Pokmon 3
G
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -1/2

Although the phenomenally successful franchise includes video games, a TV series, trading cards and, now, three feature films, the Pokmon wave may be settling some. The latest story seems to partly answer the fears of those that think young fans may get too involved with the Pokmon world. For those still uninitiated, Pokmon are a variety of strange creatures with various special powers, like flame-throwing or electric shock, captured by trainers like young Ash Ketchum and his friends, Misty and Brock. Trainers take the natural tendency of Pokmon to challenge each other and direct their use of special powers in controlled contests. In the latest story, Professor Spenser Hale searches for legendary Pokmon and, in particular, the strange variety called Unown. However, when Hale disappears, a special box containing Unown is delivered to his young daughter, Molly. But Unown can read thoughts and alter reality to match mental images. So it traps Molly in her house and begins to draw the surrounding countryside into her imagination. When Ashs mother is taken by Entai, a legendary Pokmon brought to life for Molly, its up to Ash and his Pokmon friends to break the spell of the Unown and return the countryside to reality.

Although containing typical battles between Pokmon, the basic message seems to carry a warning about getting trapped in imaginary worlds, and the need for imagination to be balanced with reality. It also comments about remaining friends even when on opposite sides and knowing when to end a battle. And a frequent Pokmon message about working together is also featured. On the surface, the messages are good and the movie recommendable. But parents should be aware that the movies and TV series only serve as gateways to the Pokmon collection which includes aspects of occult and mysticism. Entai also presents a disturbing blend of Peter Pan and Christ-figure as he says he can do anything as long as Molly believes; later, surrounded by a shining glow, say he's going away but will always be close if kept in her heart. This seemingly innocent blend of make-believe and Christian religious elements earns a cautionary negative rating. The main feature is proceeded by a rather innocuous cartoon adventure as Pokmon Pikachu and the Pichu twins explore a city, get chased by a Pokmon dog and discover new Pokmon friends in a back alley playground.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times - Numerous non-fatal battles between Pokmon featuring fire and electric shock, property destruction
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Messages about balancing reality with imagination, working together, knowing when to end fight and remaining friends, character blends make-believe with Christian elements
Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Age 5 and up

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