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  • Is said to be a Detective Pikachu movie.
  • 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 Warner 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.
  • This is only the second time that Nintendo has allowed one of their franchises to be made as a live action movie. The first franchise was Super Mario, which was adapted into Super Mario Bros. (1993). However, that movie was not only loosely based on the games, but also a critical and commercial failure, which caused Nintendo to be very protective of all of its franchises from then on.
  • It has been said that the huge success of the Pokémon GO mobile game was the reason why the franchise was allowed to become a live action movie.
  • According to a report from May of 2016, Nintendo could possibly release more feature films based on its video games. Its last movie was Super Mario Bros. (1993), which the company considered a flop.
  • A Detective Pikachu (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 Western audiences came along.
  • Robin Williams was always Nintendo's choice to play Professor Oak.
  • Dean Israelite, Andrew Adamson, Robert Rodriguez, Tim Miller, Mark A.Z. Dippé, Jon Favreau, Shane Acker, and Chris Wedge were being considered as potential directors.
  • A petition was made to have Danny DeVito to voice Pikachu.
  • 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 fourth live-action/computer-animated hybrid film for Universal Pictures, after Casper (1995), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) and Hop (2011).
  • Fans petitioned for Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu before Ryan Reynolds was cast.
  • Ryan Reynolds's 3rd time voice acting in a film, after The Croods (2013) and Turbo (2013).
  • One of three video game feature films of 2019, the others being Columbia Pictures/Sony Animation's The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) and Paramount Animation's Sonic the Hedgehog (2019).
  • The fifth live-action and animated hybrid film for Universal, after Casper (1995), Balto (1995), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) and Hop (2011).
  • This is the second time a Legendary Entertainment film has moved from Universal to Warner. The other film was Kong: Skull Island (2017).
  • The voice over for large crowd chants were recorded during the Pokémon World Championships 2018 in Nashville.
  • This is director Rob Letterman's first film that has animation in it since Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), 10 years prior.
  • This is the second time Nintendo has used "Happy Together" by the Turtles in a trailer - the first was for Super Smash Bros. (1999).
  • This is the first Pokémon movie that Warner Bros. has released since Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000), and the first one not from 20th Century Fox/4Kids Entertainment.
  • The official teaser trailer was released on Veterans day November 11, 2018.
  • Ryan Reynolds' 4th time voice acting in a Theatrical Film, after The Croods (2013), Turbo (2013), and The Voices (2014).
  • 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.
  • This is Ryan Reynolds and Karan Soni's first collaboration outside of the Deadpool series.
  • 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.
  • This is the first Pokémon film to be rated PG by the MPAA.
  • The seventh Warner Bros.' live-action/CGI hybrid film, after Scooby-Doo (2002), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Yogi Bear (2010), Paddington (2014), and Paddington 2 (2017).
  • First live action Video Game based film to be Rated PG by the MPAA since TRON: Legacy (2010) 9 years prior.
  • At the time of production, there were over 800 Pokémon. It is reported that Detective Pikachu will only feature a little over 60 Pokémon.
  • The film was shown in theaters with a The ZhuZhus (2016) episode entitled Fur-Vivor.
  • Pokémon Detective pikachu trailer hit 1 million likes in the official Warner Bros. Youtube channel (1.4 million as of this writing) which was the first trailer to reach this milestone in the channels history.
  • The first trailer for the movie was viewed 100 million times in the first 24 hours on all the social media platforms.
  • Director Rob Letterman's first film since Goosebumps (2015), released 4 years prior.
  • Despite having six distinctive cries (according to both sound bites and Build a Bear) the voice for Psyduck is unlisted and unnamed.
  • The day before the film's theatrical release, the entire movie was "leaked" onto YouTube. In reality, clicking this video will play a minute of the film, before cutting to a loop of Pikachu dancing for an hour and forty five minutes.
  • Tim mentions a gangster film on TV is an "old gangster 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 first movie based on a video game to have a fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, at 64%.
  • 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)
  • The graphic on Tim's t-shirt changes to different versions of Unown, a Pokémon that has many different variations that resemble the letters of the English alphabet.
  • At one point Pikachu looks to ensure that Psyduck stays calm by repeating the term "Serenity Now" a number of times. "Serenity Now" is a famous catchphrase from Seinfeld Season 9 Episode 3
  • The character Professor Oak, who in the anime and video games is a world renowned expert in Pokémon, was excluded from the film as Robin Williams, who was always Nintendo's first, last and only choice passed away before the film was even green-lit.
  • Warner 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 Action (2003), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Yogi Bear (2010), Paddington (2014), and Paddington 2 (2017).
  • During Mr. Mime's interrogation, he mimics Sharon Stone's "leg crossing scene" from Basic Instinct.


  • Pikachu's line "I push people away and blame them for leaving," in response to Mister Mime, foreshadows his true identity as Tim's father, as this is what has happened to their relationship.
  • During the flashback of Mewtwo's origin, Dr. Laurent says that Mewtwo escaped from the Kanto region twenty years ago. Pokemon: The First Movie- Mewtwo Strikes Back, the animated Pokemon film in which Mewtwo first appeared, was released twenty years before this film, hinting that the events of the animated Pokemon films are canon in the live action Pokemon cinematic universe.
  • Pokémon Trainer Red appears as a competitor in the Pokémon League during one of Tim's flashbacks. the scene highly resembles the opening of the original Pokémon Anime.
  • The film references Pokémon: The First Movie when a character mentions that MewTwo escaped twenty years ago, this film was released twenty years after the first movie.
  • 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.
  • In one scene, the sign on Harry Goodmans apartment building clearly says "OAK". A reference to the professor in Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.
  • The man sleeping in the table, effective by Jigglypuff's song she usually sings, in the first cafe scene is identified as a cameo by none other than Phil Collins.
  • Detective Pikachu hints at his real identiy when he refers to a woman as a "Dame". It's as a term used in old detective films (which Tim's father is a huge fan of).
  • The film references The Shining (opening aerial tracking of a car driving through the woods), Inception (folding landscape), and Batman (the gas attack during the parade).
  • While interrogating Mr. Mime, Mr. Mime sits and does an over emphasized leg cross, similar to Sharon Stone's infamous Basic Instinct scene
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