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'''Lights, Camera, Quack-tion''' (Japanese: '''ポケモン・ザ・ムービー!''' ''Pokémon the Movie!'') is the 69th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on November 5, 1998 and in the United States on October 8, 1999.
{{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} are at a campsite, training for the [[Pokémon League]], when they meet a {{pkmn|Trainer}} named {{OBP|Katrina|EP069}}. Though {{an|Brock}} tries to make an advance, Ash quickly accepts an offer to {{pkmn|battle}} against her {{p|Raichu}} with {{AP|Pikachu}}. However, before the battle begins, {{TRT}} suddenly appears with a net in an attempt to snagsteal Pikachu. However, but they end up catchingcatch Raichu in the net instead. After thethey realizationrealize that Pikachu had not been caught hit themthis, Raichu breaks free, and uses a {{m|Thunderbolt}} and {{m|Mega Kick}} to knock Team Rocket over. As they are preparing to send Team Rocket flying, a voice yells, "Cut!". It had turnedturns out that during this entire exchange, they had unknowingly been filmed without their knowledge by a producer.
The producer introduces himself (in the style of Team Rocket's {{motto}}, much to their bewilderment) as [[Cleavon Schpielbunk]], an acclaimed director. However,Though Ash and {{an|Misty}} had never heard of him, though Brock easily recognizes him as the producer behindof his favorite movie, ''{{DL|Movies in the Pokémon world|I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday}}''. (whichSchpielbunk Katrinareveals also admitted to "almost" have seen—implying that though his movies were critically acclaimed, they were hardly box-office successes). Schpielbunkhe is in the area to cast a {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} for his all-Pokémon production, ''{{DL|Movies in the Pokémon world|Pokémon in Love}}'', after his male lead, an {{p|Abra}}, had {{m|teleport}}ed off the set over its costar, a {{p|Wigglytuff}} with a prima-donna attitude. Everyone is interested in being part of the movie, and sendssend out their Pokémon to audition:, including Pikachu, Raichu, {{TP|Jessie|Arbok}}, {{TP|James|Weezing}}, {{MTR}}, {{TP|Brock|Vulpix}}, and {{TP|Misty|Psyduck}} are(though chosen by their Trainers to audition (Misty originally wanted {{TP|Misty|Staryu}} to audition, but once again, Psyduck pops out instead). MistyThe also had to rein in {{TP|Misty|Togepi}} from walking onto the stage as well.), andPokémon easily pass though after showing off their dancing skills (Pikachu and Raichu dancing together in a ballroom-style dance, Arbok spinning about, Weezing and Vulpix by bouncing and jumping, Psyduck by wagging its tail, and Meowth from a tap-style routine).
In the next roundThen, Schpielbunk wants the Pokémon to {{m|Sing|sing}}. However, as if on cue, {{an|Jigglypuff}} appears, and puts everyone to sleep. After waking up, Schpielbunk wants everyone to sing with Wigglytuff. When Meowth mentions to her that he "works alone", he and the other Team Rocket's other Pokémon are attacked with {{m|DoubleSlapDouble Slap}}ped. As a result, an enraged Team Rocket fumes off in orderleaves to comfort their Pokémon. After the realizationrealizing that the show business is tough, if only because of Wigglytuff being irritable, Pikachu, Raichu, and Vulpix dejectedly leave the stage,. leaving onlyOnly Psyduck, who (Misty claimingclaims it wasis too stupid to get off the stage), who gets the part (prompting. Brock comes to claimPsyduck's defense and claims that Psyduckit was only acting stupid).
Later, Brock asks Schpielbunk for a plot summary of ''Pokémon in Love'', toand whichlearns Schpielbunk describes the movie as simply "brilliant". In his movie,that Psyduck and Wigglytuff are lovers who are caught in a "family feud" between Psyduck's fellow {{ttype|Water}} typess and Wigglytuff's {{ttype|Normal}} typess. However, just as the movie reaches a climactic battle, ruffiansruffian ({{ttype|Fighting}} types)s appear, and a stray arrow manages to hithits Psyduck, fatally wounding him. The family feud ends overafter Wigglytuff's shows remorse over Psyduck's death. While Brock is amazed at Schpielbunk's brilliance, Misty claims that it isn't original at all, (the premiseinstead being similar to that of ''{{wp|Romeo and Juliet}}''). HoweverDespite this, Ash and company (includinghis Katrina)friends agree to assist in any way that they can for the production. Meanwhile, Team Rocket, nearby, isbegins plotting their revenge foron behalf of their Pokémon's behalf.
