Pokémon 4Ever (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター セレビィ 時を越えた遭遇 Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā Serebii Toki o Koeta Deai, lit. "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Celebi: The Meeting that Traversed Time"; officially POCKET MONSTERS CELEBI A TIMELESS ENCOUNTER in Japan) is the fourth official Pokémon movie. It was the first one to be distributed by Miramax Films and fourth Pokémon film to be released in wide theaters outside of Japan in 2002. The original Japanese version was released in theaters on July 7, 2001, and the English adaptation saw limited theatrical release on October 11, 2002.
Although Cartoon Network has numerously aired the film, it aired on Toon Disney (now known as Disney XD) on May 21, 2007 (due to the fact that Miramax, which was still owned by Disney at the time, released the film), being the third Pokémon film to air on Toon Disney (the first two being the next films Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker and Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys).
The film focuses on Celebi who travels to the future and brings with a boy named Sam when being chased by a hunter. Meanwhile Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi are on their way to the next gym in their Johto journey and get a lift from a man named Maki who takes them to his hometown of Arborville. They see a Suicune (who was actually the first Pokémon Ash saw in Johto). When they plan to enter a forest that is claimed to have many unusual and rare Pokémon, they are warned by an elderly lady about the "Voice of the Forest" which may carry a person off to a different period in time unless those hearing it stand still.
Ash finds Sam alone in the forest as Celebi has fled. Sam awakens and discovers he is 40 years in the future from when he was. He, Ash, and the others search for Celebi and they find it in a tree. After some convincing, the gang manage to gain Celebi's trust. They run into a member of Team Rocket, the Iron Masked Marauder, who has been trying to capture Celebi. Jessie, James, and Meowth also team up with the Iron Masked Marauder to capture Celebi.
The heroes take Celebi to its home, the Lake of Life, where it is healed by the water. The group spend the night in the forest. The next day, Celebi is captured by the Iron Masked Marauder and is turned evil by the Dark Ball, a ball with special powers that will enhance the captured Pokémon's powers and turn it evil. The Iron Masked Marauder orders Celebi create a giant dragon shape made from parts of the forest. The heroes chase after Celebi in Maki's flying boat, but are brought down by the evil Celebi's attacks. The Iron Masked Marauder tries to kill Ash and Sam, but Suicune saves them. Onix and Suicune do battle with the Masked Marauder's evil Tyranitar, while Ash, Sam, and Pikachu clamber into the dragon shape and manage to get Celebi to remember its memories, successfully bringing Celebi back to normal.
With the destruction of the dragon shape, the Iron Masked Marauder falls into the lake. The other heroes rush to the lake's edge and find Ash and Sam with Celebi, who suddenly falls limp. Ash and Sam realize Celebi is dead and everyone weeps. However, the Voice of the Forest materializes in the sky and thousands of Celebi appear and resurrect Celebi. The Iron Masked Marauder appears and kidnaps Celebi and flies up with a jetpack, but Ash and Pikachu hold onto him as he flies away. Pikachu destroys the Masked Marauder's jetpack and they fall to Earth, but Celebi saves them. The Iron Masked Marauder falls down to the forest floor and is confronted by the old woman, her granddaughter Diana, and Mr. White.
Celebi prepares to bring Sam back in time. He has an emotional farewell with Ash and departs with Celebi. The movie ends with Ash and company talking to Professor Oak, who muses about the story and tells a confused Ash that he and Sam are going to be friends forever.
The credits end with Tracey clearing Oak's room and finds Sam's drawing pad, containing a faded sketch of Pikachu and Celebi. The reason being that Sam was actually a young version of Professor Oak, whose first name is Samuel.
|Character||Japanese Voice Actor||English voice actor|
|Ash Ketchum||Rica Matsumoto||Veronica Taylor|
|Pikachu||Ikue Ōtani||Ikue Ōtani|
|Misty||Mayumi Iizuka||Rachael Lillis|
|Brock||Yūji Ueda||Eric Stuart|
|Togepi||Satomi Kōrogi||Satomi Kōrogi|
|Jessie||Megumi Hayashibara||Rachael Lillis|
|James||Shin-ichiro Miki||Eric Stuart|
|Meowth||Inuko Inuyama||Maddie Blaustein|
|Vicious||Shirō Sano||Dan Green|
|Towa||Mami Koyama||Veronica Taylor|
|Celebi||Kazuko Sugiyama||Kazuko Sugiyama|
|Narrator||Unshou Ishizuka||Rodger Parsons|
The film was a box-office bomb, it received poor reviews from critics, but was well received by fans. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a "rotten" rating of 14% based on 37 reviews and at Metacritic it has a 25 out of 100 based on 16 reviews and stating: Generally unfavourable reviews.
This is the first movie not to feature a legendary Pokémon that can speak human.
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