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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | Revelation Lugia

Pocket Monsters Movie #2
Pocket Monsters Mini-Movie #2
幻のポケモンルギア爆誕
("The Mythical Pokemon Lugia's Explosive Birth")

"The Power of One"
ピカチュウたんけんたい
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")

"Pikachu's Rescue Adventure"





Main Film Basic Synopsis

There is a legend that the God of Flames, God of Freezing, and the God of Thunder should not be disturbed or else the Heavens and Earth will become angry and wreak havoc on the planet.  Only the God of the Sea can qualm their anger and restore peace to the planet.  Gelardan, a Pokemon Collector, believes in the legend and decides to capture all three of the bird pokemon to bring out Lugia, the God of Water.  He succeeds in capturing Fire (the God of Flames) and goes after the other two (Freezer and Thunder, the God of Freezing and the God of Thunder, respectively).

Satoshi crash-lands on the island chain where the Pokemon Gods are said to reside and is asked to go to the islands of Flames, Thunder, and Freeze to get small orb-like gems that'll calm the gods' angers and keep balance in the world.  Satoshi gets the treasures of Freeze and Thunder before meeting Freezer and Thunder, who are arguing over who should get Fire's territory.  Gelardan arrives to claim Thunder, and in the process he captures Satoshi-tachi as well.  The Pokemon Trainers are soon released and eventually succeed in freeing both Fire and Thunder. 

The three Pokemon Gods, having been brought to the same location, begin to fight. 
Suddenly, Lugia, the God of Water, appears.  It fights off the legendary pokemon for a while to allow Satoshi to claim the final orb.  After being aided by the Rocket trio, Satoshi finally obtains the third orb.  He sets the three treasures on a pedestal as Fleura, the priestess who had been helping Satoshi and his friends on their journey, plays a soothing melody on her flute.  The three Pokemon Gods are calmed down and return to their respective islands as the balance of nature is restored.  Satoshi's mom appears and scolds her son for putting himself in so much danger, but she is proud of the fact that he helped save the world.  Satoshi-tachi leaves the archipelago as Lugia returns to its home in the sea.

Mini Film Basic Synopsis

Satoshi and the others sleep as their pokemon have an adventure.  Togepi goes exploring after a Ledyba when it gets lost in a pokemon valley.  The other pokemon follow it into the valley, led by Elekid, where they are entertained by various pokemon.  They're side-tracked for short while, but soon get back on the trail to rescue the little egg pokemon.  A big storm comes as the pokemon struggle to hold on to the nest that Togepi's in, but by working together they're able to keep the egg pokemon safe.

Promotions for the Movie

CoroCoro Comics
Yadoking's Day
How was CoroCoro Comics covering the movie back in 1999?  Take a look at this fascinating time capsule of a very different era in this franchise's history. "Yadoking's Day" (ヤドキングのいちにち) is an approximately three minute short that aired on TV-Tokyo on January 1st, 2000.  It features the Yadoking from the movie Revelation Lugia.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes
Character model sheets and other pre-production artwork can be found here.


Notes

The bigwigs involved with Mewtwo Strikes Back were overjoyed with how successful it was but they still didn't like how dark and grim it was.  The goal of the second movie was to make it a much more light-hearted adventure film.


The producers of the movie had trouble deciding which pokemon would be the main stars.  Mew and Mewtwo had already been used in the first movie and Ho-Oh had been rumored to appear in some temple somewhere in the Gold & Silver games so the only legendary pokemon left for them to use were the legendary bird trio Fire, Freezer, and Thunder.  Screenplay writer Shudou Takeshi asked the game designers if he could create a new pokemon to act as a fourth legendary who represents the deep sea currents and, much to his surprise, they said yes.  Shudou Takeshi doesn't actually state on his blog that he was the one who designed or even named the pokemon but it seems like the overall idea of "legendary pokemon who represents the sea" did come from him.

The working title for the movie was "The Mythical Pokemon X's Explosive Birth" (幻のポケモンX爆誕).  This "X" codename for Lugia would later be used in the TV series and the 2005 GameCube game Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness Dark Lugia.

The official English title for this movie in Japan, as seen on its title screen and various promotional materials, is "Revelation Lugia."  The title is not a translation of the Japanese title (that would be "The Mythical Pokemon Lugia's Explosive Birth") and instead just seems to be a title the movie producers thought would sound cool.  The 4Kids dub ended up going with a completely different title altogether.

