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Pokémon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back | 1999 | G | - 0.4.0

A scientifically cloned super Pokémon (aka Pokemon) lures all the other Pokémon to an island, hoping to clone them and lead them into battle against the world. A short before the movie shows the characters competing against each other while on vacation. With voices of Veronica Taylor, Philip Bartlett, Racheal Lillis, Eric Stuart, Addie Blaustein and Ikue Ootani. [1:23]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A character wears a midriff-revealing shirt. A few times a boy comments on how cute a girl is.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A boy is zapped by electric beams two characters are shooting at each other, falls to the ground and turns brownish-gray; a character unsuccessfully tries to zap him back to life a few times and the boy eventually is resuscitated by the characters' tears. In an extended, “battle to the end” scene, we see characters punching, biting, slapping and wrestling with each other (none is killed). Some characters are shot with laser beams and electrocuted (a few look charred and make crackling sounds). Two characters shoot each with electric beams then run next to each other, knocking many characters out of their way as they speed by. Dragons breathe fire at characters a few times (one gets charred), a dragon's fire is deflected back onto it (the dragon falls down) and two dragons fight and fly into each other (one is driven into the ground and knocked unconscious). A dragon flies into a net, then gets its head stuck in a hole; after many characters finally pull it out, they fly into the air and the dragon lands on a few of them. Lots of characters are lifted up, thrown on the ground or into walls, chased, charged at and knocked down by other characters (sometimes this is played for laughs); also, a few fall from heights (mostly into water). A character creates a windstorm that lifts stampeding buffalo off the ground, then “zaps” them, making them disappear. A machine grabs a boy and a character (both escape, though the character has a hair plucked from it); also, characters are captured in balls and put into a machine. A couple of times, two groups of characters stand chest to chest and look as if they're about to fight. While crossing the sea during a storm, several people are knocked out of a boat by a large wave and are plunged underwater a few times before reaching the shore. We see several characters with Xs or spirals over their eyes and mouths after they fall or after they're caught in explosions. A character hooked up to wires in a tank breaks free, shatters other tanks and equipment in a lab and causes several fires and explosions; a few other explosions.


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LANGUAGE 0 - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cloning, scientific experiments, power, battles, search for identity, enslavement.

MESSAGE - You can't clone or, as one of the characters says, what you do with the gift of life determines who you are.

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