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2011 Pokémon Films to Run in U.S. Theaters in December

posted on by Egan Loo
Digital screenings in 300+ theaters in December 3-4 weekend; 2nd 2011 film later in December

Pokémon the Movie: White — Victini and Zekrom, one of this year's two films in the Pokémon anime franchise, will play in more than 300 American theaters during the December 3-4 weekend. The digital theatrical distributor Cinedigm will handle the limited two-day engagement of the film, which is known as Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Victini to Kuroki Eiyū Zekrom in Japan.

In addition, the second 2011 film, Pokémon the Movie: Black — Victini and Reshiram (Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Victini to Shiroki Eiyū Reshiram), will also debut in December. According to The Pokémon Company, details of the second film's launch "will be coming soon."

The official Pokémon.com website will stream the trailer for Pokémon the Movie: White — Victini and Zekrom this weekend after the on-demand, online screening of last year's feature-length movie, Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

The official Pokémon site introduces the story of Pokémon the Movie: White — Victini and Zekrom:

During their travels through the Unova region, Ash and his friends Iris and Cilan arrive in Eindoak Town, built around a castle called the Sword of the Vale. The three Trainers have come to compete in the town's annual battle competition, and Ash manages to win with some unexpected help from the Mythical Pokémon Victini! It turns out Victini has a special bond with this place...

Long ago, the castle watched over the Kingdom of the Vale, and the partnership between Victini and the king protected its people who lived there. But that kingdom has since vanished into memory, leaving behind powerful relics and ancient Pokémon. Damon, a descendant of the People of the Vale, is trying to restore the lost kingdom with the help of his Reuniclus. His quest has taken him to the far reaches of the barren desert, and he has convinced the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram to join him in the search for truth!

Damon plans to trap Victini and harness its power, and as that plan gets under way, the entire town of Eindoak faces disaster! Can Ash awaken the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom to help him stop Damon and save Victini? The greatest adventure in Pokémon history approaches!

This year's two Pokémon films have collectively grossed over $53 million in Japan since they opened there on July 16. The newest Pokémon television series, Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes!, has been airing in Japan since last year.

Thanks to ravegrl for the news tip.

Image © 2011 Nintendo/Pokémon.

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