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 Super Smash Bros Ultimate Team Rocket DLC Pack

If you’re a fan of the Pokémon Anime and of Smash Bros, then the Team Rocket DLC Pack is for you! This free* DLC package comes with not one, but two new fighters, Jessie and James of Team Rocket, fresh off of their appearance in The Team Rocket Movie. In addition, it includes a new stage based on their famous balloon. Team Rocket blasts off at the speed of light, surrender now or prepare to fight!

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Team Rocket

To get this free* DLC for yourself, all you have to do is enter three download codes. Go to the Shared Content section of the Online hub and search for the following codes:
Jessie: 7C01NT6H
James: 46Q468Y1
Team Rocket’s Balloon: D57Q5QSR

And if you want some more original Smash Bros content, be sure to check this post out, detailing the various stages I have available for use. Even if you’ve seen the post before, many of them have been updated, and two new ones have been added.

 

*Disclaimer: While the characters themselves are free, in order to properly use them, you have to first buy the $0.75 Team Rocket Grunt Mii Costume DLC. In addition, a paid subscription to the Nintendo Online Service is required to download this DLC.

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.

Episode 103 Review

The heroes and the villains switching places. It’s a fun little idea I had a while aback. I thought it would be interesting to see what things would be like if Ash and friends were the ones who had to steal from Team Rocket. My original idea went a little further in the concept and had the episode feature Team Rocket as the main characters attempting to help a random character of the week, while “Team Twerp” kept coming in and interrupting things. It would basically be your typical episode, but with the roles reversed. When it came time to write the episode, I decided that I should keep the focus on Ash and friends, or else it would be too difficult to justify them acting “evil.” By keeping the focus on Ash, Brock, and Brenda, I was able to better show their struggle to adapting to becoming thieves, and how bad they are simply because the only example they have to go off of is Team Rocket’s. Meanwhile, since it isn’t out of character for Jessie, James, and Meowth to do some good when it benefits them, they didn’t need quite as much focus as the twerps.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate X Pokémon Sol Version

Additional Update (9/25/2019): Upon actually subscribing to the Nintendo Online Service, I found that all of these stages were taken down. I have now re-uploaded all of them, and even updated a few. There are also two new stages, one of which is a Pokémon stage. Stages that have been updated are noted as such next to their code.

Final Update: Added a total of four new non-Pokémon stages. This time it’s two Yu-Gi-Oh and two Smash Bros inspired stages. Unfortunately, my online free-trail is coming to an end, so this will be the last of my stages for the foreseeable future.

Update 3: No more Pokémon, but added a new miscellaneous stage.

Update 2: Added another Pokémon stage. I think this might be the last one.

Update: Added a new Pokémon stage. You don’t want to miss this one.

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Remember a few months ago when I explained my vision for Tenno Region representation in Smash Bros? Well, thanks to the recent 3.0 update of Smash Brothers Ultimate and the inclusion of a rather robust Stage Builder mode, part of those visions have now become a reality. Back then, I described that the Tenno stage would be the Solar Peak Ruins. To recap, this is how I described it:

“This stage is set in Luna, Terra, and Sol’s Solar Peak Ruins, where Heliosol is found in Luna and Terra. The main floor of the stage is a raised altar above the rest of the ruins (the alter where you would encounter Heliosol). There are also two floating platforms, one over the drop-off on either side of the stage. Periodically, Heliosol will appear in the stage. It will randomly appear in its normal form or its Ascended Form. When in its standard form, it will stand in the background and randomly launch fiery attacks at the battlefield. But when it appears in its Ascended Form, it will join the battle as a boss. When it’s defeated, it will release a burst of fire and light that will cause damage to all fighters except the one who beat it. When Heliosol isn’t around, Sun-themed Pokémon such as Solrock, Solem, Volcarona, Heliolisk, Turcell, and Gigastar will appear at random in the background. They don’t do anything but stand around.”

Thanks to Stage Builder, I have been able to create this stage. Here’s an image:
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Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a boss battle against Heliosol in its Ascended Form, but I can still have Heliosol Regular Form appear in the background, and attack with waves of fire that move back and forth across the stage.

If you want to play this stage for your self, search for it with this code: 64NX9HL7 (Majorly Updated)

But that’s not all, remember in the Team Rocket Q&A Session that Meowth wanted to be represented in Smash Bros? I decided to oblige with this next stage:

Team Rocket

This stage is clearly based off of Team Rocket’s famous Meowth Balloon. The balloon gently bobs up and down as clouds pass by. A constant wind blows towards the right. Blast off with Team Rocket on this stage.

To play this Team Rocket stage, search for this code: D57Q5QSR

This next one is a personal favorite of mine:

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It’s the Temporal Tower, from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky, the site of the fight to the finish against Primal Dialga. The two Time Gears can be stood on, and will spin.

The code for this stage is: 99MR0583 (Aesthetically Updated)

 

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This is Pokémon Go in Smash Bros stage form. The background is an accurate recreation of what the map in Pokémon Go could look like, given the area your in. It includes three PokéStops, one open, one closed, and one closed and cooling down as well as a Team Mystic (the team I’m on) gym.

Code: 326HDCHT (Slightly Updated)

NEW STAGE:

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The Sky Pillar, based upon its appearance in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.  Rayquaza wraps itself around this stage, and its head can even be stood on. Rayquaza has summoned a powerful gust of wind that blows across the top of the stage above its head.

Code: R2VX6T9P (NEW)

 

If you’re interested, here’s a quick list of some other stages I’ve made:

Tetris
Battle inside of a Tetris board. Watch as a player drops an L-block into place, and activate a bomb block to clear the board.
Code: 9H698VT2

Airship
A cannon-filled airship just like the ones originating in Super Mario Bros 3. Includes my custom-made self-firing cannon balls.
Code: 36NKJW1G

Bowser’s Castle
Designed to look like a Bowser fight from the original Super Mario Bros. You can even hit the “ax” to destroy the bridge and send your opponents plummeting into lava.
Code: HRSBX15G (Majorly Updated)

Zero Gravity
A zero-gravity battle arena that uses upward blowing wind to negate gravity. Can you avoid the asteroids as you fight your opponents in an entirely aerial battle?
Code: KBVLFTML

City Escape
A recreation of the first stage of Sonic Adventure 2. It’s set on a steep slope and features a giant truck that plows down the stage, and even leaps off a jump.
Code: KX8F9CVR

Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City Blimp
This stage takes place atop the Kaiba Corp blimp, where the finals of Battle City were held. Also, Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Jet will fly over.
Code: F8KVC5Q7

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel
A stage designed to look like the duel arena’s from season one. In it, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician (with designs inspired by the Tablet of Lost Memories) do battle.
Code: S8T3KFFP

Tabuu
The final boss of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s Subspace Emissary recreated as a stage. Tabuu floats in the background and attacks with various objects.
Code: S5066RKF

Subspace (NEW STAGE)
To go along with Tabuu, it’s a stage based off of his realm, Subspace. To replicate the sidescrolling/platforming nature of The Subspace Emissary, this stage features platforming elements and a teleporter at either side so you can “infinitely” sidescroll. Also features a Primid, the basic enemy of Subspace.
Code: 4797GSXH

Galeem/Dharkon
Moving on from the final boss of Brawl to the final boss of Ultimate, this stage recreates the true final battle of World of Light. Galeem and Dharkon float in the background and each attack with their own move.
Code: 8BCWJCMD (Code Invalid, Yet to be Re-Posted)

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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