it would have been more moving if, instead of simply being sad and crying out, Pikachu was more like "W-w-what's going on?"  "Why...why isn't he...?"

Pikachu's desire to let Satoshi and his friends know what it's feeling hasn't changed over the years.

More images and information will be added as they become available.




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