YMMV / Pokémon 3

  • Accidental Innuendo: Pikachu seems to REALLY like Ash's mom.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The Unown appearing to Molly and granting her wishes can be seen as their way of saying "sorry" for what happened to her father.
  • Critical Dissonance: Despite the praise by fans and a reasonably faithful English dub (even labeled as such by well-known dub hater Dogasu), the movie sits at a dismal 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. This may have been due to the bad taste the dub of Pokémon: The First Movie left in people's mouths, and also possibly due to the dub itself being grating to parents' ears.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The English version was once again lucky to have Ralph Schuckett provide the orchestral score. Too bad that, save for one track (which is a medley), it remains unreleased.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Each of Molly's battles with Ash, Misty and Brock took place on a different plane. She battled Brock on the ground. Then she battled Misty underwater. And finally, Ash took his battle with Entei to the skies once Charizard arrived.
    • Ash's Cyndaquil/Totodile vs Entei makes sense if we think about it. Yes, two basic-stage Pokemon's type advantages don't mean much against a legendary. However, consider that Ash and company didn't expect the series of events themselves, and in addition, Ash didn't have anything better than Cyndaquil, Totodile, and perhaps Pikachu. (Noctowl does not resist Entei's attacks. Chikorita and Bulbasaur are even worse for obvious reasons.) Both Charizard and Squirtle (Ash's more battle-experienced water starter) were Put on a Bus some time before the movie's storyline, and because of why/how that was done, Ash could not summon them back via PC. Brock and Misty's Pokémon were already taken out by the time Ash battles Entei, so that essentially leaves Totodile and Cyndaquil as the best (albeit not very good) option possible for Ash had, until Charizard came back after finding out that Ash was in trouble through a news broadcast.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Illusion Entei's fire attacks look a lot like Shadow Fire, from Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, which would come out 3 years later. With that in mind, you get a new appreciation for Molly's emotional state.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this movie, Dan Green voices Entei, a guardian spirit for a lonely kid. Sound familiar?
    • In one of the pictures that is shown on the computer you can see a Egyptian styled wall painting, making it even funnier.
    • Molly is a lonely girl in a self-made crystal palace protected by a creature that won't hesitate to get violent. Thirteen years later...
    • In a bizarre case of Life Imitates Art, a 30-year-old Brazilian man saw Entei as a guardian spirit in the same vein as Molly. "Tá Tudo Bem Agora" (It's Alright Now), from his forum post, became a meme in Brazil for a while.
  • Narm: "You. Are. MAMA!" Much less narmy in the Japanese version, though.
  • Subbing versus Dubbing: The English dub is quite faithful to the Japanese original, but consider this movie's terrible Rotten Tomatoes rating compared to its good reputation with fans, and how much of its fanbase consists of nostalgic fans of the original series. This should make it pretty obvious that the English voices and 4Kids' dubbing, despite their iconic status, are not everyone's cup of tea.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: It's considered to be amongst the best (if not the best) of the Pokémon movies, up there with the Lucario and Keldeo movies, along with the Mewtwo movie if you consider its Japanese dub.
  • Squick: Brock playfully flirting with teenage Molly could be this, considering Molly is actually a five-year-old girl.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Delia Ketchum is kidnapped, Ash becomes very upset. "She's gone! ...I couldn't save her!"
    • Molly's story. Her mom is already gone at the start of the story (It was confirmed in the Japanese version that she left her father because he was a workaholic obsessed with finding the Unown), and then her father disappears from her life too, so she creates a whole new fantasy world so she can have the things she wants most. The thing she wants most of all? Her mother.
    • Entei's "death" scene is always guaranteed to bring on the waterworks.
    Entei: I must go now Molly.
    Molly: Entei, I'm gonna miss you.
    Entei: And I will miss you. Just keep me close, in your dreams... (Disappears into Light)
  • The Woobie: Molly. Seriously, for most of the movie she's like a miniature Ophelia.