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Dogasu's Backpack | Movies & Specials Guide | AG Movie 01
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Two other posters have been released for this movie. View the first poster, featuring Absol, here. To view the second poster, featuring the mini-movie, click here.
Every 1,000 years, a comet appears in the sky for seven days. During those seven days, the wish-granting pokemon Jirachi is said to awaken. Satoshi and his friends happen to be around for a festival celebrating the comet, and while they are there they witness a magic show starring the Great Butler. During the show, Masato hears a voice coming from a cocoon present on stage. After the show, Butler gives the cocoon to Masato, telling him that the cocoon contains the wishing pokemon, Jirachi! Since Masato was the only person able to hear its voice, the pokemon has chosen Masato as its partner, so the young boy eagerly awaits the pokemon's hatching. On the first night of the comet, the pokemon awakens and instantly befriends the young Masato. As the children enjoy their new pokemon, Butler plots to kidnap the pokemon and use it to resurrect a Groudon to get revenge against the Magma-Dan. Butler successfully gets his hands on Jirachi, but it is soon retrieved by Satoshi-tachi. The Pokemon Trainers, along with Butler's assistant, Diane, start driving away to Jiraachi's home, Faunsu. On the seventh day, everyone arrives at Jirachi's home, and before too long it's time for Jirachi to leave. As the pokemon ascends, it is kidnapped yet again by Butler. After hooking the pokemon up to an energy-absorbing device, Butler uses this energy to successfully revive the legendary pokemon Groudon! Unfortunately, the resurrection goes awry as the creature Butler has brought to life turns out to be a being of pure evil! Everyone works together to defeat the massive creature, and after a long battle Jirachi delivers the final blow. Afterwards, Jirachi returns to its cocoon state, saying that it will always remember Masato. Butler realizes the error of his ways and goes off with Diane, so Satoshi and his friends continue their journey through Houen.
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 present it 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 freed Gyonyonyo farewell.
In Japan, 280,000 advanced tickets were sold after only two days. On its opening weekend, the movie opened in 309 theatres and earned $3,755,347, ranking at Number Three.
Suzuki Tomiko, the voice actor who provided Jiraachi's voice, died on July 7th, 2003, shortly before the film's Japanese premiere date. Coincidentally, July 7th is the Tanabata holiday in Japan, a holiday that celebrates the two stars Altair and Vega coming together after being separated all year by the Milky Way. It's customary for people to plant bamboo trees on this day and hang tanzaku (little slips of paper with wishes written on them) on these trees. Not only does Suzuki-san's last movie have some basis on the holiday, but the character she voiced (Jiraachi) has these tanzaku hanging from its ears! Thanks to Pergo from the Serebii.net forums for the information.
"The Dancing Pokemon Secret Base" is the first mini-movie not to feature Togepi.This was the first movie to not get a theatrical release in the United States. It went straight to VHS and DVD.
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