‘Detective Pikachu’ Live Action Pokemon Movie Trailer Released!

The first trailer and poster for Detective Pikachu has been released! The film will hit theaters on May 10th. It’s based on the video game of the same name. What do you think of how Pikachu and the other Pokemon look?

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.


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  1. AlphaVoxel a.k.a. Professor Rosewood
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    Not sure how much I like how the Pokemon look. This definitely looks interesting though.
     
  2. Squishyzygarde233 Aspiring Trainer
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    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!
     
  3. PokeMedic Don't talk to me or my Pokemon ever again
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    Pokemon in the real world? Is Michael Vick a Gym Leader in this movie?
     
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  4. GamePhoenix Fellow Mortal
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    Excuse me what the hecc is that animation style?
     
  5. Absolutely love it! Reminds me of Stuart Little for some reason.
     
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  6. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
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    Oh my. I knew a Detective Pikachu movie was coming but I did not expect the Pokemon characters to have that "realistic" look. I mean I guess it makes sense given that it's a live action film, it's just the kind of design I've seen fanmade usually. I'm not exactly a movie kind of person, but I still might give it a watch if the opportunity and / or if I care enough.
     
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  7. Wechselbalg Mr. Ros
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    lol this actually looks funnier than I thought but the lip sync animation is really off
     
  8. Zielo Caught 'em all.
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    I am so ridiculously hyped. It's actually happening.

    I like how they look for the most part. I've seen a lot of weird Pokemon CGI mockups and realistic pokemon art, and it definitely could have turned out worse.

    It's hard to find a good medium between overly realistic (pikachu being exactly a mouse), and realisticly creepy.
    I like that they kept it closer to a more cartoon look, and they still have realistic features (fur/eyes/scales etc). Pokemon just dont look right if they're too close to realism. Seriously, I dont think anyone could make a CG Mr. Mime without it looking at least mildly unsettling.

    I'm going to be hyped no matter what.
     
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  9. PokeMedic Don't talk to me or my Pokemon ever again
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    It's Hollywood.
     
  10. Nyora The End of the World~
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    I saw this on the front page and for a hot minute I thought Pokémon was going to make a horror movie
     
  11. Orias Still waiting for a shiny gastly card.
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    Ryan Reynolds as a pikachu is all i need
     
  12. XCITE In the Shadow of Mew
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    why on good and holy earth does this look actually decent?!
     
  13. FossilJockeyMG Pokémon Paleontologist
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    When they first announced they were doing a live action pokémon movie and it was going to be centered around Detective Pikachu, I was skeptical.

    Then they said Ryan Reynolds would be voicing Pikachu I was like, "Ok, I like him, but no way this is happening."

    Then they promoted it at Worlds last year and I was like, "Man, this is going a long way for a joke."

    Then this trailer dropped....

    I never realized how bad I needed this in my life. All my skepticism and generally negative view of the world melted away for those few minutes and I realized that not only do I need to see this movie at the first possible screening that I will be paying extra for 3D.
     
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  14. Serperior 553/550
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    This feels like Ted without the profanity
     
  15. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    that mr mime is very expressive for a pixel drawing turned 3d model turned realistically shaded cgi creature.
     
  16. GoldenHoopa Aspiring Trainer
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    What the heck
     
  17. arulz THE SEEKER
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    I’m definitely hyped for this. Looks awesome. And funny

    Totally getting shrek vibes. Always love buddy comedies
     
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  18. CYL All hail Eevee!
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    It looks awesome.

    So much fur on Pikachu though. Do they make the fur all stand on end when he zaps people?
     
  19. CYL All hail Eevee!
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    The one thing I didn't like about the trailer was how they spend so much time on establishing that only Tim can understand Pikachu. We can totally get the point without spending 33 seconds on it. I'd rather they spend a bit more time on the actual plot of the movie, i.e. his father's disappearance. I know cute Pikachu bring people to the theater, but this is a detective movie so it should have a bit of a suspense element to it, and their trailer doesn't really do much in that regard. What was his father investigating? Why would it (almost) get him killed? All we can see is him crawling out of a burning car and Tim / Pikachu being attacked by two Greninja and a Charizard. There's nothing about the actual plot of the story and we don't even get a glimpse of the primary antagonist.
     
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  20. Kyle J. Asplund Some birb boi
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    Ryan Reynolds & a Light Skin Dude? (faints).