Mewtwo Strikes Back

Mewtwo Strikes Back is a movie that picks up where the Japanese CD Drama, The Birth of Mewtwo left off, with a little overlap. The anime version of The Birth of Mewtwo, Mewtwo's Origin, is at the beginning of the Japanese version of Mewtwo Stikes Back.

The title comes from Mewtwo "striking back" against the humans that created, used, and betrayed him.

Mewtwo Strikes Back is actually a very powerful tale, describing what it is to wake up and be told you are nothing more than a science experiement, and that, philosophically speaking, you should not even exist. Mewtwo breaks out from under control of both the scientists who created him and Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket who financed Mewtwo's creation and attempts to control him. Once Mewtwo is on his own, Mewtwo decides prove his worth as a living being. He plans to do so by battling and defeating Mew (thereby proving he is not inferior to the source of his DNA), by wiping out the human race (for creating him), and by replacing all the original Pokémon with clones (for he feels clones should rule the earth). By the end of the movie, Mewtwo realizes that just because he is a clone doesn't mean he is any less worthy, powerful, real, or respectable as a naturally-born "original." He also recognizes that not all of humanity is bad, and, clone or not, what really matters is how one lives one's life.

The dubbed version was a bit watered down from the Japanese version, but it is still enjoyable to watch.

Trailers

Thanks to Lumina Sumnor for finding the original Japanese trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back. I have no idea where the trailer was aired, but like most of the Japanese previews for Pokémon movies, it is quite different from the actual movie. Most of the trailer shows Boijer (the harbor manager), Misty (who appears older), and a little girl (who looks like a young Nurse Joy, and may represent an average Pokémon fan) sitting happily in the grass finding Pokémon shapes in the clouds. Then various scenes from the movie are shown, such as explosions and fighting, which contrast oddly with the happy music that continues to play in the background. Mewtwo is only shown for a split second, and he looks a little different from his final anime design (particularly his pupil). Mew is not shown at all, but that might have been to give more impact to the revelation of Mew in the actual movie. Overall, it is very strange to watch the trailer after seeing the movie, and I am glad the movie ended up being deeper and less overwhelmingly cute.

In contrast, the English trailer instead is a call to all Pokémon trainers to take part in the showdown between the two most powerful Pokémon of all: #150 and #151. It consists mostly of stock official art and reveals next to nothing about the actual movie, but is somehow still more informative than the Japanese trailer.

Official Sites

English DVD

According to Lumina Sumnor, the Special Features on the DVD include: