The Art of Pokémon The First Movie

The Art of Pokémon The First Movie is an artbook first published by Shogakukan in Japan and then released by VIZ Media in English. It is based on the film of the same name and the Pikachu short Pikachu's Vacation.

The Art of Pokémon The First Movie consists of a narrated written adaptation of the film accompanied by full-color screen captures from the movie. There are also character biographies and a "Pokémon Data File" with information on various Pokémon and technology that appeared in the movie.


Edition Country Company Date ISBN
Japan Shogakukan Unknown ISBN Unknown
US/Canada VIZ Media December 10, 1999 ISBN 1569314276
France Glénat January 16, 2002 ISBN 2723436667

Differences between the movie and the art book


  • Most of the scenes in this book, even in the English version, are from the original theatrical version, not the kanzenban edition that included scenes that were specifically reanimated for North American audiences. This is likely a result of the theatrical version's images being used in the original Japanese publication of this book, rather than an error on VIZ Media's part.


  • Marill is erroneously stated to be a "Balloon" instead of "Aqua Mouse" Pokémon.
  • Marill's name is misspelled as "Marril" throughout the book, which was common in North American media before the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver. On page 59, it is further misspelled as "Merril".
  • Togepi's gender is stated as male.
  • Snubbull's name is misspelled as "Snubble".
  • On page 50, Horsea's eyes are completely red.

Pokémon anime novelizations
Original series: I Choose You!Island of the Giant PokémonAttack of the Prehistoric PokémonNight in the Haunted Tower
Team Rocket Blasts Off!Charizard, Go!Splashdown in Cerulean CityReturn of the Squirtle Squad
Orange Islands: Journey to the Orange IslandsSecret of the Pink PokémonThe Four-Star ChallengeScyther, Heart of a Champion
Race to DangerTalent ShowdownPsyduck Ducks OutThundershock in Pummelo Stadium
The Johto Journeys: Go West, Young AshAsh Ketchum, Pokémon DetectivePrepare for TroubleBattle for the Zephyr Badge
The Chikorita ChallengeAll Fired UpAsh to the RescueSecrets of the GS BallPrize Pokémon
Teaming Up With TotodileTough EnoughWinner Takes All
Advanced Generation: Haunted!Phantom UnmaskedTeam Rocket TruceCelebi RescueGrovyle TroubleDeoxys in Danger
Diamond & Pearl: Pokémon AcademyThe Lost RioluCoal Badge BattleWorld of Sinnoh
Movies: The Art of Pokémon The First MovieThe Art of Pokémon the Movie 2000The Art of Pokémon the Movie 3: Spell of the Unown
Mewtwo Strikes BackMewtwo ReturnsPokémon the Movie 2000Pokémon the Movie 3Pokémon 4Ever
Destiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the SeaThe Rise of Darkrai
Pikachu's VacationPikachu's Rescue AdventurePikachu and Pichu

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