As a franchise, Pokemon has many types of releases, including video games. However, its popularity is due to the anime series. The most popular animated series also get movie installments. In the movies, additional events are released, sometimes containing some backstories for some of the characters.
There are at least 20 original movies featuring the characters from Pokemon. The very first movie was released in 1998 and it was called "Pokémon: The First Movie." The second Pokemon animated movie was released in 1999 and subtitled "The Movie 2000." The third installment is named "Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unknown" and was actually released in the year 2000.
"Pokemon: The First Movie" was released in Japanese cinemas and on TV, but the 2 versions vary slightly, with the TV version being longer. This movie was also later re-made digitally and released in 2019 under the "Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution" title. There's no coincidence there because, in Japan, the original title of this first movie is, literally, "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back." This installment has 3 mini-parts.
The "Pokemon 2000: The Movie" anime release has 2 mini-parts. Its original Japanese title literally translates to " Pocket Monsters the Movie: The Phantom Pokémon – Lugia's Explosive Birth."
The literal translation of the 3rd Pokemon movie is "Pocket Monsters the Movie: Lord of the "UNKNOWN" Tower ENTEI." It premiered in an IMAX theater, and thanks to a specific graphic design used, the movie had a 3D effect, despite it not being designed as such.
In case you wonder why did we list all these 3 anime movies with their release dates, is because this listing contains all 3 of them. It's not on just any media, but on Blu-ray. Their Japanese titles give away part of the plot of each movie release.
This listing is perfect for any and all Pokemon fans.