Moviegoers in Australia and New Zealand are invited to step back in time, as Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back returns to cinemas. It’s been 15 years since the film was first shown on the big screen, so if you missed it the first time around, or simply want to relive your youth, now’s your chance.
When it was first released back in 1998 (1999 outside of Japan), the movie was slammed by critics – TV Week even stated “This totally sucks“, while comparing it to Astroboy.
However, released at the height of Poké-mania, Mewtwo Strikes Back was always going to be a box office smash. At the time, it was the highest-grossing anime film in the United States, the fourth-highest-grossing animated film based on a television show worldwide, and the highest-grossing film based on a video game (a record it later lost to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001).
Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back will be hosted at Hoyts cinemas around the country starting October 8th. No session times have been made available yet, but stay tuned to the Hoyts website closer to the date for more information.
If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how well this one’s aged.