Team Rocket Movie Review

The idea for the Team Rocket movie first came to me nearly a year ago. I was contemplating Team Rocket (of which, as you might know, I am a big fan), and it occurred to me that they really do deserve their own movie. There was just so much potential. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was something I needed to make happen. The earliest concept was simply that I wanted them to “blast off for real” in the climax, and I worked from there. I decided to work in a plot I had initially earmarked for a future multi-episode Team Rocket arc. The plot have would Jessie, James, and Meowth attempting to impress Giovanni, and get serious like in Unova again. This would come with a joke that putting the black uniforms and taking them off works like a switch for Team Rocket, changing their personalities back and forth between silly and serious.

As an aside, I would like to explain that while there was many things I didn’t like about the show during Unova, it was the portrayal of Team Rocket that irked me the most. The entire purpose of Team Rocket was that they were this absurd, larger than life group who self-identify as evil, and yet fail miserably at it. Unova Team Rocket spat in the face of everything they were. The change made to Team Rocket would be equivalent to Ash suddenly deciding he no longer wanted to be a Pokémon Trainer and abandoning Pikachu. Obviously no one would be happy if that happened to Ash, so why should we be happy with Team Rocket’s change?

That being explained, I decided that if I wanted to write a piece that really dug into Team Rocket’s character and identity, I should focus on explaining why Unova’s change was wrong. I decided to focus the movie on demonstrating why a change for the more serious may seem good, but is actually disgraceful. With this concept solidified, the rest of the movie kind of just fell into place. I decided early on that I wanted a “celebrity” Team Rocket member as a main character, and settled on Pierce, as the sudden cancellation of Unova’s Rocket vs. Plasma arc left him as a complete enigma that people wanted to see more of. With that decided, I also realized that the story of the Meteonite was left unfinished and full of potential.

For another aside, for those who don’t know, Unova was originally set to have a pair of episodes called Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma (Part 1 and 2). They would have served as a finale of the Unova’s Team Rocket story arc up to that point. In an unfortunate twist of fate, these episodes were set to air right around the same time a major earthquake hit Japan. Due to the large-scale destruction of a city depicted in the episodes, it was decided it would be in poor taste to air the episodes so close to such a destructive disaster. The episodes were never aired, and later retconned as non-canon. this left several story plots unresolved, most notably, the Meteonite, a mysterious rock collected by Team Rocket in an earlier episode. Due to summaries and previews of these episodes, we know that the Meteonite’s purpose was to act as a replacement for the Sun after a volcanic eruption blocked it. And so The Team Rocket movie became a conclusion of sorts to Team Rocket’s uncompleted mission in Unova.

Another major aspect of the movie was its music. I decided that having musical numbers would perfectly drive in the ridiculous personalities of Team Rocket. In the beginning the only song I really had available to me was Double Trouble. But my brother, being musically inclined, had recently expressed an interest in creating some original music for Sol Version. I realized that it would be great if he could make an original song for the movie, and so, Blasting Off Again was added to the soundtrack. That was going to be it. If I could have a third song, I would, but there just weren’t any options. I could do Team Rocket Forever, but only a small portion of that song was ever translated to English. But late in the development of the movie, I realized that creating a full translation of the song wouldn’t be all that difficult, and so my unofficial fan-dub of Team Rocket Forever became the final addition to the soundtrack.

For those who don’t know, Team Rocket Forever was a song first released for a CD in Japan. Portions of it were later put into the show, leading to the dub to have a semi-translation of a small portion of it (You know us as Team Rocket, and we fight for what is wrong…). Since this portion of the song was translated out of context from the rest of the song, it isn’t so much of a translation as it is a completely separate song set to the same background music. When doing my translation, I incorporated this semi-translation with my own translations and reinterpretations to create what I am referring to as a semi-dub of the song. Perhaps I’ll make a post later explaining how I translated it in detail.

In the end, I was incredibly pleased with the result of the Team Rocket Movie. It might just be one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written. It demonstrated everything I love about Team Rocket, and put it in a great story. It is a piece that demonstrates everything I love about the group, while also further developing their characters.

The Team Rocket Movie

Are you prepared for trouble? Well, you better make it double! The biggest summer blockbuster of the year has finally been released! Read it here!

Team Rocket Movie Poster

Just as our favorite villains are contemplating their lives, Giovanni calls to assign them one of their most important assignments yet. After their partner in the mission, Pierce, ridicules their incompetence, Jessie, James, and Meowth decide that it’s time to turn over a new leaf and get serious. But when they learn of world-threatening scheme, this “new and improved” Team Rocket must reassess their lives and core values. Includes the Meowth Short “Meowth and the Treasure of the Ancients.”

