Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution[a] is a 2019 Japanese computer-animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Motonori Sakakibara. The film is the 22nd installment in the Pokémon film series and a CGI remake of the first film. The film was animated at OLM‘s CGI unit.
In Japan, it was released on July 12, 2019, by Toho. A preview was shown in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2019. The film was released worldwide on Netflix on Pokémon Day on February 27, 2020. And this was the last Pokémon film to be composed by Shinji Miyazaki before his retirement.
After accepting an invitation from a mysterious trainer, Ash, Misty, and Brock meet Mewtwo, an artificially created Pokémon who wants to do battle.
Since the film is a near shot-for-shot remake of the first Pokèmon movie, with minimal changes in the script, The Pokémon Company had to obtain the rights to that script from the estate of Takeshi Shudo, who had written the screenplay for the original movie. According to film director Kunihiko Yuyama, the production staff chose to animate the movie using 3D graphics to portray a “different dimension of the Pokémon world” that would normally be difficult to carry out through other methods of animation. Though the movie was primarily based on the Kanzenban or “Complete” version of the original film, a scene featuring a young Mewtwo growing up with clone companions that eventually passed away was not adapted for the remake but acknowledged during the film’s marketing cycle.
For the film’s end credits, the English song, “Keep Evolving” is performed by Haven Paschall (who voiced Serena in the Pokémon XY and XYZ series) and the Sad Truth and arranged and produced by Ed Goldfarb, who composed the score for the North American version of the anime series.