While Detective Pikachu might be adorable and fun as a 3DS Pokémon spinoff game, what we’ve all truly been waiting for is any new information on the live-action Hollywood adaptation announced last year with Ryan Reynolds lending his voice to everyone’s favorite Electric-type Pocket Monster! Well, I’m happy to share that the wait is finally over and that you can peep Detective Pikachu and his Pokémon friends in full, gorgeous 3DCG. Check it out below, followed by Warner Brother’s official synopsis!
The first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic face of the global Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as a talking detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.
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.
Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).
Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; the Pokémon Trading Card Game available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards shipped; an animated television series in its 21st season that is available in more than 160 countries; and over 20 animated films; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 850 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.
“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” is set for release on Friday, May 10, 2019.
The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China.
This looks… really good. I didn’t really know what to expect when it came to blending the CG Pokémon with the real environments and human actors, but it just works so well here. All that fur though — I mean, I KNEW that Pokémon were technically animalistic, furry creatures, but seeing it even on Jigglypuff? There’s definitely something to be said about adaptations of popular animated/game-related properties, but this film might just be on to something.
Wile the movie is currently slated for a May 10, 2019 release in North America, fans of the Pokémon franchise will have ample time to play through both Detective Pikachu on Nintendo 3DS, as well as the upcoming Pokémon: Let’s Go! titles on Nintendo Switch. While we’re sure there’s going to be a whole lot more to uncover about the upcoming film, we’ve definitely got a glimmer of hope that they might just hit it out of the park with this one, again thrusting the franchise into the spotlight.
Those interested in checking out even more on the upcoming Detective Pikachu live-action film, be sure to check out the film’s official website.