Netflix and The Pokémon Company International announced today that the newest animated movie based on the beloved Pokémon franchise will premiere on Netflix for global audiences and viewers outside of Japan and Korea.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution is actually a CGI remake of the original Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back from 1998. It originally premiered in Japan on 12 July 2019, but the Netflix release will be the first time that it will premiere worldwide.
The Pokémon Company International senior vice president of international business Emily Arons said:
“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.
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.”
Here is the official synopsis for Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution:
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 center 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?
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution is slated to premiere exclusively on Netflix on Pokémon Day 2020, which falls on 27 February 2020. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.