Detective Pikachu (movie)

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Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu
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Japan May 3, 2019
United States May 10, 2019
Home video
Japan N/A
United States N/A
English themes
Opening None
Ending Red & Blue Theme
Carry On
Japanese themes
Opening None
Ending Red & Blue Theme
Carry On
United States PG
Great Britain PG
Ireland PG
Canada PG
Quebec G
Japan G
Germany 6
Australia PG
New Zealand PG

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu (Japanese: 名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu) is a live-action Pokémon movie focusing on the character Detective Pikachu, who was first introduced in the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name. It was released in Japanese theaters on May 3, 2019 and in North American theaters on May 10, 2019. The film was produced by Legendary Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. outside of Japan and Mainland China, where it was distributed by Toho and Legendary East, respectively.

The movie was first revealed in July 2016. Filming took place in London from January to May 2018. The logo and title for were revealed during the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Championships on August 24, 2018.

Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu is the first live-action film in the Pokémon franchise, in addition to CGI-animated Pokémon. The movie features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, and Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens.

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The story begins when ace private eye 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.


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After his father, Harry Goodman, disappears in a past automobile accident, Tim Goodman travels to Ryme City to look for clues, and meets the gruff, talkative Detective Pikachu, who was partnered with Tim's father. They team up to search for him, along with solving other mysteries across Ryme City. Along the way, they encounter Lucy Stevens, an up-and-coming reporter who assists them in their attempt to find out what happened to Harry. The investigation leads them to discover the existence of the dangerous R gas, which strips away a Pokémon's higher cognitive functions and reduces them to mindless rage. It is eventually revealed that the true villain of the story is Howard Clifford, the founder of Ryme City, who wanted to capture Mewtwo so as to use its powers to merge Pokémon and people together. It is revealed that Harry was working with Clifford to help capture Mewtwo, but ultimately betrayed him due to moral reservations about the project. Though Clifford attempted to murder him using his squadron of Greninja, a grateful Mewtwo saved his life by merging his soul with that of his partner Pikachu and sending him to find his son. After defeating Clifford and saving Mewtwo, as well as the population of Ryme City, Mewtwo reverses the merger and Harry and his son finally reconcile. Tim decides to stay in Ryme City to live with his father and his Pikachu, now an ordinary Pikachu once again.

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Detective Pikachu Ryan Reynolds (voice) Great Detective Pikachu Hidetoshi Nishijima 名探偵ピカチュウ 西島秀俊
Tim Goodman Justice Smith Tim Goodman Ryōma Takeuchi ティム・グッドマン 竹内涼真
Lucy Stevens Kathryn Newton Lucy Marie Iitoyo ルーシー 飯豊まりえ
Lieutenant Hide Yoshida Ken Watanabe Assistant Inspector Yoshida Ken Watanabe ヨシダ警部補 渡辺謙
Harry Goodman Ryan Reynolds Harry Goodman ハリー・グッドマン
Jack Karan Soni Jack Yūki Kaji ジャック 梶裕貴
Sebastian Omar Chaparro Sebastian Kenta Miyake セバスチャン 三宅健太
Howard Clifford Bill Nighy Howard Hiroshi Naka ハワード 中博史
Roger Clifford Chris Geere Roger Shin'ichirō Miki ロジャー 三木眞一郎
Ms. Norman Suki Waterhouse
Dr. Ann Laurent Rita Ora Dr. Laurent Megumi Hayashibara ローラン博士 林原めぐみ
DJ Diplo DJ Kaito Ishikawa DJ 石川界人


Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu
  • Sarah Halley Finn
Costume designer
  • Suzie Harman
Film editors
Production designer
  • Nigel Phelps
Director of photography
Executive producers
  • Alexandra Mendes
Visual effects


Main article: Pokémon Detective Pikachu Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by Henry Jackman. The movie features the Pokémon Red and Blue title theme under the title Red & Blue Theme, Carry On by Kygo and Rita Ora, and ELECTRICITY by the Honest Boyz featuring Lil Uzi Vert over the ending credits. The songs Le Fantôme de Saint Bechet and Payin No Mind by Glenn Crytzer, Gotta Catch 'Em All (Pokémon Theme), Jigglypuff by Rachel Lillis, Goh by What So Not & Skrillex featuring KLP, and Kyoto Mist by David Wahler were featured during the film itself.

The songs Happy Together by The Turtles, Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler, and What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong were also featured in trailers for the film. In the Japanese versions of trailers featuring Holding Out for a Hero, the 1984 cover by Miki Asakura is used in its place.


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Date Locations
May 3, 2019 Japan
May 8, 2019 Belgium, France, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland (French)
May 9, 2019 Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Germany, Georgia, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Laos, Italy, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland (German, Italian), Taiwan, Slovakia, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uruguay
May 10, 2019 Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Mainland China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, India, Ireland, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Norway, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Spain (Basque, Spanish), Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam
May 15, 2019 Trinidad and Tobago
May 16, 2019 Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia
May 17, 2019 Bangladesh, South Africa
May 31, 2019 Poland
June 7, 2019 Spain (Catalan), Romania
June 13, 2019 Bahrain, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria
July 10, 2019 Egypt


  • The rights to distribute the film outside Japan were initially won by Universal Pictures, but were eventually taken over by Warner Bros., a distributor of previous Pokémon movies.
  • This is the first Pokémon film to be officially rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America. All previous films were either rated G or not rated.
  • As of 2019, this film has the highest rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes of any Pokémon film, with a "Fresh" rating of 65%.
  • This is one of two Pokémon-related movies to be released in 2019, with the other being the twenty-second anime movie. Coincidentally, both movies prominently feature a Mewtwo and heavily use CGI.
  • While the movie takes liberties with the original plot of the Detective Pikachu video game, it does reveal the ultimate fate of Tim's father, which was not addressed in the source material.
  • The Jigglypuff shown in the coffee shop wielding a microphone/marker is a reference to the Jigglypuff in the Pokémon anime.
  • The Greninja uses water swords just like the one in Super Smash Bros. does.
  • The gangster movie playing on the TV when Tim enters Harry's apartment for the first time is the movie that Kevin McCallister watches in the 1991 film Home Alone. The movie in question, titled "Angels with Filthy Souls", is not a real one, and was made specially for use in Home Alone.
  • When attempting to calm Psyduck, Detective Pikachu yells "Serenity Now!". This is a reference to the 1997 Seinfeld episode "The Serenity Now", in which Frank Costanza is told to yell the phrase whenever he is angry, in order to lower his blood pressure.
  • This is the first Pokémon product to be dubbed into Flemish Dutch. All previous Pokémon products that were released in Dutch in Belgium used the dub from the Netherlands instead.

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