Pokemon Heroes

Pokemon Heroes
US Home Media: May 16, 2003
Japan Theatrical: Jul 13, 2002

Animation Studio: OLM

Popularity: 636th All Time, 1,126th This Week

Franchise: Pokemon
Characters on BTVA: 20
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said at 9:36 PM on Fri Jan 20 2017
The 4Kids dub's handling of Pokemon Heroes is interesting here: it's not quite as excellent as Movie 4 dub in this regard, yet...it's much better than Movie 1-3's, no doubt about that.

The two things that bring it below Movie 4's dub in terms of quality are that (a) the 1 min. 20 seconds legend story gets cut out at the start, for some reason despite everything else being left intact, and (b) while the script translation is mostly accurate in this dub's case (roughly 90% of the dialogue is the same in Japanese), the only fault lies in, for some reason, Annie & Oakley now being Team Rocket agents. While in the dub they're called "spies for Giovanni," in the Japanese version they're identified merely as the number one thieves. Being a thief doesn't mean that one's a member of Team Rocket.

In all fairness, I don't really blame 4Kids for doing this. Fansites across the Internet reported that they were members of the Rocket-Dan long before the script was being worked out, so it's not too unlikely that 4Kids heard the same thing all the fansites heard.

The Japanese background music is kept, no problems there- the acting is good, again, no issues there, either.

Overall, the dub did a pretty good job handling Movie 5 in English- and yeah, I'd agree with Shadowjac this is one of the better Pokemon Movies in general- really did like that we didn't have the obligatory talking Pokemon here, too.

Also, dub aside, apparently on-screen kisses were okay back in Johto- first Chikorita, and then Latias/Bianca (the girl?) kissing Ash here: funny how now in Kalos (both versions, the current TPCi dub is guilty of a lot of messing around in that particular Series' Arc, but this isn't one of its faults outside of the music changing in it) a kiss has to be off-screen rather than shown now.
said at 1:11 PM on Thu Apr 7 2016
Best Pokemon movie. I love the emotion they were able to convey without making the Pokemon talk.
said at 9:25 PM on Fri Jan 20 2017
It's one of the stronger Movies, I'll give it that, but it's not my favorite myself.
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