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‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ Movie Trailer – A Shot By Shot Analysis

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One of the biggest surprises in video game and movie news this week has got to be the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu trailer for a live-action adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS game from Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures, which sees a highly intelligent Pikachu team up with a boy named Tim. Tim is the only one who can understand Detective Pikachu when he talks, and together they set about solving a mystery. Though the film has been in development since 2016, there hasn’t been much anticipation for it. However, since the trailer was dropped on November 12th the hype has increased significantly and for good reason. The trailer showcases the world of Pokémon brought to life on the big screen, and for many of us as fans, a live-action adaptation is something that once seemed impossible.

The trailer is full to the brim with Easter eggs and Pokémon, both in plain sight and slightly more hidden. Here’s everything we caught from the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu trailer.

Ryme City

The first shot of the trailer is an establishing shot of Ryme City, where Pokémon roam free rather than being made to stay in their Pokéballs. As well as hearing a small musical interlude (which is recognizable as the main theme from the original Pokémon games), we get a major look at several Pokémon roaming freely about the city. From those wandering on the ground, we see Charmander, Dodrio, and a perching Braviary; further in the background, you can spot a Venasaur, and what looks like a Bouffalant. In the sky there are several flying Pokémon going about their business — one that bears a distinct resemblance to Pidgeotto, or possibly Fearow, is seen along with a Comfey and Flabébé. There are also multiple signs in the city, with references such as a Berry Universe sign (berries being a popular food product for Pokémon). Some Pokémon included on the signs are Wooper, Sylveon, Victini, Pettilil, and Swirlix. On the left, there also seems to be a building with Pokéballs adorning it, perhaps depicting a healing centre, which are common sites in the games used to help to bring Pokémon back to full health.

Lucy and Psyduck

Next up we get a shot of a character called Lucy, a journalist with a pet Psyduck. There are also some parade balloons in the background of Gengar and Jigglypuff. Ryme City is known for its annual Pokémon Carnival, so it’s a safe bet to assume that the balloons will be a set piece for the carnival. You can also spot some parade workers dressed in outfits similar to Gengar and Squirtle. One of the more hidden Pokémon Easter eggs in this scene is a small Spoink bobblehead shown in Lucy’s car.

Tim’s Room

Tim’s bedroom is shown in the trailer, and there are tons of Pokémon references seen here in various posters for Pokémon Battles — not surprising, as it is noted that he was once an aspiring Pokémon trainer. A large Rayquaza adorns Tim’s bedroom wall, and the name Rayquaza is also plastered on a poster on the back of his door. Underneath, we see several more posters. A Charizard is shown on a Championship poster for a battle at the Cerulean Arena, and a similar one is shown on another wall with Blastoise. The Cerulean City setting is particularly noticeable to fans of the first generation of Pokémon. Based in Kanto, the setting for the first generation of games, Cerulean city is where Misty’s water gym resided. There is also a poster for a battle between first-gen Pokémon Hypno and Dragonite. A Johto Sports Club poster — Johto being the region from the second generation of games — advertises Articuno versus Steelix. Charizard pops up again in another poster for what looks to be a three or four-way fight between Charizard, Blaziken, and two more Pokémon who are harder to spot.

Tim also has a large pair of Pikachu ears acting as the headboard for his bed, making Pokémon fans everywhere slightly envious.

Detective Pikachu, I Presume

Finally, we get our first proper look at the hero of the story, Detective Pikachu himself. Looking cute, cuddly, and so very fluffy, Pikachu is about as close to realism as you can hope for when it comes to yellow, electric, mouse-like creatures with red cheeks and lightning bolt tails. This Pikachu is super smart and voiced by Ryan Reynolds, who gives off some serious Deadpool vibes as he threatens to electrocute Tim. Their connection becomes clear as it’s shown that Tim is the only one who can understand him. Other humans can only hear his classic voice when he attempts to communicate with them, and the original voice of Pikachu, Ikue ?tani, returns to her iconic role to provide it. I, for one, am looking forward to the surreal switching between the original Pikachu voice we know and love with the sassy and somewhat gruff tones of Ryan Reynolds.

