By Leah Rozen
November 22, 1999 12:00 PM


Never grumble over having to sit through a Disney animated movie again. Even lesser Mouse House films such as Pocahontas are masterpieces alongside the plebeian Pokémon, based on the wildly popular Japanese children’s TV series about animal-like creatures called Pokémon (short for “pocket monsters”). What we have come to expect of Disney and find sorely lacking here are lush animation, throwaway puns and verbal asides, and actual characterization. What’s left is the message: Fighting is bad. Inspiring message, uninspired movie. (G)

Bottom Line: Strictly for small fry