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Pokémon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unown (2000)

Gekijô-ban poketto monsutâ: Kesshô-tô no teiô (original title)
In the town of Greenfield, a young, lonely girl's dreams and wishes are brought into reality by a collective of reality-warping Pokémon.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (voice)
Veronica Taylor ... Ash Ketchum / Delia Ketchum (voice)
Rachael Lillis ... Misty / Jessie / Goldeen / Vulpix (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachû (voice)
Eric Stuart ... Brock / James (voice)
Madeleine Blaustein ... Meowth (voice) (as Addie Blaustein)
Amy Birnbaum ... Molly Hale (voice)
Dan Green ... Professor Spencer Hale / Entei (voice)
Stuart Zagnit ... Professor Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Lisa Ortiz Lisa Ortiz ... Lisa (voice)
Kathy Pilon Kathy Pilon ... Reporter (voice)
Peter R. Bird Peter R. Bird ... David (voice)
Kayzie Rogers ... Wobbuffet / Cyndaquil / Totodile / Mimey / Flaaffy (voice)
Ted Lewis ... Tracey Sketchit / Schuyler (voice) (as Ed Paul)
Rodger Parsons ... Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
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This Spring The Unknown Spells Adventure


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Did You Know?


Sean Connery turned down the role of the Professor, Molly's Father in the English dubbed version. See more »


Lee Quick's name is listed in the credits even though Officer Jenny doesn't have any lines of dialogue. See more »


Entei: You are... mama!
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Crazy Credits

In pre-2016 releases, the movie shows the title "Pokemon 3: The Movie" between the studio logos and "Pikachu & Pichu," while the main feature shows an alternate title, "Pokemon: Spell of the Unown." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original Japanese version, Molly's (Mi's) mother's disappearance is not addressed on-screen. When the Japanese filmmakers were asked about this, they provided a detailed story about her and her absence. So Molly's mother is shown in the American version as a Pokémon researcher, like her husband, and her disappearance is explained early in the movie. The film's final credit sequence was re-edited so that the American audiences would be sure to see the return of Molly's mother and father, which is only shown in the Japanese version at the end of the final credits. See more »


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The Darkest Pokemon Movie
22 February 2019 | by djkimtechSee all my reviews

I have the original VHS copy at my parents house and I remember watching this a bunch as a kid (mainly because I was pretty happy just watching the 3 Pokemon movies I had). What stays with me is the pretty mesmerizing visuals and backdrops. Everything in the main meat of the film is very dreamlike and cold. It sort of reminds me of what some of my nightmares were like; cold, empty, and alone with some kind of monster like that giant seal from Pengu.

What stands out more though are the really dark themes about child mourning. It explores a child's need for guardianship for security and comfort, and how much a child grieves not just from the loss of his/her beloved parents, but also the loss of a parental figure. The child in this movie is given free reign to do essentially whatever she wants right after the loss of her parents, and what she wants are her parents back and to essentially shut down the world outside of her, and boy is that relatable. I sure have some times where I wish I could hide under my blanket in my room and have all my anxieties, responsibilities, and pains wash away and get transported back to a time where my biggest worry was whether tomorrow was raining or not.

Everything else about the movie was either average or below par, but I think my enjoyment of this film kind of makes me wish more children entertainment could tackle dark but real topics like these, because it gives those films the "evergreen" quality. Children movies have the unique opportunity to affect a person's entire life; Spongebob does this well because it's topics for each episode are relatively simple and small in scale, which become easily applicable to any aspect of life (on top of really good writing and surreal animation too). And I think shows like Rick and Morty being so popular show that younger people want to learn how to cope with darker realities without being treated like moody teenagers. Give this one a try if you're a fan of the first Pokemon Movie scene where Ash dies.

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Release Date:

6 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emperor of the Crystal Tower See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,240,752, 8 April 2001

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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