Tim mentions a gangster film on TV is an "old detective movie." The clip being shown is actually "Angels With Filthy Souls", a movie-within-a-movie which was featured in the original Home Alone (1990).
The realistic style of the Pokémon were based on the artwork by RJ Palmer. The movie's production designer discovered him while he was looking for realistic Pokémon designs on the internet, and he was so impressed by Palmer's artwork that he gave him a job as the concept artist for the movie.
The day before the film's theatrical release, the entire movie was "leaked" onto YouTube. In reality, clicking this video will play a წუთიute of the film, before cutting to a loop of Pikachu dancing for an hour and forty five წუთიutes.
Justice Smith was the first person confirmed to be a part of this movie. Smith's character in Paper Towns (2015) sang the Pokémon theme song in a strip mall scene, after Smith and his co-star, Halston Sage, suggested it.
The line "Taken down with one hit!" Said by Sebastián (Omar Chaparro) during the clandestine fight scene during the Gengar vs. Blastoise battle is taken directly from the videogame Pokémon Stadium (known as Pokémon Stadium 2 in Japan)
Pete Dionne, a VFX Supervisor at MPC, stated that, in designing the Pokémon for the film, one thing that the Pokémon Company was uncompromising on was 'all Pokemon, no matter what the circumstances, need to remain adorable.'
In April 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced a bid for live-action movie rights to Pokémon. The Pokémon Company started a top-secret auction and the three front-runners were Legendary Entertainment, Sony Pictures, and საომარიner Bros. Pictures. On July 20, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter published an article stating that Legendary Entertainment won the auction for the live-action movie rights to Pokémon. Both Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company announced Detective Pikachu as the first film, to be fast-tracked to start production in 2017.
A Meitantei Pikachuu: Shinkonbi tanjou (2016) video game was released on the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS on February 3, 2016. It was only released in Japan until 2018, when a full version of the game for ვესტერნი audiences came along.
The first half of the credits are filled with art of all the main characters looking like their art for the main series RPGs, including the humans, courtesy of Ken Sugimori, who did all the artwork for the Pokémon games. Also, during this sequence, an arrangement of the title theme from Pokémon Red and Blue is heard.
It was The Pokémon Company's idea to have Ryme City ban battling and using Pokéballs, wishing to show a different and "more elevated" relationship between Pokémon and people. They were also very protective of Ash Ketchum and forbade any reference to him from being made. Going as far as even forbidding Tim from wearing a cap.
The second trailer came one day before the reveal trailers of Pokémon Sword (2019) and Pokémon Shield (2019), the start of the 8th Generation of Pokémon for the Nintendo Switch/the first main series Pokémon games playable on TV Screens released later on in 2019.
The Pokéball which Tim uses in an attempt to catch the Cubone works the same way it does in the anime-- once the Pokemon is inside, it shakes and flashes yellow until either it fails, or the light turns green and the capture is confirmed.
Bill Nighy had little knowledge of the Pokémon franchise and was only familiar with the trading card game and Pokémon GO. By the end of production, he quickly became a fan and bought as many Pokémon guides as possible to gain more knowledge of the franchise.
It's possible that Harry's Pikachu was meant to be Tim's. Judging by the fact he recreated his son's bedroom and Tim had a Pikachu headboard, it might've been his favorite. Harry may have gotten the Pokémon in an effort to better reconcile with his son, but when Tim refused to come live with him, Harry made it his partner instead.
There's an in-universe explanation for the limited number of different Pokémon in the story - how often in the games will you see an area that has more than a dozen or so different types of Pokémon running about? Ryme City having around 60 different types is actually fairly population dense. And since there are few Pokémon trainers in the city, most people will only have one or two Pokémon that they partnered with locally (compared to the dozens or even hundreds from all over the world a traveling trainer may have caught and have access to via the PC system). It actually makes sense for only about 60 of the over 800 Pokémon to feature in the film, even as background characters. In the games, it takes exploring the whole region to get close to a completed Pokedex, and most times when you get as far as the first 2 or 3 towns/locations, you'll only be around 60 or less. Between Leaventown (Tim's hometown), Ryme City, and PCL, it's entirely plausible most of the Pokémon seen are actually common in those areas.
Detective Pikachu (mournfully) sings the opening lines of 'Gotta Catch 'Em All', better known as the very first opening theme of the anime. The instrumental also appears when Howard and Roger are filming a promo for the parade.
Plans for a live-action Pokémon film go as far back as 2012 when producers Cale Boyter, Mary Parent, and Ali Mendes all tried to convince The Pokémon Company to give it a shot, but the company wasn't interested at all. The producers would make monthly meetings with TPC executives to throw around any idea for a live-action Pokémon they could. At one point, Paramount expressed interest in working with the producers for the movie, but the talks fell through. It wasn't until the release of Pokémon GO, along with Parent joining Legendary Pictures as vice-chairman of worldwide production, that TPC felt warm to the idea, and even then, it was their call, not the producers', to adapt Detective Pikachu first before moving on to anything else.
The filmmakers worked very closely with the games' artists in creating the new Pokémon designs, with Ken Sugimori providing detailed notes on the film's concept art to the point he actually made renditions of the movie characters and put them all in the credits. There was also a "Pokémon expert" on set that assisted with names, genders, and terminology.