Schpielbunk begins filming by shooting the climactic scene - so that he knows how the movie should end, he claims. The filming begins (with Staryu providing rain effects, {{AP|Pidgeotto}} providing wind effects, and Pikachu and Raichu embedded among the large mass of Normal and Water types for thunder effects), as Pikachu and Raichu have their respective groups attack each other. However, as Wigglytuff and Psyduck prepare to enter the fray, Pikachu (in the middle of the fray) is thrown into Wigglytuff, toand which Wigglytuffit responds adversely. Just then, smoke fills the area, and Team Rocket appear to have their revengeappears. However, this only causes all of the Pokémon to turn their attention on Team Rocket. Schpielbunk then orders his crew to join the brawl that has ensued, while Ash and company take the opportunity to pose in front of the now-unattended camera.
Katrina'sAsh scream,and however,his bringsfriends take the group backopportunity to thepose brawl:in Teamfront Rocket had gottenof the uppernow-unattended handcamera, andbut had,they withrefocus thewhen helpTeam ofRocket agets largethe magnetupper onhand a crane,and kidnappedkidnaps all of the Pokémon, except Psyduck, (promptingwith Mistythe tohelp sayof thata itlarge doesn'tmagnet knowon thea proper way to get kidnapped)crane. As both Misty and Wigglytuff prompt Psyduck to take action, Psyduck manages to snap, and, in his brief moment of psychicPsychic powers, uses {{m|Confusion}} to free everyone and send Team Rocket flying. As Psyduck passes out from exhaustion, Wigglytuff comes over to him, concerned., while Ash leads all of the Pokémon to cheer for Psyduck as the scene ends.
That night, Ash is worried as another day iswas wasted from not training., but Brock and Misty console him,. though,Schpielbunk asthen itexpresses is not every day he can take part in a movie, and he also met a rival Trainer (Katrina) in the process. Schpielbunkhis thinksbelief that Ash's adventures would be great movie material, and that any male lead would have plenty of female fans. (toThis whichpiques Brock's interest and he immediately tries to sign up for the role). The episode closes out withMeanwhile, Wigglytuff and Psyduck are alone by the lake, while Team Rocket isare precariously stuck in anothera tree over a precarioussteep positiondescent.
==Major events==
<!-- This is not for summarizing everything that happens in this episode. Only events pertaining to the series as a whole, such as catching and releasing Pokémon and obtaining Badges, go here. -->
[[File:Dare da EP069.png|thumb|200px|right|{{tt|Dare da?|Who's That Pokémon?}}]]
* {{Ash}}
* {{an|Misty}}
* {{OBP|Katrina|EP069}}
* [[Cleavon Schpielbunk]]
* Film crew
[[File:WTP EP069.png|thumb|200px|right|Who's That Pokémon?]]
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Snorlax}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Wigglytuff}} ''(Japan)''
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
* {{p|Fearow}}
* {{p|Nidoran♀}}
* {{p|Wigglytuff}} (debut)
* {{p|Diglett}}
* {{p|Poliwrath}}
** Pokémon senryū summary: {{p|Venonat}}, on a night stroll, good evening.
* [[Type: Wild]] replaced [[Meowth's Song]] as the [[List of Japanese ending themes|Japanese ending theme]].
* The premise of ''{{DL|Movies in the Pokémon world|IPokémon Saw What Youin Ate Last TuesdayLove}}'' is abased referenceon to{{wp|William the movieShakespeare}}'s ''{{wp|IRomeo Knowand WhatJuliet}}'', Youwith Did{{TP|Misty|Psyduck}} Lastas SummerRomeo, {{p|Wigglytuff}} as Juliet, and their respective [[type]]s being the Montagues and the Capulets, though the two differ on how they end, presumably due to the original source''s double suicide scene.
* The premise of ''{{DL|Movies in the Pokémon world|Pokémon in Love}}'' is based on William Shakespeare's ''{{wp|Romeo and Juliet}}'', with Psyduck as Romeo, Wigglytuff as Juliet, and their respective types being the Montagues and the Capulets, though the two differ on how they end, presumably due to the double suicide.
* In the dub, when the Pokémon were dancing, the [[Pokémon (Dance Mix)|Pokémon Dance Mix]] plays as background music.
* This episode's dub title is a reference to the popular movie phrase, "Lights, Camera, Action!"
* This episode is featured on ''Volume 13: Psyduck'' from [[Viz Media]]'s {{OBP|Pokémon All-Stars|Region 1}} series.
