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The first trailer for Detective Pikachu is charming, cute and all kinds of creepy

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Pokémon fans have always wondered what their favourite pocket monsters would look like in the real world. Would a Magcargo burn everything down in front of it? Would Jigglypuff be metal as f***? Would that Snorlax over there mind if I took a nap on its soft belly? These are the questions we’ve all wanted to know the answer to, or at least, I have.

And now I know. I also can’t unlearn what it is that I’ve just seen, which is a film that looks both charming and nightmarish in its use of CGI to render Pokémon with more realistic proportions, texture and fur. The end result? A film that looks amazing in its ability to unashamedly dip into the well of its source material and go all in, while also having the potential to be the purest form of nightmare fuel since The Neverending Story scarred me with the appearance of Gmork. See for yourself, in the trailer below:

The world of Pokémon comes to life!

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.

Well…that’s certainly something. Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Tim, Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird) as Lucy, and Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) as Lt. Yoshida. Oh, and also a certain foul-mouthed merc with a mouth by the name of Ryan Reynolds, as the voice of Detective Pikachu. It’ll be out on May 10 next year. Pika!

Last Updated: November 13, 2018


  1. So, they’re furry, not smooth skinned! Well, I learnt something. And yeah, they look a lot bigger, and profoundly more scary in “realistic proportions”, especially considering their powers. I think maybe they should have dialed down their size somewhat in proportion to humans.


  2. Pariah

    November 13, 2018 at 08:17

    Yes! That looks amazing!


  3. Ghost In The Rift

    November 13, 2018 at 08:17

    Yup Deadpool ruined it with that voice…..cannot unhear!!!


  4. konfab

    November 13, 2018 at 08:20

  5. Sock-puppet

    November 13, 2018 at 08:47

    Ok that looks amazing. I can’t figure out why it looks amazing but it just does.


  6. Unavengedavo

    November 13, 2018 at 08:53

    • Guz

      November 13, 2018 at 09:21

      Pika pika!


  7. CrAiGiSh

    November 13, 2018 at 09:01

    Not gonna lie … I laughed.

    The moment I hear Ryan Reynolds, I was intrigued.


  8. Kikmi

    November 13, 2018 at 09:06

    I’m so into this im not even embarrassed


  9. Guz

    November 13, 2018 at 09:25

    I’m slightly disturbed by this but also strangely intrigued….


  10. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 13, 2018 at 09:25

    Call me when they make a Detective Ling-ling movie.


  11. The Big Bad Wolf

    November 13, 2018 at 09:54

    Keen. Very keen.


  12. GooseZA

    November 13, 2018 at 09:59

    The Gmork scared the shit out of me too.


  13. Gardos

    November 13, 2018 at 10:57

    Pikachu talking with a grown man’s voice is the most unsettling thing I’ve experienced all year


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