Review by Steve Rhodes|
2 stars out of 4
POKÉMON 4EVER is the fourth in a series that I'll bet most parents had thought
--hoped! -- was a fad that had long since vanished. I'm here to report that,
like the Energizer bunny, Pokémon just keeps on going and going. Like the
endless stream of Power Rangers fans, a new batch of young kids keeps coming
along to discover the joys of "pocket monsters." Both series are colorful and
careful never to tax the cognitive powers of young minds. Adults play endless
games of solitaire on the computer, and teens devote countless hours to killing
video game monsters, so why can't the little ones have their own mindless
activities? All of the above notwithstanding, I hate having to spend time
viewing Pokémon on the big screen or on the little one, but, to be fair, the
series is made for people whose ages are in the low to mid single digits, a time
that has long since passed me by.
The plot in POKÉMON 4EVER has the heroes, Ash Ketchum (voiced by Veronica
Taylor), his buddies Misty (voiced by Rachael Lillis) and Brock (voiced by Eric
Stuart), and their candy-colored companion Pikachu (voiced by Ikue Ootani),
fighting villains bent on world domination. This villainous organization is
called SPECTRE -- oops, wrong movie -- I mean, Team Rocket. Will Ash and
friends prevail? What do you think? The real question is whether any of the
adults will be able to stay awake until the end in order to find out.
POKÉMON 4EVER runs 1:16. It is rated G and would be acceptable for all ages.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes