Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pokémon Apokélypse: for MATURE audience only!

Pokémon Apokélypse. A 2010 fan-made short film directed by Kial Natale and produced by Dylan Innes and Lee Majdoub, the show was meant to give a mature spin on Pokémon.

Take a look at its synopsis (Courtesy of Wikipedia):

Structured as a trailer for a non-existent film, Pokémon Apokélypse is set in the fictional Celadon City, and takes place years after the events of the original anime series.

The plot focuses on Ash Ketchum (Lee Majdoub), a "Pokémon trainer" who uses creatures called Pokémon to battle one another to advance within a league setting.

Formerly a global sport, it was long since outlawed due to outcries of animal abuse, and instead continued in underground arenas, where the fighting became much more brutal. Despite warnings by his friend Brock (Kial Natale), Ash takes part in the battles with his Pokémon Pikachu. When approached by Giovanni (David Quast), the head of Rocket Industries, with a bribe to throw his next fight, Ash turns the offer down. In response, Giovanni threatens Ash's former mentor Professor Oak and girlfriend, Misty (Rebecca Strom).

Deciding to keep them safe, Ash accepts the bribe, and Pikachu is nearly killed in the match.

Quickly regretting his actions, Ash revisits Giovanni and returns the bribe money, declaring himself out of the league. Enraged, Giovanni declares Ash and his friends dead, and sends his minions Jessie, James (Julia Lawton and Gharret Patrick Paon) and Meowth to do the deed.

As a result, Oak is killed, Pikachu and Misty are assaulted, and Brock is tortured. With the help of Pikachu, Brock and Misty, Ash goes after Giovanni and aims to take down Rocket Industries, declaring he will not stop until he has "caught them all".

Anyway, enjoy this Pokémon Apokélypse Live Action Trailer. Warning: brutal (especially if you're Pikachu. Heh.)

And thus awareness of the impact of poké-fighting on Pokémon and the community at large has been raised. Together, we can stop Poké-fights, and give our friends poké-rights. Aww...just look at this PSA (Public Service Announcement):

The closing line of "If you only have one type of Pokemon, that's racist."? Heh. How true!

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