(March 15, 2001 – Burbank, CA) – For the first time in America, a unique reverse-holographic black-star Pokémon Trading Card game card, featuring the character Entei, will be available to Pokémon fans with every theater admission to “Pokémon 3 The Movie,” opening nationwide on April 6. The announcement was made today by Brad A. Ball, President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. The new card’s image is being revealed exclusively on America Online on Monday, March 19, at 9:00 AM (EST) and can be accessed through AOL Keyword: KOPokemon. Entei, a powerful Pokemon with a huge roar and a gentle heart, plays a starring role in the new film. His image is the first of the Legendary Dogs Pokemon series to become available in this country as a Pokémon Trading Card game card, distributed by Wizards of the Coast, the worldwide leader in trading card games. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with both Nintendo of America and Wizards of the Coast in introducing this new game card to moviegoers as they enjoy the latest big-screen Pokémon adventure,” stated Ball. “The opening of each of our Pokémon films has been associated with an exclusive game card giveaway and these have been among our most popular promotions. We’re happy to continue the tradition with ‘Pokémon 3’ and enhance the moviegoing experience for Pokemon fans.” The new Entei card is compatible with all existing Pokémon Trading Card game cards and will be distributed at participating theaters while supplies last. Additionally, each Entei card comes with a bonus offer for players, inviting them to sign up for the Pokémon Trading Card Game League at participating League stores to earn a holographic Pichu card. “Pokémon 3 The Movie” finds young Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum and his friends journeying to the beautiful mountain town of Greenfield, where they will encounter the Unown, the most mysterious of all Pokémon, that have the power to bring human thoughts and dreams into reality. No one is sure what the Unown are capable of, once they unleash their full power, but Ash and his friends are about to find out. Many of the more than 100 new Pokémon that were introduced for the first time in October of last year in the Gold and Silver edition Pokémon Game Boy games will make their animated debut in “Pokémon 3 The Movie.” Warner Bros. is again collaborating with Nintendo of America, which manages the Pokémon franchise, acquired from the original creators in Japan, in all territories outside of Asia; and 4Kids Entertainment, which adapted the film and is Nintendo of America’s exclusive agent for licensing the property. Kids’ WB! Presents a 4Kids Entertainment Production, “Pokémon 3 The Movie,” produced by Norman J. Grossfeld, President of 4Kids Productions. Grossfeld and Michael Haigney adapted the script from the original screenplay written by Takeshi Shudo and Hideki Sonoda, based on characters created by Satoshi Tajiri. The director of the Japanese production is Kunihiko Yuyama and the American director is Michael Haigney. Fans of the hit TV show will recognize the starring voice talents of Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rachael Lillis, Maddie Blaustein, Ikue Otani, Ken Gates, Dan Green and Stan Hart. The voice cast also features Peter R. Bird, Lisa Ortiz, Kathy Pilon, Lee Quick, Ed Paul, Kayzie Rogers, Tara Jayne and Roger Kay. “Pokémon 3 The Movie” is distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, an AOL Time Warner Company. www.pokemon.com / AOL Keyword: Pokémon This film has been rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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