The Market

The trailer continues to a marketplace scene, where we see that Tim really is the only person who can understand Pikachu, as we see passers-by only hearing his sickly sweet Pika Pikas. It’s also a scene that showcases more Pokémon ambling around, as we see another Dodrio and a trio of Emolgas hanging out to the left. There’s also what looks to be a small group of Joltiks on one of the market stalls to the right.

Charmander Lights it Up

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot, you can see that a Charmander is using its tail to light up the stove for a market vendor. It’s a glimpse at how the Pokémon in this world are very much involved in the lives of the humans, working together with them as companions.

More Marketplace

One last shot of the market shows another Venasaur to the left and a pink bipedal Pokémon to the right which looks like an Audino. It’s fun to see the Pokémon just going about their business on a busy street, interacting with and co-existing with humans.

Missing Pokémon

Some missing posters showcase a missing Pancham and Squirtle. It’s reminiscent of a missing pet poster, and you can see the name of Squirtle’s owner, Chelsea, suggesting that the bonds between the Pokémon and humans are going to play a significant part in the film.

Where the Bulbasaur Roam

A herd of Bulbasaurs and some Morelull are shown leading Tim and what looks like an injured Pikachu in the next scene. The Bulbasaurs’ appearance completes the roundup of the classic Pokémon that the player could choose from in the very first Pokémon games — the others being Squirtle and Charmander (and Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow). It’s a nice nostalgia blast to see all of the originals come to life.

Jigglypuff Is Not Impressed

Our next big reveal is the one and only Jigglypuff, standing on a table as a man snoozes next to her. She’s holding her microphone, which could double as a marker pen (like in the anime Pokémon series), and she’s looking less than pleased. This could be another reference to the anime, as Jigglypuff would often get annoyed when people would fall asleep when she was singing, and would retaliate by drawing on their faces with her marker. Classic Jigglypuff. Directly behind her, there is also another Pokémon battle poster, this one advertising Machamp versus Primeape.

Charizard Rages

We finally get to see Charizard in action in the next scene, as he appears in what looks like an underground arena. His roar creates a burst of flame, and he seems to be standing in a similar pose to the one seen on his original Pokémon card.

The Greninjas

A trio of Greninja — who later are seen chasing Pikachu — seem to be the bad guys in the trailer, but it looks like they could be playing the role of henchmen to the real villain.

Underground Arena

We then see Tim and Pikachu at the arena, and get a very quick glimpse of a Pancham along with a Squirtle. Could they be the ones from the missing posters? There’s also a Rufflet to the left of the shot, and they all appear to be observing a battle of some kind (most likely a Pokémon one).

Aipom

Another Pokémon that can easily be missed in the trailer appears in this scene, and it seems to be an Aipom behind Tim. You can briefly see him running around the corner to the right, but he is obscured by the exploding rubble.

Road Trip

A close up of Psyduck and Pikachu shows the great detail that has gone into bringing these characters to life. You can see the vibrant colours and the detail of Psyduck’s feathers and Pikachu’s fur as they seem to be embarking on a road trip with Tim and Lucy. It’s a nice touch to see them so lovingly crafted.

Ground Breaking

The ground rises up Inception-style in the next scene, which may suggest a very powerful ground or rock-type Pokémon at work. The large scale of the shifting earth could be multiple Pokémon at once, or perhaps one of an unusually large size.

Mr Mime 

The Pokémon that the internet has been freaking out about is the eerie Mr. Mime. His fleshy, humanoid style is unnerving, to say the least, but in my opinion, he’s always been a disturbing Pokémon. I’m not a fan of the humanoid Pokémon type in general, but Mr. Mime has always seemed a little bit more out there. In the anime, a Mr. Mime ends up moving into Ash’s house and living with his mum. It’s all just a little bit weird, so I don’t see a difference here. He has always been plain peculiar, and I think this creepy version depicts that pretty well. Here we can see him using his signature psychic barrier move to block Pikachu while telling him — through the art of mime — to shove it.

Psychic Psyduck

It looks like Psyduck is expelling a large psychic blast in this scene that rings out for miles around. Tim, Lucy, Pikachu, and Psyduck appear to be in the same wooded area as when we see the ground rising, so could Psyduck’s energy have something to do with this? It’s also very cute to see Lucy carrying Psyduck around in a baby carrier on her back.

