Get yer "pokemans" on as the incredibly long-lived game-turned-media juggernaut hits theaters for one weekend in December.
Fact: you know who loves Pokemon--at least the DS games based on the venerable franchise? Game development folks. They love 'em.
I like how niche animated films have found a way to make it onto big screens in decent theaters in the U.S.: simply throw one of these "limited engagement" things for a weekend on a select few screens around the country and call it a day. In this case, it's the newest Pokémon feature film, the elaborately titled 14th movie, Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom, which is coming to screens on December 3rd and 4th.
Did you know this is the 15th anniversary of the franchise? I'm sure someone, somewhere is figuring out how to commemorate this.
Here's the incredibly involved synopsis for the movie:
During their travels through the Unova region, Ash and his friends Iris and Cilan arrive in Eindoak Town, built around a castle called the Sword of the Vale. The three Trainers have come to compete in the town’s annual battle competition, and Ash manages to win with some unexpected help from the Mythical Pokémon Victini! It turns out Victini has a special bond with this place...
Long ago, the castle watched over the Kingdom of the Vale, and the partnership between Victini and the king protected its people who lived there. But that kingdom has since vanished into memory, leaving behind powerful relics and ancient Pokémon. Damon, a descendant of the People of the Vale, is trying to restore the lost kingdom with the help of his Reuniclus. His quest has taken him to the far reaches of the barren desert, and he has convinced the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram to join him in the search for truth!
Damon plans to trap Victini and harness its power, and as that plan gets under way, the entire town of Eindoak faces disaster! Can Ash awaken the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom to help him stop Damon and save Victini? The greatest adventure in Pokémon history approaches!
The press release promises a trailer over the weekend on www.pokemon.com after an online screening of the last movie, Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions. But, if you're in a hurry to see it now (albeit in Japanese), you can check it out below:
Pokémon the Movie: White--Victini and Zekrom will be screening December 3rd and 4th at select U.S. theaters and the release date for its follow-up, Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram, will be announced later this year.