Netflix and The Pokémon Company International have announced that the newest animated movie based on the beloved Pokémon franchise Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back-Evolution will premiere on Netflix around the world outside of Japan and Korea.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back-Evolution” welcomes a new CGI style to animated Pokémon movies and is inspired by one of the most popular stories in the long-running franchise.

“The ubiquitous reach and expert team at Netflix make them the perfect partner to bring this special animated movie to kids and fans around the world,” said Emily Arons, senior vice president of international business at The Pokémon Company International. “Netflix is the ideal platform to help us execute a global simultaneous launch of an animated Pokémon movie on Pokémon Day, a special moment dedicated to celebrating the worldwide Pokémon fan community.”

The story of a Legendary and iconic Pokémon

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 centre 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?

Will Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back-Evolution be a true evolution?

I was there when Mewtwo made their first debut in Pokémon: The First Movie and I was bowled over. I think it was my first anime film. Now over two decades later a new generation of Pokémon trainers get to see this origin story in a whole new way. Am I disappointed that the CGI isn’t as striking as the original animation? Yes but ultimately that doesn’t matter because Mewtwo is back in a big bad way and I think a lot of kids will be happy seeing them strike back (again).

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