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Rated NR

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Maybe I’ve lost touch with the 3-feet-and-under crowd, or I’m getting jaded in my old age, or maybe both, but I just don’t understand the appeal of seeing the far from cute and cuddly dinosaur and rodent hybrids and their human counterparts spew stilted dialogue as they experience fewer adventures than my bedridden grandmother does in a week. So what am I missing here? Do kids really still get worked up and excited over this petering franchise? I thought it had been kicked out the door, or at least had been handed its hat, long ago? Regardless of my ignorance, or focus on reality, (whichever way you want to look at it) Ash, a Pokemon master-in-training, and his yellow gibberish-talking sidekick return for their fourth installment. This time they encounter a lost boy from the past and Celebi, the time traveling mute Powerpuff look alike with Tinkerbell wings and a Steven Seagal hairdo, in the magical Pokemon forest of blue bi-pedal talking turnip critters and fire-breathing Dobermans with antlers. Ash and crew try to send the two back to their time period, but a vicious hunter who sells rare Pokemon to the black market gets in their way. I will concede that this barely 75-minute animated film is filled with vibrant colors and touching moral issues, but those factors hardly explain the need for perpetuating the Pokemon products forever, let alone for another month.

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