Pikachu's Summer Vacation

Pokemon: The First Movie
Pokemon: The First Movie
Japanese Title
Pikachu's Summer Vacation
Movie Pictures
Movie Pictures
Release Date
July 18, 1998 Japan
November 12, 1999 US/Canada
Mewtwo Strikes Back
Pikachu and his Pokemon friends have a competition against a rival Pokemon gang headed by a Raichu to see which gang is better.
Character Appearances
Ash Ketchum, Misty, Brock
Pokemon Debuts
Marill, Snubbull
Pokemon Appearances
Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Togepi (Misty's), Pidgeotto (Ash's), Bulbasaur (Ash's), Charizard (Ash's), Squirtle (Ash's), Goldeen (Misty's), Staryu (Misty's), Psyduck (Misty's), Onix (Brock's), Geodude (Brock's), Zubat (Brock's), Vulpix (Brock's), Arbok (Jessie's), Weezing (James'), Raichu, Cubone, Charmander, Charmeleon, Wartortle, Blastoise, Butterfree, Beedrill, Pidgey, Pidgeot, Ekans, Nidoran ♀, Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Nidoran ♂, Clefairy, Clefable, Ninetales, Jigglypuff, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Diglett, Dugtrio, Golduck, Primeape, Growlithe, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Abra, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Golem, Ponyta, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Magnemite, Farfetch'd, Doduo, Seel, Dewgong, Shellder, Cloyster, Drowzee, Krabby, Kingler, Voltorb, Electrode, Exeggutor, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Lickitung, Koffing, Chansey, Tangela, Kangaskhan, Horsea, Seadra, Seaking, Starmie, Mr. Mime, Pinsir, Magikarp, Lapras, Eevee, Vaporeon, Omastar, Snorlax
Music Edits
For the first time in a Pokemon dub, the music was completely redone with none of the original Japanese music at all. During the opening scenes, the Japanese song Summer Vacation Fan Club is replaced by Vacation by Vitamin C in the dub. During the race of Squirtle and Marill, the Japanese instrumental background music is replaced with a song entitled Catch Me if You Can by Angela Via in the dub. In the dub, there are no ending credits at the end of the short to avoid parents thinking that the movie is over, while in Japan the credits were shown with fan art while the song Pika Pika-massai-chu played.
Paint Edits
In the dub, when Ash says "Yeah! The Pokemon love it!", a Japanese Pokemon sign was painted over with the English Pokemon logo. A few seconds later, the sign is painted over again. As the Pokemon exit the park at the end, the Japanese sign is painted over one last time with the Pokemon logo.
Dialogue Edits
In the dub, the Pokedex is the narrator, while in Japan, the narrator is a kind woman's voice, who cares about the Pokemon and cheers them on when they succeed. In the dub, the narrator says that Pokemon like to challenge each other in contests of speed, while the lady narrator in Japan urges the Pokemon to stretch before they exercise. After Charizard is set free, in the dub, Dexter says that Pokemon by nature are friendly creatures and prefer cooperation to confrontation, while in Japan, the narrator congratulates the Pokemon on their teamwork.

Ash and his friends arrive at a Pokemon only park. They set all their Pokemon loose and, after Ash tells Pikachu to watch over Togepi, they enter for a day of fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, it's not going to turn out the way they had hoped.

Moments after they enter, Togepi starts to cry of hunger. Pikachu and Squirtle both try to cheer him up by making faces, but he cries on. Squirtle notices an apple in a tree, and Bulbasaur gets it down with Razor Leaf. The apple bounces to the ground and rolls to Psyduck's feet. Unknowing of Togepi's hunger, he eats it and walks off. Togepi continues to bawl. Bulbasaur sends out his Vines and lift him into the air. He gently waves Togepi in the air while quietly singing the first use of Bulbabye. Togepi calms down and goes to sleep.

A little bit later, four Pokemon come walking down the path. Snubble, Marill, Cubone, and Raichu are all talking rather loudly and Togepi looks as if he may wake up. Pikachu, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur confront the group and ask them to be quiet. They are less then willing to comply, and both groups get ticked off at each other. Pikachu tries to get them to set a good example for Togepi, but they don't listen. Suddenly, Pikachu realizes that Togepi has awakened and is now walking on a log crossing a rushing river. He goes after him, only to have the log start rolling with both him and Togepi on it.

