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You’re forgiven if you believed that Detective Pikachu was simply one large joke when it was initially revealed, today that the motion picture is ultimately right here, we can validate that Detective Pikachu is a lot more than a doubtful cash-in on among the largest computer game franchise business of all-time.
Yes, Detective Pikachu is a strong standalone motion picture, however it best functions as a homage to the fantastic globe of Pokemon in addition to the followers that assisted transform a little Game Boy video game right into a sensation the similarity which no one had actually ever before rather seen prior to. Detective Pikachu is an aesthetic banquet that will certainly bewilder also one of the most hardcore of Pokemon followers as they attempt to recognize every recommendation, callback, as well as Easter eggs.
That brings us to the issue at hand. See, Detective Pikachu was basically made to be the biggest, most pricey, as well as commonly one of the most excellent Pokemon easter egg that you can perhaps think of. Since it’s mosting likely to take a fair bit of time to capture ’em all, our preliminary Easter egg checklist is composed primarily of several of the motion picture’s most brilliant referrals in addition to things that you might have really missed out on. As constantly, however, make sure to connect to us in the remarks listed below as well as on Twitter after you see the motion picture to make sure that we can upgrade our checklist of easter eggs with the ones we missed out on.
With that off the beaten track, allow’s play an intricate video game of “Who’s That Pokemon?”
Cubone Cries Over His Dead Mother
Early in the movie, we see a Cubone standing in the center of the area weeping. While the precise factor isn’t described, it’s possibly since Cubones use the heads of their dead moms on their heads (seriously). They’ve been understood to grieve their moms by spending time midtown on their own as well as having a great cry. It’s all remarkably dark, as well as we can see why the motion picture doesn’t trouble discussing this extensive.
Famous Home Alone Noir Movie “Angels with Filthy Souls” Is Playing on a TELEVISION
When Tim strolls right into his dad’s workplace, there’s a film having fun on the TELEVISION that Tim describes as an old investigative motion picture. It in fact seems like the motion picture his dad was seeing is Angels with Filthy Souls, an apology of the motion picture Angels with Dirty Faces that initially showed up in Home Alone. We’re not also mosting likely to dive down the bunny opening that is the shared Home Alone/Pokemon cosmos.
Jigglypuff Puts a Patron to Sleep at a Diner
During the restaurant scene, we see a Jigglypuff vocal singing right into a microphone at a table where a male is resting comfortably. Those that aren’t acquainted with Pokemon might simply think he’s just tired, however those that understand the franchise business (or a minimum of play Smash Bros.) understand that Jigglypuff’s vocal singing has the capacity to place individuals to rest.
The All-Night Diner Is Named after Noctowl as well as Features a Neon Sign Version of Him
Speaking of that restaurant, an outside shot discloses that its name is Noctowl. This is plainly a recommendation to the Gen-2 Pokemon of the very same name. It’s rather the proper name taking into consideration that Noctowl is a nighttime Pokemon.
An Old-School Boxing Poster Showcases Two Fighting Pokemon
There’s no lack of posters in Detective Pikachu that reference something from the video game, however this is especially brilliant. In the restaurant, we see what appears like a traditional boxing promotion poster for a fight in between what seems a Machamp as well as a Primeape. Considering that these are 2 dealing with Pokemon, it’s a quite suitable face-off.
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It turns out that diner is a treasure trove of easter eggs. When Tim is at the bar, you can see a neon sign in the background for something called Berry Juice. That’s a reference to a drink introduced in Gen-2 that can heal Pokemon.
Various Versions of Pokemon Themes Are Used for Commercials and Muzak
If you can’t help but feel that you’ve heard some of that background music that plays during the film, it’s because most of those songs are variations of various Pokemon themes during the game. They’re particularly noticeable during the scene when Tim watches a video on the train and when Howard and Roger Clifford are shooting a commercial.
There’s a Binder Full of Pokemon Trading Cards in Tim’s Room
When Pikachu is rifling through Tim’s childhood room, he starts rapidly turning the pages of a binder sitting on a desk. We get a brief peek inside the binder which reveals that it’s full of Pokemon Trading Cards. It appears that Tim was one of the many who spent much time and money collecting as many cards as possible.
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Pokemon Red and Green/Black and White Posters in Tim’s Room
There are quite a few Pokemon-related posters in Tim’s childhood room, but there are two that stand out above the rest. One shows a red and a green Pokemon seemingly facing off while the other features a black and a white Pokemon doing the same. These are almost certainly a reference to Pokemon Red and Green (or Emerald and Ruby) as well as Pokemon Black and White.
Pikachu References Seinfeld by Saying “Serenity Now” to Psyduck
When Psyduck is about to lose his mind, Pikachu attempts to calm him down by saying (among other things) “serenity now.” This is a reference to “The Serenity Now” episode of Seinfeld in which George’s father is advised to say “serenity now” whenever he gets angry and feels his blood pressure rising.
