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| 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
Mewtwo's Psycho Armor
This is the armor that was created to suppress Mewtwo's overwhelming
power (Mewtwo Strikes Back).
Here's a map of Pokémon Castle:
Here's a translation of the text, going
Windmill: Mew was playing here.
Mewtwo's Room: It
has a huge screen!
Mewtwo makes his grand entrance in a pillar of blue light!
Satoshi's and everyone else's Pokémon have a huge battle against
The Pokémon Cloning machine is here. Copies of both Nyarth and
Pikachu are made here.
Bridge: Satoshi and
the others enter Pokémon Castle from here.
Balcony: Mew is
behind the Rocket-Dan.
The "Mewtwo Ball" (ミュウツーボール) is the name
of the special Monster Balls
conjured up by Mewtwo to get the Trainers'
Pokémon as punishment for being defeated by its Copies. After
all our heroes' Pokémon, including Satoshi's Pikachu, they're
to the nautilus shaped cloning machine in the castle's basement to
start the cloning process. Satoshi breaks the machine and the Mewtwo
Balls release their prisoners.
For years the term "Mewtwo Ball" has been
used in various
guide books to refer to these special black Monster Balls. In
the book This is Animation: Pocket
Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" & "Pikachu's Summer
Vacation," released on September 20th, 1998, for example, the
Mewtwo Balls are given this description:
The Monster Ball that Mewtwo makes itself. This Ball can steal other
Trainers' Pokémon and can even get Pokémon who are already in their own
Monster Ball, ball and all! It really is the ultimate Monster Ball!
And in the Pocket
Monsters The Movie "Mewtwo Strikes Back" & "Pikachu's Summer
Vacation" Daizenshuu, released that same day, Mewtwo Balls get
an even lengthier description:
What is the Mewtwo Ball?
The Mewtwo Ball is the special Monster Ball with a big eyeball on it
Mewtwo uses to get Pokémon after its battle with them. However,
aren't your ordinary Monster Balls! These Mewtwo Balls are able to go
anywhere thanks to Mewtwo's psychokinesis, get Pokémon even if they
haven't been weakened first, and get Pokémon already in their Monster
Balls, ball and all. By the way, once the Mewtwo Balls get their Pokémon they automatically
head straight for the large machine in the
basement of Pokémon
the lead-up to the release of the film's remake, Mewtwo Strikes Back
Evolution, animator Sayuri
Ichi'ishi shared some stories about the design of the Mewtwo
28th, 2019 7:47 JST
|Ah, this brings me
back. The Mewtwo Ball was designed by me. I modeled it after the
Egyptian Eye of Horus. At first I drew it with a more flat design
because I thought that'd make it easier on the animators but (the
movie's director) Mr. Yuyama told me to "make it more three
dimensional." #ポケモン #pokemon
28th, 2019 7:59 JST
|At that time, Mr.
Yuyama was apparently also leaning toward an Eye of Horus-like designn
so when I showed him what I made he said "I was thinking the same
thing!" ^ ^
28th, 2019 8:18 JST
"design" ^ ^
After that, one fan
asked about another potential inspiration, so Ms. Ichi'ishi offered
some additional info:
28th, 2019 10:13 JST
|Sorry for messaging
you as a non-follower. I'm surprised to learn the Mewtwo Ball was
modeled on the Egyptian mythology of Horus (I thought it looked like
Gan Q's face from "Ultraman Gaia" so I thought it was supposed to be
Q Σ(´∀｀；)). Ever since I was a kid I had
this headcanon that they were some kind of biological weapons created
cells but what's the real story behind them?
28th, 2019 21:55 JST
hadn't seen Gaia at that time so I wouldn't have known about Gan Q. But
it did exist back then, huh? If there was ever any explanation given
the Mewtwo Balls then I was never made aware . (^_^;)
was written in the request sent to us was that they were "Balls that
Mewtwo uses" 😅
After this exchange,
the fan realized that Gan Q didn't debut in the Ultraman Gaia TV until
after the release of Mewtwo
Strikes Back! so it seems that the
Mewtwo Ball's appearance resembling Gan Q's was merely a coincidence.
Stories from the
Cast and Crew
following is a translation of part of an interview with Kazuaki Mouri
(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:
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 Pokémon. 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,
Masafumi Mima (三間雅文):
the title of the most memorable Pocket
Monsters movie for you?
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. Takeshi Shudo 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.
your favorite Pokémon, in particular?
Of course it's
Mewtwo. Masachika Ichimura's
presence is just
here's a story from that same book from Ikue Otani (大谷育江), the voice
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?
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...?"
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.