Universal's decision to drop the film from their slate during filming left Legendary Pictures scrambling to find a new distributor. საომარიner Bros., who had been divorced from the Pokémon franchise for over a decade and wanted to produce the film themselves, was in the midst of reconciling with Legendary and saw the perfect opportunity to do what they wanted to do from the start: produce a Pokémon movie.
In the Japanese dub, the supporting Pokémon are voiced by the voice actors who voice them in the anime, with some exceptions. In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Guilherme Briggs reprises Mewtwo from the first movie.
საომარიner Bros., Sony, and Netflix were candidates to help produce the movie, but Legendary Pictures managed to make a more convincing proposal than the former three. საომარიner and Netflix, in particular, were said to be more aggressive in their efforts, with საომარიner having had more experience in the Pokémon franchise due to releasing the first three anime films worldwide outside Japan. Fortunately for საომარიner, failing negotiations with then-Legendary partner studio Universal resulted in საომარიner eventually getting a piece of the pie after all.
Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Hugh Jackman were eyed to play the title role, which ultimately went to Ryan Reynolds. The fans, from the start, favored Danny DeVito for the role, despite DeVito claiming in an interview he had no idea what Pokémon was. It later was revealed that DeVito was considered for the role, with the movie's visual effects team actually doing early character animation tests to recordings of the actor's previous roles. One of the movie's producers even said that the "spirit of Danny DeVito, I promise you, is still inside of Pikachu" when it came to crafting the character's personality.
A great number of Pokémon were planned to appear in the movie (about 100) but it was slimmed down to about sixty species. A few species that were considered but didn't make the cut were Steelix, Beldum, Durant, Golbat, and Gardevoir. The modeling team made Sawk and showed it to the Pokémon Company, only to be told that the gi is supposed to be Sawk's skin. They couldn't figure out how to realize that, so Sawk went scrapped. Note that Pokémon Black and White indicate that wild Throh (and by association Sawk) make their belts out of vines, so the Pokémon Company could be mistaken or could have retconned the physiology.
Mewtwo speaks with a Voice of the Legion with a masculine and feminine voice speaking in unison. Because it's a genderless Pokémon, and thus has no inner self-concept of being male or female! Alternatively, it could be a reference to how Mewtwo spoke in a masculine voice in the first movie, and later with a feminine voice in the
In a world full of Pokémon with different kinds of powers, of course people are going to put that to use. For example, in the night market, one man uses a Charmander's flame tail to flambe the food in the wok, and the laboratory people are using Greninjas as hitmen to take Detective Pikachu and Tim down. Demonstrated more in earlier scenes, a Machamp is directing traffic, a squad of Squirtles help put out a fire, the police force has a lot of dog-type Pokémon, and a Braviary is flying around the city to deliver a construction worker on a crane his lunch. It also makes sense for certain Pokémon types to have their own occupations, like Octillery cutting up sushi and Loudreds being used as loud speakers in the round house.
the Charizard in the battle arena have a scar, Because battles are outlawed in Ryme City, so his trainer couldn't take him to a Pokecenter to be fully healed, meaning that at best he could have given him potions to give him back energy but not heal the damage.
Much of Detective Pikachu's rather odd and human behaviour, especially compared to other Pokemon, such as his love for coffee, inability to remember how to use his electric powers, demanding to ride on Tim's shoulder when other Pokemon are content to walk beside their human partners, making crude and adult jokes, all foreshadow that Harry, a human, is inhabiting Pikachu's წუთიd.
The film's visual effects were provided by the Moving Picture Company (MPC), Framestore, Image Engine, Rodeo FX, and Instinctual VFX. Much of the visual effects were provided by the same team behind The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Lion King.
Letterman compared the visual effects to the character of Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy: "They're technically, some of the most high-end visual effects in the world... It's completely photo-realistic, like they are alive and in the movie."
Mewtwo is captured by drones that torture him with electricity and prevent him from moving, like the ones in Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns. Aipom are the first Pokémon to cause problems for Tim and Detective Pikachu, just like in the video game.
The four Pokémon who officially take part in the underground Pokémon cage match arena are Blastoise, Gengar, Charizard, and Pikachu. All four Pokémon are playable in Pokkén Tournament, which has battles that function in the exact same way.
Ryme City is very obviously London, complete with distinctive Routemaster buses and cars driving on the left-hand side of the road (and Pret-A-Mangers). Other landmarks that prominently appear include the Gherkin and King's Cross Station as Tahnti Station.
Many of them in the Japanese dub: Pikachu is voiced by the movie actor Hidetoshi Nishijima, who some anime fans would recognize him as the voice of Kiro Honjo in The Wind Rises. He also replaces Toru Okawa as the voice of the same character from the original game and also Yasuyuki Kase, who is Ryan Reynolds' regular dub voice actor in Japan. Tim Goodman is voiced by movie actor Ryoma Takeuchi, rather than Yuuma Uchida from the Japanese version of the source game. He also does a brief cameo in the original English version as a random trainer (With some actually referring to his cameo as Red), being one of the few times a foreign voice actor does an on-screen role in a movie they did dub work for. Lucy Stevens is voiced by the fashion model Marie Iiyoto. Channel Hop: Originally a Universal co-production until tensions between Legendary and Universal resulted in საომარიner Bros. taking over distribution.
The Pokémon Company tried to keep Mr. Mime from appearing in the movie because they knew he wouldn't come out well in live-action. Rob Letterman ended up having to pitch the whole idea personally to TPC's president to cajole them into letting him appear.
A lot of people speculated there to be some sort of teasing to either a "Pokémon Cinematic Universe" or a "Nintendo Cinematic Universe" through similar to Iron Man. This was not the case, however. The writers did state how they would do a Smash Bros. movie in which they would pull of something and build up every movie beforehand as Marvel did, but whether it is confirmed to lead itself to one isn't known as they state that they want to do Pokémon movies only at the moment and not anything like a Zelda movie.
The film was actually going to be mostly inspired by the main games and have Pokémon trainers as the main characters, but The Pokémon Company wanted to center the film entirely on Pikachu in order to both make it more marketable and to see if audiences were actually interested in seeing a live-action Pokémon movie before doing anything else. Max Landis (of Chronicle fame) pitched a screenplay where a boy named Rednote , the son of a masterful Pokémon trainer, begins to feel hostility to Pokémon after his mother had a falling out with her team of trainers, called Team Rocket (no relation to the gang from the games and anime). Landis left the production after Legendary and The Pokémon Company went the Detective Pikachu route.
Dean Israelite (of Project Almanac and Power Rangers fame), Robert Rodriguez, and Tim Miller were reported to be in talks to direct. Miller turned down the job so that he could direct Terminator: Dark Fate and be executive producer of Sonic the Hedgehog (both at Paramount), while Rodriguez was focusing his time on Alita: Battle Angel. The producers were then suggested to hire Rob Letterman, whose track record made him perfect for the film's kid-friendly undertones. Other potential directors included Mark A.Z. Dippé (Spawn), Shane Acker (9), and Blue Sky Studios founder Chris Wedge.
After Pikachu ditched Tim after considering himself too dangerous he depressedly sings the original Pokémon theme "Gotta Catch 'Em All" and ends right before singing the line "You're my best friend; In a world we must defend" . When solving the rest of the mystery.
The reason Howard/Mewtwo could only fuse humans with Pokémon affected by the R gas, The gas made the Pokémon more beast-like, pushing their წუთიds and rationality back and let the human წუთიds overtake the Pokémons'.
At the very beginning of the movie, Mewtwo says "They're outside" just before he breaks free. It looks like he's going after the car because the occupants have seen too much. Once the twist is revealed, he might be noting that Harry and Pikachu are outside the compound and thus safe from getting hurt in his very explosive escape, Or he realized that the Greninja have been set loose
Very early on, Ryme City is described as a place where humans and Pokémon live together without Trainers, without Poké Balls, harmoniously. "Harmoniously" used there, and right after a description that implies more standard Pokémon and human relations have elements that are wanting, may be a tip off to fans of the series that something is off. On that note, look at the setup in the final stretch of the story: Howard and Roger are a father-son duo, where the father is a manipulative villain who desires to have absolute power and control and has been manipulating everyone, including his son, for the sake of his plan, which involves ostensibly making Pokemon "free". Howard is essentially Ghetsis, with a slightly more effective plan.
Perhaps some subconscious part of Harry's personality feels he ought to be taller than he is as a Pikachu. The main character and the villain are opposites of each other, as usual. But their relatives are similar as well. Tim's father was merged with a Pikachu while Howard's son was impersonated by Ditto. Both were Pokemon all along.
In the beginning Mewtwo's aerial pursuit of the car is rather slow and meandering. As we later find out, it wasn't after Harry maliciously and in fact protected him from the Greninjas chasing him. The weaving may have been Mewtwo following the Greninjas pursuing Harry or even taking some of them out for him (save the three which caught up with him by the bridge).
Principal production began on January 15, 2018, in London, England and Denver, Colorado. Nine days later, Legendary announced that principal photography had officially begun. Much of the on set interaction and vocal reference for Pikachu was filled in by Jon Bailey. However, all of his dialogue was dubbed over by Ryan Reynolds. Principal photography concluded on May 1, 2018. Some filming was done at Shepperton Studios, საომარიner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, and Minley Woods in Hampshire; rural areas of Colorado, just outside Denver and Colorado Springs; and Scotland.
The film's cinematographer, John Mathieson, noted that, like his other films, Detective Pikachu was shot on traditional film, in contrast to most other contemporary films which are shot digitally. He said the use of traditional film helps make it "look more realistic".
Players of the original Pokémon games will know off by heart that when first trying to travel Route 11, connecting Vermilion City with Lavender Town, they meet their first Snorlax. The giant, hairy, and sound asleep beast is too big to actually move or pass by, and players are instead forced to detour through a nearby cave. But that does that have to do with the movie? When Tim first arrives in Ryme City (beginning his own Pokémon adventure, in a way) one of the very first examples of humans and Pokémon coexisting is the appearance of a Snorlax sound asleep in the middle of the road next to Machamp who is acting as a crossing guard.
The remark from Tim which upsets the Cubone is that it likes wearing the skull of its dead relative. Insensitive though this may be, it's also accurate to several Pokédex entries which state that Cubone wears the skull of its deceased mother (e.g. Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Silver and Crystal, or Pokémon Fire Red).
There are nods to unofficial material too: the underground arena fight scene between Detective Pikachu and a Charizard looks like it was lifted from Pokémon Apokélypse, a Darker and Edgier reimagining of the Pokémon world that prominently featured a fight to the death between those two same Pokémon.
When Tim and Pikachu are searching the lab, they see footage that states that Mewtwo was created and escaped Kanto 20 years ago. Pokémon: The First Movie came out in 1999 (in the USA; it was released in Japan in 1998), 20 years before the events of this movie and featured Mewtwo.
The realistic depictions do bring up quite a number of anatomical issues, most notably the nose-less Pokémon who apparently do lack a nose! Do they have no sense of smell and breathe only with their mouths? What about Meowth, who in the anime actually acknowledges in a fourth-wall break that his lack of a nose is due to the art style? And that's not mentioning the other Pokémon we haven't yet seen in the live-action style. Can you imagine the more creepy ones like Banette or Espurr, the terrifying, quasi-demonic legendaries such as Giratina and Yveltal, or the fierce, beast-like ones such as Aggron or Hydreigon? What about the more human-like ones such as Gardevoir or Hitmonchan? There's bound to be a good degree of Uncanny Valley with them, looking almost human, but not quite.
The Charizard in the battle arena have a scar, because battles are outlawed in Ryme City, so his trainer couldn't take him to a Pokecenter to be fully healed, meaning that at best he could have given him potions to give him back energy but not heal the damage.
One of the stated rules for Ryme City is "No Pokeballs" as the plan revolved ENTIRELY on the Pokémon breathing R, having Pokémon balls banned since the city's foundation means it's so much easier to get them to breathe it. The ban on battles could also fit into it: because people and Pokemon were going to want to fight anyway, driving it underground gave the villain a place where they could test substances like R, and people wouldn't take victims to the official medical system for fear of getting caught.
What happened to the Gyarados on the loose in the fight club, It was never shown being recaptured, and given its power and tendency to go on a rampage, things may not end well. (Though in a small comfort, it is on land, where it's likely not very mobile). Gyarados is a dual water/flying type. The police arrived right as Tim and Pikachu were washed out, so they likely picked it up. Then again, the chances the cops were prepared for an R-crazed Gyarados are slim given that they favor fire types like Growlithe.
The entire climax is filled with this. Since people are trapped in Pokémon bodies, society would be put at halt. It would be way harder for people to live normal lives, as they drastically shift in size and form, to the point of being able to accidentally hurt others, potentially the ones they care about the most, or get seriously hurt themselves. It's even worse when one remembers that the majority of trainers see Pokémon as pets at worst and friends at best. That means that they might have lost a good friend, on top of being cursed to look like them. Maybe even forever, if Tim was unsuccessful in stopping Howard. What exactly happens to the Pokemon's consciousness in this scenario? Is it pushed back/repressed (possibly with enough consciousness to see exactly what's happening and be helpless to stop it) or does it momentarily cease to exist as the წუთიd of its human partner overwrites it?
The recordings of Mewtwo breaking out are interrupted when one scientist is flung at the door, with the interruption giving the impression that she was vaporized. Considering Mewtwo's sheer power, it's entirely possible that she really was vaporized. Alternatively, given that in the video the door was shut but in the present it's blown off its hinges, the results might've required that the door be given a thorough examination.
earned an estimated US$1,280,000 to rank at #13 in its fifth weekend in the United States. The film has earned an estimated cumulative total of US$140,788,081 in the United States, and an estimated US$279,500,000 internationally, for an estimated cumulative total of US$420,288,081 worldwide.
had the highest U.S. opening weekend box office for any film adaptation of a video game (unadjusted for inflation), with its US$54 million opening weekend earnings topping Lara Croft Tomb Raider's US$47.7 million in 2001.
Concept artist RJ Palmer, known for his hyper-realistic Pokémon drawings, posted his menacing vision for the Pokémon Venusaur on Twitter --one that never made it into the blockbuster movie. Venusaur was showcased in one of Detective Pikachu's trailers. საომარიty, cute and decorated with a pink flower. Although he appeared prominently in the promotional material, and although the other original starter Pokémon's final evolutions were prominently featured in Detective Pikachu, Venusaur only shows up in the background. When Kotaku previously covered RJ Palmer, it was when he got a gig working on Detective Pikachu. Yet in 2012, he illustrated a different look for Venusaur that looks a little more lizard-like than its classic frog form Palmer posted a second Venusaur design on Twitter, a menacing terrifying beast with a row of jagged teeth and tiny red eyes. "This was during a period where I was free to explore a more naturalistic approach," he wrote. "Looking back though it's super clear that this would be too scary for the tone of the movie. I think the design they ended up with is fabulous!" Palmer also illustrated a Venusaur with a mushroom bloom on its back rather than a flower: Palmer said he's always found Venusaur's squat width to be iconic. "I'd use the adjectives wide and girthy," he told Kotaku via Twitter DM. He also thinks it has a scary quality even in the original designs. Venusaur has always looked kinda menacing to me, especially when you realize it's canon height is 6'7"," he said. "I wanted to explore the scale and how potentially unsettling a thing that tall and wide would be should it actually exist in our world."
A sequel is in the early stages of development at Legendary as the studio is looking to move forward with a cinematic world for the Pokémon franchise. As the production of Detective Pikachu progressed, The Pokémon Company became more open to the idea of trademark props and characters being used in cinematic fashion, prompting ideas for a larger world to unfold on the big screen.
The fate of Harry Bateman in the Detective Pikachu game is left ambiguous, however the film reveals his whereabouts for most of the plot, however it is unknown if this is canon to the game as well as to the movie, as the plot of the film doesn't follow the plot of its source material exactly. The upcoming sequel for the Nintendo Switch is said to follow a different plotline from the movie.
this is the ninth Pokémon film to have its music score composed by an English-language composer after the English dubs of Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon: The Movie 2000, Pokémon 3: The Movie, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, and Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us.
There was one scene that didn't manage to make it into the film. A concept artist for the film shared his designs and thoughts on a scene that featured a museum, a Ditto, and a Tyrantrum. Concept Artist RJ Palmer broke down the scene in question along with a number of designs that would have made the museum a sight to behold in the film: where a museum guide would scare kids with a tyrantum which is really a Ditto. The statues and fossils portray several legendary Pokemon, along with the mysterious basis for Mewtwo in Mew, throughout the ages, hinting that the pocket monsters have existed with humanity throughout the years. This fact would especially make sense for Ryme City, which has created something of symbiotic relationship between its citizens and its Pokemon.
Arcanine was originally going to be Tim's Pokémon before it was scrapped to focus on Pikachu more. RJ Palmer revealed on his Twitter account that he gave it the "tongue sticky out thing my doofus cat does. What's not to love, its a horse sized liger-dog."
After Howard has begun executing his plan and gotten the crowd gathered for the "parade" stuck in their Pokémon's bodies, at one point, a guy-turned-Machamp is shown checking out his newfound muscles as everyone around him looks confused or panicked.
In general, many of the Pokémon are terrifying, not just from appearances, but from what they can do. From Greninja chasing down Tim and Pikachu hurling Water Shuriken at them, to Cubone whacking Tim with his bone boomerang, to Charizard just being a dragon, it is quite apparent that Pokémon are not all cute and cuddly pets. Even cute Pokémon like Aipom can turn terrifying if enraged.
Ditto is a tricky Pokémon to use because of its transformation gimmick not copying HP, so it is a Glass Cannon that must be used carefully. Here, not only are stats not really something to be concerned with, but Ditto's shapeshifting makes it an extremely dangerous opponent in battle because it can become any Pokémon with only a couple seconds of notice, and then use their attacks on you. That said, the individual shown had undergone unspecified genetic experimentation, so it's not clear how much of this applies to the species as a whole.
A Charizard vs. Pikachu fight is something most players wouldn't think twice about, given that Charizard's Flying typing makes it weak to Pikachu's Electric-type techniques. In reality, it's a little yellow mouse versus a six-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon -- Detective Pikachu can't summon his electrical attacks to fight back and cowers in fear. Charizard also sports a nasty electrical burn from the last time they battled.
Detective Pikachu is frustrated and lonely that Pokémon Speak doesn't let him communicate with humans properly. A major point is that he and Tim need each other's help because humans and Pokémon speak different languages the other can't understand, but these two together can.
The detective movie playing in Harry's apartment wasn't specified in the script. As a laugh, editor Mark Sanger and director Rob Letterman inserted a copy of the fictional gangster movie from Home Alone, "Angels with Filthy Souls" from YouTube as a placeholder. Nothing could ever top it so they decided to see if they could license it for use in the final film. Miraculously, it was actually approved.
The movie appears to avoid most of the pitfalls associated with movies based on video games. This is probably due to the fact that the specific game it is based upon is a visual novel/adventure game, which is one of the easiest genres to adapt to a movie because those genres already use a lot of movie tropes. The main reason why this isn't done so often is due to the fact that the specific genres are very niche compared to other game genres like platformers, fighting games, RPGs, and shooters.
When Tim and Pikachu are searching the lab, they see footage that states that Mewtwo was created and escaped Kanto 20 years ago. Pokémon: The First Movie came out in 1999 (in the USA; it was released in Japan in 1998), 20 years before the events of this movie and featured Mewtwo.
The Greninja are blasted away by a powerful Psychic-type blast from Psyduck. Now, normally Greninja should be immune to this because they are part Dark type. However, Greninja notably can have the ability Protean (and it stands to reason genetic experiments to increase Greninja's power would want to use specimens with the best ability), which changes their typing to become a solo typing of whatever move type they are using. And throughout the chase, the only attacks the Greninja were using were Water-type moves.
The Pokémon Detective Pikachu trailer hit 1 million likes in the official საომარიner Bros. Youtube channel (1.4 million as of this writing) which was the first trailer to reach this milestone in the channel's history.
When he notices his opponent Charizard getting a dose of R gas before getting into the ring, a horrified Detective Pikachu starts shaking the cage screaming, "Get me the hell out of here!" This is a first for ვესტერნი adaptations of Pokémon, as no other ვესტერნი localization of Pokémon media featured a character uttering profanity on-screen.
The whole film is reminiscent of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, what with being a noir film featuring a human paired with an animated character (only this time the cartoon is the detective) in a city full of fantastic creatures, but there are at least two direct nods to it. One scene features the human protagonist dangling from a skyscraper while an animated character is slowly and sadistically trying to make him lose the grip (Eddie Valiant and Tweety in Roger Rabbit, Tim and a Cubone in Detective Pikachu). Another one features the black-clad Ms. Norman removing her sunglasses and revealing her beady eyes that show she's actually a mutated Ditto, similar to the scene where the black-clad Judge Doom reveals his true cartoon eyes beneath the sunglasses and fake eyeballs. the scene where Tim is dangling from a skyscraper and Ditto transforms into a Cubone and slowly hits his fingers one by one to cause his downfall, reminiscent of what happened to Eddie Valiant, where Tweety did a similar thing. (Incidentally, Valiant is a human detective paired with a cartoon character, while Tim is a human paired with a cartoon detective character.)
A Jigglypuff is shown holding the same sharpie/microphone that its anime counterpart is known to have, while also pouting next to some guy it seems to have made fall asleep with its singing, again just like its anime counterpart. This is hammered home by the fact that said Jigglypuff is voiced by Rachael Lillis, its original English VA. It also sings the same melody as in the anime.
Mewtwo is shown awakening in a tank, almost identical to the one where his anime counterpart was "born" in. since the villains recaptured the original Mewtwo since it "escaped" from Kanto 20 years prior. He even repeats his pre-breakout line of "they're outside".
Tim attempts to stop the rampaging Charizard by attacking the flame on the tail. As established in the anime and game, the more the fire diminishes, the weaker the Charmander evolution line, and Charizard by extension, gets. Its difficult and impossible to snuff it out like this (the flame continues to burn even when swamped by water), but its still an effective way to get a Charizard's attention.
Pikachu refuses to use Volt Tackle in the cage match, saying it'll knock him out - a reference to how Volt Tackle delivers recoil damage to the user. Later in the film, when he uses it to knock Mewtwo through a building, he's visibly dazed and winded afterwards.
It's mentioned in the Pokédex entries for Torterra that people in ancient civilizations believed that there was a gargantuan Torterra under the Earth. This may likely be the inspiration for the lab deciding to use Torterra to experiment on increasing a Pokémon's size. And the fact that it worked implies that there might be some truth to those Pokédex entries.
Pokéballs are outlawed in Ryme City and Pokémon live among humans, but it's still common for all humans to have a partner Pokémon they live and work with, forming an empathic bond with them. This is not all dissimilar to how Pokémon Conquest worked, with "catching" Pokémon happening by bonding with them instead of using a Pokéball. It's also a light shout-out to the intro speeches most of the professors in the main games give, namely the first part about pokemon being "Pets and friends".
The phones everyone uses are shown to have buttons in a similar arrangement to the original Game Boy, which the original Pokémon games were released on. The device itself appears to be an evolution of the Game Boy design, which reflects the in-universe trend of the series' Pokédexes being based on the consoles they're played on.
The fandom's use of replacing God in phrases with Arceus is used by Pikachu at one point, though he does say "God" at least twice in the film as well. By extension, the movie uses the fandom's pronunciations of franchise-related terms and names rather than the anime's, most notably with the word "Pokémon" itself.
With confirmation that Mewtwo in the movie is THAT Mewtwo it suddenly gives a bit of an explanation for why Harry had an easier time catching Mewtwo that one would think. A 30 year old trainer with a Pikachu looking for Mewtwo, Detective Pikachu gives perhaps the most succinct explanation for how communication between Pokémon and humans normally works. As Pikachu explains, regular Pokémon don't actually literally understand human languages any more than humans understand Pokémon words. However, what they do have a good grasp on is human emotions, to such a degree that this understanding can function almost as well as words or the equivalent of words (to the extent that Pokémon can even follow complex instructions from a human).
Torterra and other Grass-types make ideal subjects for size enhancement experiments because they can (if they have to) subsist on sunlight. Thus the researchers don't have to find a way to feed the giants.
Yoshida's partner is a Snubbull, who looks intimidating and angry but softens up the moment Tim leaves the office. As a police officer, Yoshida has to make sure he keeps up an intimidating presence but he too softens up in situations that don't require a intimidating presence such as telling a man his father passed away.
When Tim and Pikachu meet Howard Clifton evolving an Eevee into a Flareon. This not only foreshadows Howard's obsession with artificial evolution, Eevee require a Fire Stone to change into Flareon, but also his status as well-intentioned extremist as the electric type Jolteon would imply friendship and the water type Vaporeon would imply weakness, but Flareon conveys he's on a different path than Tim and Pikachu while not directly opposing them.
The sound system in the Roundhouse fighting arena, when the 'speakers' for the DJ are revealed to actually be several Loudred, using their speaker ears not for attacking, but for pounding the electronic music for the clubgoers and fight spectators. But it's the DJ who will look most familiar. Yes, that really is Diplo, one of the most successful and influential DJs in the world getting in on the Pokémon action (although having named himself after his favorite dinosaur, maybe we shouldn't be surprised). He's also a professed fan of dubstep, so when the Loudred are infected by the "craze-inducing" purple drug and produce dubstep as a result, fans can be sure that Diplo is in on the joke.
Mewtwo is one of the first things we see in the movie and there are a few mentions of a dig site involving Mew. Turns out that these aren't related, and the latter isn't important at all. This Mewtwo was captured and is implied to be the one from either the first Pokémon anime movie or the Red & Blue games.
The climax involves the villain filling parade balloons with tons of dangerous chemical gas which he plans to unleash on an unsuspecting crowd, similar to Tim Burton's Batman, both gases from both films were green and purple the signature colors of The Joker.
The Turtles' "Happy Together", which was heavily featured in the first trailer, was used for Pikachu's first ever live action appearance: this ad for Super Smash Bros. 64. It's also a musical influence of the game series's theme.
When Tim refuses to carry Pikachu on his shoulder, Pikachu says he's trying to achieve his step count anyway. The old tamagotchi-type Pokémon Pikachu toy required you to accumulate steps in order to feed your Pikachu. Similarly, the Pokéwalker made for Pokemon Heart Gold And Soul Silver was a pedometer, which you could transfer Pokémon to, and encounter wild Pokémon and pick up items with.
