Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Debuts Trailer #1 & New Poster

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu…doesn’t look terrible. I mean it’s not exactly a piece of high quality art, but the trailer released today has managed to surprise me enough. Focusing on a story in which a young man works with the titular character to find his missing father combines with a world-building scenario. Check the trailer out below:

What’s impressive to me is that while the Pokémon have minor details added for the sake of realism (Fur is detailed on Pikachu for example), the characters are allowed to keep their trademark looks and color tones. The blend allows these animated creatures to fit into the live-action backdrop.

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Pikachu comes to live-action, walking a fine-line between the classic animation style of the show and the live-action sensibilities required to believe he’s in the room.

And while you’d think Ryan Reynolds, known lately for his R-rated metahumor as Deadpool, would be the last choice to voice the popular character, he adds a sense of genuine heart in the trailer. What helps also is the script is written by Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman who has become a hot commodity since, working on not only Marvel’s Captain Marvel but also is in the writer’s room for Guy Ritchie’s third Sherlock Holmes film. Hopefully, what the result will be is a nice, fun tale that shows it’s okay to want to live in a Pokémon world. Also, don’t forget the new poster released for the film today as well:

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu co-stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe. It is directed by Rob Letterman (Who co-wrote the script with Perlman) and is set to hit theaters May 11, 2019.