It starts with this mean guy figuring out that the “titans” of an ancient prophecy are the 3 legendary
birds, Articuno, Zapdos, & Moltres. He then proceeds to find &
capture Moltres. He then begins the search for Zapdos.
Meanwhile, Ash, Misty, & Tracy are riding in a boat to get to the next
island. Ash wants to let the pokemon out for some air. The pilot
gives her approval, so out they come. After a bit of air, a storm kicks
up, so back into the pokeballs they go.
Back in Pallet Town, Prof. Oak rides up to Ash’s house on a bike. After
a bit of talking to Ash’s mom, it starts to rain, then snow. After it
stops, a bunch of digletts carry Oak & his bike away.
The storm at sea has carried our heroes way off course, so they head to the
nearest island, with team rocket close behind. On the island, there is a
group of costumed villagers. The pilot recognizes one of them, so they
begin to talk. Upon hearing that Ash is a trainer, the crowd goes nuts
& says that Ash is this years “chosen one.” One villager then
introduces her younger sister, Melody, who is going to perform in the ceremony
that evening. Melody looks Ash over then gives him the “traditional
welcome kiss.” This ticks Misty off pretty bad. Melody then asks
if Misty is Ash’s sister, then his girlfriend. She denies both, but is
still really ticked.
That evening, Melody performs as planned, then explains Ash’s duty as the
“chosen one.” He has to get 3 treasures from 3 islands, 1 from Fire
Island, 1 from Lightning Island, & 1 from Ice Island. Ash gets
excited, & wants to leave immediately, & asks Misty if she’s going
with him. Misty says no, and remarks that if he wants someone to go where
he wants, when he wants, he should get a girlfriend. (She’s pretty good
at describing herself, isn’t she?) So Ash leaves and heads to Fire
Island with the boat pilot. Melody, Tracey, and Misty begin to follow Ash
as the storm kicks up, with team rocket hiding in the back.
Ash makes it to the island and gets the first orb right as Melody and the group
appear in the other boat. Melody remarks that Ash is pretty stubborn about
his responsibilities. Misty says she has to deal with it every day, so
Melody says that Misty will have to get used to it when they get married. Misty
tells her to take it back while t.r. tells her that if you get involved with the
opposite sex, you’re merely asking for trouble. Meowth then tells Jessie
& James that they don’t need the opposite sex ‘cause they’ve got each
other. Then Zapdos arrives on the scene. It sees that Moltres is
gone, so it takes the island for itself. III appears, and captures all
that are on the island.
In Pallet, Prof. Oak is talking on the phone to Prof.
Ivy. They agree to fly out to the Orange Islands to explain
what’s going on.
On the airship, III explains that he’s trying to capture Lugia so he can
rule the world. He then begins to travel to Ice Island to capture
Articuno. Ash tries to free Moltres
with Charizard, Pikachu, & Squirtle. They free Moltres, & it frees
Zapdos. Then they make a hole in the airship. The trio of birds
begins to attack the airship. It falls to the ground on Lightning Island,
destroying everything but the orb. Ash picks it up, and they all begin to
head back to the first island.
In Pallet, Prof. Oak is talking on the phone to Prof. Ivy. They agree to
fly out to the Orange Islands to explain
Ash reaches the holder for the orbs and places them in their places. A
slowking comes up and tells Ash he needs to get one more. At this time,
the birds begin to fight each other, and a water cyclone appears. Out of
this, Lugia appears.
Lugia tries to stop the fighting, but the birds attack him. Melody says
that the sound Lugia’s making is the same as the song she plays at the
festival. Lugia falls into the sea,
seemingly defeated. Melody plays the song, and Lugia is back, and ready
Ash decides to go and get the 3rd orb, so he heads out over the
now-frozen sea. The snow is too deep, so using a piece of the boat and 3
of his pokemon, he begins to ride out to Ice Island. The birds try to
attack him, but Lugia protects him from the air. The sea in front of Ash
has melted and re-frozen, creating an iceberg. Team Rocket comes up from
behind with a motorized sled they made and tells Ash to get in. They
get to the island and get the orb just as Articuno falls to the ground,
exhausted. After getting the orb, Ash hitches a ride on Lugia, while Team
Rocket grabs his tail. III tries to capture Lugia, but he narrowly
escapes. Jessie, James, and Meowth realize that they’re slowing Lugia
down, so they let go, and fall into the water. Lugia becomes exhausted and
falls down into the sea, taking Ash with him. Melody wants to go save him,
but Misty stops her. Misty then goes herself. She swims out and
grabs Ash, then pulls him back to shore. Ash gets up and slowly makes his
way up to the temple without any help. He puts the final orb in, and
Melody plays her song, and Lugia comes up from the sea, while the other three
birds return to their islands. Ash rides on Lugia’s back while he makes
a rainbow, then after he lands, Lugia returns to the sea.
Ash’s mom comes up and yells at Ash for almost getting himself killed.
The movie ends with team rocket trying to figure out if it’s good or bad other
people saw them being good.