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Detective Pikachu Movie Discussion Thread

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LusoTrainer

Retro Trainer
Okay. Fair enough. You may want to try to be more careful in your wording. You made it sound like you were complaining about what you saw as objective flaws with the movie, rather than subjective.
I don't need to be careful with my wording, there was nothing wrong with it to begin with. I'm not responsible for the subjective assumptions people may or may not make about my comments.
 

Bguy7

The Dragon Lord
I don't need to be careful with my wording, there was nothing wrong with it to begin with. I'm not responsible for the subjective assumptions people may or may not make about my comments.
Do whatever you want. Just don't be surprised when people try to point out why you're wrong, not realizing that you're stating opinion, and not trying to make a generalized objective statement.
 

bobandbill

Winning Smile
Staff member
Super Mod
Let's try to get more on topic - discuss the detective pikachu movie rather than the Mewtwo one, or how people word things.
 

Pikachu Fan Number Nine

Don't Mess wit Texas
I think it's fitting WB is involved they were the first studio to bring Pokemon to American theaters plus they own the Hanna-Barbera library which has influenced many aspects of the Pokemon anime (like the use of Meowth and Pikachu, a cat and mouse like Tom and Jerry, as main characters).
 

Kutie Pie

"It is my destiny."
Fun fact: Detective Pikachu was shot on film. And yes, actual film (many films and shows are shot digitally these days) to give it that grainy, noir feel.

Here's an interesting little tidbit about Detective Pikachu. In an interview with Vulture, actor Justice Smith reveals that Detective Pikachu was shot on film, instead of going the digital route. This was a choice made to play up various aspects of the movie itself.

"There wasn’t a lot of green screen. Our director, Rob Letterman — I’m getting better at saying last names, Rob Letterman — wanted to shoot on location as much as possible. We shot in London, and for like a week in Scotland which is like a desktop background. He had this vision to put the Pokémon up against this urban backdrop and use this gray, grainy filter. We shot on film so it gave it that natural grain.

Because the Pokémon are so fantastical, to put them up against this realistic backdrop makes them pop more. That kind of drew me into wanting to do the film, because you can so easily go into this zany realm. I loved Rob Letterman — I don’t know why I’m saying his last name still — because he was all about the actor and our performance and keeping it loose on set and improvising and responding naturally."
And got the actual interview for good measure, only going to post this bit because Justice geeks out and it's adorable.

Did the Pokémon have those intense scaly and furry character designs when you came into the movie?
When I first saw them, I freaked. The inner child in me was having a field day. They brought in a statue of Pikachu that was all covered in fur and it was soft and everything. Its nose was rubber and wet. It was so lifelike, and I was just like internally crying, because I was like, “This is exactly how I wanted to see them portrayed.” It was a childhood dream come true.

So you were a big Pokémon kid?
Huge Pokémon kid. I collected all the cards. I still have them in my closet somewhere. I played Pokémon Gold on Game Boy Color.

The best one!
Totodile is still my favorite Pokemon. I have a little Totodile figurine. My generation and the older people of my same generation, they all tweeted me when the trailer came out. They were the people who were most excited. I was just getting response from people in their 30s. I agree with the people on social media talking about the different character designs and stuff, and debating over the way that the characters were realized in such a way. It’s so engaging.
 

Lady Umbreon

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Fun fact: Detective Pikachu was shot on film. And yes, actual film (many films and shows are shot digitally these days) to give it that grainy, noir feel.

And got the actual interview for good measure, only going to post this bit because Justice geeks out and it's adorable.
Thanks for posting this. It's great to see that the cast & crew genuinely care about this being a good movie. I'm not sure that would've happened if they'd done a live action movie back during Gen 1.
 

greninjamaster

Well-Known Member
Lots of great new articles came out.

https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/0...attle-on-the-set-of-pokemon-detective-pikachu

https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/0...niverse-a-possibility-after-detective-pikachu

POKEMON CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!!


When choosing which Pokemon to use for the film, Baxter was surprised to learn some disturbing facts. For example, his team designed a lifelike version of Sawk, a humanoid fighting Pokemon that looks like it’s wearing a gi, complete with a black belt tied around its waist.



Only, Baxter told us that when they showed it to TPC, they got some unexpected news.

“We found out that the outfit is actually it's skin,” he recalled with a laugh.

And that goes for other outfit-wearing Pokemon like Machamp and Mr. Mime. Those are flesh clothes. Enjoy that knowledge!

THIS IS SO DISTURBING! SO ANY POKEMON WITH CLOTHES ON IS ACTUALLY FLESH CLOTHES!
 

Bguy7

The Dragon Lord
THIS IS SO DISTURBING! SO ANY POKEMON WITH CLOTHES ON IS ACTUALLY FLESH CLOTHES!
Sorry, but how is it disturbing? If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. How would Pokémon in the wild have access to clothes? Of course it's not clothes, it really couldn't be anything else.
 

AuraChannelerChris

"How did you manage to faint while standing up?"
Sorry, but how is it disturbing? If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. How would Pokémon in the wild have access to clothes? Of course it's not clothes, it really couldn't be anything else.
You mean to tell me these fantastic creatures capable of nuking cities at a moment's notice can't magically be granted clothes upon hitting puberty in the span on a second.
 

Bguy7

The Dragon Lord
You mean to tell me these fantastic creatures capable of nuking cities at a moment's notice can't magically be granted clothes upon hitting puberty in the span on a second.
I mean, I suppose they could. But that's no reason to assume that they do.
 

Pokemon Power

Well-Known Member
So there's gonna be 60 Pokemon species in the film, both for main characters and background appearances. A small number, but understandable for a big movie.
 

greninjamaster

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So there's gonna be 60 Pokemon species in the film, both for main characters and background appearances. A small number, but understandable for a big movie.
We've only seen around 20-25 in both trailers combined. So over 40 are still unknown. Plus got to save debuts for the next films in the PCU. ;)
 

Pokemon Power

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We've only seen around 20-25 in both trailers combined. So over 40 are still unknown. Plus got to save debuts for the next films in the PCU. ;)
Let's see, there's Pikachu of course, and I've also seen Charmander, Dodrio, Flabebe, Comfey, Psyduck, Emolga, Squritle, Pancham, Bulbasaur, Morelull, Jigglypuff, Charizard, Greninja, Rufflet, Mr. Mime, Joltik, Ludicolo, Growlithe, Arcanine, Golurk, Snorlax, Machamp, Snubbull, Lickitung, Loudred, Blastoise, Gengar, Cubone, Flareon, Aipom, Rattata, Audino, and Mewtwo. That's 34 so far.
 
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