In this action-packed anime film, fearless Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum and his pals must try to save Earth from destruction when an evil collector schemes to procure three coveted Pokemon — Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno.
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Made knowing it would have to lend itself well to mass markets and international adaptations, the second Pokémon film is more polished than its predecessor, but by sticking so closely to committee-approved reference art and ideas, it loses much of its charm. There's still signs of unique work and ideas here and there, but so too are artefacts of it having gone through several hasty rewrites.