Celebi: Voice of the Forest
|Directed by||Kunihiko Yuyama|
|Produced by|| Yukako Matsusako
|Written by||Hideki Sonoda|
|| Rika Matsumoto
|Narrated by||Unshō Ishizuka|
|Box office takings||$28 million|
|Predecessor||Pokemon the Movie 3|
|Australia||October 11th, 2002|
|Europe||July 3rd, 2002 onwards|
|Japan||July 7th, 2001|
|United States||October 11th, 2002|
Pokemon 4Ever: Celebi - Voice of the Forest or when translated directly from the Japanese versions title; Pocket Monsters the Movie: Celebi A Timeless Encounter is commonly known to most simply as Pokemon 4EVER and is the fourth movie in the pokemon franchise.
The movie was directed by the anime series chief Kunihiko Yuyama again and maintained most of the predecessors voice actors from the anime: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Mayumi Iizuka, Yūji Ueda, Megumi Hayashibara, and Shin-ichiro Miki in the Japanese versions.
The film was adapted to English for international audiences by 4Kids Entertainment and distributed by Miramax Films who took over from Warner Bros Family Entertainment. The English adaption of Pokemon 4Ever was directed by Jim Malone, written by Norman J. Grossfeld and voiced by the voice actors from the English adaption of the anime: Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rachael Lillis, and Maddie Blaustein.
Of particular contrast between the Japanese and international release versions of the movie was the characters voices, the Japanese release had come under fire for the characters sounding too cartoony in a setting that was supposed to be... well quite frankly a bit more epic sounding. 4Kids did a good job in taking this onboard and rectifying it for the English adaptation making the characters sound less cartoony and a bit more serious and appropriate to the story. Future Pokemon movies such as Genesect and the Legend Awakened would draw inspiration from this many years later.
On the DVD released version an exclusive e-Reader card of Suicine was included as a bonus gift and a special mini feature called Pikachu's Pikaboo was featured as a bonus feature.
Around a decade after it's initial release Pokemon 4Ever was re-released a number of times, in the UK for example Optimum Home Entertainment released the DVD again on May 9th, 2011. Then on April 2nd, 2012 Studio Canal released a double Pokemon Movie DVD pack featuring Pokemon Heroes and Pokemon 4ever, this release was timed to come just a week before the dual Pokemon Black & White Movies; Black Victini and Reshiram and White Victini and Zekrom came out. Pokemon 4Ever was also aired on Cartoon Network in the USA as part of a special Pokémon event that they were running in 2005.
In the present day, Ash and friends arrive in the forest, and while the story of Sammy and Celebi might seem like just that at first—a story—they find out the truth when both boy and Pokémon turn up again! Though both recover from their harrowing ordeal of forty years past, things aren't necessarily getting better—there are still people looking to capture Celebi! This time it's the Iron Masked Marauder, and his plan might just be the cruelest one yet. He's equipped with Dark Balls, which make any Pokémon captured in them mindlessly obedient and evil. Can Ash, Sammy, Misty, and Brock withstand the power of a possessed Celebi, and restore it to its true self?
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|