It's hard to believe that Pokémon has now been around in some form since all the way back in 1996. First appearing as dual games on Nintendo's Gameboy, Pokémon Red & Blue (or Green if you lived in Japan) kicked off what would become one of the biggest franchises the world has ever seen.
After the games became such a success, they spawned a series of manga books, which in turn inspired an anime show, which in turn then inspired a series of movies. We've gotten toys, trading cards, and titles that feature different gameplay than the RPG series, like "Pokémon Snap" and "Pokémon Stadium."
It seems like the world of Pokémon will never stop expanding, with the current total of the little monsters reaching over 800. It has spanned across generations, with kids today still discovering it for the first time while adults can look back with fondness at their memories of the original 151.
For many, Pokémon will never again reach the level of hype provided by the first games and the earlier seasons of the show. It was a worldwide phenomenon, and when the first feature length film was released on the big screen, it became an event that every fan had to experience. So how well do you remember Pokémon: The First Movie? Take this quiz and find out.
1Who is the villain of "Pokémon: The First Movie?"
The plot of the Pokémon show revolved around Ash Ketchum, a young boy going on an adventure to become the best Pokémon trainer of all time. Each episode would focus on a different story, often introducing new Pokémon to viewers. But the movie focused on a different type of adventure. Ash and his friends Brock and Misty were invited to an island by a mysterious host. This host also invited other trainers and planned to steal their Pokémon for unknown reasons. Who was this villain?
2Who's that Pokémon?
The good people at Nintendo must have been hard at work developing new Pokémon by the time this movie was released. Not only did 2nd generation Pokémon debut in this movie and the short that appeared before it, but one had also already been seen in the show. This adorable egg Pokémon is carried around by Misty. And though it isn't very good at fighting, it has shown that it can be quite powerful. This is one of the only Pokémon that isn't stolen by Mewtwo for cloning, as Misty is quick to hide it in her bag. What is its name?
3Who gets turned to stone?
During the climax of the movie, it's an all out war. All of the Pokémon are fighting cloned versions of themselves. Even Mew shows up to fight Mewtwo. The only Pokémon who choose not to fight are Ash's Pikachu, who refuses to fight another version of himself, and Meowth, who reflects on the violent outcome with his clone. But during this great battle, Mew and Mewtwo both shoot giant psychic beams at each other. Someone is caught in the middle and gets turned to stone. Who is it?
4What was the name of the short that premiered before the movie?
As the movie was going to be a bit darker and more serious than the show, it made total sense to show a lighthearted animated short film before the feature film. This short focused more on the Pokémon than the humans. Ash, Misty, and Brock leave their Pokémon at a theme park specifically designed for them. But it isn't long before they run into a group of bullies that they start competing against. It all works out in the end as they make friends with the other Pokémon. What is the name of this short?