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

"Revelation Lugia"
(幻のポケモンルギア爆誕)
"Pikachu's Exploration Party"
(ピカチュウたんけんたい)
Revelation Lugia
Pikachu's Exploration Party






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")
"The Rivals!"
(ライバル!
)
Performed by Rica Matsumoto
Closing Theme
("Revelation Lugia")
toi et moi
(toi et moi)
Performed by Namie Amuro
Opening Theme
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")
"Tankentai o Tsukurou!"
(たんけんたいをつく ろ!)
Performed by The Pokémon Kids

Closing Theme
("Pikachu's Exploration Party")
"Sora Tobu Pokémon Kids"
(
そらとぶポケモンキッズ)
Performed by Becky feat. The Pokémon Kids

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 Water can qualm their anger and restore peace to the planet. Gelardan, a Pokémon Collector, believes in the legend and decides to capture all three of the bird Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 Freezing 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 and his friends as well. The Pokémon Trainers are soon released and eventually succeed in freeing both Fire and Thunder. 

The three Pokémon Gods, having been brought to the same location, begin to fight.
Suddenly, Lugia, the God of Water, appears. It fights off the legendary Pokémon 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 shrine maiden who had been helping Satoshi and his friends on their journey, plays a soothing melody on her flute. The three Pokémon 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 and his friends leave the archipelago as Lugia returns to its home in the sea.

Mini Film Basic Synopsis

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


Characters

Coming soon!

Theme Song

The ending theme to Pocket Monsters The Movie "Revelation Lugia" is toi et moi by Namie Amuro.

toi et moi

Home Releases

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

Home Releases

View detailed information about each home release here

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?


Pre-Order Bonus

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

Pre-Order Ticket Postage Stamps

Promotions for the Movie

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

The working title for the movie was "The Mythical Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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, Takeshi Shudo apparently wasn't comfortable with the Japanese title "The Mythical Pokémon 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. Shudo 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. Shudo 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. Shudo 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.

Takeshi Shudo 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.

Main Staff
"Revelation Lugia"

Opening Credits
"Pocket Monsters" created by
原案
Satoshi Tajiri (田 尻 )
Superviser
スーパーバイザー
Tsunekazu Ishihara (石原恒 和)
Animation Supervisor
アニメーション監修
Youichi Kotabe (小田部羊一)
Publication
掲載
CoroCoro Comics (月刊コロコロコミック)
CoroCoro Special (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)
Yochien ("Preschool") (幼稚園)
Educational Preschool (学習幼稚園)
TV-kun (aka "Terebi-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
Masakazu Kubo (久保 雅一)
Takashi Kawaguchi (川口孝司)
Original Character Design
キャラクター原 案
Ken Sugimori (杉森建)
Shigeki Morimoto (森本茂樹)
Motofumi Fujiwara (藤原基史)
Atsuko Nishida (西田敦子)
Screenplay
脚本
Takeshi Shudo (首藤剛志)
Production
演出
Masamitsu Hidaka (日高政光)
Norihiko Sutou (須藤典彦)
Character Design and
Chief Animator
キャラクターデザイン・総作画監督
Sayuri Ichi'ishi (一石小百合)
Art Director
美術監督
Katsuyoshi Kanemura (金村勝義)
Director of Photography
撮影監督
Hisao Shirai (白井久男)
Editing
編集
Toshio Henmi (辺見俊夫)
Sound Director
音響監督
Masafumi Mima (三間雅文)
Music
音楽
Shinji Miyazaki (宮崎慎二)
Opening Theme Song Composition
オープニングテーマソング作曲
Hirokazu Tanaka (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
Tetsuya Komuro (小室哲哉)
Animation Producer
アニメーションプロデューサー
Toshisato Okuno (奥野敏聡)
Shuukichi Kanda (神田修吉)
Animation Production
アニメーション制作
OLM
Producers
プロデューサー
Chouji Yoshikawa (吉川兆二)
Yukako Matsusako (松迫由香子)
Takemoto Mori (盛 武源)
Production
制作
Shougakukan Production
(小学館プロダクション)
Director
監督
Kunihiko Yuyama (湯山邦彦)

Principal Cast
"Revelation Lugia"

Voice Cast
Satoshi Rica Matsumoto
松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani
大谷育江
Dr. Ookido
Unshou Ishizuka
石塚運昇
Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka
飯塚雅弓
Togepy
Satomi Ko'orogi
こおろぎさとみ
Kenji
Tomokazu Seki
関智一
Musashi Megumi Hayashibara
林原めぐみ
Kojirou Shin-ichirou Miki
三木眞一郎
Nyarth Inuko Inuyama
犬山犬子

Lugia
Kou'ichi Yamadera
山寺宏一
Village Elder
Chikao Ohtsuka
大塚周夫
Fleura
Akiko Hiramatsu
平松晶子
Yodel
Aya Hisakawa
久川綾
Ship Captain
Kotono Mitsuishi
三石琴乃
Dr. Uchikido
Keiko Han
潘恵子
Mama
Masami Toyoshima
豊島まさみ
Fire
Rikako Aikawa
愛河里花子
Freezer
Yumi Touma
冬馬由美
Thunder
Katsuyuki Konishi
小西克幸

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

Special Guest Voices
Gelardan Takeshi Kaga
鹿賀丈史
Yadoking
Masatoshi Hamada
浜田雅功

Principal Cast
"Pikachu's Exploration Party"
 
Voice Cast
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani
大谷育江
Togepy Satomi Ko'orogi
こおろぎさとみ
Zenigame Rikako Aikawa
愛河里花子
Fushigidane Megumi Hayashibara
林原めぐみ
Maril
Mika Kanai
かないみか
Nyarth
Inuko Inuyama
犬山犬子
Arbok
Kouichi Sakaguchi
坂口候一

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

Satoshi Rica Matsumoto
松本梨香
Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka
飯塚雅弓
Kenji Tomokazu Seki
関智一

Special Guest Voices
Narrator Tamao Satou
さとう珠緒

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.

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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