Speaking of the movie's title, Shudou Takeshi apparently wasn't comfortable with the Japanese title "The Mythical Pokemon Lugia's Explosive Birth" and instead preferred to refer to the film as "the second Pokemon movie" instead.  He explains that the flashy word the title uses to stand out, bakudan (爆誕), doesn't actually exist in the dictionary but is instead a made-up word that's a combination of "explosive" (爆) and "birth" (誕).   Mr. Shudou was uncomfortable with this word because it brings to mind hibakusha, the (somewhat derogatory) term used to describe those who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945.  Mr. Shudou was born a few years after the war ended but he still remembered being in first grade and finding out that one of his upperclassman was a hibakusha.  For him, the bakudan used in the movie's title doesn't mean "explosive birth" (which doesn't even make sense, he adds, since nothing is actually born in the movie) but instead means "birth affected by the (atomic) bomb."  When the title was proposed during the writers' meeting Mr. Shudou said he didn't raise any objections but that years later, looking back, he doesn't remember why he kept his mouth shut.  He goes on to admit that he's probably the only person who thinks about the title this deeply.

Shudou Takeshi describes Gelardan as a man who wants to create his own world and doesn't care what effect that has on the world around him.  "For example, Milo's Venus statue doesn't have any arms, but Gelardan would want to see a Venus that does have arms.  And then there's Mona Lisa and her mysterious smile...Gelardan would want to see a Mona Lisa that's giggling.  He's someone who values things differently from everybody else...that's just who he is."  He later goes on to say that "If Mewtwo is Hamlet then Gelardan is a warped version of Don Quixote."

There was originally a scene that would have explained more about
Gelardan and his connection to the Mew card we see him pick up at the end of the movie but it ended up getting cut for time.

Release/General Information

Japanese Premiere Date July 17th, 1999
Domestic Premiere Date July 21st, 2000
Runtime
("Revelation Lugia")
81 minutes
Runtime
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")
23 minutes
Opening Theme
("Revelation Lugia")
ライバル!
("The Rivals")
Closing Theme
("Revelation Lugia")
toi et moi
("you and me")
Opening Theme
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")
たんけんたいをつく ろ う!
("Let's Form an Exploration Party!")
Closing Theme
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")
そらとぶポケモンキッズ
("The Flying Pokemon Kids")

Home Releases

Revelation Lugia and Pikachu's Exploration Party have seen six home releases between the two of them.

Home Releases


Main Staff
"Revelation Lugia"

Opening Credits
Original Story
原案
Tajiri Satoshi (田尻 )
Superviser
スーパーバイザー
Ishihara Tsunekazu (石原恒 和)
Animation Supervisor
アニメーション監修
Kotabe Youichi (小田部羊一)
Publication
掲載
Monthly CoroCoro Comics
(月刊コロコロコミック)
Supplemental CoroCoro Comics
(別冊コロコロコミック)
Hyper CoroCoro (ハイパーコロコロ)
Shougaku Ichi-Nensei (小学一年生)
Shougaku Ni-Nensei
(小学二年生)
Shougaku San-Nensei (小学三年生)
Shougaku Yon-Nensei (小学四年生)
Shougaku Go-Nensei (小学五年生)
Shougaku Roku-Nensei (小学六年生)
Mebae (めばえ)
Kindergarten (幼稚園)
Educational Kindergarten (学習幼稚園)
TV-kun (てれびくん)
Ciao (ちゃお)
Executive Producer
エグゼクティブプロデューサー
Kubo Masakazu (久保 雅一)
Kawaguchi Takashi (川口孝司)
Original Character Design
キャラクター
原 案
Sugimori Ken (杉森建)
Morimoto Shigeki
(森本茂樹)
Fujiwara Motofumi (藤原基史)
Nishida Atsuko (西田敦子)
Screenplay
脚本
Shudou Takeshi (首藤剛志)
Production
演出
Hidaka Masamitsu (日高政光)
Sutou Norihiko (須藤典彦)
Character Design and
Chief Animator
キャラクターデザイン・総作画監督
Ichi'ishi Sayuri (一石小百合)
Art Director
美術監督
Kanemura Katsuyoshi (金村勝義)
Director of Photography
撮影監督
Shirai Hisao (白井久男)
Editing
編集
Henmi Toshio (辺見俊夫)
Sound Director
音響監督
Mima Masafumi (三間雅文)
Music
音楽
Miyazaki Shinji (宮崎慎二)
Opening Theme Song Composition
オープニングテーマソング作曲
Tanaka Hirokazu (たなかひろかず)
Ending Theme Song Composition
エンディングテーマソング作曲
Komuro Tetsuya (小室哲哉)
Animation Producer
アニメーションプロデューサー
Okuno Toshisato (奥野敏聡)
Kanda Shuukichi (神田修吉)
Animation Production
アニメーション制作
OLM
Producers
プロデューサー
Yoshikawa Chouji (吉川兆二)
Matsusako Yukako (松迫由香子)
Mori Takemoto (盛 武源)
Production
制作
Shougakukan Production
(小学館プロダクション)
Director
監督
Yuyama Kunihiko (湯山邦彦)

Principal Cast
"Revelation Lugia"

