Childhood revisited with Pokemon screening on campus
“Gotta catch ‘em all,” or at least some serious childhood nostalgia.
On Monday, Nov. 27, a group of Western students gathered in the Underground Coffee House to watch “Pokemon the First Movie- Mewtwo Strikes Back.”
The film follows the rise and fall of the first Pokemon to be cloned, Mewtwo. Mewtwo begins capturing and cloning other Pokemon to build an army while also creating a storm to destroy the world. It’s up to Ash and other Pokemon trainers to stop him before he destroys the planet.
Ayla Ludolf, the Associated Students films coordinator, planned the event.
“I chose this specific [movie] because it captures childhood for me and I feel like it’s an experience a lot of people on this campus could share,” Ludolf said.
Ludolf hoped that revisiting a childhood favorite would help students de-stress as finals and the end of the quarter draw near.
Looking back, Ludolf said Pokemon wasn’t just an entertaining series, it taught important lessons of friendship and perseverance.
“It’s all about teamwork and learning about showing empathy for others,” she said.
Connor McFarland first watched the film at a sleepover with his childhood friends. The group played the games and enjoyed seeing their favorite characters on the big screen.
“It’s a pretty happy memory,” McFarland said.
McFarland believes all the early Saturday mornings of Pokemon had a hand in shaping his personality today. He said the way trainers cared for their Pokemon as being influential in his kindness towards animals.
Cubone was McFarland’s favorite Pokemon growing up. The Pokedex describes Cubone as the lonely Pokemon, McFarland sympathized with the orphan’s story.
Ludolf always had a fondness for the Pokemon trainer Misty because of her strong female attitude, while McFarland favored the antagonists of the film, Team Rocket.
Although Team Rocket often seems malicious, they help when necessary.
“Even the bad guys have hearts of gold,” McFarland said.
Most students in attendance grew up watching the franchise and playing Pokemon games with their friends. Teryk Prince-Hughes watched Pokemon with his brother.
“It was our family bonding activity,” Prince-Hughes said.
Sam Richards caught a Mewtwo Pokemon on his Pokemon Go app just before coming to the screening.
“I’m still kinda freaking out about it,” Richards said.
Richards is excited to see the growing social element of Pokemon. “Instead of being just for the nerds, anyone can play,” Richards said.
After the film was over, students in attendance began sharing memories they had of Pokemon. Viewers left the Underground with smiles on their faces and a piece of childhood in their pockets.