There's a news story in the movie about firemen working with Squirtles to put out fires. In the Pokémon anime, Ash's Squirtle and the Squirtle Squad also worked with firemen to put out fires on at least three different occasions, including the episode where it was Put on a Bus. In addition, at the end of the movie, there is a shot of 4 Squirtles around a 5th one who wears a black robe that resembles the ones the Squirtle Squad wore.
One of the characters in the movie is named Lucy, but she's not the only Lucy in the Pokémon franchise. In Pokémon Emerald, there's another Lucy, who runs the Battle Pike facility. Additionally, the main character of Pokémon Trozei! is also named Lucy.
An interesting twist happens in the Japanese dub, as Mewtwo's male voice is voiced by Koichi Yamadera, instead of Masachika Ichimura in the animated films. It should be noted that Yamadera originally voiced Mew, the Pokémon which Mewtwo is based to. Likewise, Eevee and his evolutions are voiced by Wakana Ningyo, rather than Aoi Yuuki, through she already voiced Lana's (Suiren) Eevee in Pokémon Sun & Moon. In the same way in the Latin American Spanish dub, Mewtwo's male voice is voiced by Idzi Dutkiewicz, rather than Enrique Mederos, as the latter passed away.
Lucy's partner is a Psyduck, a silly and cute Pokémon that becomes dangerous when too stressed out. Lucy, meanwhile, is a cute young woman who tries a bit too hard at being a intrepid reporter, to the point it puts stress on her when nobody listens to her.
Howard Clifford's personal Pokémon is a Ditto. His Ditto can change its shape into almost anything and has near human level intelligence but is unable to change its beady eyes. Howard, meanwhile, makes himself look like a visionary and overall great guy to the city but couldn't hide his true intentions from people like Harry.
Harry Pokémon partner is a Pikachu, a cute mouse that packs some serious electrical power in its small body. While Pikachu truly is a cute little critter that wouldn't hurt anybody, if the Pikachu's trainer isn't careful, they could shock themselves if they handle the Pokémon wrong. Harry too may be a endearing man with many good traits and is an exceptional Pokémon trainer but he has hurt the people he loves without meaning to. As Detective Pikachu, he even sadly says he hurts the people who need him and shocks Tim when Tim grabs his arm.
Tim's status as a mixed-race child is actually a clever reference to Pokémon breeding mechanics. In the games, you can breed two Pokémon of different species (as long as their Egg types are compatible), with the resulting offspring being a Pokémon of the same species as the mother. In the movie, Tim is closer in appearance to his mother, while his father Harry looks nothing like him.
This is Ryan Reynolds (Harry Goodman/Pikachu) and Karan Soni (Jack)'s first collaboration outside of the Deadpool (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018), where they played Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Dopinder, in this film they don't have a scene together.
In the food stalls scene, Detective Pikachu is standing in front of a bowl of leeks which look exactly like the variety held by Farfetch'd. In the second trailer, some of the music is similar to the beginning of the anime's first dub opening.
Ever since breeding was introduced to the Pokemon games, the majority of players got into the habit using Ditto to breed with their other Pokemon by using its Transform ability to become a compatible mate. The Ditto that Tim has to fight transforms into Lucy and he admits that he's attracted to the real one.
It may be strange that Machamp acts as a crossing guard when Watchog was made to look like a security worker. Machamp is bulky enough to actually survive getting hit by a car. Alternatively, it could be because Machamp has four arms - ideal for directing traffic at a four-way intersection.
As soon as a black van pulls over in front of them, Pikachu tells Tim "that's a bad guy's car." thenHoward's assistant Ms. Norman (really a Ditto) steps out and who takes him to see Howard, the real villain of the film.
It's established that most Pokémon cannot understand human language. Only Mr. Mime seems to have a grasp on English. Pikachu can read and understand people even though they can't understand him, and he has a notion of human concepts like an address, yet his cap has info in case he goes missing. Why would that be necessary if he's smart enough to get there by himself is because Pikachu wouldn't be able to get back, he only does it because of Harry's consciousness within him.
Pikachu store electricity in their cheeks, so why did he point to his tail when threatening Tim, because he's amnesiac. Maybe he had trouble in the fight with Charizard because he can't remember how to make electricity! Alternatively, he saw Tim didn't have any Pokémon, so he assumed Tim didn't know how it works. ...it's because his tail is literally shaped like a lightning bolt. You know, the perfect thing to point to when you're trying to mime "electrocute"?
საომარიner Bros. tenth live-action/animated hybrid film to be rated PG by the MPAA after Space Jam (1996), Osmosis Jones (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Looney Tunes: Back in მძაფრსიუჟეტიანი (2003), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Yogi Bear (2010), Paddington (2014), and Paddington 2 (2017). This is the first Pokémon film to receive a PG rating from the MPAA. Thus, it is also the first Pokémon film to have even been designated an MPAA rating since the G-rated traditionally-animated Pokémon Heroes.
Bill Nighy (Howard Clifford) and Ryan Reynolds (Harry Goodman/Pikachu) have both played vampires, Nighy portrayed Viktor an elder vampire in Underworld (2003), Underworld Evolution (2006) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Reynolds portrayed Hannibal King in Blade Trinity (2004).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Out of all the Pokémon shown in the movie, only Pikachu is voiced by the original anime's voice actress Ikue Ohtani via archive recordings in 4 different scenes when he's not being voiced by Ryan Reynolds, all the other Pokémon were given new voices or cries.