* Meowth's "two paws down" line is a reference to the film critics "{{wp|Gene Siskel|Siskel}} and {{wp|Roger Ebert|Ebert}}" who, in their show {{wp|At the Movies (U.S. TV series)|At the Movies}}, gave films either a "Two Thumbs up" or "Two Thumbs Down" review.
[[File:EP069* Error.pngIn one scene, {{AP|thumb|200px|MeowthPikachu}}'s miscoloredtail feet]]turns completely brown.
* CleavonIn Schpielbunkone said he won the "Goldenscene, {{p|GrowlitheRaichu}}",'s yetear—where theit statueshould that'sbe beingyellow—is showncolored behindbrown himlike isthe anrest {{p|Arcanine}}of the ear.
* InAt onethe sceneend of the episode, Pikachuwhere {{TRT}} is hanging off a tree, {{MTR}}'s tailfeet are colored cream instead of turnstheir completelyusual browncolor.
* In one scene, Raichu's ear—where it should be yellow—is colored brown like the rest of the ear.
* At the end of the episode, where Team Rocket is hanging off a tree, Meowth's feet are colored cream instead of their usual color.<gallery>
EP069 Error.png|Meowth's miscolored feet
===Dub edits===
* When [[Pikachu's and Raichu simulate lightning for the climactic showdown, in the dub they both use {{m|Thunder Shock|ThunderShock}}. In the original they bothJukebox]]: use[[Together {{m|Thunder}}.Forever]]
* The curry that {{an|Brock}} is making at the beginning of the episode is referred to as chili in the dub.
* Team Rocket's "network news flash" is originally them expressing surprise at capturing Pikachu so early.
* [[Cleavon Schpielbunk]] said he won the "Golden {{p|Growlithe}}" in the dub, yet the statue that's being shown behind him is an {{p|Arcanine}}. In the original, he just said he was a two-time winner at the {{an|Seafoam Island|Binnes}} Film Festival.
* In the English dub, ''{{DL|Movies in the Pokémon world|I Saw What You Ate Last Tuesday}}'' is a reference to the movie ''{{wp|I Know What You Did Last Summer}}''. Originally, the film that Brock liked was called ''There's Nothing I Like More Than Breakfast''.
* Katrina has actually seen the aforementioned movie in the original, whereas in the dub, she says she "almost saw it".
* In the dub, when the Pokémon were dancing, the [[Pokémon (Dance Mix)|Pokémon Dance Mix]] plays as background music. In the original, [[Lucky Lucky]] was played instead.
* When Pikachu and Raichu simulate lightning for the climactic showdown, in the dub they both use {{m|Thunder Shock}}. In the original they both use {{m|Thunder}}.
* Meowth's "two paws down" line in the dub is a reference to the film critics "{{wp|Gene Siskel|Siskel}} and {{wp|Roger Ebert|Ebert}}" who, in their show {{wp|At the Movies (U.S. TV series)|At the Movies}}, gave films either a "Two Thumbs up" or "Two Thumbs Down" review. In the original, he just says them blasting off is the same as always.
* Misty's mention of Brock being a "great choice" for Schpielbunk's new movie was originally her requesting if she could be in it as well.
* In the [[Pokémon in South Asia#Hungama TV|Indian Hungama TV dub]], Cleavon Schpielbunk's name was changed to {{wp|Karan Johar}}, a real-life Indian film director.
==In other languages==
|zh_cmn={{tt|神奇寶貝電影|Pokémon Movie}}
|ca={{tt|Llums, càmera i quacció!|Lights, camera, quacktion!}}
|cs={{tt|Světla, kamera, akce!|Lights, camera, action!}}
|da={{tt|Klar Til Optagelse|Ready For Shooting}}
|fr_eu={{tt|Lumière ! Moteur ! Action !|Lights! Motor! Action!}}
|de={{tt|...und Action!|...and Action!}}
|he=מבחן בד {{tt|mivchan''Mivkhan bad''|Audition}}
|hi=लाइट्स, कॅमेरा, और Psyduck! {{tt|''Lights, Camera, aur Psyduck!''|Lights, Camera, and Psyduck!}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
|hu={{tt|Felvétel indul!|Start the Action!}}
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[[Category:Episodes storyboarded by Toshiaki Suzuki|069]]
[[Category:Episodes directed by Kiyotaka Itani|069]]
[[Category:Episodes animated by Izumi Shimura|069]]
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