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Pokemon: The Adventure Begins is an  2015 live action/animated based on the Pokemon franchise. It's the first film in a planned Pokemon film series. Produced by Imagine Films and Nintendo Entertainment, the film was released on July 10, 2015 in the U.S.

Plot

15 year old Ash Ketchum begins his journey of becoming a Pokemon master in the Kanto region with his best friend Pickuchu, gym masters Misty, and Brock. When they discovered that Team Rocket is planning to steal the Pokemon, they must stop him. 

Cast

  • Levi Miller  as Ash Ketchum
  • Veronica Moss as Misty
  • Marcus Smith as Brock
  • Alexandra Astor as Jessie
  • Patrick Matron as James
  • Dominic Koch as Professor Oak
  • Patrick Harrison as Ash's mother
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Lt. Surge
  • Jennifer Lopez as Sabrina 
  • Erica Waston as Erika 
  • Jennifer Smith as Janie 
  • Michael Keaton as Blaine 
  • Miles Teller as Blue

Production

The film have been in development since 2007. The film.was orignally titled Pokemon: The Real Movie, confirming that it would be a live action Pokemon movie. However, after the success of the animated The Pokemon Pirates movie, Nintendo founded Nintendo Entertainment in 2009 in which they would release d their own feature films, putting the Pokemon film on hold, however Nintendo announced the film would co-produced by Imagine Films. In 2011, it was revealed that film will be released "by the next five years". In 2012, the film was revealed to be released in 2015 or 2016. In 2013, the film was announced to be released in July 2016, but was moved up a year to July 10, 2015.


Filming began on January 9, 2014 and ended on July 30, 2014.Although, the movie is live action, the Pokemon characters are CGI. The filmmakers use motion capture performance to make the Pokemon have realistic movements.

Marketing

A series of Pokemon action figures were released along with a series of Pokemon Trading Card were also released. A videogame Pokemon: The Adventure Begins was released on the 3DS and Wii U. Four edition were released- Red, Blue, Leafgreen and Firered on the 3DS and the Wii U will have only one edition. 

Sequels 

Fives sequels are in development. The first, entitled Pokemon: Journey to the Johto was released on May 20, 2016.  The second, Pokemon: Heroes of Hohen to be released on May 26, 2017. Three more sequels are set to be released, Secrets of Sinnoh on July 27, 2018, Battles of Unova on June 14, 2019, and Knights of Kalos on July 24, 2020, and Adventures of Ahola in 2021. Severals spin-offs are also in developments, such as Pokemon Rangers and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon.  

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