| Fly Me to the Moon
Poppo and the Enormous Poppo! Towards the As Yet Unseen Sky!!
|| August 16, 2001
| United States
|| September 21, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 首藤剛志 Takeshi Shudō
|| 原口浩 Hiroshi Haraguchi
| Assistant director
|| 原口浩 Hiroshi Haraguchi
| Animation director
|| はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
| Additional credits
Fly Me to the Moon (Japanese: ポッポとデカポッポ！まだみぬそらへ！！ Poppo and the Enormous Poppo! Towards the As Yet Unseen Sky!!), is the 211th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 16, 2001 and in the United States on September 21, 2002.
Our heroes discover an island on which the Pidgey population—long protected by environmental regulation and free from predators—has grown to unusually stout proportions and virtually abandoned any desire for flight. There Ash and friends find one Pidgey, however, in which the desire to soar through the heavens burns more fiercely than even in Pidgey from beyond this island. Anxious to see this Pidgey achieve its dreams, the young trainers join with the Pidgey's trainer and follow the Pokémon in a jet-assisted hot air balloon, tracking its flight as the Pidgey climbs higher into the stratosphere than any Pokémon in history.
Ash and his friends set off exploring the first island of the Whirl Cup for a while. Misty spots four Corsola and starts going off with her little speech about being the best Water Pokémon Trainer there is. Although she wants a Corsola, she can't get one because she doesn't have a boat. A man comes by and says it would be impossible either way, pointing out the whirlpools all around. He says he's Wilbur, one of the people who live on the island. He invites them over to his place, which is across a river. As they get to the bridge (a rope bridge), no one really wants to go. Misty goes on first for some reason and everyone follows. A wind begins to blow and it spins the bridge around and throws them to the other side. Afterward, Wilbur calls out and a flock of Pidgey come towards him. The Pidgey don't look normal, they look chubbier. Team Rocket scopes them out from above, seeing that there could be another good catch for the day.
When they reach Wilbur's house, another Pidgey soars by them and lands on the roof. Wilbur says that's his special Pidgey, Orville. When they come inside, there's a painting on the wall with a few Pidgey flying towards the sun. Wilbur explains that the other Pidgey are overweight, he really doesn't have a clue why. They call up Professor Oak and he explains that it's probably just their eating habit.
Later Wilbur starts to explain about Orville. A while ago when Orville was still a fledgling, he really got interested in that painting. It also set his aim to fly to the sun, which Wilbur seemed to understand. So he decided to train Orville to fly, which started off to be a good start then improved. One day while Wilbur was Pokémon training with Orville, he decided to hang-glide towards the ocean and see if Orville was capable. Orville managed for the first few minutes but couldn't keep up and started to lag down towards a whirlpool. Orville then noticed the sun, which reminded him of the painting and soon Orville was able to fly back up and with ease.
Team Rocket, overhearing this, devised a plan that could get them both Orville and Pikachu. After Wilbur was done, Team Rocket arrived in disguised. They made a proposal that they could help Orville reach his goal, no charge, and they could monitor him from the balloon. The deal seemed to be too good to pass up so Wilbur agreed. Later that night, Meowth came over to where Orville was sleeping and started to talk with him, giving him a headset so that they could get communication during the flight tomorrow.
The next day, everyone went inside the balloon and began the ascent. James activated the rocket boosters and they went high very fast. After the short ascent, Orville took off, going upwards. Meowth made relay conversations during the whole time. While they were watching Pidgey, Ash seemed to notice that he was going for something, a flock of Spearow! Orville went through them still going upwards and the Spearow started to give the chase, but they couldn't catch up to him. Then a Fearow took charge and started to chase after Orville. Seeing that this might cause Orville to fall if he would be attacked, Ash had Pikachu give it a Thunderbolt.
Soon they were pretty high up, everyone had to put on oxygen masks as they watched Orville make his way farther up. Meowth continued the conversation with Orville. Soon they were so high up that even Pikachu and Togepi who didn't need the masks needed them. Then they saw that Orville had reached an altitude so high, he was growing frost all over. Despite this, Orville kept aiming for the sun. Orville kept thinking as he went and then decided, it was over, he done it. Orville went down for a fast dive towards the ground then finally met altitude with the balloon. Everything looked alright, except for the fact that Orville went through the balloon to break the fall. The balloon started to descend slowly and Orville was in dire need of oxygen, so Meowth grabbed a mask and put it on Orville, and he soon woke up. Except now the hole got bigger and they were plunging towards the ground. The other Pidgey on the ground noticed that the balloon was falling fast. They all started to gather up under the balloon and started jumping up as if they were trying to fly. They managed to headbutt the basket, breaking the fall.
Soon everything was alright for Wilbur and Orville. Orville soon became a hero to the other Pidgey. Meanwhile one of the rocket boosters started off automatically, sending Team Rocket blasting off. The gang said their goodbyes and headed off to the next town.
Team Rocket had crashed onto a cliff tree and are hanging. Wobbuffet comes out from one of the brush but they wonder where Meowth is. Meowth, sitting on the top branch, was talking to Orville about the moon and maybe he should aim for that.
- This episode's English title is taken from the song Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard.
- This episode was initially going to be called "The Passionate Pidgey."
- The English version of this episode was written by Maddie Blaustein, Meowth's voice actress at the time.
- In the Japanese version, the Pocket Monster TV commercial break transition/eyecatch changes to a second version from this episode. The new version uses English text and a CG background of Poké Balls instead of showing the Pokémon on a Pokégear.
- Team Rocket use booster rockets for their Meowth Balloon in this episode. They would later start using them prominently from New Places... Familiar Faces! onwards.
- Orville and Wilbur were named after Orville and Wilbur Wright.
- The overweight, flightless Pidgey in this episode may have been inspired by the Dodo and other island birds that became flightless with the absence of predators.
- Misty uses variations of several lines from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Richard III.
- Professor Oak mentions that scientists have debated whether or not the overweight Pidgey count as an evolution of the normal Pidgey ("evolution" in the long-term sense). This may mean that Pudgy Pidgey Isle is an allusion to the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin observed multiple unique species of finches and developed his theory of evolution.
- In the final scene where Meowth is asking Orville what the moon is like, he says "Had to be there huh?"; this may be a reference to Neil Armstrong who would allegedly tell unfunny jokes about the moon, and follow them up with "I guess you had to be there".
- While Orvile is above the earth, one shot of the moon shows it as a crescent, while in the next scene the moon is full.
- Misty uses the word "wherefore" as if it means "where" twice; it actually means "why".
- Although Wilbur introduces himself in the original version, he doesn't in the dub.
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