A Pikachu Sized Snack

The last big shot of the trailer shows a poor Pikachu looking like he is about to be gobbled up by Charizard. I’m hoping that won’t be the case, as children and adults alike may be somewhat disturbed if Pokémon are shown munching on each other. What I like about this shot is the detail we see on Charizard. You can see his orange scales, his sharp fangs, and the drool dripping from his mouth. He genuinely looks intimidating, the way a Charizard should be. Even his blue eyes give him a more menacing appearance. It’s another great take on a classic Pokémon.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

I am personally quite excited about this movie, despite some of the negativity that has been reported on it. Some believe that the Pokémon do not look right or that they look odd, but in comparison to their original designs, the ones they have shown so far have been reasonably accurate. Pokémon are weird creatures in general; they’re Pocket Monsters — the clue is in their name. These are abnormal beings, and while yes, some are adorable (Pikachu, I’ve loved him for so long) and some are horrifying (Mr. Mime = nightmare fuel), they are all individual and quirky beings. As someone who grew up on the Pokémon franchise, that’s one of the things I loved about it. The weirdness, the cuteness, the freakiness, and most importantly, the way I still found them loveable and wanted to catch ‘em all (yes, even you Mr. Mime. Stay away from my mum though). From what we see here, it looks like this movie could harness what has always been great about Pokémon to create a truly unique and funny story, and maybe even start a live-action film franchise. Here’s hoping it keeps the heart-warming nature of Pokémon as we know it.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is set for release on May 10th, 2019.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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  1. Jules

    November 16, 2018 at 7:42 am

    To the girl who is right in thinking going out is overrated when there are more exciting things to do in a fluffy pair if Jim jams …..

    I just loved this. You brought it out alive!
    Have you considered a career in a colour supplement as an Ace reviewer?

    • Antonia Haynes

      November 16, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked my ramblings! I will always defer to fluffy pjs at all times 🙂

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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”

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Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
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Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
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One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

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Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

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NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

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The Transformers: Lessons in Warfare, Scale, and Childhood

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The Transformers are an enduring part of American pop culture. Starting with the introduction of the first toy lines in the early 1980s, the animated series went on to define a large part of ‘80s culture, reaching its apex with the release of The Transformers: The Movie in 1986. After a disappointing performance in theaters, however, the brand reached a nadir in the post-movie era, receding from the front of American pop culture until the late 1990s, when Transformers: Beast Wars brought the franchise to the forefront again.

It was into this climate that I was born. By the time I was old enough to watch TV and get toys courtesy of the North Pole and my parents, I began to take an interest in the series. After all, what five-year-old boy doesn’t like the idea of giant robots fighting each other for control of the earth and the universe?

My local video store (yes, those used to exist) had a copy of the first three episodes of the original Transformers series, Generation 1, on VHS. I remember renting this one particular copy from the store and watching it at least three times, sun-faded front cover and all. Even then, I loved the series, though I only had a few generic dollar-store “transformers,” an Armada Megatron that I had received for my fifth birthday, and a couple of hand-me-down G1 figures from my Dad.

Some of my earliest memories of Transformers came from a trip my parents and I took to visit my Dad’s former college roommate, a professed 80s culture geek. I remember watching a ton of G1 episodes, like “Dinobot Island,” as well as The Transformers: The Movie on his large projection-screen TV, an experience which inculcated within me an intense love of the series.

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Optimus Prime, bastion of bravery and an excellent role model for a maturing boy.

The first real episodic Transformers show that I watched with any sort of consistency, however, was Transformers: Armada. Now, I don’t remember much about this show — for good reason, as it’s derided by many Transformers fans for its poor animation, bad dubbing, and terrible story — but what I do remember is one particular toy that I really enjoyed: Armada Unicron.

I think it was the Christmas of 2002 when I first got Unicron. I remember having seen him in the store and (probably) telling my parents something or another about it, but I was utterly shocked when Santa brought it to me as a present. As a kid, Unicron was an impressive toy that towered over all of my other Transformers. He was such a hefty toy that I had trouble just picking him up from the ground. After having seen The Transformers: The Movie, I was just impressed by having the planet-eating destroyer of worlds himself in toy form. It was good to be a kid.

