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Pokemon the First Movie Fan-edit (Released)

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Hiya, everyone!!!

Growing up as a kid in the 80s and 90s, I was reluctant at first to give in to the Pokemon craze, but my kid brother (who is now happily married to a very nice young woman about his age), got me interested and it’s now an everyday guilty pleasure of mine.

As such, I enjoy everything about Pokemon, including the movies.  That being said, I’ve seen many reviews about the first movie “Mewtwo Strikes Back” and have to agree about the plot points.  So I have taken some free time to create a fan-edit of “Mewtwo Strikes Back” and have made the following changes:

  • Presented in HD Widescreen using the Japanase version, the original English DVD and the Cartoon Network Remastered broadcast.
  • Removed most of the dialogue about the forced moral that fighting is bad.  The moral of the movie will be, “Life is a gift given to all, no matter how it is given.”
  • Team Rocket doesn’t mistake Scyther for an “Alakazam” or a Sandslash for a “Sandshrew.”
  • When the Pokemon are freed from Mewtwo’s Pokeballs and Ash’s Pokemon returned to him, Ash now calls out to Bulbasaur instead of just giggling.
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This actually sounds like a great idea, I wanted to do something like this but I felt nobody in fan editing really cared about Pokemon so I probably shouldn't bother. These are ideas I'm going to give to you for your fan edit, I might help you out if there is some trouble you have or anything.

1. Add the deleted opening about the lost daughter of the scientist, you can find it on the Mewtwo Returns DVD.

2. Replace all the music with the Japanese music except for Mewtwos theme in which the american theme is MILES BETTER.

3. Edit it more in tone with the Japanese version whilst retaining the american dubs (You may have to re dub some lines)

4. Remove Mewtwo destroying the lab and instead only destroys Giovannis lab (It basically repeats itself twice)

5. Tell the story of the Japanese version where the story is much more complex.

6. Significantly reduce Ashs role, its Mewtwos story.

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The Fiery Editor said:

This actually sounds like a great idea, I wanted to do something like this but I felt nobody in fan editing really cared about Pokemon so I probably shouldn't bother. These are ideas I'm going to give to you for your fan edit, I might help you out if there is some trouble you have or anything.

1. Add the deleted opening about the lost daughter of the scientist, you can find it on the Mewtwo Returns DVD.

2. Replace all the music with the Japanese music except for Mewtwos theme in which the american theme is MILES BETTER.

3. Edit it more in tone with the Japanese version whilst retaining the american dubs (You may have to re dub some lines)

4. Remove Mewtwo destroying the lab and instead only destroys Giovannis lab (It basically repeats itself twice)

5. Tell the story of the Japanese version where the story is much more complex.

6. Significantly reduce Ashs role, its Mewtwos story.

 Thank you for the ideas.  The fan-edit is done, however, and I won't be adding in edits you have suggested.  At least not at this moment, and for the following reasons in relation to each suggested change:

1. The deleted scene does add more into Mewtwo's backstory, but I feel it would drag the film on for too long before getting to the overall plot.

2. I don't have the software to separate the dialog from the soundtrack.

3. I prefer the American version's tone with Mewtwo wanting to destroy humanity for using him, and the storm he was whipping up was intended for that.  The Japanese version has Mewtwo constantly asking himself who he is, and his storm was a test to get the best trainers to face him.

4. Mewtwo destroys both labs out of anger because he was fooled twice into believing humans cared about him, and he does rebuild Dr. Fugi's lab, which does explain why it looks different than it did at the beginning of the movie.

5. (Refer to number 3.)

6. Even if it's Mewtwo's story, Ash is still the hero of it.  Besides that, reducing Ash's role would also mean reducing Brock and Misty's parts, resulting choppy dialogue and music cuts.

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Well that's interesting, the deleted scene humanizes Mewtwo and the movie is so short that it wouldn't hurt at all to add stuff. If you are adamant that you want it to not drag on for too long then remove other stuff such as the pointless opening scene with that god awful 90s pop remix of the Pokemon theme (Which you should probably remove anyway). The movie should be serious, a proper anime film.

In the Japanese version it feels like an actual movie, the editing is much slower paced rather than the breakneck speed of the american version. You don't have to do the who he is constantly but at least give Mewtwo a backstory, a reason, and make us feel for him. Just because it is a Pokemon movie doesn't mean that the normal rules of character development don't apply.

Ok about him being betrayed twice, in the lab scene he basically just kills them all in seconds because the little kids need some action, it would be much better if after all the scientists have shaken hands we cut straight away to Mewtwo in him armor talking to Giovanni. Also when he is training it would be better to remove all Mewtwos dialogue to make him seem like a colder and darker character.  

I think you should remove Team Rocket from the entire picture, the do absolutely nothing and there role is just to be Jar Jar of the Pokemon world.

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The Fiery Editor said:

I think you should remove Team Rocket from the entire picture, the do absolutely nothing and there role is just to be Jar Jar of the Pokemon world

In Jar-Jar's defense, he did help bring the humans and Gungans on Naboo together in peace.  So he actually did have a purpose in "Episode 1"

As for Team Rocket, they're purpose was helping Ash and company get to New Island.  True, Team Rocket got them only half way and the Pokemon got them there the rest of the way, but still they served a purpose.  I know Misty said "Our Pokemon aren't strong enough to handle waves like this," but once their boat capsized in the middle of the ocean they had no choice but to use their Pokemon to carry them.

If you want to make Ash the main character fine, but redub the lines to make him referred to as Red and maybe use footage from the series to give him a better team.

With all due respect, Ash is not Red.  They're like apples and oranges.

Also about separating dialogue from music click this link.

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Isolating-Music-and-Voices-in-Star-Wars/topic/16032/page/2/

I didn't say that I didn't know how to isolate music and voices.  I said I presently don't have the software to do it.

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Download Audacity and the Knockout plugin, that's all you need and there both free.

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Also I wrote a very long post about the Mewtwo backstory, care to read it.

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The Fiery Editor said:

Download Audacity and the Knockout plugin, that's all you need and there both free.

 I have Audacity, but the Knockout plugin in is unavailable.

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The OTV in Japan didn't have the Mewtwo and Amber/Ai sequence, but the R2 has it (complete with dub) and the BD has it (without dub).

Said R2 has 5.1 and 2.0 in both languages.

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