The first full-length trailer for the CGI Pokémon film, Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION, has released online. The trailer highlights many of the scenes that appear to be shot-for-shot recreations of the original 1990s animated feature, and gives the best look at the style the film has taken so far.
Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION is a remake of the very first Pokémon film, which was known as Pokémon: The First Movie in the U.S. and carried the title of Mewtwo Strikes Back elsewhere (this was used as the subtitle in America). The original film released in Japan in July of 1998, and the English dub arrived in the U.S. the following year.
The story follows Ash and Pikachu, who, along with their friends Brock and Misty, receive a mysterious invitation to travel to an isolated island and battle against the world’s greatest Pokémon Trainer. When they arrive on the island, they discover that the trainer is none other than a Pokémon – the extremely powerful psychic Mewtwo. Mewtwo steals the trainers’ Pokémon and clones them to create an army for himself, seeking to prove that the power of clones outweighs that of the originals; when the Pokémon Mewtwo was cloned from, Mew, arrives, they engage in a vicious battle that only Ash can put an end to.
The original animated feature became one of the highest-grossing Japanese films of all time, bringing in $173 million at the box office. One of the original directors, Kunihiko Yuyama, will be co-directing the CGI remake alongside Motonori Sakakibara. Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION debuts on July 12, 2019.