My consumption of Transformers-related content stayed relatively the same for a couple of years. Since my family didn’t get any of the channels that the shows came on, I was often left to make up what stories I could from my own memory, but we had Netflix (back when it was a DVD mail-in service), so I was able to watch some of the old series, including Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Transformers: Energon on DVD. As usual, however, I spent most of my time in school or playing on my GameCube.  

When Michael Bay’s Transformers released in theaters in 2007, it ushered in an entirely new era of Transformers fandom across the world. With the return of G1 originals Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, the ‘80s were alive and well again. This transformation (pun fully intended), brought about the introduction of an entirely new show, Transformers Animated, which aired on Cartoon Network. Before the days of DVR, it was nearly impossible for someone like myself, who was usually involved in any myriad of school activities on any given day, to find the time to watch a show at its air time. 

Unicron Armada Transformers Toy

Just look at this toy! Even today, it’s impressive.

However, luckily enough for me, Cartoon Network aired reruns of two episodes of Animated every day at 6:30 AM. As someone who lived literally two minutes away from school, I usually didn’t leave my house until around 7:45 or 8:00, so I had plenty of time to watch the show. I remember getting up every morning, fixing myself a big bowl of cereal, and sitting down to watch Animated before anyone in the house was up. Just me, Transformers, cereal, and a lot of fun. 

Soon, as I aged and Animated was replaced by Transformers Prime, I grew into a more nuanced appreciation for the shows’ storytelling. Prime, a dark tonal contrast with Animated, found me at the perfect time in my life. I appreciated its reverence for Optimus Prime and its overarching themes of sacrifice and leadership. While some would say it was boring or over-wrought, for a burgeoning pre-teen it was an engaging combination of cool and edgy that I thoroughly enjoyed.

When I sit down to think about the impact the Transformers series has had on my life, there’s one point in particular that sticks out to me: the imagination that playing with Transformers encouraged. While the brand was doubtlessly born of a commercial desire to sell as many pieces of plastic as possible, it nonetheless developed into a series capable of some interesting, if not always deep, storytelling. 

I copied this sense of storytelling when it came time to play with my toys. I remember incorporating various weather machines, weapons of ultimate power, and energy crystals into overarching narratives that could last a whole afternoon. Narratives in which Autobots died, lost limbs, or were otherwise in peril before the power of the Matrix of Leadership or Primus himself showed up to save them in the end. While this may not seem all that unique, I credit the series with instilling in me a sense of narrative detail. In fact, I remember not mixing my G.I. Joes and Transformers together, because in my internal head canon, they weren’t to scale (everyone knows that Transformers are at least three to four times taller than humans.) 

Megatron vs. Dinosaur G1 Transformers

I can safely say that I probably played out this exact scenario at least four or five times in my childhood.

However, Unicron himself created all sorts of problems for an internal narrative. For a being the size of a planet, he was rather puny in scale when compared to the other figures. So, I would always put Unicron to the side and pretend that the smaller Transformers were mere dots on him, tiny little specks that could barely be seen, the same as they had been in The Transformers: The Movie. I feel like the toys gave me an appreciation of the tropes of narrative fiction that I otherwise wouldn’t have noticed or appreciated. 

Today, I still love the series and try to watch The Transformers: The Movie at least once a year. Newer entries, like Transformers: Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy allow me to share my love of the series with my younger siblings without encountering the darker elements of some of the classic shows. It allows me to teach them all about the Cybertronians that I grew up with, and perhaps encourage them to craft stories of their own. Now, excuse me while I help the Rescue Bots put out a fire on Wayward Island…

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They took his car, a classic 1969 Mustang, and then they killed his puppy. Ever since, John Wick has been on a mission to turn the criminal underworld upside down.

The John Wick series has been nothing short of stylish, thrilling, and downright action-packed— and as huge fans of both the franchise and the star, we just couldn’t resist sharing this info about the latest Keanu Reeves action figure.

Standing at 7-inches tall, the figure captures the modern action pose of the icon as he appears in his first film outing, dressed in a suit and accompanied by his faithful dog, Daisy. Designed by Yuri Tming and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, the action figure comes courtesy of Diamond Select Toys and retails at $24,99 USD.

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7 inches (17.78cm)
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