Cleavon Schpielbunk (Japanese: ヒート南野 Heat Minamino) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime, who appeared in and Lights, Camera, Quack-tion .
Go West, Young Meowth
Schpielbunk, the winner of the
Golden at the Flea Collar Film Festival, was a famous director, making famous movies like Growlithe Award . He first showed up shortly before I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday Ash entered the Pokémon League to film a movie near Pallet Town. The movie, titled , was about a Pokémon in Love Wigglytuff and a Psyduck falling in love with each other. Misty's Psyduck was chosen to play the role of the Psyduck in the movie.
Schpielbunk reappeared in
Go West, Young Meowth at the movie's premiere. Much to his dismay, Ash and his friends didn't enjoy the movie, mostly because of the fact that they weren't in it. Schpielbunk claimed that since it was a Pokémon movie, he had to cut out all of the human roles. He also added that he couldn't get anyone famous to show up for the premiere.
Voice actor Trivia
Schpielbunk's English name comes from
Steven Spielberg, another famous director.
Also, Schpielbunk's Japanese name may come from Takeshi Kitano (北野 武), who is also known as Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし). Kita (北) means " north" in Japanese, while minami (南) means " south". Kobuhei Hayashiya, the voice of Minamino in the original, is the son of Sanpei Hayashiya, the comedian whose signature line was the inspiration of
Wobbuffet. For the Hindi Hungama TV dub of Pokémon: Indigo League, Schpielbunk's name was changed to Charan Johar, which is a reference to Karan Johar, a famous Indian director.