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Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle to hit Netflix in October

Published on: 8th September 2021

The trailer for the new animated Pokémon movie is available to watch now, with the release set for 8th October. 

The Pokémon Company International and Netflix announced today that the next animated movie in the Pokémon franchise will premiere on Netflix around the world with the exception of Japan, China, and Korea on 8th October, 2021. First revealed in November 2020, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle marks the 23rd animated Pokémon movie in the franchise.

The first official international trailer for the movie was released today and can be viewed here. It features Always Safe and No Matter What, two original songs written and recorded for the movie by music artist Cyn. Fans can look forward to hearing these songs during the movie on 8th October or can stream them on popular music platforms from today. Cyn is also one of the many notable artists participating in the P25 Music program celebrating 25 years of Pokémon, for which she wrote and recorded another new song, Wonderful.

“During Pokémon’s 25th anniversary year, we wanted fans to have the opportunity to experience the newest animated Pokémon movie simultaneously as a global community,” said Emily Arons, senior vice president of licensing at The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon animation is a much-beloved pillar of the franchise, and Netflix is the perfect partner to once again help us deliver a worldwide moment for fans as we celebrate 25 years of action and adventure with Ash and his Pikachu.”

The synopsis for the movie is as follows: Deep within the Forest of Okoya, the Mythical Pokémon Zarude live in a troop and maintain a strict rule that forbids outsiders from entering their territory. Elsewhere in the jungle lives Koko, a human boy raised by a lone Zarude who left the troop. Koko has grown up never doubting that he is a Zarude. But one day, a chance meeting with Ash and Pikachu leaves Koko with his first human friend. Is he truly a Pokémon? Or is he, in fact, a human? When danger threatens the jungle, the bonds between Pokémon and human -and the love between parent and child – will be put to the test.

To further celebrate the announcement, from today Trainers will be able to receive Dada Zarude and Shiny Celebi – both as featured in the movie – in their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield games by signing up for Pokémon Trainer Club email notifications. Trainers who register in this way by 25th September 2021 will receive a Pokémon Trainer Club email containing a distribution code for both Pokémon on 7th October 2021.

Fans can also look forward to a crossover with Pokémon GO celebrating the global launch of Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle on Netflix. More details will be announced soon. In the meantime, fans can visit the official movie website at Zarude.pokemon.com/en-gb/ and join the conversation online with #Pokemon25.

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