- Dec 31, 2019
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That's not exactly just XY, though. Pokémopolis even had running jokes about him randomly turning into "action hero Ash". Things like jumping into the TRio's balloon, trying to punch Mewtwo in the face, I sort of recall him trying to jump a cliff in DP at one point...
This is true. Start of AG he threw himself off a cliff, too. They make the boy very reckless when Pikachu is involved.
I think he was very ambitious in his ideas but restrained by the nature of a weekly TV show. I believe he said that he wanted to get rid of stock animation but it couldn't be afforded, for instance.
I haven't seen any of the reboot films (actually 8 was the last one I saw at all) but an AU film would have significantly fewer of those sorts of issues.
I do remember this. Unfortunately, Pokemon being on TV pretty much all the time makes no stock animation incredibly labour intensive and, as a result, just not feasible. Movies have a totally different timetable and work force behind them so they can make them look great. Helps that The Power of Us had Studio Mappa working on it as well.
ACK! I LOVE The Power of Us too! It's my favorite movie, with interesting world-building, an interesting cast, an interesting premise, actual developed characters(which is a rarity in the movies), and giving Ash and Pikachu an interesting role by putting them in the backseat(for the most part). Ash does have the hero archetype in this movie as well, but I feel like this version is more lively than XY Ash without feeling too forced, which is why he struck out as interesting here. Plus, the fact that they did such a good "show not tell" of Ash and Pikachu's relationship was squeal-inducing for me. The introduction of every character was just perfect and really showed off their personalities...and their roles are well-established in the film by not forcing them together through some contrived plot! Everything was a domino effect in this movie, every character and incident having an impact on another which led to the climax of the movie and the climax of every character's growth.
My favourite aspect of it was the diversity of characters on the cast. You got the young kid and the school age girl, but also a middle-aged man and an old lady. It really sold me on the idea that everyone, no matter how old or what their background is, can benefit from their relationships with Pokemon. That it managed to develop every character sufficiently and then tie everything together at the end was really impressive.