The 10 Greatest Moments in the Pokémon Movies

Greatest Pokemon Movie Moments

Since 1996, the worldwide phenomenon known (in many countries) as Pokémon has left a mark on pop culture as a whole. With multiple video games, a long running anime TV series, card games and other media, Pikachu and the rest of the gang have become as much a part of our lives as cereal mascots, commercial jingles, and any of those other bits of nerdom mush.

But one aspect of the Pokémon franchise that doesn’t get enough credit are the films released during its 20 plus year history. Much like Godzilla or any niche fandom-specific movie series, the Pokémon movies aren’t exactly masterly crafted cinema – but for what they are, some of them happen to have some pretty amazing moments. A few have even have left a mark on spectators who don’t know their Poké Ball from their Master Ball.

But the upcoming release of the first live action Pokémon film,  Detective Pikachu, it’s about time some of the best moments in this 22 movie-long series get some love and respect. Not in the way Brock feels towards Officer Jessie and Nurse Joy, mind you, but in a celebration of the fun and excitement these scenes continue to bring to Pokémon fans young and old.

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Pokemon Movie Honest Trailer

Detective Pikachu is coming to theaters later this month, but let’s not forget that back in 1998, the craze for Pokémon was so big that it demanded a big screen adventure imported from Japan.

Pokémon: The First Movie brings Ash Ketchum and his little buddy Pikachu to the big screen in the movie that introduces the genetically engineered psychic Pokémon called Mewtwo. Plus, as the Pokemon movie Honest Trailer points out, the movie is somehow against Pokémon fighting with each other except when it’s in an officially sanctioned Pokémon battle. What? Read More »

detective pikachu trailer new

Are you in the mood to have “the feels”, as the youngsters say? If so, jump on down to watch the latest Detective Pikachu trailer, which plays out as if it were tailor-made to make you weep. While the previous footage has played up the comedic elements of the Pokémon movie, this latest look goes straight for the heart. Plus: watch a new behind-the-scenes look at the movie.

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detective pikachu teaser

As if the marketing for Detective Pikachu couldn’t get any more charming, Warner Bros. has released a tongue-in-cheek “audition” video spotlighting a slew of beloved Pokemon and bringing back what many old-school Pokémon loved best about the franchise: statistics! You know what I’m talking about, Pokemon players — the trading cards and video games are what made this franchise such a global phenomenon, and the new Detective Pikachu teaser does a great job of tapping into that. Watch the Detective Pikachu “audition” teaser below.

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detective pikachu poster

Rest your weary eyes from combing every single frame of the Detective Pikachu trailers to find your favorite Pokémon, as the latest international Detective Pikachu poster has them all gathered in one place. Kind of. About a dozen Pokémon populate the new Detective Pikachu poster, making it slightly easier to catch all the sightings — though I’m sure there are still hundreds more that we haven’t even spotted.

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detective pikachu tv spots

Can you flawlessly rap the iconic “PokeRap” that listed off all of the 150 original Pokemon? No? Me neither, though I used to because I was the coolest 1st grader in the world. But if Warner Bros. were to create a new PokeRap to include every single Pokemon that appears in the Detective Pikachu TV spots, it would probably take a full hour. The latest batch of Detective Pikachu TV spots are jam-packed with glimpses of beloved Pokemon, including Gyarados, Mewtwo, Eevee, and more that I don’t recognize because there have been five (!) generations of Pokemon since I last watched. Maybe we do need a new PokeRap after all.

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detective pikachu box office

Video game-related movies don’t tend to do so well at the box office. But Detective Pikachu might change all that. Early box office tracking for the comedy is strong, indicating audiences really want to see Ryan Reynolds as a crime-solving Pokémon. It probably helps that the movie actually looks surprisingly good, which I don’t think many of us were expecting. More on the Detective Pikachu box office below.

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detective pikachu tv spot

A new Detective Pikachu TV spot offers even more cute antics and glimpses of fan-favorite Pokemon. That includes a peek at the ghostly Pokemon Gengar, whose rotund shape and sinister grin have translated well to the big screen. As in it’ll freak you out just as much as he did when you were little.

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Danny DeVito Voicing Detective PIkachu

When it was announced that the first live-action Pokémon movie coming from Hollywood would be Detective Pikachu, fans were perplexed. They were even more surprised when they learned that Ryan Reynolds would be voicing the titular electrified pocket monster turned world class detective. That might be because many fans felt like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Danny DeVito would have been the perfect choice to take the role instead.

Funnily enough, the Batman Returns villain was considered for the role, and somewhere there’s footage of Danny DeVito’s voice coming out of Detective Pikachu’s mouth. Below, find out about the time when Danny DeVito voicing Detective Pikachu was almost a reality. Read More »

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detective pikachu trailer

Detective Pikachu is like no Pokemon ever was. But catching the culprit is going to be a real test even for this smart-talking, mystery-solving Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds stars in Detective Pikachu as the titular talking Pokemon who strikes up an alliance with the human Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), whose father has mysteriously vanished. Warner Bros. has dropped the latest Detective Pikachu trailer, which shows Detective Pikachu and Tim traveling far and wide to solve the case of Tim’s missing father.

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