News Pokemon's 1st 2D Theatrical Short in 9 Years Revealed
posted on 2012-03-01 16:00 EST
A 2D theatrical short film will open alongside the Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Kyurem Vs Seikenshi Keldeo (Pokémon: Black & White the Movie - Kyurem Vs. the Sacred Sword Master Keldeo) film this summer. The short, titled Meloetta to Kirakira Recital (Meloetta and the Sparkling Recital) will be the first 2D Pokémon theatrical short film in nine years.
Meloetta to Kirakira Recital will feature only Pokémon creatures, and will revolve around the extremely rare telekinetic Pokémon Meloetta (pictured at left). The film will also co-star Pikachu, Oshawott, Axew, Totodile, Chikorita, Torchic, and Piplup, among other popular Pokémon creatures. Both the film and the Meloetta to Kirakira Recital short will be released in Japanese theaters on July 14. Selected theaters in Japan will begin showing a preview for the Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Kyurem Vs Seikenshi Keldeo film on Saturday.
The last film short to be shown with a Pokémon feature film was Odoru Pokémon Himitsu Kichi, which was shown alongside the Pokemon - Jirachi Wish Maker film in 2003.
The Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Kyurem Vs Seikenshi Keldeo film will mark the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon anime film franchise. The original games celebrated their 15th anniversary in February 2011. Kunihiko Yuyama is returning to direct the film after directing most of the previous films and the Slayers films.