|Directed by||Kunihiko Yuyama|
|Produced by|| Yukako Matsusako
|Written by||Hideki Sonoda|
|| Rica Matsumoto
|Narrated by||Unshō Ishizuka|
|Box office takings||$20.9 million|
|Successor||Jirachi Wish Maker|
|Australia||May 16th, 2003|
|Europe||April 29th, 2004|
|Japan||July 13th, 2002|
|United States||May 16th, 2003|
Pokemon Heroes: Latios and Latias, or Pocket Monsters the Movie: The Guardians of Altomare as it directly translates from it's Japanese title is more commonly known simply as Pokemon Heroes. It's the fifth movie in the Pokemon franchise.
The film was initially released in Japan on July 13th, 2002 and had staggered releases in other countries right the way up to the middle of 2004 when it finally finished releasing across Europe. Like all of its predecessors, this movie was directed by the chief director of the Pokemon Anime, Kunihiko Yuyama and voiced in the Japanese release by the cast of the anime; Rica Matsumoto, Yuji Ueda, Mayumi Iizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Shin-ichiro Miki and Ikue Ōtani.
As in Pokemon 4Ever before it the English adaptation and distribution were done by 4Kids Entertainment and Miramax films respectively with voice acting being done by the regulars from the English anime adaptation; Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rachael Lillis and Maddie Blaustein.
Cinema releases of the movie were a little more limited for Pokemon Heroes as its predecessors post Pokemon the Movie 2000 hadn't performed amazingly at the box office. As such the May 16th, 2003 U.S cinema release of Heroes was shortlived and it was then released on DVD and home video in January 2004.
A good few years later the movie was aired on both Cartoon Network (several occasions) and on Toon Disney (November 27th, 2007). It was the fourth time a Pokemon movie had been shown on Toon Disney, largely down to the fact that Miramax; the distribution company for these movies were still owned by Disney at this point; the first three movies they showed were Jirachi: Wish Maker, Pokemon Destiny Deoxys and Pokemon 4Ever.
The film ties in with and compliments Pokemon Season 05 - Master Quest and also signifies the end of the original Pocket Monsters Story arc in Japan.
The story of the movie follows Ash, Misty and Brock's continuing journey through the Johto region and the main setting is a city called Alto Mare which means "High Sea" in Italian, it's said that this city is based on Venice, Italy. Although this movie is set during the times of our heroes adventure in Johto, the Island where a lot of the film takes place is just off the coast of the mainland Johto region.
The movie was re-released on DVD in the UK by Optimum Home Entertainment on May 9th, 2011. It also got re-released as a twin pack alongside it's predecessor Pokemon 4Ever by Studio Canal on April 2nd, 2012 only one day before the twinned Pokemon Black & White movies came out on April 3rd, 2012. In the USA Echo Home Entertainment released Pokemon Heroes alongside Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys on Blu Ray as a twin pack.
Ash gets a special peek into the secret world of Latios and Latias, but this world is soon threatened by the two women from before—Annie and Oakley—who are after the two Legendary Pokémon, as well as a mysterious jewel called the Soul Dew. These elements combined will let them control a powerful machine that normally protects against danger. When the machine malfunctions, though, it not only puts Latios and Latias at serious risk, but the entire city of Alto Mare!
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|