The full-length trailer for Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! has arrived - offering an updated take on Ash and Pikachu's early adventures. With 20 years under its belt, the Pokémon franchise is looking back on its beginnings. Next month, a new film will arrive in theaters and reboot the origin of Ash and Pikachu. Using the pilot of the original series, including its name, as inspiration, I Choose You! will both retell a familiar story and introduce new lore.
The previously-released Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! teaser trailer confirmed that Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh will factor more prominently into this retelling. Of course, not everyone made the cut. Both Brock and Misty will sit out the adventure in favor of two new human companions for Ash. The movie will also introduce some new Pokémon that weren't featured in the earliest seasons of the original TV show. Now, with the film's debut just a month away, we have our best look yet at what to expect yet.
Pokémon has released the first full-length trailer for Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, and it provides us with a better understanding of how the new film will approach the mythology of Ash and Pikachu. You can watch said trailer, above!
Like the previously-released teaser, the I Choose You! trailer repeats familiar beats like Pikachu hating Ash and them finally working together against an onslaught of Spearows. Many of these moments look to simply be reanimated and fleshed out a bit. However, the moment in which the pair see Ho-Oh in the trailer teases how the movie will add something new to this familiar origin story.
Joined by a new team, Ash and Pikachu use the Rainbow Wing that falls from Ho-Oh to go on a new adventure seeking the Legendary Pokémon. In the original series, the sighting of Ho-Oh was a window for Ash and audiences into the larger world of Pokémon beyond the initial 151 creatures. Instead, I Choose You! will use the moment as the jumping off point for Ash to meet new Pokémon, fight new trainers, and have new adventures.
Some of these moments are teased in the trailer, as Ash and his new friends go on the search for Ho-Oh. We also see that Pokémon outside of the Generation I will show up, including Incineroar from Sun & Moon. There's even a glimpse of a new Legendary Pokémon, the Fighting/Ghost Marshadow. In the trailer, Marshadow is shown battling Ash and Pikachu, so it's unclear whether the creature is friend or foe to the duo. Other Legendary Pokémon like Entei also make an appearance here, highlighting how the new film will blend various Generations together for this reimagined storyline.
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! arrives in select theaters November 5, 2017.