Pokémon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unown (2000)

G   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure

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In the town of Greenfield, a young, lonely girl's dreams and wishes are brought into reality by a collective of reality-warping Pokémon.


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Cast & Crew

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Kunihiko Yuyama


Takeshi Shudo (screenplay), Hideki Sonoda (screenplay)

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8 April 2001 | wh-3
Hey it's the best one yet (That might not be saying much for some)
Seeing how many adults despise Pokemon, my comments might strike those as the ramblings of a social oddball. But so what?

My child likes Pokemon and I happen to like the Pokemon show, it's not always great but it good to see a show that teaches kids to strive for a goal that is not reachable in half an hour. Name any other children's show where the characters take an entire season to reach a stated goal. In a funny way this show is more realistic then any other children's show on American TV. The program is very tolerant of people's differences and celebrates everyone's unique talents. And I like the different Pokemon creatures and my son and I enjoy playing the N64 Pokemon Stadium 2 game together. He really enjoys explaining the different Pokemon to me as we play. I have a friend who runs tours at a local science museum using the Pokemon as a way to get the kids into natural history and sciences. It really sparks some of the children into learning more.

That said, the movies have been a different story. The first was a very dark movie and the second, although better, still had a strange apocalyptic undercurrent more typical of Japanese animation for older audiences. I missed the light hearted nature of the TV show. The new one is different, the story is more suited to young audiences and it's mostly more coherent to adults who are with the young ones. (Although the kids will have to explain some plot elements to you if you haven't kept up with the show.) The film also has a much better story than the first two. There is still quite a bit of large scale fighting at the end but it's not the end of the world stuff of the first films.

Do I recommend the film to regular audiences? No, but I do suggest to parents that you don't make excuses to not take your child. This should not be the torture you may have experienced with the first two.

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Did You Know?


This movie, along with the Pikachu short "Pikachu & Pichu," marks the first appearance of Ash's Totodile and Noctowl for the American audience. This is because Pokémon: Whose Is the Waninoko!? Satoshi vs Kasumi! (2000) and Pokémon: A Differently Colored Yorunozuku! Catch It!! (2000) in which Ash catches Totodile and Noctowl respectively, did not air in America until after this movie was released, Pokémon: Whose Is the Waninoko!? Satoshi vs Kasumi! (2000) on May 5, 2001 and Pokémon: A Differently Colored Yorunozuku! Catch It!! (2000) on April 28, 2001.


Misty: Greenfield's supposed to be a beautiful little town. With beautiful gardens and a beautiful mountain with a beautiful mansion right at the top.
Lisa: Yeah, everything in Greenfield is beautiful.
Brock: Everything's beautiful in Greenfield, huh? Then I can't wait ...


Lee Quick's name is listed in the credits even though Officer Jenny doesn't have any lines of dialogue.

Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, scenes are shown of Molly's new life with both of her parents.

Alternate Versions

In the original Japanese version, Molly's (Mi's) mother's disappearance is not addressed on-screen. When the Japanese filmmakers were asked about this, they provided a detailed story about her and her absence. So Molly's mother is shown in the American version as a Pokémon researcher, like her husband, and her disappearance is explained early in the movie. The film's final credit sequence was re-edited so that the American audiences would be sure to see the return of Molly's mother and father, which is only shown in the Japanese version at the end of the final credits.


Pokemon Johto
Music & Lyrics by
John Siegler & John Loeffler
Featuring Elan Rivera Elan Rivera and P.J. Lequerica (as PJ Lequerica)
Produced and Arranged by Neil Jason


Plot Summary


Animation | Action | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi


Release Date:

6 April 2001



Country of Origin


Filming Locations

New York City, New York, USA

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,240,752 8 April 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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