Pokémon: The First Movie Gets Animated Reboot On Netflix

by : Lucy Connolly on : 22 Jan 2020 13:30
Pokémon: The First Movie Gets Animated Reboot On NetflixNetflix

Pokémon fans unite: the first (and best) ever feature-length film is getting a reboot on Netflix.

That’s right folks, soon you’ll have the chance to see Pokémon: The First Movie as you’ve never seen it before, a whole 22 years after it was first released.


Titled Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, the Netflix reboot reverts to its original name and from the looks of the trailer, will follow the path of the first movie pretty closely.

You can check out the trailer for Mewtwo Strikes Back below:


The first ever Pokémon film was made in 1998, and The First Movie explores what happens when scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo. Disclaimer: what happens is not good.


Mewtwo Strikes Back has a similar fate, with the Pokémon – the most powerful in existence – vowing to ‘strike back’ against the scientists who created him after he breaks free in the new trailer.

The film will also follow Ash Ketchum and co.’s journey, which ultimately leads to a conflict with the man-made Pokémon, with the trailer showing Pikachu facing off against him after he growls: ‘Which of you will oppose me first?’

As Ash leaps to his friend’s defence, Mewtwo exclaims: ‘So you do have some fight in you’, leaving us all to wonder what the bloody hell happened. And is Pikachu okay?!

pokemon movieNetflix

The official synopsis for the reboot reads:

When researchers discover and exploit a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon Mew, they unleash a creation that goes against the very laws of nature.

The Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo was intended for use as a tool of destruction. But as Mewtwo becomes aware of its own dubious origin, it begins to resent its human creators and seeks revenge…

The animation style is obviously vastly different than the original film’s more traditional, cartoon style, in that it’s all CGI. It also differs from Detective Pikachu, in which the Pokemon look slightly more realistic – but altogether less cute, in my opinion.

pikachu new pokemon movieNetflix

The film debuted in Japan last July, but unfortunately hasn’t been available for English-speaking audiences until now.

Not to worry though, because all of that is about to change!

Mewtwo Strikes Back will be available to watch on Netflix on Pokemon Day, February 27.

If you have a story you want to tell send it to UNILAD via [email protected]

Most Read StoriesMost Read


Meat Loaf Has Died Aged 74

Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Film and TV, Animation, Gaming, Netflix, Pikachu, Pokemon, reboot


  1. Netflix/YouTube

    Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution | Official Trailer | Netflix