Pokemon – The Rise of Darkrai

If you’re looking for real action and excitement in your entertainment, then I suggest you check out a Pokemon movie. You may think that Pokemon is just a game for kids but it’s much more. Having a six year old son has really exposed me to some interesting stuff and the Pokemon movies are no exception.

The latest Pokemon Movie, The Rise of Darkrai premiered on Cartoon Network this spring but if you missed it, the DVD has been available since May 27, 2008. The animation in this movie is definitely a step up from the other Pokemon movies and it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the TV show. Everything has been drawn in more detail with a lot of attention paid to shading and shadows. Very nicely done.

The Rise of Darkrai story is a little on the metaphysical side with Dialga and Palkia fighting above Alamos Town with the fate of the space-time continuum at stake. Then there’s Ash and his friends getting involved in their usual exploring and Pokemon battles as well. Once Alamos Town starts disappearing, the gang figures out that there’s something wrong and tries to help.

So who’s Darkrai, you may ask. Well Darkrai is a loner Pokemon that can give everyone bad dreams. So of course he’s being blamed for the town’s disappearing problems. One of the best scenes in the movie is when Darkrai turns stuffed shirt Baron Alberto in a Lickilicky Pokemon and who doesn’t love Lickilicky?

So if you’re looking for some nicely drawn Pokemon action, The Rise of Darkrai is right up your alley. The story is a little odd but still enjoyable.

Anthony Tripp is a Pokemon Trainer, a dad and a blogger and he combines all of those while writing articles and reporting on Pokemon News for his blog, http://www.pokemontoday.com

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