This movie is a musical with three songs, including a fan-made “dub” of a previously Japanese-only song, and a completely original song. Check out the Cosmic Quest Youtube channel for a playlist of these songs so you can listen along while you read. Author notes in the story will tell you when to play each song.

In addition, a new background based on the movie poster has been added to the Bonus Content page.

Team Rocket Movie Background

Also, the Pokédex page has been updated accordingly.

Credits

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Team Rocket Takes Hollywood

Cast (In Order of Appearance)

Jessie……………………..Jessie
James…………………….James
Meowth……………………Meowth
Wobbuffet…………………Wobbuffet
Mime Jr……………………Mime Jr.
Announcer……………….The Pokémon Narrator
“Bystander”………………Jessie
Pierce……………………..Pierce
Batch………………………Botch
Cassidy……………………Cassidy
Matori………………………Matori
Narator…………………….The Pokémon Narrator
???…………………………Giovanni
Ash Ketchum……………..Twerp
Mystery Person 1…………???
Mystery Person 2…………???
Mystery Person 3…………???
Jessilina……………………Jessie Jessilina
Mewtwo……………………Mewtwo
Iron-Masked………………The Iron-Masked Marauder
Giovanni…………………..Giovanni
Kid 1……………………….Random Kid off the Street
Kid 2……………………….Another Random Kid
Repiv………………………Repiv
Haking…………………….Haking
Buzzsaw………………….Buzzsaw
Ivine……………………….Ivine

Directed By Meowth
Filmed By James
Starring Jessie
Crewed by Wobbuffet
A Team Rocket Production

The persons and events depicted in this film are non-fictitious. Any relation or similarity to fictional characters or events are unintentional and completely coincidental. We swear.

THE END

Yuni Oha: NO! This isn’t over yet!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: YUNI OHA!?!?

Meowth: What gives, you should be stuck watching Howard the Duck right about now!

Jessie: That warehouse was escape-proof!

Yuni Oha: It was, but it’s not impervious to break-ins! Thanks to an elite team led by Jordan Osceola (Panther J) and SonicInfinity, my location was discovered and reported to some very good friends of mine. I believe you know them already.

Ash: You’re finished, Team Rocket!

Brenda: This website doesn’t belong to you!

Brock: And how dare you force anyone to watch Howard the Duck? That’s a whole new level of evil!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: *Gulp*

Yuni Oha: Let’s get my website back! Solurtle, use Blast Burn!

Ash: Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!

Brenda: Kappaqueous, Hydroshock!

Brock: Blissey, attack with Egg Bomb!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: So much for Hollywood! We’ll get you for this, Yuni Oha! You haven’t seen the last of us! Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!

Team Rocket Will Return in The Team Rocket Movie.

Team Rocket Q&A Session II

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Meowth: Can I get a drum roll please?

*Drums*

Jessie and James: It’s time for our main event! The Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Meowth: You guys have been posting questions all day, and now it’s our turn to answer them!

James: You’re about to get to know us on a whole new level!

Jessie: Let’s start things off with a question from BTH777. They ask, “Aside from the Team Rocket Movie, which Pokémon movie is your guys’s favorite?”

James: Just to be clear, this question was asked before either my Rocket Reviews episode or the Bossies aired. For reasons stated there, I think we can all agree that Mewtwo Strikes back is our favorite movie.

Meowth and Jessie: Agreed.

James: Next question! PokeMan96 asks, “How do you guys afford to make so many mechas?”

Meowth: You saw the post about us selling mechas? It’s scams- I mean, it’s marketing strategies like that which keep us funded.

Jessie: Of course, any extra cash we have goes into my wardrobe shopping.

James: Leaving us with no money left over…

Meowth: Okay, a user who was later identified as MajorBrony95 asked tree questions at once.

James: Let’s take them one at a time.

Meowth: Agreed. First they ask, “We know James collects bottle caps as a hobby, but do Jessie or Meowth have any hobbies?”

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Eat Rocket-Os!

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We interrupt this program for a message from our sponsor.

Kid 1: Sigh. I wish we had something better for breakfast than this boring toast.

Kid 2: Yeah, we’re evil geniuses in the making. We need to fuel our insidiousness.

James: *Appears from nowhere* I can fix that!

Kid 1 and 2: James from Team Rocket!?

James: To borrow a friend’s line, that’s right! And I’ve come with the solution to all your breakfast-based problems! *Snaps finger*

Rocket-Os

Kid 1 and 2: Woah! Rocket-Os!

