As part of The Pokémon Company’s continued crusade to suck the money out of all our wallets by making us remember the good ol’ days, the first trailer for Pokémon: I Choose You — a movie recounting the early escapades of Ash and Pikachu — has dropped.

The footage is clearly meant to make Poké die hards reminisce about simpler times, as we see classic moments from the earliest episodes recreated with sparkling new animation: Ash tugging his unwilling electric mouse by a leash, dramatically shielding the critter from a swarm of angry Spearow, and watching Ho-oh fly by in a dazzling orange glow. The allure of the throwback is enough to distract you from the fact that the logo on Ash’s hat is incorrect.

Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned for more news on the feature as it comes out.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.