And the Temple of the Sea
|Directed by||Kunihiko Yuyama|
|Produced by|| Yukako Matsusako
|Written by||Hideki Sonoda|
|| Rica Matsumoto
|Narrated by||Unshou Ishizuka|
|Box office takings||$26.9 million|
|Predecessor||Lucario & The Mystery of Mew|
|Successor||The Rise of Darkrai|
|Europe||November 18th, 2007|
|Japan||July 15th, 2006|
|United States||March 23rd, 2007|
Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, or when directly translated from it's Japanese title "Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy" is the ninth film in the Pokemon franchise as well as being the fourth and final film in the Advanced Generation series.
Like all of it's predecessors this movie was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. It may also come as no surprise to learn that a lot of stuff from the film is based on the Nintendo DS game Pokemon Ranger, as indicated by it's title.
The films initial release came on July 16th, 2006 when it arrived in theaters across Japan. Next it was broadcast in the USA on Cartoon Network on March 23rd, 2007 and then continued with staggered DVD releases across the world until it finally finished releasing in Europe just in time for Christmas 2007.
For the first time since the release of Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker a 20 minute Pikachu short was included with this movie, called Pikachu's Island Adventure.
This time for the first time in Pokemon International Movie release history 4Kids Entertainment were not charged with the English dub of the movie, as The Pokémon Company themselves had decided they were going to do it from here on. But thats not where the changes ended, this would be the first Pokémon movie that would be produced start-to-finish by TAJ Productions, and it was also the debut of a new English voice cast.
Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea is the longest movie in the Pokemon franchise to date with the main feature running for 1 hour 45 minutes.
Inspiration for the films settings and locations were drawn from Rome, Naples and the Island of Capri in Italy; locations which Yuyama visited personally prior to production.
A chance encounter with the People of the Water puts Ash, May and friends right in the thick of the action, and May forms a very special bond with the Legendary Manaphy, even as the specter of Phantom hovers ever closer! Together, they must find the Sea Temple before Phantom does, unlocking the secret that connects Manaphy and the Sea Temple!
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|