Plot: Cute Pokemon being cute in snow.
Breakdown: The Writers of this short: “Hello everyone! Welcome to the “Make Twix Want to Turn Off the Short” speedrun challenge. Twix just turned on the short, and boy do we have a surprise for her. Now, we obviously couldn’t tip our hand immediately, that’d be way too easy, so we kinda had to spring this out of nowhere……Okay, so far just typical antics and being flung around – I love it. Now, my timer’s reading 2:53 in, which means she should be spotting–”
Twix: “Oh god, no way.”
“Oooh she saw Marill! We’re at the three minute mark.”
“Oh god, no. There is no way they’d do this to me again.”
“3:04! It’s time to shine!”
*Jigglypuff music starts*
“GODDAMN IT! YOU BASTARDS!”
“Ah! She paused it! 3:08 was our time! Speedrun complete! Wow, that was a nailbiter. Thanks for joining us! Make sure to like and subscribe to irritate Twix even more in the future.”
No, I am not kidding. For some reason, they decided to bring back Marillypuff for this short, and I did indeed immediately stop the short when it started singing. It took a lot of my patience to withstand that running joke in the previous short, and they have the gall to bring it back and do the same shtick again? It was almost insulting.
Thankfully, they at least thought better to make this a recurring joke throughout the entire short again, I guess even they have their limits on repetitiveness, so Marillypuff is only in the beginning of this short.
As for the rest of this short, though…..it’s bad. Harmless, but bad. I really don’t think they had a plan for this short at all. Like even a little. Which is impressive because most Pokemon shorts already are just simply “Cute Pokemon do *spin a wheel of activities*!”
The short starts out with the Pokemon playing at the beach, but then they’re flung off, because Pokemon short. They’re then frozen by a rogue gust of snowy wind from nowhere and wind up floating to some icy location. When they break free, the groups are separated. I really have to write up a Pokemon shorts bingo card someday.
Group one is Pikachu, Turtwig, Chimchar, Sudowoodo and Buizel. Group two is Piplup, Happiny, Buneary, Ambipom and Swinub. Group three is Meowth, Carnivine, Yanmega, Wobbuffet, Mime Jr. and Seviper. Then you have Pichirisu who ends up with Staravia, and Croagunk, who winds up by himself for a bit.
Group one, whom I nicknamed the Pika Squad, finds a Spheal and a Snorunt who have been separated from their mentor, a Snover. They’re also looking for a Solrock to help them melt some ice. It’s literally one sentence in which they mention that, by the way. I had no idea what they meant. What ice? Is some ice blocking a path or something?
Group two bitches, moans and is generally annoying. I nicknamed them Team Brat. While I still think May’s Squirtle and that Bonsly from Pikachu’s Ghost Carnival win the gold medal in annoyingness, this group takes a solid silver. Swinub is a baby, I guess, because all it does is cry and demand food. Happiny is also a baby who also cries, but less so than Swinub. Ambipom complains a lot, as does Buneary, but she comes with the added bonus of also whining that her beloved Pikachu isn’t there. She also complains that Piplup isn’t reliable when it’s literally the only one actually trying to accomplish anything.
Piplup’s not being annoying at all. He’s doing his best and winds up getting treated like crap. I felt bad for him.
Team Rocket’s Pokemon find Snover, who wants to find his pupils, Spheal and Snorunt. He tells them that the king of the Country of Ice will gladly feed them a feast if they assist him in finding them, so they agree.
When the Pika Squad finds the Solrock, the Spheal and Snorunt say this.
“Please use your power, and recover the country into her normal face. The continual unknown snowstorm will keep troubling us all.”
……..What continual snowstorm? It’s been clear the entire time they’ve been here. The only snow, in the air, that I’ve seen to this point was in the very beginning when that rogue gust of icy wind froze the Pokemon. They are in an icy tundra, but I just kinda figured it was a region that is currently experiencing winter right now, or it’s a climate that’s always snowy.
When they said this, I thought maybe this place wasn’t meant to be snowy. Like it’s summer or very nearby to the warm beach they were just enjoying at the start of the short.
Just as the name suggests, it’s literally a Country of Ice. Everything is meant to be frozen and covered in snow. There are also structures, such as a castle, made entirely of ice. As far as we’ve seen, the place is littered with nearly every Ice Type you can think of. It seems like a paradise for them. Why would snow storms, especially ones that don’t seem to exist, be a problem here?…….Why is a SOLROCK here? It’s a random Solrock behind a massive door on a literal pedestal. Is it there just to melt snow where there’s too much buildup around? How does it control the heat enough to not melt important ice structures? Because it completely melts away every speck of snow from the castle and other structures without damaging them at all – not even the tiny details.
Solrock’s snow-melting powers reveal the castle in the distance. All the groups head there and reunite only to be met with the angry king and queen of the Country of Ice – an Abomasnow and a Froslass.
They have been locked in a battle of snow and ice for however long. I guess this implies that the Pokemon were frozen by one of their ice blasts……How much range do those things have? They were on a warm beach before this.
