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The CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie will premiere on Netflix in February

By Tim Augustin - on 23 Jan 2020, 5:50pm

The CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie will premiere on Netflix in February

Brock's still unable to open his eyes, I see. | Image: Netflix

A remake of Pokémon: The First Movie is coming - and it’s coming with a brand new animation style, too. 

Netflix will premiere the CGI remake globally (excluding Japan and Korea). The movie, titled Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution, retells the story of Ash and friends’ first troublesome meeting with the rage-driven legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. Watch the trailer below:

The synopsis for the movie reads:

When researchers discover and exploit a fossil of the Mythical Pokémon Mew, they unleash a creation that goes against the very laws of nature: Mewtwo, a Legendary Pokémon intended for use as a tool of destruction. But as Mewtwo becomes aware of its own dubious origin, it begins to resent its human creators and seeks revenge - and Ash, Pikachu, and their friends find themselves at the center of its rampage! With the future of the Pokémon world at stake, will our heroes be able to overcome Mewtwo’s challenge… and will Mewtwo be able to find a new meaning for its life?

Fans of the original’s 2D animation might find the new CGI animation a little strange - I know I do. Detective Pikachu was another movie that portrayed Pokémon in a very… shall we say, different light? This movie seems to follow suit by giving every character Disney-style makeovers. 

Who knows if this remake will change up as much of the original’s story, though. From the trailer alone, it seems quite faithful to the original. Tears will be shed during… that scene. 

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution will hit Netflix on February 27.