Pokémon Animated Short Films

I just realized that the Pikachu short films have been released annually (in Japan) even though they stopped premiering together with the Pokémon movies after 2003. From 2004 to 2011, new Pikachu shorts premiered on select All Nippon Airways flights.

Here’s a list of the release dates of Pokémon shorts. All of these feature Pikachu and have dialogue composed mostly of Pokémon talk. Unfortunately, only one of the ANA shorts has been dubbed in English.

Title Premiere Date (Japan) English Dub Title
ピカチュウのなつやすみ July 18, 1998 Pikachu’s Vacation
ピカチュウたんけんたい July 17, 1999 Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure
ピチューとピカチュウ July 8, 2000 Pikachu and Pichu
ピカチュウのドキドキかくれんぼ July 7, 2001 Pikachu’s PikaBoo
ピカピカ星空キャンプ July 13, 2002 Camp Pikachu
おどるポケモンひみつ基地 July 19, 2003 Gotta Dance!!
ピカチュウのなつまつり August 1, 2004 N/A
ピカチュウのおばけカーニバル August 1, 2005 N/A
ピカチュウのわんぱくアイランド August 1, 2006 Pikachu’s Island Adventure
ピカチュウたんけんクラブ August 1, 2007 N/A
ピカチュウ 氷の大冒険 August 1, 2008 N/A
ピカチュウのキラキラだいそうさく! August 1, 2009 N/A
ピカチュウのふしぎなふしぎな大冒険 August 1, 2010 N/A
ピカチュウのサマー・ブリッジ・ストーリー August 1, 2011 N/A
メロエッタのキラキラリサイタル July 14, 2012 Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade
ピカチュウとイーブイフレンズ July 13, 2013 Eevee and Friends
ピカチュウ、これなんのカギ? July 19, 2014 Pikachu, What’s This Key?
ピカチュウとポケモンおんがくたい July 18, 2015 N/A
July 16, 2016 N/A

In addition, there were three years when additional Pokémon shorts were released around Christmas. The first six are half length shorts and the last one is a full length short. The first two have two different dub titles because they were released two different times with different titles, once as part of the Pikachu’s Winter Vacation VHS/DVD and the other time as part of the 22nd Pokémon Chronicles episode. The third has two different dub titles because the title on the the DVD menu differs from the title displayed in the credits. The first four are on the Pikachu’s Winter Vacation DVD, “Delibird’s Dilemma” and “Snorlax Snowman” make up the 4th Pokémon Chronicles episode, and “Trouble in Big Town” is the 20th Pokémon Chronicles episode.

Title Release Date (Japan) English Dub Title
クリスマスであそぼ! December 22, 1998 Winter Vacation/Christmas Night
雪であそぼ! December 22, 1998 Winter Games/Kanga Games
こおりであそぼう December 22, 1999 Winter Vacation 2/Winter Games
クリスマスの夜 December 22, 1999 Stantler’s Little Helpers
デリバードのプレゼント December 22, 2000 Delibird’s Dilemma
ホワイトストーリー December 22, 2000 Snorlax Snowman
ぼくたちピチューブラザーズ December 22, 2000 Trouble in Big Town

In addition, there are four half length shorts in Pocket Monsters Side Stories that focus on Meowth, but also feature the Pichu Bros. The first two episodes form the 19th Pokémon Chronicles episode “Of Meowth and Pokémon” in the English dub. The second two episodes form the 21st Pokémon Chronicles episode “Big Meowth, Little Dreams” in the English dub.

Title Release Date (Japan) English Dub Title
出会いのミレニアムタウン March 4, 2003 Of Meowth and Pokémon
アルバイトはたいへんニャース!? March 4, 2003
迷探偵ニャース参上! June 17, 2003 Big Meowth, Little Dreams
メイッコルリリは大迷惑? June 17, 2003

There is also a short titled “Pichu Bros. in Party Panic” (ぼくたちピチューブラザーズ・パーティはおおさわぎ!のまき) made exclusively for Pokémon Channel on the Nintendo GameCube, released in Japan on July 18, 2003. This short features Meowth and the Pichu Brothers.

There were also two 3D shorts made, but I couldn’t find much information about them.


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