After a moment of rolling, Pikachu falls off into the water. He watches as the log goes off a cliff and into a large lake below, sending several Water Pokemon into the air. He looks up at the edge of the cliff and is relieved to see that Togepi is safe and sound.

Back at the original scene, Squirtle and Snubble have puffed out their chests. Squirtle topples over onto his shell and the other Pokemon laugh. At this, Squirtle gets even more ticked off and challenges Marill, a water type Pokemon, to a race. Soon afterwards, they are both standing at the edge of the lake, the other side as the finish line. Pikachu waves his hand to start the race, and an Electrode uses Explosion, knocking over all the Pokemon nearby. Squirtle and Marill are fairly evenly matched until Marill takes a deep breath and dives under the water, pulling ahead. As he can't see where he's going, he slams into a Starmie, who Water Guns him to one side of the lake.

Squirtle continues to swim along, confident that he'll win. Suddenly, it occurs to him that he's going backwards and he realizes that he's on the back of a Goldeen, who's rapidly taking him back towards the starting line. He jumps off and tries his hardest to get to the other side, but he's too late and Marill wins.

The two groups of Pokemon confront each other once again, and Raichu starts sending sparks out. Togepi is frightened and Pikachu protects him, only to be shocked himself. At this, Pikachu gets angry and he walks up to Raichu. Pressing their cheeks together, they start to run quite fast up a mountain, down the mountain, up a waterfall, through a field (where they blast Team Rocket's Pokemon into the air), along another path (where they blast a Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee into the air), and over Charizard's tail. Charizard gets angry and chases after them, getting in head and using his wings to Gust them away. They land onto a Snorlax's stomach and bounce off, only to have the Snorlax roll on top of him.

After squeezing out from under Snorlax's huge body, Pikachu, Raichu, and the rest of the Pokemon face off once again. Charizard, who had been flying about, swoops down over them, frightening them. He doesn't watch where he goes though, and crashes through a jungle gym type thing and a couple of piles of tires, ultimately getting his head wedged into a small pipe. He thrashes about for a bit, yelling out. Meowth, who is resting with Arbok and Weezing directly above, gets annoyed and leans over the ledge to yell down. At this moment, Charizard lets out a burst of flames, scorching Meowth's face.

Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Togepi, Psyduck, Geodude, Pidgeotto, Zubat, Vulpix, and Onix all join in together pulling on a rope tied to Charizard's leg while he continues to let blast after blast of fire through the pipe. They pull and pull, but can't get him free. Snubble, Marill, Raichu, and Cubone stand nearby, laughing. Charizard shifts his leg, and all the Pokemon fly forward. Charizard gets worried that he may never get out, and starts to sob. Pikachu walks over to where the other Pokemon are standing and asks them to help. Snubble, Marill, and Raichu agree to help, but Cubone, caring only for himself, refuses.

All the Pokemon, with their new helpers, continue to pull at Charizard's leg as Cubone looks on. Soon, seeing how upset Charizard is and how the others almost have him out but not quite, he joins in at the head of the team. After another few moments of pulling, Charizard's head pops out, and they all fly backward. Charizard, happy to be free, flies up into the air with Psyduck still holding onto the rope. Meowth, having been woken up once again, lights a bomb to throw down at the Pokemon below. Seeing a shadow, he looks up just in time to see Charizard land on him. Psyduck bounces off of Charizard's stomach and the bomb explodes beneath the large Pokemon. He moves, and Meowth emerges from the hole long enough to say that he'll sleep right there, slipping back down again.

All of the Pokemon, relieved to have Charizard out, work together to help rebuild the things he broke. Afterwards, they play in the sand, water, and on swings and slides together, showing how much can be done and how much fun Pokemon (and people for that matter) can have when they set aside their differences.

Later that afternoon, all the Pokemon sit and watch the sunset. They hear Ash, Misty, and Brock calling for them and set off. Pikachu lags behind long enough to thank their new friends, and then dashes forward into Ash's arms. "Did you have fun?" he asks. Pikachu just smiles and says "Pika!"

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