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Pokémon in Italy

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[[File:Italia 1 logo.png|thumb|left|150px|Italia 1 logo]]On January 10, 2000, '''Italia 1''' ('''Italia Uno'''), a commercial Italian TV channel owned by {{wp|Mediaset}}, started airing the [[Pokémon anime]] from Mondays to Fridays every afternoon, around 5:00 P.M. The series that year was successful in Italy and it was also broadcast at prime time on Saturdays. From the [[S04|fourth season]] on, however, Pokémon lost more and more Italian fans. On Christmas 2001, it was even suspended for one year, possibly for dub problems, and when it started again at the end of 2002, its popularity was even lower.
In 2003, ''[[S05|Pokémon: Master Quest]]'' began around 4 P.M. With this fifth series, Italia 1 chose to divide the episodes into two halves for the premiere, creating, in this way, a broadcast of two 10-minute episodes each from Monday through Friday. However, when the episodes were re-aired, they were transmitted fully. Nevertheless, Pokémon started being broadcast later and later ([[S06|Pokémon: Advanced]] at 4:30 P.M., [[S07|Pokémon: Advanced Challenge]] at 5:00 P.M.) until the [[S08|eighth season]] started to be broadcast at 6:00 P.M., always for ten minutes on February 2006. After a few months, Pokémon was moved to Saturdays and Sundays, imitating the TV schedule of {{DL|Pokémon in the United States|Kids' WB!}}. The main problem facing this was that Italian children attend school on Saturdays. Due to this choice, some Italian Pokémon sites chose to make together a petition against Italia 1. Perhaps because of this petition or maybe due to the lower audience, Pokémon returned in the afternoon at 5:15 P.M.
With the beginning of ''[[Pokémon Chronicles]]'', however, the show was broadcast once again in the weekend, although later in the morning. The same happened for ''[[S09|Pokémon: Battle Frontier]]'', which was not only was transmitted in the weekends, but also for 10 minutes only. In Summer 2007, Pokémon landed every morning at 8:30 A.M. In September 2007, Italia 1 decided on give another chance to the show and, exploiting the success of {{game|Diamond and Pearl|s}}, Pokémon came back in the afternoon with the new series, ''[[Diamond & Pearl series|Pokémon: Diamante e Perla]]''. The first episodes were successful, similar to the ones of the first seasons, but after a few episodes the success decreased and so, also because the series was going too much near the U.S. airings) in January 2008 "Diamante e Perla" went back to the weekend.
[[File:Boing TV logo.png|100px|thumb|Boing and Hiro]]Like most rerunning cartoon series and movies coming from Italia 1, the Pokémon anime has also been aired by Boing and Hiro, two Italian digital television channels, broadcast via DTT technology, owned by {{wp|Mediaset}}.
In 2009, Walt Disney Company's channel, Jetix, obtained the rights for broadcasting the [[S11|eleventh season]]. The Pokémon anime from ''Battle Dimension'' onward is also broadcast by "K2", a syndication channel. In 2010 Jetix changed name to Disney XD, that mainly premieres the episodes in Italy, but sometimes alternates with K2 (for example, the last episodes of the [[S14|fourteenth season]]). From 2012 onward, K2 always premieres the episodes (it also happened for the XY sneak peek of October 19th, two days after the Japanese airing), Disney XD airing them after some months.
The [[S14|fourteenth season]] was also broadcastedbroadcast on Toon Disney in 2011.
Also, in 2009 the first seasons were redubbed in an Italian dubbing which is more faithful to the English one and aired on K2. The original English Pokémon themes and texts (only for the "To be continued" and the title of the first about 20 episodes of the Indigo League series) are dubbed and translated in Italian as well. Since June 30 to August 4, 2014 the first season was broadcast; the second has been skipped for rights issues and the third one has been aired since August 5 to September 7, 2014.
The first episodes of ''[[S17|Pokémon the Series: XY]]'' has premiered on K2 on October 19, 2013 as a sneak peek. Instead the current season is aired on Disney XD since April 14 and since April 23, 2014 on K2.
''[[S18|Pokémon the Series: XY - Kalos Quest]]'' has premiered on K2 on April 25, 2015; ''[[S19|Pokémon the Series: XYZ]]'' has premiered on May 7, 2016 on the same channel, although the first two episodes premiered on the official Pokémon site on May 3.
''[[S20|Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon]]'' has premiered on K2 on November 19, 2016 as a sneak peek, with the season airing starting on April 29, 2017.
===Pokémon movies===
Only the last two movies of {{series|Advanced Generation}} haven't been released in DVD yet, while during 2011, the four films of the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} were released from Universal Pictures; Miramax released the first two ''Advanced Generation'' movies in 2012, along with Universal's release of [[M14|the fourteenth]] (Universal Pictures currently releases the new movies every year).
The [[M06|sixth]] movie]] aired for the first time on March 16, 2012 on Sky Cinema Family (also in 720p-HD version), becoming the "Italian" movie with the longest gap from the Japanese and American releases (almost eight years from the American release, eight-and-a-half years from the Japanese).
On February 21, 2015, [[M17|the seventeenth movie]] premiered in the Italian cinemas with its special Pikachu episode, being the first Pokémon movie to be shown in cinema since almost fourteen years. ''[[M18|Hoopa and the Clash of Ages]]'' was first released in January 2016 on [[iTunes]], then premiered in TV (K2) on May 2. ''[[M19|Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel]]'' aired for the first time on K2 on November 19, 2016; and ''[[M20|I Choose You!]]'' premiered in cinemas on November 6, 2017. So far, the DVD versions of those movies haven't been released yet.
{{Incomplete|section|Needs explanation about the time when they started dubbing the older English openings and the reasons for it}}
:''For more information, see [[:Category:Italian songs]].''
Traditionally, Mediaset, since its origins, has always created openings for cartoons and anime, some independent from the Japanese and North American opening themes. For Pokémon, nine themes have been made (for the first ten seasons and for Pokémon Chronicles). For [[S06|Pokémon: Advanced]] and [[S07|Pokémon: Advanced Challenge]], and for [[S08|Pokémon: Advanced Battle]] and [[S09|Pokémon: Battle Frontier]], the same opening themes have been used. This makes Italy one of only three known dubs outside of Japan and the United States to create original music for the Pokémon anime, the other two being {{pmin|Greater China}} and {{pmin|South Korea}}.
Although the Italian dub has its own music, an Italian-language translation of the ''[[Pokémon 2.B.A. Master]]'' soundtrack was also released, entitled ''{{tt|Pokémon: Le Canzoni Autentiche Della Serie TV|Pokémon: The Authentic Songs From The TV Series}}'', including the [[Pokémon (song)|first Italian opening]] as a bonus track.
Italy has startedbegan to dub the official American themes of the first ten seasons from 2014 to 2016. The only possible reason for dubbing the older English openings and episodes is because of the transition made from ''AdvancedMerak GenerationFilm'' seriesto ''Studio Asci'' in 20152009, similar to the switch in the same year from 4Kids Entertainment to Pokémon USA. Since some of the voice actors were replaced, they decided to re-dub and re-translate seasons 1 through 10 (previously made by ''Merak Film'') using the new voice actors basing every aspect of each episode, including the intros and endings, entirely on the American dub. Many episodes are available on the official Italian Pokémon site and on Nintendo Anime Channel for Nintendo 3DS as well.
Currently, many seasons of the anime are available on [[Netflix]] and [[Amazon Prime Video]] in Italy.