Anime Soundtrack Review: Pokemon The Movie 2000 Soundtrack

The soundtrack CD for Pokemon The Movie 2000 was released around the same time that the film was released to American theaters. Unlike the soundtrack for the previous film, this one can more legitimately be labeled as “music from and inspired by the motion picture.” It appears that only one song (plus ONE’s “With All Your Heart”) was not specifically recorded for this soundtrack.

Pokemon The Movie 2000 Soundtrack
Publisher: Atlantic Records
Release Date: July 18, 2000

There are 16 tracks on this CD, but only 14 of them are pop vocal tracks. The last two tracks on the disc, “Dance of the Bellossom” and “The Legend Comes to Life” are score pieces that came from the “Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure” short and from Pokemon The Movie 2000. While “Dance of the Bellossom” is a score piece, it is done in a style that fits in well with the pop vocal tracks that appear before it. While “The Legend Comes to Life” is a beautiful piece of score music, it really stands out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the tracks on the soundtrack CD.

Like the soundtrack for the first movie, most of the artists included make it obvious that the CD was being aimed at a young audience. While they didn’t get as big of “teen pop” artists as they had on the first movie’s soundtrack CD, this disc still includes songs by Dream Street, Angela Via, plus ONE, Laura Pausini, Westlife, Youngstown, Nobody’s Angel, and O-Town.  he exceptions to this rule would be Donna Summer (who recorded “The Power of One,” which was released as a single for the soundtrack), “Weird Al” Yankovic, and The B-52’s.

When it comes to this soundtrack, I give it credit that the songs included sound more like a cohesive unit than the soundtrack for Pokemon The First Movie. However, in order to achieve that cohesive sound, the teen pop songs sound rather similar and interchangeable, especially the further along you listen to the CD.

I would have to say that the best song on the CD was “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Polkamon” (a polka where “Weird Al” tries to name drop as many Pokemon as possible), and Donna Summer’s “The Power of One.” In my opinion, the worst songs on the CD are Devotion 2 Music’s “Blah, Blah, Blah” and Youngstown and Nobody’s Angel’s rendition of “Pokemon World.” And I was rather disappointed by The B-52’s “The Chosen One”; compared to other songs I know by them, this one sounded rather flat. And the remaining songs, outside of the two score tracks, had a similar sound and none of them really stood out to me in the long run.

The disc also includes Hyperlock software, which enables the owner of the CD to access special film footage through a special website available only to people who own the soundtrack CD.

If you’re a Pokemon fan who has to have every item that’s Pokemon-related, then this CD is for you. If you’re a fan of American teen pop music from 2000, then you should find this CD to be rather enjoyable. If you’re a fan of one of the artists on the CD, and the song that’s included here is hard to obtain elsewhere, then this CD is also for you. If you don’t fall into one of these three categories, then you probably won’t have much of an interest in the soundtrack for Pokemon The Movie 2000.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the Pokemon The Movie 2000 soundtrack that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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