First ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Puts The Fictional Creatures Into The Real World

The first trailer for Warner Brother’s live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, dropped on Monday and it showed us what life would look like if the small, fictional creatures came to life. Spoiler alert, it’s furrier than you’d expect.

It’s been every millennial’s dream to have real-world Pokémon to collect, befriend, and battle since the first time we got our hands on the game. This movie seems to have given us what we’ve always wanted in a way that isn’t too weird.

The film is based on the Nintendo 3DS game also titled Detective Pikachu. Ryan Reynolds, recently known for his star role in the Deadpool movie franchise, has been cast as the voice of the main character, Pikachu.

Pikachu is Pokémon’s signature creature and is notably the first Pokémon that Ash Ketchum befriends in the original show.

In the trailer, a detective named Tim, played by Jurassic World‘s Justice Smith, encounters Pikachu rummaging around his apartment. As soon as the Pokémon starts to talk they both realize that Tim is understanding what Pikachu is saying. The movie probably wouldn’t be appealing if all the audience heard Pikachu say the entire film was “Pika, Pika.”

As far as the trailer shows, it seems like the movie’s plot is going to be quite straightforward; Tim and his new companion are going to set off on a Pokémon filled adventure to find his missing father.

Notable human actors in the trailer include Rita Ora, Suki Waterhouse, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe. All of the Pokémon shown in the trailer are:

  • Comfey
  • Fearow
  • Braviary
  • Flabébé
  • Dodrio
  • Bouffalant
  • Charmander
  • Psyduck
  • Emolga
  • Squirtle
  • Pancham
  • Bulbasaur
  • Morelull
  • An angry looking Jigglypuff
  • Machamp & Primape
  • Charizard


This isn’t the first Pokémon movie to hit the big screens, but it’s definitely the first to display hyper-realistic Pokémon alongside human actors in a real-world setting.

It could be terrible, or it could be magical; we’ll have to wait until May 11, 2019 to find out. Let’s just hope that there are way more Pokémon in the actual movie and that Charizard gets a much deserved chunk of screen time.

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