Remastered Pokémon: The First Movie Airing on Cartoon Network

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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It’s a movie many have fond childhood memories of from years and years ago. Pokémon: The First Movie was first released in Japan back in 1998 before making its way across the globe during the height of the franchise’s worldwide popularity. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Pokémon’s debut on the silver screen, or if you’re new to the scene and want a look at Pokémon history—and if you live in the United States—then you might want to clear your schedule this Saturday.

A digitally remastered version of Pokémon: The First Movie will air on Cartoon Network January 4th, 2014, bright and early at 8:30 AM EST. It wasn’t specifically stated if this showing of the film would also include the Origin of Mewtwo prologue or the Pikachu’s Vacation featurette, but regardless, this is a nice throwback for those of us who were there to see it when it was first released in theaters. Ah, memories. The fact that it has been digitally remastered is also promising for those who haven’t seen the movie for a good long while.

And if you’re going to be in an anime-watching mood this Saturday anyway, don’t forget to tune in to Space Dandy‘s world premiere later that same night on Toonami.

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  • Ninty

    Geez, so that means it’ll come on at 5:30 AM here in Cali? I don’t wanna wake up so early….but I’ll probably try. lol

  • Re-POKEMON-Mastered, am I right guys? …Guys??

    • multibottler0cket

      Fifty points to Gryffindor!

  • mike

    Maybe some kids will be able to see how good the english voice actors used to be, unless they re-dub it, witch would ruin the movie

  • Vallen

    I wonder if this means all the pkm movies will get a bd release later hmm?

    • Tara

      Think so, yeah. They’ve been released on Blu-Ray in some regions already. Though in the US, we do already have 4-7 on Blu-Ray (Pokemon 4Ever, Pokemon Heroes, Jirachi Wish Maker, and Destiny Deoxys all on one disc.) Only those lack any special features, so hopefully they may re-release them in editions with special features… I’d like HD versions of the Pikachu shorts. :/

  • Billy Bass

    I ended up going to bed quite early after a long day yesterday. I reckon I’ll be watching it this morning.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I saw this too late. Hopefully they’ll air it again, and/or release a blu-ray version at some point.

    • Tara

      I’m fairly sure this is the Blu-Ray version that has been released in some regions already… I think they’ll probably show the next two movies, and then we might get a collection of the first three on Blu-Ray. Movies 4-7 have gotten a Blu-Ray release already… though very basic Blu-Ray releases (4 movies on a single BRD, no bonus features. Would it have killed them to put the Pikachu shorts on, too?) Of course that’s seemingly the thing they do now, all of the recent movie releases haven’t had the Pikachu shorts at all.

  • Thanatos2k

    This was the only good Pokemon movie. How many are there now, 27?

    • ZigTheHunter

      The third movie was better then the first. All of the rest after it are worst then the original.