So the English dub...*sigh* I don't think I have the writing skills to express how much I hate it. And I don't hate it because it's a terrible, rage-inducing "adaptation," and I don't hate it because the Japanese version is vastly superior in every conceivable way. I hate it is because this poorly acted, poorly written, poorly scored piece of crap is what people associate with Mewtwo Strikes Back. They think of hypocritical morals and "Brother My Brother" and lame jokes and a music score that's just there and bland voice acting and think that what they see in the dub is all there is to this movie. I mean, I look at what all those film critics say about the movie back then and am shaking my head because, while they do have some valid complaints here and there, a large majority of the faults they find with the movie aren't there in the original version of the film. "You didn't see the real movie!" I think to myself. "You saw the 4Kids One Piece dub of the Pokémon franchise."
—Dogasu, on the English dub of Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.
Well, I guess the first movie's dub wasn't so bad after all. The much talked-about Pokémon Chronicles series begins with this episode, and what an episode it is. 4Kids manages to make everyone forget everything good they've done with the Pokémon franchise in the past seven years by completely botching this special up in every way imaginable. There are so many screw-ups, mistranslations, and needless edits that you'd think 4Kids was intentionally trying to piss us all off.
People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society. ... American law does not protect our painters, sculptors, recording artists, authors, or filmmakers from having their lifework distorted, and their reputation ruined. If something is not done now to clearly state the moral rights of artists, current and future technologies will alter, mutilate, and destroy for future generations the subtle human truths and highest human feeling that talented individuals within our society have created.
—George Lucas, in 1988, protesting colorizations and other unauthorized changes to films by corporations
- As explained in this article, this does not constitute hypocrisy on Lucas' part, contrary to popular belief.