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Melody plays the same tune from the ceremony, which reinvigorates the fallen Lugia. Lugia, who can also speak using {{t|psychic}} powers, explains that Ash must collect the Ice Sphere from Articuno's island. Ash doubts he can do it, but support from his friends and Pokémon changes his mind when Misty realizes when the legend states 'The earth shall turn to ash' it refers to the earth relying on Ash as the Chosen One to save it. As Ash sets out with Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Charizard, and Lugia towards Ice Island, Team Rocket witness a helicopter containing Professor Oak, Delia, [[Professor Ivy]] and a news crew crash land. Seeing a discarded inflatable raft and the helicopter's tail propeller, they get an idea. Ash's attempts to reach the island are thwarted by the legendary birds, but Team Rocket surprisingly come to the rescue on a motorboat using the items they salvaged. Team Rocket shock Ash by revealing that they do not wish for the world to be destroyed. The heroes (and villains) race through the island using the raft and find the Ice Sphere, which Ash obtains. The legendary birds appear and ambush the group in Ice Island, then Articuno is knocked out by its opponents. Lugia saves Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket and heads back to Shamouti.
However, Lugia is slowed down by the extra weight of Team Rocket. The trio of villains decide to let go and nobly sacrifice themselves to allow Ash to save the world, which surprised him. As Ash notices the gathered Pokémon, he asks Lugia, who responds that they gathered in case they were needed, yet they stood still because they were unsure about what to do. As they approach Shamouti, Lugia suddenly comes under attack as Lawrence, using the remains of his ship, makes one final desperate attempt to capture his prize. Lugia manages to unleash an {{m|Aeroblast}} attack to defeat the remaining legendary birds and destroy Lawrence's ship before falling unconscious into the sea. Ash also falls unconscious into the water and Pikachu tries to urge Ash to wake up. Fortunately, Misty arrives in time to save the two. Misty and Tracey revive Ash, who leads the group back to the shrine. Ash inserts the final sphere into the shrine, which shines brightly with the unison of the spheres. The pillars glow in tune as Melody plays Lugia's song, which revives it and restores balance to the legendary birds. Lugia takes Ash and Pikachu for a flight with Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres beside them. Suddenly, a giant stream of water rises out of the ocean (the Beast of the Sea) and is tamed by the song. All the birds return to their homes and the Beast of the Sea vanishes into the ocean.
Lugia also departs, thanking Ash for his help. After Lugia leaves, Delia, Oak and Ivy arrive. Delia scolds Ash for his recklessness, but after Misty tells her he saved the world, Delia asks him if he could visit her once in a while on his journey. Ash agrees to her request. Lawrence picks up an {{TCG ID|The Power of One|Ancient Mew|promo}} card from the wreckage of his ship, deciding to restart his collection on a smaller scale. The film ends with Team Rocket appearing on Shamouti, having survived their sacrificial fall, lamenting that nobody actually saw them being heroes - but Slowking reveals to them that many people watched them and are right now. Slowking looks towards the screen, [[breaking the fourth wall]], as do Team Rocket, who end the film discussing what they should do now since they seem to now be good.
* This movie was released between [[EP104]] and [[EP105]] in Japan. Chronologically, howeverHowever, it likelychronologically takes place sometime after the latter, because {{AP|Charizard}} is shown obeying {{Ash}} in this movie, something it doesn't do until the latterthat episode.
* The first names of [[Delia Ketchum|Ash's mother]], {{an|Professor Oak}}, and [[Professor Ivy]] were first revealed in this movie.
* [[Lawrence III]]'s actions in this movie were set in motion due to an {{TCG ID|The Power of One|Ancient Mew|promo}} card. This is the only movie to feature a Pokémon card.
** In addition, the dub has Jessie and James undergoing a variation of the "[ that's good, that's bad]" routine from The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror III short "Clown Without Pity."
* According to Takeshi Shudo's blog, the Ancient Mew card was originally going to play a major role in an earlier treatment of the movie, although after it was rewritten, all of the references to the card save for the brief showing of it in the ending were cut. Shudo acknowledged its presence in the final film was a mistake on his part.<ref></ref>
* Early promos for the movie depicted a scene where Ash jumps off a cliff to catch Pikachu, with Misty having a shocked reaction.
* The events of this movie are later made canon in ''[[EP220|The Mystery is History]]'', as both Ash and James reference meeting a Lugia prior to that episode.
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