|Pokémon Movie 1: Mewtwo Strikes Back|
|Japanese Name||Japanese: ミュウツーの逆襲 Mewtwo Strikes Back!|
|Pokemon Short||"Pikachu's Vacation"|
|Running Time|| 85 Minutes (Japanese Version)|
75 Minutes (U.S. Version)
|Release Dates|| (JPN) July 18, 1998|
(NA) November 10, 1999
(AU) December 16, 1999
(EU) April 14, 2000
|Followed by||Pokémon Movie 2: The Power of One|
The first Pokémon movie. Ash and friends are in for a lot, when they find out that the world will be taken over by Pokémon clones!
Giovanni, head of Team Rocket, sent his Expedition team in search of Mew, the legendary Pokémon. They found an eyelash of the legendary Pokémon, Mew. They then went back into a laboratory to clone Mew's DNA from the eyelash. They then created a ferocious Pokémon from Mew's DNA, Mewtwo. Mewtwo blows up the laboratory, and most of the people inside. Then, Mewtwo meets Giovanni for the first time, and goes with Giovanni in order for him to learn to focus his energy. Then Mewtwo realizes that Giovanni is only using him for his power, and so Mewtwo destroys the Team Rocket base and flies back to the island where he was created, and he builds himself his own hideout, and he wants to destroy all the humans in the world because he believes that they all take advantage of Pokémon, and use Pokémon as tools...
He invited strong trainers to come to the hideout to be able to steal and clone their Pokémon. In the process though, Ash was able to intervene and rescued all the captured Pokémon, though they have been already cloned. Later on, the cloned Pokémon fought against the real Pokémon and at the center, Mew and Mewtwo dueled.
Ash tries to stop the fighting, in the only way he knows how. He runs between Mew and Mewtwo, and their combined attacks hit him, turning him to stone. The Pokémon stop their battles, and begin to cry. Ash absorbs the tears of the Pokémon and is revived.
At the end, Mew and Mewtwo fly away, never to be seen again...or are they?