During the Mr. Mime interrogation scene, it seems odd that Pikachu's first guesses as to what he's trying to say is "My problem is that I push people away and then hate them for leaving." This seems like a one-off joke at first, but if you consider he's amnesiac it seems odd he'd jump to that. By the end of the movie, we learn that Pikachu is Harry, meaning he was subconsciously talking about himself - the one he pushed away was Tim and they never really reconnected.
Pikachu is the only Pokémon not sent into a berserk state when he inhales 'R'. He's immune because he is actually Harry's წუთიd in Pikachu's body, and 'R' specifically affects the consciousness of Pokémon.
Early on, during a scene with Roger and Howard Clifford, a Ditto can be seen shifting into a human to wheel Howard away. We later learn that Ms. Norman is said Ditto, having been experimented on in the Pokémon lab. This scene also foreshadows that the Roger we see after this scene isn't Roger himself: the sunglasses Roger puts on as he exits are very different from the sinister shades the Ditto impersonating him is wearing, the same pair worn in its Ms. Norman form.
There are Dialga, Palkia, and Arceus statues in Howard's office, similar to the statues that would have been in Eterna City in Diamond & Pearl. It's a hint to which character is trying to play God. Compare the position of Palkia and Dalgia to where they are when Giratina appears at the Spear Pillar in Platinum. In the center between the two, where Howard's desk currently is.
Ms. Norman is seen texting that Pikachu is at the fighting ring. Is it for the audience's benefit, Ms. Norman is a Ditto: she can't speak words that humans can understand. Texting is a reliable way of communicating across the species barrier. The fact that Howard Clifford's Pokémon companion is a Ditto. A long-standing theory among fans is that Ditto was created as a failed Mewtwo attempt, which is why he was obsessed with Mewtwo, And besides that for a man who is so fixated on Pokémon, it makes sense that his companion is the one that can become all of them.
Mewtwo was able to fuse Harry and Pikachu, even though Pikachu wasn't influenced by the R gas at all: Pikachu willingly let his წუთიd be pushed back in order to save Harry, and put up no resistance during the fusion. Likewise, being a fusion pokemon seems to make you immune to R Gas, probably since it's already done it's job so it'd be counter productive to have the gas still affect one. This becomes foreshadowing as to why Pikachu was unaffected by the gas during the Charizard fight despite the whole room being filled with the stuff.
Tim assumes he is able to understand Detective Pikachu because he inhaled the gas. Yet later when tons of it is released in the underground fighting ring no-one else can understand their Pokémon, mainly because Pikachu is actually Harry (sort of) and this is actually why Tim can understand him.
Pikachu is badly injured and Tim begs a Bulbasaur to take him to a healer Pokémon. It, some other Bulbasaur, and some Morelull bring him straight to Mewtwo. One of the Gen V events is a Mewtwo with the move Heal Pulse.
When facing against the R-enraged Charizard, Pikachu tries kicking a Magikarp so it can evolve into Gyarados and wipe the floor with Charizard. This is similar to the anime episode "Pokémon Shipwreck", where James kicks a Magikarp, causing it to evolve into Gyarados.
We see newspapers reporting on the finding of Mew remains, implying that those were the ones used to create Mewtwo. It's later revealed that this Mewtwo is actually twenty years old, so those Mew remains are completely irrelevant to the plot.
People and Pokémon merging into a single entity, has happened before. Bill's little accident with his teleporter resulted in a situation very similar to the big bad of this film's plan. Considering the direct callout to Mewtwo leaving Kanto 20 years ago, it might have directly inspired it. And then there is the spinoff manga Pokémon RéBURST, which plot centers around characters with the ability to merge with their Pokémon to do battle.
At first it appears that Mewtwo was responsible for running Harry's car off the road. Later on it's revealed that it was actually the Greninjas from the lab that did it, under Howard's orders. This is not the first time there has been a fake out involving these two. The same deception was pulled in a character reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, initially setting up what appeared to be Mewtwo's silhouette, only to be revealed instead as Greninja.
The R Drug seems to be based on an ingame item called the Berserk Gene, left behind by Mewtwo near the collapsed Cerulean Cave in Pokémon Gold and Silver. The effects of the item are even similar to the drug, boosting attack but causing confusion.
Harry Goodman's face isn't shown for the majority of the film. In flashbacks, footage, and holograms, he either isn't shown or his back is turned. Only in the final scene is Harry's face shown (and voice heard) -- he's played by Ryan Reynolds.
Howard Clifford's comments as he replays the holographic recreation of the car accident where he can control what others can see are again repeated in a much more serious light when Pikachu realizes that Mewtwo wasn't responsible for the car crash, but instead the lab's own Greninja were responsible, which means Howard made a forgery and is secretly controlling everything behind the scenes.
For most of the movie, Roger Clifford is shown in a negative light while his father Howard is portrayed positively, It's later revealed that Howard is the villain and Roger is not involved in his father's scheme at all, and the Roger we've seen acting evil is actually a Ditto mimicking him.
Ditto takes the form of the musclebound, four-armed Machamp when Howard Clifford yells "finish him!" A reference to The Karate Kid (1984) which was also referenced in Deadpool 2 (2018) also starring Ryan Reynolds.
Detective Pikachu forgets how to use his electricity until the end. This is because he is actually Harry in a Pikachu's body. Likewise, despite the incredible power Howard displays after stealing Mewtwo's body, it pales in comparison to what the actual Mewtwo is capable of.