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When Tim and Pikachu wander into the underground Pokemon fight club that doubles as a pretty hopping night club, be sure to check out the speakers in the room. They’re actually a Pokemon named Loudred that uses its ears as loudspeakers.
Missing Pokemon on Posters Appear to Be at The Underground Fight Club
Throughout Detective Pikachu, we see an unusual number of missing posters for various Pokemon. While the film doesn’t spend much time directly addressing the cause of these posters, it’s probably not a coincidence that we see many of the Pokemon featured on these posters hanging around the club.
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Magikarp Uses Splash Attack During Escape
During that same underground fight club scene, we watch as the Pokemon go crazy after being exposed to the mysterious R gas. During the chaos that follows, we watch as the glass on a Magikarp’s tank is broken and he falls out. In the process, he splashes some water on some nearby Pokemon. This is likely a reference to Magikarp’s infamously weak splash attack.
R Is Likely a Reference to Team Rocket
One of the key plot points in Detective Pikachu involves a substance referred to as R that causes Pokemon to lose their minds. It’s likely that the R is a reference to Team Rocket, an evil faction that has a tendency to brand many things with the same letter.
Mewtwo Escaped from Kanto 20 Years Ago (Around the Time of Pokemon’s Release)
At one point, we learn that Mewtwo made it to the world of Detective Pikachu after he escaped the Kanto region about 20 years ago. This is almost certainly a reference to the original games which took place in the Kanto region, introduced Mewtwo to the series, and were released a little over 20 years ago.
Balloons Full of Gas at the Parade Like in Tim Burton’s Batman
Howard Clifford’s evil plot involves releasing the dangerous R gas from parade balloons during a celebration. This might be a callback to Tim Burton’s Batman, which features the Joker utilizing the exact same tactic. Unfortunately, nobody pulls a comically large revolver out of their pants in this movie.
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The Pikachu Balloon Looks Like the Same One from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
You’re not really a pop culture icon until you’ve got your own balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and sure enough, Pikachu has his own. It looks like the producers either borrowed that balloon or at least borrowed its design as the balloon in Detective Pikachu is a dead ringer for it.
Snorlax Sleeps in the Street to Block Progress
An early shot of Ryme City reveals a Snorlax sleeping in the middle of a street forcing drivers to move around him. What initially seems like a throwaway joke is actually a pretty clever reference to the many Pokemon games which require players to navigate around a Snorlax that is blocking their progress in some way.
Howard Clifford Has Evolutionary Stones in His Office
Most of Howard Clifford’s office is a treasure trove of references, but there are a couple that especially stand out. The first involves some stones that we see sitting on one of his tables. While no direct reference to them is made, it’s easy to guess that these are evolutionary stones used to evolve certain Pokemon in the games.
Howard Clifford’s Office Is Decorated With Legendary Pokemon Fossils
Staying in Clifford’s office, be sure to take a closer look at those skeletons behind Howard Clifford’s desk. It certainly seems like they’re fossils of the legendary Pokemon Dialga, Palkia, and Arceus. That’s quite the impressive collection considering that these are some of the oldest Pokemon in existence and that Arceus is believed to be the creator of the Pokemon universe. Of course, it’s always possible they are fakes.
In one of Detective Pikachu’s funniest fanboy moments, we watch as Pikachu wanders along mournfully singing a song. That song is none other than the theme song from the English version of the original Pokemon animated series.
Lucy Wears a Slightly Modified Pokemon Trainer Outfit
Later in the movie, we see Lucy wearing an outfit that looks surprisingly similar to the classic Pokemon trainer look. Granted, it does look like she’s modified it slightly to look a little more modern.
Lucy Has a Spoink as a Dashboard Accessory on Her Car
It’s nearly impossible to call out every Pokemon featured in the film, but this appearance is particularly clever. When Lucy gets out of her car during the parade, we can just see what appears to be a Spoink on her dashboard. We’re guessing it’s not actually a live Pokemon, but this bouncing creature’s design would make it the perfect accessory.
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Unown’s Alphabet Appears Throughout the Film
It doesn’t seem like any of the incredibly rare Pokemon known as Unowns appear in Detective Pikachu, but they do make their presence felt. These Pokemon, whose shapes form a mysterious alphabet, can be seen on some signs throughout the movie, and one of them even appears on a shirt that Tim wears.
Lucy’s Psyduck Is a Callback to the Pokemon Animated Series
Fans of the Pokemon animated series may experience deja vu after learning that Lucy Stevens has a Psyduck. Maybe that’s because Misty’s most famous Pokemon in the animated series was a Psyduck that usually gave her quite a bit of trouble.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.