Anime: Pokémon the Movie: Black/White
aka: Pokemon Black And White
Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom
and Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram
(known in Japan as Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
and Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram
) are a pair of Pokémon
movies that together are the 14th movie in the franchise. It follows Ash, Iris, and Cilan meeting the legendary Pokémon known as Victini at the site of an ancient kingdom. The main antagonist is Damon, a descendant of the People of the Earth who wants to restore their kingdom, and will use whatever means necessary to do so.
movie got a limited theatrical release in the US over the weekend of December 3, 2011; the Black
movie was shown on Cartoon Network
the following week.
These movies provide examples of:
- Action Mom: Juanita.
- American Kirby Is Hardcore/Wolverine Publicity: Compare one of the Japanese posters◊ to its English equivalent◊.
- And I Must Scream: Victini being trapped within the confines of the Kingdom for thousands of years. Doesn't help matters that his confinement happened right after his best friend died right in front of him. Even worse, he's immortal in the first place. So if not for Damon and Ash, he literally would have been trapped in that tiny mountain kingdom for all eternity.
- Anti-Villain: Damon; Type III.
- The Bad Guy Wins: All of Damon's goals are accomplished successfully despite his Heel-Face Turn; this only means the Kingdom of the Vale was restored without the unintended and unaccounted-for side effects happening.
- Fridge Brilliance: The Dragon Force became destructive as a result of the two brothers of yore fighting their battle with Reshiram and Zekrom. It was neither the truth of collapse/the ideal of harmony that Ash bore nor the ideal of rebirth/the truth of vigilance Damon possessed that saved the Kingdom of the Vale in the end, but the cooperation between them, and between Reshiram and Zekrom in turn. Hate and zeal only destroy themselves and everything around them.
- Big Bad: Damon.
- The Chosen One: Ash and Damon are chosen by their respective Legendaries.
- Continuity Cameo: Peg appears in the credits.
- The Corruption: What happens when the Dragon Force gets out of control, complete with disintegrating plants.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Zekrom, in the White movie.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: How Damon's goals are accomplished without world destruction happening.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Damon's Gothitelle in Black.
- A trainer dressed as one with a Gothita and a Gothorita is shown in both movies.
- Gilded Cage: Victini is unable to go beyond the barrier surrounding Eindoak Town. The area is certainly beautiful, and Victini has plenty of friends among the local wild Pokemon, but it's been trapped there for 1,000 years. It's finally freed at the end of the movie, allowing it to explore the rest of the world.
- Guttural Growler: Zekrom.
- Heel-Face Turn: Damon realizes his mistake and attempts to help save Ash and Victini.
- Heroic Second Wind: Victini, being the Victory Pokemon, gives this to Ash's Pokemon during Eindoak Town's Pokemon competition, making it so that Tepig and Scraggy are the ones delivering Curb Stomp Battles instead of receiving them from a Samurott and a Hydreigon, respectively.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: The dub is more notable here than usual — J. Michael Tatum as Damon and Leah Clark as Carlita! In both versions, Nana Mizuki plays Victini.
- Light Is Not Good: Reshiram, in the White version.
- Meaningful Name: Damon- His name can refer to the english word of evil demon or the original greek meaning heavenly god or the greek neutral/unaligned spirit.
- Merchandise-Driven: See One Game for the Price of Two.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Damon after he realizes that his plan will destroy the world.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: In Japanese, Damon is named Dread Grangil.
- Ominous Floating Castle: The Earth Sword.
- One Movie For The Price Of Two: The movies are almost identical, with only a few minor, cosmetic differences. Given that it's Pokémon, this worked surprisingly well.
- Later averted, as the DVD release bundles the two movies together for about the same price as a single movie.
- The original Australasian release played this straight, with separate DV Ds for White and Black, though a combined package of both was later released.
- Only the Worthy May Pass: Only The Chosen One can progress beyond a certain point in the caverns beneath the castle. Anyone else will just keep going around in circles.
- Out of Focus: As always, the travelling partners Cilan and Iris hardly get to do anything for the plot.
- Romanticism vs. Enlightenment: Reshiram and Zekrom. Zekrom follows heroes with strong ideals (Romanticism) while Reshiram follows heroes who seek the truth (Enlightenment).
- Single Tear: When Ash thinks he's about to die from cold and oxygen loss.
- Shout-Out: When a Fire-type battles a Water-type, Cilan comments that an attack is 'not very effective'. Also counts as a Mythology Gag.
- Space Is Cold: When the castle rises up it gets so cold that Ash's tear freezes solid before it hits the ground.
- Justified: They were in Earth's Mesosphere. It's cold there.
- Sweet Tooth: Victini is a huge fan of Cilan's macarons.
- Talking to Himself: Both Reshiram and Zekrom are voiced by Marc Thompson in the English version.
- Vocal Dissonance: Carlita's Hydreigon in the Japanese version has a cry that sounds like a very high-pitched shriek. In the English dub, this was replaced with a slightly deeper growl.
- Also, Samurott's cry resembles a gruff woman's voice in the dub. It could well be female, but a female voice wouldn't be the first thing to come to mind when thinking of a bearded samurai sea lion.
- Despite technically being genderless, Reshiram speaks with a distinctly masculine voice in both the Japanese and English versions, contrasting its feminine appearance.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Damon wants to restore the Kingdom of the Vale to its former glory, blissfully unaware (until his plan is underway) that the resulting Dragon Force upheaval would cause catastrophic damage to the land. He is quick to do everything in his power to repent once the truth is revealed to him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The unimportant People of the Vale disappear half-way through the flying castle sequence and aren't shown evacuating with everyone else, though the end credits show them celebrating with everyone else.
- Wolverine Publicity: Reshiram and Zekrom. Despite what the trailers would imply, the dragon mascot of each movie only appears for about 15 minutes, with Damon's dragon getting (a bit) more screen time. Most of the movie focuses on Ash, Pikachu and Victini (along with Cilan and Iris).
- You Gotta Have Black-and-White Hair: Damon's hair coloring is wildly improbable, even for this series. The flashback scene implies it's natural.