Pokémon: Celebi the Voice of the Forest

Japan Release: 2001
Running Time:
99 minutes

Pokémon: Celebi the Voice of the Forest

Japanese Title

劇場版ポケットモンスター セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇
[Gekijo ban Poketto Monsuta: Serebyi Toki o Koeta Deai]

Distributor: Production:

OLM / TV Tokyo / Shogakukan / Tomy

40 years ago, a boy named Yukinari stumbled upon a Pokémon hunter in the woods. Using Scyther and Houndoom, the hunter was chasing the mythical Pokémon Celebi. Yukinari saves the terrified Celebi, only to have the creature cause a time warp, sending them to the future. In present day, that same hunter, now old, is confronted by a man called Vicious. A member of Team Rocket, Vicious demands to know the location of Celebi. The hunter refuses, angering the elite Team Rocket member. In retaliation, he shows off his dark ball, which he uses to steal and corrupt the hunter's Tyranitar. Commanding the Pokémon, Vicious has him destroy the camp. With fire all around him, the hunter relents and tells him of the forest where he saw Celebi. Meanwhile, Satoshi, Kasumi and Takeshi happen to be traveling to that very same forest. Venturing to the same spot of the time warp, the area begins to glow. Suddenly Celebi and Yukinari appear, unaged and displaced in time...


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International Title


Initial US Title

Pokémon 4Ever
US Distributor: Miramax (2002) / Time: 75 minutes

Alternate Titles

Pocket Monsters: Celebi a Timeless Encounter
[Literal translation]

Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi the Voice of the Forest
[French title]



Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
Writing credits Hideki Sonoda
Produced by Kouji Kawaguchi, Masakazu Kubo, Tsunekazu Ishihara
Music by Shinji Miyazaki
Film Editing by Toshio Henmi, Yukiko Nojiri, Yumiko Fuse, Yutaka Ito
Production Design by Katsumi Takao, Katsuyoshi Kanemura
Assistant Directors Akira Yoshimura, Hirohito Ochi, Kiyotaka Isako, Masamitsu Hidaka
Satoshi Rica Matsumoto
Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka
Takeshi Yuji Ueda
Yukinari Keiko Toda
Meowth Inuko Inuyama
Musashi, Team Rocket Megumi Hayashibara
Kojiro, Team Rocket Shinichiro Miki
Miku Anne Suzuki
Hunter Koichi Yamadera
Narrator Kumiko Endo
Towa Mami Koyama
Vicious Shiro Sano
Kenji Tomokazu Seki
Okido, Professor Unsho Ishizuka
White Takashi Fujii


Box Office

Release Date: July 7th, 2001 (Japan)
Total: ¥3,900,000,000 / $31,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Pokémon 4Ever Miramax (2002) Order
Japan Region 2 Pocket Monsters: Celebi a Timeless Encounter Media Factory (2002)
United States Blu-ray Pokémon Heroes the Movie / 4Ever / Jirachi Wish Maker / Destiny Deoxys Echo Bridge (2012) Order

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • The first instance of the movie being submitted to the US copyright office came in 2003. However, rather than the movie itself on a videocassette or VHS, a text adaptation was submitted instead. Done by the Pikachu Project, this was submitted on November 16th, 2003 with the registration number TX0006198368. Titles used were The Voice of the Forest and Pokémon 4Ever: The Voice of the Forest. The actual movie itself was not submitted by Shogakukan until November 11th, 2004, with the registration number PA0001265321. At that point in time the only title referenced was Pokémon 4 Ever, with the words not conjoined.
  • Was the first Pokémon movie not to be submitted to the US copyright office using the movie's Japanese English title, which was Celebi a Timeless Encounter.
  • The American version of the movie features unique footage not found in the Japanese version. One of these is a new sequence, involving Team Rocket trying to grab some fruit.

    The other two instances replace segments from the Japanese version. The first is when Satoshi (Ash) asks Okido (Oak) about Suicune and the other is a new ending where Okido is called. In both new segments, it's first hinted at and then made clear that Okido/Oak is Yukinari/Sam. In the Japanese version, this is only hinted at during the end credits.
  • When dubbed in English, the characters are given vastly different names. In this version:
    Satoshi is known as Ash Ketchum
    Takeshi is known as Brock
    Haruka is known as May
    Masato is known as Max
    Musashi is known as Jesse
    Kojiro is known as James
    Kenji is known as Tracey
    Yukinari is known as Sam
    Professor Okido is known as Professor Oak
    Miku is known as Diana