A live-action film based on the popular Pokémon franchise. Plot details are unknown right now. Artwork is from the first Pokémon movie.

The 20-year old franchise, Pokémon, started as a pair of video games created for the original Game Boy console. The game was created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri. The Pokémon Company is a shared franchise copyright of three companies namely Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures. Nintendo, however, is the sole owner of the trademark.

Game Freak developed the video games with Nintendo as the publisher. To date it has spawned many more video games, comic books, animated tv shows, trading card games, and other merchandises such as toys, clothes, accessories, and school supplies.

Pokémon is the contraction of Pocket Monsters, which has evolved into seven generations of fictional species to date. Tajiri took inspiration from one of his childhood pastimes, collecting insects. Players take the role of Pokémon Trainers who want to collect every Pokémon. Their duties include taking care of the eggs until they hatch and training the monsters until they are ready to battle it out with the Pokémon of other players.

The most popular species of Pokémon is Pikachu. The character was created and designed by Atsuko Nishida and Ken Sugimori. The species first appeared in the first generation game, Pokémon Red and Green (Blue replaced Green in North America), and went on to become one of the main characters in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is the mascot of the franchise, and one of Nintendo’s biggest stars.

The game’s main character is a Pokémon trainer named Ash Ketchum, a 10 year old kid aspiring to become a Pokémon master. A Pokémon researcher, Professor Oak, gives him Pikachu who at first made it difficult for Ash to train him. They soon form a loving bond and throughout their journey they befriend and battle a lot of trainers and Pokémon.

The franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 in a big way. It released the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, which can be played using mobile phones. It also released its first two seventh generation games, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.


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