Lugia can create a shield around itself that is able to reflect the Legendary Birds' attacks back at them and keep Lawrence III's forcefield generators off of it long enough to use Aeroblast. It gets a more mundane use whenever Lugia needs to knock one of the birds aside. Lawrence III is the main antagonist of the film who kicks off the plot by capturing Moltres. Lawrence may have royally ticked them off, but the three birds also stir up a conflict with the destruction they're causing.
Lugia enters to save the cast from the three birds. Yes, they "protect the world from devastation" by helping Ash. Jessie and James do it when they first confront Ash: Prepare for more trouble, than you've ever seen! Make it double, we're on the big screen! I'll have to catch this on video. Occurs at the end of the movie with Team Rocket and Slowking. Fans weren't happy about this, and DVD commentary explains that 4Kids didn't know how else to handle the scene.
Brock makes one while Professor Ivy is contacting Professor Oak. Happens again in the end credits, when he photobombs himself into the movie Lawrence III Jirarudan , so very much. The entire reason he wreaked so much havoc was due to him being clueless he was doing anything wrong in the first place. The film's writer even stated on a blog that it's total egomania, not a desire to do evil, that drives his actions. Mentioned by the prophecy. The old guy Tobias says "It's just for the tourists" and they have a new one every festival but then it turns out that Ash really is the one to fulfil the prophecy.
In the Japanese version, Jessie claims that Ash and Misty who are 10 are about ten years too early for romance. James then goes on to say that he and Jessie are five years too late. It's worth noting here that Jessie and James are seventeen. The ocean current is obviously CG when contrasted with the ocean surface during the ending. It also casts a shadow on anything under it that doesn't look quite natural.
One of the opening themes in the Johto saga references the relationship established here between Lugia and the three Birds, even drawing a parallel with Ho-oh and the three Beasts. Lawrence III's is huge and powerful enough to trap legendary birds.
Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres serve this function to Lugia, though the orbs of fire, ice, and lightning also qualify. Ash ends up drowning after he and Pikachu fall off Lugia before the film's climax.
Misty ends up having to resuscitate him, though only the dub is explicit that he stopped breathing. Although he revives quickly, he has to be helped up the mountain to bring the last MacGuffin. This time, it's " Gotta Catch Them All "; and boy, does he gotta. Team Rocket, specifically, when they let go of Lugia so it can keep with only Ash and Pikachu. They were certainly resigned to their fate. Subverted in that they survived falling into the ocean. Professor Oak had an extra line theorizing that lightning striking volcanic seawater began a chemical reaction that created life on Earth.
And in the scene on Lawrence's ship, Tracey had a line that went something like this: Electricity plus fire plus water The Team Rocket trio assists Ash when he attempts to grab Articuno's sphere, claiming that if the world were to come to an end, there'd be "no one left to steal from".
However, it becomes clear that they've got more noble motives when they sacrifice themselves to help Lugia and Ash escape later, because it also makes it really hard to steal if you're dead. Luckily, though, the three survive the plunge. The three birds also team up against Lugia. It's a Junk Rare though. The three legendary birds. Moltres represents fire, Articuno represents ice, and Zapdos represents lightning.
Brock's cameo has him running around in a frenzy while Professor Ivy talks on the phone with Professor Oak. Also, the Krabbys comment listed below. Getting Crap Past the Radar: Towards the beginning, during the festival on Shamouti island, the movie cuts to a dining hall and we hear " The Hikoukyuu is this for Jirarudan, although he enjoys it and clearly doesn't see it as a prison. Gondor Calls for Aid: Mainly because Hoenn and the later regions didn't exist yet when the movie was made.
A selfish collector disregards the balance of nature, and as a result causes some severe climate change. Misty, of course, denies every aspect of it , but she still gets very jealous of all the attention Melody provides Ash. The Team Rocket trio let go of Lugia to lighten his load and fly faster. Disney Death is averted though; in fact, they fared better than Ash, who drowned and needed CPR after he fell off Lugia. Lugia awakens, ready to fight the Legendary Birds and set things right!
Both the movie and the short feature this. In the movie, it's caused by the antagonist disrupting the Legendary Birds. In the short, it's just a random though still dangerous storm. Our heroes arrive at Shamouti Island on the night before their annual festival. It Kind of Looks Like a Face: The giant tree that Pikachu's Rescue Adventure takes place in looks very vaguely like a smiley face.
At the end, it looks more clearly face-like due to the storm clearing out some of the branches and a more distant shot immediately after gives it an actual smiley face. Loser Has Your Back: Team Rocket while mostly Enemy Mine cover this trope as well with their assistance since it's usually Ash and Co. The Swedish dub, which is a translation of the English dub, has the prophecy say that the world will become aska, which means "ash.
But since the Swedish language makes it impossible to keep the double-entendre where "turn to" can mean "become" as well as "turn for help to," Misty's reasoning feels like Insane Troll Logic. The prophecy mentions a word that means "ash" in another language, so therefore Mr. Ketchum is supposed to save the world? That's reaching at straws. This translation is also used in the Norwegian dub. Pikachu's Rescue Adventure takes place mostly in an unusually idyllic version of this.
Ash is too dense to notice Misty's feelings for him and barely acknowledges Melody's flirtatious behavior. This doesn't stop the two girls from having a catty rivalry. Melody's ocarina can heal Lugia's injuries and is the final key to restoring the world's balance. Pointed out very early on, by Ash. Pretty egregiously , even for this franchise; the card that started Lawrence on his obsession is the same one that was given away with tickets for the film. Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: He's just "collecting them all".
At the time this Movie aired in Japan, Charizard had already began to obey Ash. The focus of the plot is a guy collecting Olympus Mons. Normally, fetching the orbs of fire, ice and lightning wouldn't really be a big deal. Ash would go fetch them, come back, the Shamouti Islanders throw a party and play some music The sisters Carol and Melody.
Team Rocket say it during their Heroic Sacrifice even though, ultimately, they live. And Misty is begging Ash to breathe while resuscitating him after he and Pikachu fell off Lugia. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! But the legend never said that the birds had to be free, only in balance. If Articuno had been captured, the balance would have been restored.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Shamouti seems to be the most multicultural island ever. Lawrence, though this is pretty much his own fault. In true oblivious villain fashion, he sees the destruction happening around him Possibly the legendary birds — they're causing untold destruction all over the place, but mostly because someone woke them up and royally ticked them off.
Charizard out of control and Snorlax he nearly capsizes the party's boat. In the dub, Team Rocket's dialogue during the ending, contemplating on whether they decide to permanently be good guys or not. Misty's arc throughout the movie is essentially her trying to come to terms with her feelings for Ash, and by the film's end she decides that, yes, despite all their bickering, she does care deeply about him. Ash is never really alone because he's got Team Rocket would be out of a job if the world gets destroyed, so they give Ash a lift to the last orb's location.