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#1 Posted by Gaff (2768 posts) -

And... what? I'm not sure why, and I haven't kept up with the news, but I always thought this was going to be an animated movie, produced in Japan and localized for the West, just like the other Pokemon movies. I never expected to be live action. Anyway, the CG looks ok, but seeing Pokemon walking around in the real world is... weird / getting too close to the Uncanny Valley effect.

Also... What?!

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#2 Posted by Bill_McNeal (833 posts) -

Laughed my butt off.

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#3 Posted by Milkman (19290 posts) -

They blew it.

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#4 Posted by burncoat (558 posts) -

All the pokemon look fluffy and huggable.

My hope is that it's either great or so bad it's good. If it's mediocre that would be the worst outcome.

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#5 Posted by lokihellfire2008 (160 posts) -

Shit....I am actually really excited for this now.

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#6 Posted by ShaggE (9269 posts) -

I don't even like Pokemon, but this trailer actually got me excited. It's just weird enough to work.

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#7 Posted by Pie (7364 posts) -

Looks amazing!

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#8 Posted by cmblasko (2940 posts) -

This actually looks really good. Kind of can't believe it.

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#9 Posted by Efesell (4504 posts) -

Oh no no no no, No Pokemon with tactile fur.

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#10 Posted by AlKusanagi (1650 posts) -

Me going in: "What's this stupid shit?"

Me after the trailer: "I need this now!!!"

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#11 Posted by nutter (2137 posts) -

Looks like that tone could work...though the lack of Dany Devito is troubling...

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#12 Posted by MindBullet (709 posts) -

I guess they did the best they could if they were determined to go with the ultra-realistic version of Pokemon, but I still feel like cartoons shouldn't be literally translated to live action. It either comes off super awkward or ends up being horrifying.

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#13 Posted by Humanity (18784 posts) -

Hey man, this looks like it's going to be a blast for a younger audience and maybe even pretty fun for Pokemon fans that grew up a bit in the meantime.

Not too crazy about Ryan Reynolds cause he's so prolific as Deadpool these days thats all I can hear.

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#14 Posted by oldenglishc (1547 posts) -

If you would have told me three months ago that I'd be excited for both the new Transformers movie and the Detective Pikachu movie I would have time travelled into the future and punched myself in the face, but here we are. Now I have to figure out a way to talk my six year old out of his irrational Pokemon hatred because we are seeing this.

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#15 Posted by ArbitraryWater (15715 posts) -

I’m kinda losing my shit at realistic CG Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds. This movie could be terrible, but at least they are GOING FOR IT with their translation of Pokémon into a live action setting. At the very least, you don’t have to work super hard to be more interesting than the Detective Pikachu game apparently was.

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#16 Edited by nicksmi56 (840 posts) -

I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this. I like some of the designs (Charizard) and dislike others (Greninja, why does it even have fur?). Realistic Pokémon in general is going to take some getting used to. The movie just looks and feels...odd and because of that I can't really say I'm 100% on board.

But on the other hand, hey, they kept the Jigglypuff gag from the anime! Pikachu is an average Pikachu and not some weird mystic one like the game from what I could tell! Tim being a failed Trainer is a pretty cool angle to go with and fleshes out the universe in a way we haven't seen yet! I wanna see that Charizard vs Pikachu fight for how goofy it'll probably be! Are Greninja actual freaking ninjas here?? And I'm always down for another Lilo and Stitch-esque friendship story as long as it's done well!

So I guess I'll see it (not that I have a choice, my Pokémon mega-fan girlfriend has basically decreed that I'm going XD). I may be utterly baffled by it, but I'll see it for myself.

Also, I'm at least glad that they're going all in and making this an actual Pokémon movie rather than some "Pikachu travels to the real world" deal like the live-action Sonic movie, which will shatter my heart.

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#17 Posted by mavs (386 posts) -


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#18 Posted by Casepb (706 posts) -

The only thing I know about Pokemon are the ones they put in Smash. But, this movie still looks fun. I won't go to the theater to watch this, but I will definitely watch it at home whenever it is available.

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#19 Posted by 49th (3899 posts) -

I've been imagine Detective Pikachu as Danny Devito for the past 3 years so I think casting Ryan Reynolds as an annoying whiny Pikachu sucks and is so boring. Aside from that I don't hate it, I just think it is so bizarre. The concept is weird and the Pokemon look kind of disgusting but I don't hate it. This is legit something you imagine in a dream and think about all day like how the fuck did my brain come up with that.

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#20 Posted by Damenco (63 posts) -

Never liked anime and not understood this culture. It's also not like pokemon

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#21 Posted by ripelivejam (13185 posts) -

Give me all dem Rare fur effects.

