Detective Pikachu and Nostalgia

Like many, many people, I grew up absolutely obsessed with Pokémon. I watched every single episode of the anime, wanting to be the very best. I played the games, and catching them was my real test, and of course I had way too much merchandise. With time, I stopped caring about the franchise, and moved on to other things.

Then the trailer for Detective Pikachu dropped and I could not believe what I was seeing. It was like they took every daydream I had as a kid and turned it into a multimillion-dollar blockbuster. The movie looked fantastic, and the design of the Pokémon is perfect, even if we weren’t prepared for a furry Pikachu. But the most surprising part of the movie was the main character, Tim (played by Justice Smith). And it awakened something in me.

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Starship Troopers Bug Science

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a scientific look at the bugs from Starship Troopers and see how close they are to representing the real science behind insects. Plus, listen to the expert behind Game of Thrones languages critique those who speak them on the show, and find out which Pokemon the cast of Detective Pikachu would be after they answer a little quiz. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 517 – Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu Early Reaction

David, Devindra, and Jeff binge some new Netflix content including Knock Down the House, Dead to Me, and I Think You Should Leave. For the feature review, the cast find out whether Detective Pikachu is “super effective.”

Check out Jeff Cannata’s new show Dungeon Run. Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill. Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets. Subscribe to David’s Youtube channel at Davechensky.

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Stranger Things LEGO Set

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, get a closer look at the new Stranger Things LEGO set with a retro video from the classic series Behind the Brick. Plus, get a recap of the entire Deadwood series before the movie comes to HBO at the end of the month, and listen to a rap featuring the names of every single Pokémon that appears in Detective Pikachu. Read More »

Detective Pikachu and Pokemon Snap

Those maniacs went ahead and did it. They finally made a life-action Pokémon movie that brings the world of Pikachu, Bulbasaur and even the nightmare-inducing Mr. Mime to life. It’s been 21 years since both the first games, Pokémon Red and Blue, and the anime premiered in the US in September 1998. Since then we’ve got more than a thousand episodes of an anime series, 21 animated movies and over 30 video games, but all of those mostly showed the Pokémon as collectable trophies or the combatants in cute dog-fights until Detective Pikachu came along and showed a world where humans and Pokémon exist in harmony.

Except the movie wasn’t the first to try and do something different with the ‘Pocket Monsters’ besides fighting and catching them. Twenty years before Pikachu became addicted to caffeine, a video game showed us what a world actually filled with Pokémon would look like. That game was Pokémon Snap.

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detective pikachu behind the scenes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a scene from Detective Pikachu broken down by director Rob Letterman. Plus, a video essay examines what makes the original Men in Black movie so great, and director Terry Gilliam digs around in the Criterion Collection movie closet to make some picks of his favorite titles in the acclaimed film library. Read More »

Detective Pikachu Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, run through a bunch of Easter eggs you might have missed in Detective Pikachu. Plus, watch as the opening of Pixar’s short film Bao is compared to the storyboards drawn up in pre-production, and check out Saturday Night Live‘s sketch mocking the coffee cup gaffe from Game of Thrones. Read More »

Detective Pikachu Screenwriter Interview

Pokemon has been many things: card games, video games, animated series, animated movies, and now the live-action movie Detective Pikachu. Well, live-action with CGI Pokemon who fit seamlessly into the world of Ryme City.

Tim (Justice Smith) travels to Ryme City to collect his dead estranged father’s things. When his dad’s partner, Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) shows up, Tim finds he can hear Pikachu speaking English, unlike the usual Pokemon language. Together, Tim and Pikachu try to solve the mystery of what happened to Tim’s father.

Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit wrote Detective Pikachu and spoke with /Film by phone last week. They discussed adapting the Pokemon world and Detective Pikachu specifically. Detective Pikachu opens Friday, May 10.

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker 16-Bit Trailer

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a 16-bit version of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer that looks exactly as it would on a Super Nintendo. Plus, listen to a physicist explain the science between some of the most famous Marvel Cinematic Universe scenes, and see how the cast of Detective Pikachu fares in a round of “Who’s that Pokémon.” Read More »

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The goal of Pokemon is to catch ’em all, and you’ll find a lot of them in Detective Pikachu. The live-action adaptation of the video game includes lots of Pokemon from many different games from across the franchise.

In the film, Tim (Justice Smith) has given up Pokemon until his father’s sudden death brings him into contact with Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). Tim and Pikachu investigate Ryme City to discover the cause of Tim’s father’s death, and guess what? It involves a lot of other Pokemon.

Rob Letterman directed Detective Pikachu and he spoke with /Film by phone last week about filling the movie with Pokemon Easter eggs. Detective Pikachu opens Friday, May 10.

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