POKÉMON Detective Pikachu Movie Get ready POKÉMONTabs
The world of Pokémon comes to life!
U.S. Release DatePOKÉMON Detective Pikachu release date was Friday, May 10, 2019. This was a Nationwide in theaters release.
On DVD & Blu-ray Estimated; not officialJuly 2019
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Rating MPAAPG for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements
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The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time.
Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
Trivia & Production Notes
- The Japanese-based Pokemon Co., which manages rights to the franchise spun from the hit Nintendo game, has been courting Hollywood for a movie. Multiple studios have been in the running - including Warner Bros, Sony and Legendary Pictures (Hollywood Reporter, 4/15/16).
- This will be a live action film.
- Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan. Toho will handle distribution in Japan.
- There have been 19 films released based on Pokemon.
- Based on the upcoming game “Detective Pikachu" (Variety, 8/16/16).
- The first pic in a planned franchise (Hollywood Reporter, 11/30/16).
- Pikachu will be a motion-capture creation for the movie (Hollywood Reporter, 11/29/17).
- Kathryn Newton will play Lucy, a sassy journalist who goes on an adventure with the boy (Hollywood Reporter, 11/29/17).
- The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China (11/13/18).
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