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#23 Posted by Tunnelman (42 posts) -

I’m excited to see it! It should be a great pick for my monthly movie club ticket. It took a direction that I wasn’t expecting and I wanna know how weird it’ll get with people/Pokémon interactions!

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#24 Posted by AzlamOrlandu (54 posts) -

I have kids, so I will be seeing it either way. But this actually looks mountains better than what I expected. *cautiously optimistic*

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#25 Edited by MobiusFun (262 posts) -

Finally, a "Who framed Roger Rabbit?" for the modern age.

I don't normally care about movies but I'm oddly excited for this one? Not getting Danny Devito was still a mistake though.

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#26 Posted by BrunoTheThird (833 posts) -

I don't have it in me to be cynical about this tremendously batshit film, and am happy to give in to its big, furry yellow balls. If there isn't an internet campaign to get some Oscar buzz going around this, we have failed as a civilized society.

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#27 Edited by liquiddragon (3378 posts) -

This looks fun but psyduck looks fucked up.

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#28 Posted by BoOzak (2586 posts) -

@liquiddragon: Psyduck is fucked up.

Personally I think this looks much more interesting than the game it's based on.

I agree that Danny Devito would be better but Ryan Reynolds seems to be doing an okay job.

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#29 Posted by rabincrabmink (43 posts) -

uhhhh this look amazing? i am 100% into this

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#30 Posted by sub_o (1159 posts) -

@boozak: Psyduck looks like either it has seen some shit, or has been doing back alley meth.

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#31 Posted by shorap (429 posts) -

I don’t care about Pokémon but this movie looks promising with it’s snarky Pikachu wearing a little detective hat.

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#32 Posted by blackadder88 (119 posts) -

More reasons to hate Pokemon

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#33 Edited by blackadder88 (119 posts) -

@mobiusfun: Rodger rabbit look way better than the this .. Space Jam look way better than this. Howard the Duck look better than this

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#34 Edited by briarpack (335 posts) -

Well, I'm surprised, this looks fucking amazing, I didn't expect them to actually go for it and craft a world around this story. Pikachu looks adorable and I love Ryan Reynolds. I appreciate the Mr. Mime Reflect gag at the end, I hope there are multiple specific references to the games like that.

@nicksmi56 said:

I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this. I like some of the designs (Charizard) and dislike others (Greninja, why does it even have fur?).

Greninja definitely doesn't have fur in the trailer.

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#35 Posted by dudeglove (13747 posts) -

Far better looking than it has any right to be

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#36 Edited by soulcake (2779 posts) -

Should pokemon have hair?, should pokemon talk?

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#37 Posted by Brendan (9215 posts) -

This...is...INCREDIBLE. A bunch of people spent so much money to make an honest try of this.

Guaranteed that although Pokemon has of course always been popular (given how long big Hollywood projects take to get off the ground) the massive blow-up of Pokemon Go in the news got this greenlit.

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#39 Posted by A_E_Martin (615 posts) -

@johnymyko: I want to live in the universe where that is real.

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#41 Posted by SethMode (2010 posts) -

Never could get into Pokemon, despite several tries, yet I saw this trailer and all of its glorious weirdness and want to see the movie immediately. It's amazing to me that this got made and will exist in 2019.

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#42 Posted by MrGreenMan (212 posts) -

seems bland, forgettable and a waste of time. Then again I haven't touched a pokemon game since the 90s, so this clearly isn't for me.

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#43 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7575 posts) -

Whatever, it is fine. Once you get over Pikachu talking at all, they next step about who matters a lot less in my opinion.

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#44 Posted by Luchalma (541 posts) -

Like a lot of people, I heard they were making this movie and assumed it was an anime they were having Ryan Reynolds dub over. What this ended up being, I am incredibly surprised it ever got made. It doesn't look bad though.

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#45 Posted by splodge (2770 posts) -

This looks great so far. I am also highly entertained by all the folks who have extremely passionate opinions on fur. I didn't realize that creatures having fur was such a deal breaker.

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#46 Posted by Spindini (188 posts) -

I have no connection to Pokemon and I can't wait to see this.

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#47 Edited by BisonHero (11578 posts) -

I legitimately cannot tell if the people who chose the music for this trailer are trying to make a callback to the North American N64 Smash Bros. ad, but that has to be the case, right? RIGHT?!

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#48 Posted by Sessh (3395 posts) -

The Pokemon look weird but it seems like it could be a fun kids movie.

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#49 Posted by shivermetimbers (1710 posts) -

CGI cartoon characters and live action don't mix. It really looks freaky.

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#50 Posted by Dichemstys (3927 posts) -

I thought it was a fan film or a joke or something for a second but it actually looks like a lot of fun. I don't think I would want to see the anime adapted into a movie, so this is probably the best thing they could do with a live action Pokemon movie. Sign me up.