The sixth entry in the Pokémon
series of films, and the first movie to feature the Advance Generation characters.
Once every thousand years, the Millennium Comet can be seen from Earth for seven days. By the light of that comet and the bond of one chosen by destiny, a Pokémon that can grant wishes awakens. One man, mocked by his colleagues for his failure, wants to use this Pokémon to finally complete his goal of bringing a legendary creature to life.
This movie provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Butler.
- Big "NO!": Jirachi when Butler gets its True Eye (the one on its stomach) to open by having Dusclops torture it.
- Continuity Nod: During part of the narration at the beginning of the movie, each Pokémon from the previous movies get a cameo, in chronological order, starting with Mewtwo, then Lugia, Entei, Celebi, and Latias and Latios. Before all of them is Ho-oh, who was first seen in the very first episode.
- Also, the Pokemon fireworks seen in the movie were introduced in an episode that aired a couple weeks before the movie premiered.
- The English dub also added in a very heartwarming bit where Ash refers to a friend (obviously Misty) that he had to leave, and that he misses every day.
- Creating Life
- Crucified Hero Shot
- Dark Is Not Evil: Absol fits his description to a tee. It's not trying to hurt Jirachi, just return it to Forina.
- A Day in the Limelight: Max, as the movie focuses on his friendship with Jirachi.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Jirachi
- Eldritch Abomination: The fake Groudon that Butler creates. Seriously, the thing's pretty much what you would get if you crossbred Groudon with C'thulhu.
- Ending Theme: "Make a Wish". Notable as it's the only movie to feature part of the Japanese ending theme, alongside an English version of the song.
- Evil All Along: Butler, who initially seemed like a nice enough guy. It's even revealed that he used to work for Team Magma.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Unsurprisingly, the fake Groudon goes out of Butler's control.
- Lighter and Softer: For most of the film, anyway, since a lot of focus goes to Max's friendship with Jirachi.
- Expy: Forina was Based on the historic Chinese Wulingyuan area.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Butler made a machine that he believed would create a Groudon from scratch. The "Groudon" that resulted... well, wasn't. It was an Eldritch Abomination that was different from Groudon in every conceivable way except for its general shape.
- Heel-Face Turn: Diane goes against Butler to drive Ash, Jirachi, and the gang back to Forina.
- Butler himself in the end.
- It's Personal
- Keep It Foreign/Too Long; Didn't Dub: A rare musical example. 4Kids Entertainment, rather than creating a new ending theme like they do with every Pokemon movie, decided to do a version of the film's original ending theme that alternated between English vocals and the original Japanese vocals, building up to the point where both singers have a duet in their respective languages. It's quite impressive.
- Love Martyr: Diane pushes Butler out of the way from one of psuedo-Groudon's tentacles.
- Love Redeems: Butler
- My God, What Have I Done?: Said by Butler when the pseudo-Groudon runs amok.
- Reverse Polarity: Good 'ol plot device...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Butler at least thinks his intentions to prove the truth to Team Magma are right and not at all misguided.