Voice Cast
Satoshi Rika Matsumoto
松本梨香
Veronica Taylor
Pikachu Ohtani Ikue
大谷育江
Ohtani Ikue
Orchid-Hakase
Ishizuka Unshou
石塚運昇
Stan Hart
Kasumi Iizuka Mayumi
飯塚雅弓
Racheal Lillis
Togepi
Ko'orogi Satomi
こおろぎさとみ
Ko'orogi Satomi
Kenji
Seki Tomokazu
関智一
Ted Lewis
Musashi Hayashibara Megumi
林原めぐみ
Racheal Lillis
Kojirou Miki Shin'ichirou
三木眞一郎
Eric Stuart
Nyasu Inuyama Inuko
犬山犬子
Maddie Blaustein

Lugia
Yamadera Kou'ichi
山寺宏一
Eric Rath
Village Elder
Ohtsuka Chikao
大塚周夫
Norman Altman
Fleura
Hiramatsu Akiko
平松晶子
Amy Birnbaum
Yodel
Hisakawa Aya
久川綾
Michelle Goguen
Ship Captain
Mitsuishi Kotono
三石琴乃
Tara Jayne
Uchikido-Hakase
Han Keiko
潘恵子
Kayzie Rogers
Mama
Toyoshima Masami
豊島まさみ
Veronica Taylor
Fire
Aikawa Rikako
愛河里花子
Aikawa Rikako
Freezer
Touma Yumi
冬馬由美
Touma Yumi
Thunder
Konishi Katsuyuki
小西克幸
Konishi Katsuyuki

Marril
Kanai Mika
かないみか
Kayzie Rogers
Barrierd
Ueda Yuuji
上田祐司
Kayzie Rogers
Arbok
Sakaguchi Kouichi
坂口候一
Sakaguchi Kouichi
Computer
Shinohara Emi
篠原恵美
???
Announcer
Kagaya Junichi
加賀谷純一
???
Reporter
Kakegawa Hirohiko
掛川裕彦
???
Morphon
Nishimura Chinami
西村ちなみ
???
Onidrill
Izaki Hisayoshi
伊崎寿克
???
Coil
Sakai Tetsuya
酒井哲也
???
Kamex
Kawashima Tokuyoshi
川島得愛
???

Special Guest Voices
Gelardan Kaga Takeshi
鹿賀丈史
Neil Stewart
Yadoking
Hamada Masatoshi
浜田雅功
Nathan Price

Principal Cast
"Pikachu's Exploration Party"
 
Pikachu Ohtani Ikue
大谷育江
Ohtani Ikue
Togepi Ko'orogi Satomi
こおろぎさとみ
Ko'orogi Satomi
Zenigame Aikawa Rikako
愛河里花子
Eric Stuart
Fushigidane Hayashibara Megumi
林原めぐみ
Tara Jayne
Marril
Kanai Mika
かないみか
Kayzie Rogers
Nyasu
Inuyama Inuko
犬山犬子
Maddie Blaustein
Arbok
Sakaguchi Kouichi
坂口候一
Sakaguchi Kouichi

Kabigon Takagi Hitoshi
高木均
???
Parasect Yamaguchi Kappei
山口勝平
???
Tamatama
Miki Shin'ichirou
三木眞一郎
???
Hoho Ueda Yuuji
上田祐司
???
Paras Konishi Katsuyuki
小西克幸
???

Satoshi Rika Matsumoto
松本梨香
Veronica Taylor
Kasumi Iizuka Mayumi
飯塚雅弓
Racheal Lillis
Kenji Seki Tomokazu
関智一
Ted Lewis

Special Guest Voices
Narrator Satou Tamo
さとう珠緒
None

Pre-Order Bonus

Fans who purchased a pre-order ticket also received a set of exclusive postage stamps.

Pre-Order Ticket Postage Stamps

Japanese Box Office Performance

Gross-to-date:  N/A

The movie made 6.2 billion yen during its theatrical run in Japan.  This is down from the 7.24 billion the first movie made.

Pokémon The Movie 2000 made $43,758,684 during its theatrical run in the U.S.  The movie came in at number three in its opening weekend and made $19,575,608 over the weekend.  The movie was released in 2,752 theaters nationwide.

Sources
Zaikei Shinbun (Japanese Theatrical Figures)
Box Office Mojo (U.S. Theatrical Figures)


The Manga Adaptation

The manga adaptation of Revelation Lugia was printed in booklet included in the July 1999 issue of CoroCoro Comics.

Manga Adaptation

It was never collected into graphic novel format and is therefore one of the most difficult manga to get a hold of.

Soundtracks

A total of three CDs were released specifically for this movie.

toi et moi

View detailed information on each release here.

Revelation Lugia

You can also check out a detailed look at the Pocket Monsters The Movie "Revelation Lugia" Original Music Collection and how unique a release it is here.  Why are there only eleven tracks? What's with all the image songs? 

Further Information
 
Comparison
("Revelation Lugia")
Comparison
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")
Characters/Pokemon
Bios
Soundtrack Information
Critics' Thoughts
IMDB Entry for 
"Pokémon the Movie 2000"


 

 

 

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