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Cleavon Schpielbunk

Cleavon Schpielbunk (Japanese: ヒート南野 Heat Minamino) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime, who appeared in Lights, Camera, Quack-tion and Go West, Young Meowth.

Schpielbunk, the winner of the Golden Growlithe Award at the Flea Collar Film Festival, was a famous director, making famous movies like I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday. He first showed up shortly before Ash entered the Pokémon League to film a movie near Pallet Town. The movie, titled Pokémon in Love, was about a 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

Language Voice actor
Japanese 林家こぶ平 Kobuhei Hayashiya
English Jimmy Zoppi
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Hebrew שלמה סדן Shlomo Sadan
Norwegian Trond Teigen
Polish Mikołaj Klimek
Brazilian Portuguese Daoiz Cabezudo
Spanish Latin America Enrique Mederos
Spain Juan Lombardero


  • 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.

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