Detective Pikachu: 7 Unknown Facts About Pokémon Movie + First Spoiler-FREE Reviews

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds will hit the theaters on May 10, 2019, and will unveil an original story about a boy meeting rather unusual detective and a bunch of mysteries. 

Check out 7 interesting facts about the upcoming movie on Nexter.org.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

 

60 Pokémon featured in the movie

Greg Baxter, the visual effects producer, revealed that Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will include 60 adorable creatures.

“There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Pokémon in the Pokémon universe. I’ve done before, we’ve had dozens of CG characters, and that’s been a lot,” Baxter stated. “And this one … this moment we’re budgeted to do 60, which even that, honestly, is a massive undertaking, because each one of those has its own muscle structure and all the things we build to make something move.”

“And how we arrived at that number … It keeps changing, by the way, every time we shoot a scene, we think, ‘Oh, maybe we should put an Octillery over there,’ and then that’s not something we’re budgeted for, so then we’re racing to build this Octillery character,” Baxter added.

“The idea, I think, is that we have about 60 of them in the film, should give us enough for primary characters and also background characters. But other than the top, maybe, ten that we know have specific scenes, the other ones are changing a bit as we film the movie, as we kind of find what our world is going to be and what Pokémon would fit nicely into the scenes.”

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It’s was hard to film with Ryan Reynolds

It was hard for Ryan’s costars to remember what he did on the soundstage and motion-capture stage and then do the same during the shooting.

“We basically went through the whole film with Ryan on a soundstage, with Ryan in a motion-capture helmet,” Justice Smith aka Tim Goodman from the film. “And, so I got to see how he improvised, what he was gonna do, what he was gonna say, how he was gonna act. And then we have a reader who reads Ryan’s lines, but I essentially have to remember what Ryan did on … that day. And then do my side of it, when we’re shooting.

“And things change around, and they’re gonna fix some stuff in post with Ryan, but for the most part it comes down to memory. We also recorded the tape so I can listen to them back, and remember what he did. But it’s just the whole team trying to work together, and they have been. It’s a really difficult beast.”

 

Inspired by ’90s Japanese streetwear

FRUiTS‘ influence (the magazine that looks into Tokyo’s Harajuku district fashion) has affected the design of the clothes of the youth of Ryme City (metropolis from the movie).

“Some punk meets goth meets Tokyo street fashion,” costume designer Suzie Harmon said. “It’s Tokyo meets New York meets London … it’s very urban, it’s cool, it’s fun, but it’s not overly cartoony. If you look at the Japanese street scene, there’s a whole brand called FRUiTS. It was big in the ’90s, and in the millennium, whatever those ten years are called. And so we’re trying to bring in that, as well, definitely.”

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Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

 

Every scene was shot two or three times

All the Pokemon characters are just CGI, so the real humans have to film every scene multiple times in order to fit in 60 Pokemon.

“For every take we have, there’s like two takes for Pikachu and Psyduck,” explained Kathryn Newton aka Lucy.

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“Because they have to do one take. It’s called a reference pass with the puppets, and then they remove the puppets. So we have eyelines and then they know where the Pokémon will be, and everything. And then they take them out, and Justice [Smith] and I act with nothing for a while, and then they put them back in and we do it all over again.”

 

Critics’ response 

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On Rotten Tomatoes, the film movie has a 71% approval rating based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 6.22 out of 10.

The website reads, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most — if not all — of the franchise’s fans.”

 

‘Leaked’ full movie 

Ryan Reynolds, actor and a brilliant marketing expert just posted the entire Detective Pikachu movie on Twitter.

And, honestly, it’s better than anyone has expected! Turn it on right now and become the victim of cuteness overload.


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