They were fighting over some ice sculptures of theirs getting broken. It’s weird, too. The instant they point out the statues were the reason they were fighting, both of them realize they didn’t break them (they believed the other did, hence the fighting) but there was no reason to. It was literally; “Why are they fighting?” “Those statues got broke.” Both of them: “Wait, you mean you didn’t break my statues?!” What lead them to that conclusion, and why did they both instantly assume the other did it? Did they not talk at all about this before they started fighting each other? You two need couples counseling.
Also, you’re friggin’ ICE POKEMON. Just use Ice Beam on the statues and fix them! It would take thirty seconds! What is wrong with you two!?
Spheal and Snorunt admit to breaking the statues when they were playing. They say they would have admitted what happened immediately but…….but nothing. They never say why they didn’t do that. They also don’t explain why they were way the hell out there in the middle of nowhere so long after this happened, especially if they intended on confessing.
The sequence of events had to have been, they broke the statues, they all left for some reason, got split up somehow, their parents, or whoever they are to them, found out about the statues while they were gone, instantly assumed the other broke the statues, which is especially weird because they’re statues of themselves, never spoke a word in trying to logically figure out how this happened or do the most obvious thing in the world to fix the statues, started an Ice Type move fight over it, allowed the fight to get so intense that the land got covered in enough snow to hide the castle somehow, which implies they were buried alive before Solrock melted everything and then (enter events of short here).
So the gang fixes the damn statues by having, of all the Ice Pokemon here….the non-Ice Type, Buneary, Ice Beaming the statues to seal them up and having Turtwig slice up the rough spots with Razor Leaf to clean them up. Good as new. Just so we’re clear on this easy fix, even the aspect of smoothing out the surface would have been just as easily done without interference by Pikachu and the others because Abomasnow is part Grass Type and would know Razor Leaf….
Anyway, none of this matters because Croagunk snowboards in through the window and smashes the statues to tiny bits………
They head outside to carve new statues. When did these Pokemon become realist sculptors? I don’t know. Shut up. I say they’re new statues, but it’s moreso a Mount Rushmore type deal because they carve the likenesses of the entire royal family (?) into the side of an icy cliff. I do appreciate that literally every single Pokemon came together to help with this….except Croagunk because I guess he’s too much of an idiot.
They say that now that they have such nice statues, Abomasnow and Froslass will go back to loving each other. I’d say if you resort to subzero warfare and nearly kill each other and destroy your kingdom after getting upset over easily fixed ice statues when you had no reason to even believe the other broke them, you probably have deeper problems than that and, like I said, desperately need couples counseling.
…..Also, as I’ve been alluding to, what is the dynamic here? Snover, Snorunt and Spheal become part of the statue collection, implying they’re their kids or something, but only Snover would logically be one of their kids……….But…they can’t even have kids because they don’t share any egg groups. Are they all adopted? Are they even viewed as their kids? They don’t say Mom and Dad – they call them my king/queen. Who are they if they’re not their kids? It’s very confusing.
They thank Pikachu only, despite the fact that he didn’t do much. He did contribute to the final sculpture, but so did everyone. He also did the least, outside of Croagunk, in fixing the other statues. All he did was command Buneary and Turtwig when they knew what to do while everyone else held the pieces in place…..
The Pokemon all set off on an ice boat back to their beach to enjoy the rest of their vacation or whatever they’re doing during these shorts to be unsupervised for long periods of time. They surf, they sunbathe, they swim, they have fun. The end.
This has to be, without a doubt, the most poorly written nothing Pokemon short ever. I expect so little from these shorts, and somehow this one still managed to deeply disappoint me. Being fair, this was a short exclusive to flights on the Pokemon-themed ANA jumbo jets that they’ve had since basically the start of Pokemon. You can tell because they randomly and pointlessly add in a scene where one of these jets fly by and we’re forced to watch.
The previous short was also an ANA exclusive short that also included a shot of the plane, I just didn’t think to include that in my review for whatever reason. I was probably too preoccupied with everything else trying to bother me.
That being said, that doesn’t mean this short or the previous one (or the next one…) get passes just because they’re something for people to watch on a plane. Actually, I’d kinda expect a short exclusively made to be shown on a Pokemon-themed jumbo jet would be higher quality than normal. Think about it – you pay extra to go on these airplanes to say you flew on the Pokemon plane. You’d expect some high-quality extras like that. I know it costs a lot to animate shorts, but if you’re just going to spit out something without thought, why even bother spending the animation money?
The other Pokemon shorts, no matter their quality, tended to still make a good degree of sense. This one was just stupid from start to finish. It wasn’t enough to make me mad—okay, the Marillypuff thing made me briefly mad—nothing else made me mad, however. I was just confused and baffled by the writing choices that they seemed to make up as they went on. Hardly any writing decision made sense at all.
Why even start at the beach if you wanted to do an ice story? Them starting out in an icy location makes about as much sense as anywhere else they start out in during these shorts because we rarely ever get context as to why they’re in (location) completely alone for hours or even days.
Overall, I can’t say I recommend this short at all because it’s just not entertaining. Above all else, it was just confusing. It wasn’t even a ‘cute Pokemon being cute’ type of short. There’s really nothing here. Moving on.
…..I swear to god if Marillypuff is in the next short…
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