pokemon 2000: the power of one


favorite pokémon movies [1/?] “pokémon 2000: the power of one”

Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning… Lest these titans wreck destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water’s great guardian shall rise to quell the fighting, alone its song will fail, thus the earth shall turn to ash.


Mrs. Dana Terrace was featured as one of the 10 Animators To Watch At Variety 

Dana Terrace


“When I’m talking to students, I always make a point of telling them to take any opportunity they can get,” says animator and director Terrace.

Terrace began living that advice after an accidental run-in with the work of Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki. When she was around 10, her mom brought home a VHS copy of Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke.” Terrace’s mom thought it was a kid-friendly Pokemon story, not a mature anime tale. But Terrace loved it and just knew that whatever she’d just seen was what she wanted to create herself one day.

Dave Mullins


Longtime Pixar animator and animation supervisor Mullins can tell you his precise super power: Perseverance.

Mullins was hired by the animation studio in 2000 and has worked on such hits as “Up,” “Inside Out” and “Monsters Inc.” He’s also been pitching ideas since 2005, getting notes from the likes of John Lasseter and Pete Docter, refining his ideas and storyboarding on weekends. His short, “Lou,” is a story about the confrontation between a bully and an unseen creature who lives in a lost & found box at a school. The idea for “Lou” got the greenlight when he found a story that was relatable to everyone from kids to grandparents.

Mullins says his father’s job meant the family moved around a lot. “And it always made me feel invisible or sometimes like I wanted to be invisible,” he says. It seems like no accident then that Mullins would create an “invisible” hero who lived in a box and was made out of things that children lost. This “guardian angel” of the playground might fight to return the lost things when a bully wants to steal them.

Though “Lou” will play in front of “Cars 3,” which opens June 16, Mullins remembers the long road of pitching and revising that brought him to this point.

“The biggest challenge was that I’d been writing and pitching stories for a while and they just never took and that can knock your confidence,” says Mullins. “But I just never gave up.”

Kira Lehtomaki

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”

Lehtomaki will tell you she took a meandering path to Disney, but it was a one-track route. Ever since she watched “Sleeping Beauty” on the big screen at the tender age of 3, she knew what she wanted to be: not a princess, but a “drawer” for Disney, and she hasn’t looked back.

The daughter of science-minded parents, Lehtomaki studied computer science at the University of Washington instead of going to art school, because hand-drawn animation was fading and computer animation was on the rise, and “I wanted to work at Disney in any capacity.” For a time, she also studied French “because I had found out that Disney had a studio in Paris. I thought, ‘I don’t speak French, and if I desperately want to work at Disney, I want to make sure I’m available to work at any studio.‘”

With her computer science degree in hand, Lehtomaki immediately sent her resume Disney, and she got a call — from the technical department. “I remember talking to someone on the phone, and at the end he asked me, ‘So, why do you want to work at Disney?’ I said, ‘Because I really want to be an animator,'” she recalls. “There was a long pause, and then he said ‘Oh, OK. I’ll pass your resume on to the art department.’ And then I never heard back.”

Then she heard about Animation Mentor, an online art school started by animators from Pixar and Industrial Light & Magic that connects students directly with animation professionals. After completing that training, she sent Disney her reel and was admitted into Disney’s animation trainee program. Her dream finally came true.

At Disney, Lehtomaki has worked her way up as an animator on such hits as “Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen,” to being supervising animator for the Judy Hopps character on last year’s “Zootopia,” and is now co-head of animation on “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.”


pokeshipping in every episode: The Power of One original trailer

Early movie trailers frequently feature scenes that don’t get used in the actual movies. Some of the original trailers for “The Power of One” include this sequence that shows Ash jumping from a cliff after Pikachu and Misty attempting to jump after him, crying and calling out his name, only to be stopped by Tracey. You can watch the clip here.

Okay, but let’s think about how amazing and valuable Misty’s line in Revelation Lugia/The Power of One is.

The dub translated it as: “He’s never alone because he’s got me.”

The original sub was: “He’s my burden.”

No matter how you look at it, the sub was much more telling about Ash and Misty’s relationship than the dub was.

Here these characters are, facing what seems to be the end of the world, waiting almost too patiently for their friend, Ash, to come back to them. They realize it’s been too long and decide they need to create and initialize their plan b. At the same time, we the viewers finally see the climax of the Melody/Misty bond!rivalry!friendship that the entire movie has been teasing us with.

The setting of the moment is Melody telling Misty to take her flute so that she can go find Ash because it’s not fair – it’s not right – that they should depend on him single-handedly for anything so important. Misty takes in those words and contemplates them for a moment, then smiles softly and shakes her head and says with utter confidence: “He’s my burden/He’s got me.”

“He’s my burden.”

AKA: “He’s my responsibility.”

Misty, a ten year old girl who has spent the past however many hours, days, weeks, months trying to convince everyone who jokes to her about her flirtatious relationship with Ash that there’s nothing going on there has just admitted out loud without any negative context that she is taking responsibility for her best friend’s life. She says this while smiling, as if it comes naturally, as if she’s accepted it all for what it is. He’s not her burden in an unfavorable sense. She cares so freaking much that she accepts the duty to selflessly care for and take responsibility for Ash’s life no matter the repercussions with a smile on her face.

This is a huge thing. She’s freaking ten years old and she says this line. It’s not the heat of the moment, it’s not like anyone pressured her into doing so. She willingly says this on her own. She’s being completely honest and open here.

No other human character in the show, let alone one as young as her, has said such a thing about anyone else.

What the 3 legendary birds of Kanto represent

Since Lugia is the master of the trio and the guardian of the seas, that means that the legendary birds are related to the seas. In the film Pokemon 2000: The Power Of One, the fight between the 3 causes a disruption in the balance of the seas, causing the appearance of Lugia. So it’s from this we can start to work out their connection to the sea.

First off is their types, aside from all being Flying types, we have Moltres as Fire, Zapdos as Electric and Articuno as Ice. Well Fire and Ice actually represent cold seas and warm seas, the temperature variation across the ocean that helps maintain it’s balance. The Electric type of Zapdos represents energy, since the flow of water itself can be uses to generate hydroelectric energy, plus Zapdos is found at the Power Plant, a place for energy generation.

The second part comes from where they’re found geographically in Kanto. Now where each bird is found in relation to water actually mirrors a part of the water cycle. Moltres is found in the mountains, either Victory Road or Mt Ember if you’re playing the remakes. At the top of the mountains is where the start of the water cycle can be depicted and is also where things such as hot springs and geothermal springs are found, usually in volcanic regions like Mt Ember. Zapdos is found at the Power Plant which is right next to a river, which is another part of the water cycle, generally the middle point of it, and also makes sense to be near a power plant, since the flow of water itself can be used to generate power, such as a watermill wheel for example. Articuno is found at the Seafoam Islands, which is obviously out to sea, this is where the water cycle is seen to end in terms of the flow of water before it evaporates back into clouds and returns to the mountains to start over, the sea is also where water can become very cold, such as near the North and South Poles, but generally the further out to sea you go the colder the water gets. This all corresponds with their types respectively. All 3 of them are needed to maintain the balance of the seas.

tl:dr The Kanto legendary birds represent the balance of the seas and aren’t just random elemental birds.