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Pokémon: Jirachi—Wish Maker
Pokémon Jirachi Wish Maker poster.jpg
Japanese Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Produced by Yukako Matsusako
Takemoto Mori
Choji Yoshikawa
Screenplay by Hideki Sonoda
Narrated by Unshō Ishizuka
Starring See below
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Cinematography Takaya Mizutani
Hisao Shirai
Editing by Toshio Henmi
Studio OLM, Inc.
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) July 19, 2003 (2003-07-19) (Japan)
Running time 81 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Money made ¥4.5 billion

Pokémon: Jirachi—Wish Maker is a 2003 anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It is the sixth film in the Pokémon series and is the first one featuring the characters from Advanced Generation. It was accompanied by the short "Gotta Dance" (おどるポケモンひみつ基地 Odoru Pokemon Himitsu Kichi, Secret Base of the Dancing Pokémon). It was released in theaters in Japan on July 19, 2003. The English dub was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and distributed by Miramax Films, released as direct-to-video on June 1, 2004. The events of the film take place during the sixth season of Pokémon: Advanced.

The featured song in this movie is Asuca Hayashi's A Small Thing (小さきもの Chiisaki Mono) in the Japanese version while the English version, Make a Wish, was sung by Cindy Mizelle. The tune of this song is also used as the lullaby May and Max's mother used to sing to them when they were children. This is the first movie in which the original Japanese song is also clearly used in the English version, and the first time in which the names of the guest characters were the same in both the English and Japanese versions.

The movie's main location, Forina, is based on Wulingyuan, located in the Hunan Province of China.

Plot

Gotta Dance!

The plot of the short centers on Team Rocket and their newest base. After building their base, the Pokémon of Team Rocket manage to successfully capture three Whismur to provide entertainment to Giovanni when he arrives. To force the Whismur to cooperate, Meowth uses a baton that, when a switch was pressed on the end, made Pokémon dance uncontrollably.

Meanwhile, Pikachu, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and Lotad stumble upon the base and attempt to free the Whismur. One of the running gags in the short is how the dancing baton is constantly activated or deactivated by accident. This leads to the accidental destruction of the base thanks to the uncontrollable dancing of the Pokémon, including a wild Ludicolo and Loudred.

Jirachi—Wish Maker

The story revolves around the Millennium Comet, which appears in the night sky for seven days once every thousand years. This is also when the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi awakens from its long slumber to absorb the comet's energy. This energy, in turn, is released into the ground, bringing life to the area known as Forina where it rests. This time, however, a magician known as Butler and his long-time girlfriend Diane unearth the stone that encases Jirachi, and take it away from Forina.

Meanwhile, in celebration of the Millennium Comet's appearance, Ash Ketchum and his friends May, Max and Brock arrive at a wide crater, which is where the festival of the Millennium Comet is meant to be. Upon seeing nothing where the festival should be, they decide to wait until morning and go to sleep. While they're sleeping, the festival arrives; Pikachu, Ash's Pokémon companion, notices first and wakes all the others, and they watch the festival being set up.

At the festival, May buys a seven-panelled novelty that is said to grant a person one wish if a panel is closed for each night the comet appears and is visible in the sky. Later, Ash and Max accidentally volunteer for one of Butler's magic tricks because Max hears a voice coming from the rock Diane is holding, and runs down to the stage. Max is introduced to Jirachi, who he hears talking from inside the rock. Butler lets Max take the rock, from which Jirachi emerges later that night. Hoping its wishing ability is true, Max wishes for much candy, and it appears – but it is revealed that instead of creating the candy, Jirachi teleported it from a stall in the festival.

The intentions of Butler are soon revealed: he was a former scientist for Team Magma who was seeking to resurrect the Legendary Pokémon Groudon. Butler had devised the perfect system, but could not find the necessary amount of power to fuel and was fired from Team Magma, to his humiliation. To try and fuel his machine again, he hoped to use Jirachi's energy for his own purposes. Seeing this danger, the Pokémon Absol, whose presence usually indicated impending disaster, arrives to help Jirachi and alert the group.

Butler attempts to harness Jirachi's power, but is interrupted inside the circus tent by Ash and his friends. With the help of Diane and Absol, they take Butler's bus to Forina so that Jirachi can go home; unknown to them, Butler's Mightyena places a tracking device on the bus as it is leaving. As Ash and his friends travel along bumpy terrain, the device falls off, but Butler still discovers where they are headed. Before the day Jirachi has to return, Max feels upset about losing his new friend, so Ash tells him about one of his friends, Misty. He explains that even though they don't see each other anymore, they will always be friends (this dialogue was different in the original, where Ash just mentions that a thousand years to Jirachi would feel like just an instant to him). Before the group can make it back to Forina, they realize that Butler had followed them there and set a trap. Butler manages to once again steal Jirachi in an attempt to take its power again.

When Butler sets his plan in motion, however, a fake Groudon monster is created instead of the real thing. Absorbing the energy from the surrounding area, the monster begins to turn Forina into a wasteland, killing all plants in sight and absorbing all living creatures, including May, Brock and Team Rocket, who had followed them the whole way. When Diane is absorbed by the fake Groudon, Butler realizes his long-time relationship with her is what is more important, and with Ash and Max's help he is able to distract the fake Groudon.

Eventually, Jirachi reabsorbs the energy used to create Groudon, and uses Doom Desire to destroy it for good, before leaving for another thousand years of slumber. May, in all the excitement, forgets to close the last panel of her novelty, but simply brushes it off. Though she never reveals what she wished for, she is confident it will still come true. Before they leave Forina, Max hears Jirachi's voice one last time, reminding him that they will always be friends.

During the end credits, May gets tired of walking until the man who sold her the wishing star gives them a lift on his truck. Then they look at stars, the group sees constellations which form Pokémon from Teddiursa to Pikachu, and they all watch the festival's fireworks before continuing their adventure.

Cast

Character Japanese English
Ash Ketchum Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor
Pikachu Ikue Otani
May KAORI Veronica Taylor
Max Fushigi Yamada Amy Birnbaum
Brock Yuuji Ueda Eric Stuart
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Mike Pollock
Jessie Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis
James Shinichiro Miki Eric Stuart
Meowth Inuko Inuyama Maddie Blaustein
Wobbuffett Yuuji Ueda Kayzie Rogers
Butler Kouichi Yamadera
Kenji Nojima (young)
Wayne Grayson
Diane Riho Makise
Natsuki Yoshihara (young)
Megan Hollingshead
Bogie Papaya Suzuki Eric Stuart
Jirachi Tomiko Suzuki Kerry Williams
Absol Megumi Hayashibara Eric Stuart
Flygon Shinichiro Miki
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