Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, or known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: The Pokémon Ranger and Prince of the Sea: Manaphy, is the 9th Pokemon film to be released, and is the last film for the Hoenn era of the series.A Pokémon egg is obtained by a pirate known as Phantom. Working undercover is Jack "Jackie" Walker, a Pokémon Ranger who retrieves the egg and flees. Meanwhile, Ash, May, Brock and Max meet up with Lizabeth, one of the descendants of the "People of the Water." Later, they team up with Jackie as they attempt to keep the egg safe from Phantom and his crew, and a Manaphy hatches from the egg. The little Pokémon sees May as its mother.With a feature running for 1 hour and 45 minutes, it is currently the longest Pokémon movie made-to-date.
This movie provides examples of:
All Animals Are Dogs: The performing family's Buizel, which is seen licking Max once and also repeatedly plays with the Manaphy egg before it hatches.
Ambiguous Gender: Manaphy, despite it being named "The Prince of The Sea", which may lean towards a male.
Badass: The asskicking Jackie lays down in the opening scenes is pretty ridiculous, even considering his Narmful lines.
Big Brother Mentor: Jackie develops this kind of relationship with Ash over the course of the movie.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Meowth says that Diamond and Pearl would be great names for games. He gets told to wait until next season.
Cue the Sun: Right after Ash saves the Temple, it rises out of the water, at the same time as the sunrise.
A Day in the Limelight: May, as the movie focuses on her friendship with Manaphy, similarly to how the sixth focused on Max and Jirachi.
Cute, but Cacophonic: Manaphy's shrill crying and shrill voice throughout, including the scene where Manaphy cried/threw a tantrum over May's absence before it uses Heart Swap of course.
Deus Exit Machina: Why Corphish was at the Blue Lagoon during the temple's discovery. Ash saving the temple would have been a lot easier if he had the aquatic Pokémon at his beck and call at the time. The same could be probably be said for Jackie, who deserts the temple when he thought everyone else has gotten out of it safely.
Disney Death: Ash Ketchum arguably drowns, until he gets magically revived by Manaphy's Heart Swap and saves the sea Temple.
May's final words go from emotional to very happy in the end: "No, I'm not alright, but I will be."
Mythology Gag: in order to stop Team Rocket from escaping with the Manaphy egg, Jackie captures a Fearow, alluding to one of the leaders of the Pokémon Rangers in the first game, who has Fearow as his signature Pokémon.
Super Strength: Phantom seems to have this, but it's revealed in the end that he's just wearing a strength-enhancing suit. Which then shorts out. While he's trying to hold up a pillar so that it doesn't crush him. He lives, but still!