James: That’s right, Rocket-Os, part of an evil breakfast! Rocket-Os special recipe provides a growing villain with all the nutrients they need to become a criminal mastermind. Not only that, but they taste great too!

Kid 1: They really do!

Kid 2: I feel more evil already!

James: That’s the spirit! And don’t forget, every box of Rocket-Os comes with a free Team Rocket trading card! See if you can collect all eight!

Kid 1: Woah! I got a Jessie card!

Kid 2: I got a James card!

James: Naturally, the best card.

Kid 1: I’ll trade!

Kid 2: No way!

Kid 1: Fine, I’ll just take it!

Kid 2: Hey, give that back!

James: See? Just a few bites and they’re already committing petty thefts.

Kid 1 and 2: Thanks Rocket-Os!

James: And for those who like to walk on the darker side, try Chocolate Rocket-Os! Available in the cereal aisle.

The Team Rocket Movie Red Carpet Premiere Event

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The Team Rocket Movie Red Carpet Premiere

Jessie: We bring you live to the special red carpet premiere event for the Team Rocket movie!

James: The red carpet has been rolled out, the paparazzi is ready, and the VIPs are just about to arrive.

Meowth: Look! Pulling in right now is our first VIP! It’s the Iron-Masked Marauder!

Jessie: Mr. Marauder-

Iron-Masked Marauder: Please, call me Iron-Masked.

Jessie: Of course, Iron-Masked, as a one of the first Team Rocket operatives besides The Boss himself to have a starring role in a movie, what are your thoughts on the The Team Rocket Movie.

Iron-Masked: As you well know, my brief stint in showbiz did me little good. When it was all over, I ended up arrested and worse off than I started. If this is the movie that will finally show to unstoppable force that is Team Rocket, then I’m ready for it.

Meowth: I couldn’t have said it better myself, thanks Iron-Masked, and enjoy the movie!

James: And pulling up now we have one of our co-stars! It’s the enigmatic Pierce!

Meowth: Hey there, buddy! How’s it going?

Pierce: Please don’t call me “buddy.”

Meowth: Fair enough. In the past, you’ve refused to make a statement on your thoughts about The Team Rocket Movie. Care to give us something now that you’re about to see it as a reality?

Pierce: I am not in this for the fame or fortune. I agreed to be in this movie as a way to bolster the name of Team Rocket.

Jessie: And…?

Pierce: And, I’m afraid it will do just the opposite. *Walks away*

James: Hey, is it just me, or did that guy sound exactly the same as the Iron-Masked Marauder?

Meowth: Come to think of it, their voices are extremely similar. Strange…

Jessie: You know what’s even stranger? The next VIPs, or should I say VUPs, Very Unimportant Persons.

Cassidy: Hey, I heard that!

Butch: This is a nice gig you three got yourselves here.

James: *Scoffing* It’s the best gig, Bench.

Butch: Hey, that’s not my-!

Cassidy: In that case, we might just have to take over a website for ourselves some day.

Jessie: Don’t get any ideas, sister. We’re The Bosses number one cyber infiltration unit.

Cassidy: Whatever. Come on, Brent, let’s see how big of a disaster this movie turns out to be.

Butch: Not you too…

Meowth: Hey, look at the massive limo pulling up now!

James: Wow, it keeps going on and on!

Jessie: Such an opulent limo could only house one person!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: It’s The Boss!

James: Boss, how does it feel to know that Team Rocket’s best of the best finally has a starring role in a movie?

Giovanni: I suppose I am proud. After Mewtwo stole my spotlight in Mewtwo Strike Back, I never thought Team Rocket would get another real chance. But Pierce has made me proud.

Meowth: Thank you, thank you. You’re too-

Jessie, James, and Meowth: PIERCE!?!?

James: What do you mean by Pierce?

Giovanni: The question was how do I feel about my top operative starring in a movie, right? That’s Pierce.

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Right…

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Jessie: Well, that’s it for tonight. The Team Rocket Movie won’t be shown publicly for a little while longer, but stay tuned for more information.

Meowth: And don’t forget to ask any questions you may have for our Team Rocket Q&A Session, coming soon.

James: This has been Team Rocket, reporting live outside the world-premiere of The Team Rocket Movie, thanks for watching.

The Bossies

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The Bossy Awards

Announcer: Welcome to the first annual Bossy Awards! Everyone give a round of applause for our hosts, Jessie, James, and Meowth!

*Applause*

Jessie: *Blows kisses* Thank you! Thank you! This is such an honor for all of you!

James: We are pleased to be hosting the first ever Bossy Award Show!

Meowth: A Bossy is an award of great honor bestowed upon Pokémon media to show excellence in its field. This is the trophy that all other covet.

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