Detective Pikachu "Casting Call" Trailer | More Pokemon Revealed

Mewtwo in Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Image via The Verge

Ryan Reynolds shows off a new trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, showcasing several new Pokémon.

A new trailer for the highly anticipated live-action Detective Pikachu has been unveiled. The trailer is called the “Casting Call” trailer, and it shows the different Pokémon in the film auditioning. At the start of the trailer, the Pokémon’s name will appear next to the Pokémon, along with a small tidbit about it. Whitney Houston’s "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" is playing in the background, and it works really well in the trailer.

I’ll be going over the new Pokémon that the trailer has shown. With that said, I already wrote in length about Pokémon that have already been revealed for the movie. I already wrote about Jigglypuff, Aipom, Charizard, Psyduck, Snubbull, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Ludicolo, Charmander, Loudred, and, of course, Pikachu. Read this piece I did on the Chinese poster for Detective Pikachu.

For this piece, I will only go over new Pokémon that I haven’t already written before.

First Pokémon I will write about is Pancham, the pure fighting type Pokémon. Pancham is the baby panda bear looking Pokémon and has been seen in previous trailers. Pancham first appeared in Pokémon X and Y, the sixth generation of Pokémon games.

Dodrio is the three-headed bird Pokémon walking parallel of Venusaur. Dodrio was also shown in previous trailers and is one of the original 151 Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue. Dodrio, oddly enough, is never shown with wings, yet it can still learn fly.

Venusaur, the reptilian Pokémon with a giant flower on its back, is shown walking parallel of Dodrio. Venusaur is the final evolved form of Bulbasaur. It is one of the original 151.

Eevee is the brown fox-like Pokémon that appears right after Dodrio and Venusaur. Eevee is one of the original 151 and was the star of the recent Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee game. Eevee is known for its capability to evolve into many different Pokémon. Currently, Eevee can evolve into eight different Pokémon.

After Squirtle’s audition, you see a scene with Lickitung. Lickitung is a normal type Pokémon that is known for having a chubby body and an extremely long tong. It is also one of the original 151.

After a brief look of Bulbasaur, we see a scene with a Cubone getting capture with a Poké Ball. This is the first time we see a Poké ball, let alone seeing a Pokémon getting captured. Cubone is a ground type Pokémon, known for its tragic backstory. It wears the skull of its dead mother, which is sad. Cubone is one of the original 151.

After seeing Cubone get capture, the next scene shows Eevee evolving into a Flareon in a mysterious office. Flareon is a fire type Pokémon and was one of three Pokémon that Eevee could evolve into in the original Pokémon Red and Blue games. Eevee needs a fire stone to evolve into Flareon.

In the office that Eevee evolves, there are statues of Arceus, Dialga, and Palkia right behind it. These Pokémon are considered to be the creators of the Pokémon universe. Arceus is the called the creator of the universe. Dialga is the ruler of time, while Palkia is the ruler of space. All three Pokémon were introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the fourth generations of Pokémon games.

The first Pokemon shown after Flareon is Pangoro, Pancham’s evolved form. Pangoro is a big panda looking Pokémon, with a stick in its mouth. It is a fighting and dark type and first appeared in X and Y.

After Pangoro, Emolga can be seen in the audition room. Emolga is the electric and flying type Pokémon based on a flying squirrel. It has yellow cheek sacks similar to Pikachu’s red cheeks. It first appeared in Pokémon Black and White, the fifth generation of Pokémon games.

Detective Pikachu

At the minute mark, there are flashes of many different Pokémon that are quickly shown. They are very hard to see, so prepare to pause the trailer at the right times. Here’s the order of how they appear after Loudred (the big Pokémon with speakers as ears).

First is Purrloin, the purple cat Pokémon. It’s a dark type Pokémon, and it was first introduced in Pokémon Black and White.

After Purrloin is Rufflet, a baby eagle looking Pokémon, it is a normal and flying type Pokémon. Rufflet has actually been seen in other trailers. Just like Purrloin, Rufflet first appeared in Pokémon Black and White.

Next is Sneasel, a bipedal weasel with sharp claws and a red left ear. It is a dark and ice type Pokémon, and it made its grand debut in Pokémon Gold and Silver, the second generation of Pokémon games.

After Sneasel is my favorite Pokémon ever; Torterra, the giant tortoise with a tree on its back, Torterra is the final evolved form of Turtwig, one of the starters Pokémon from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. I am extremely happy to see my giant tortoise make it in the film, even if it is just cameo.

Then after Torterra is Treecko, another personal favorite. Treecko is a green gecko and is the grass starter for the third generations of Pokémon games. It first appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

After Treecko you see Kingler, the crab Pokémon. Kingler is a water type Pokémon and is one of the original 151.

Towards the very end of the trailer, you see the titular Detective Pikachu confront a Magikarp. Magikarp is a fish Pokémon that is notorious for how useless it is; even the trailer points out how completely useless it is. Despite its pointlessness, Magikarp evolves into Gyarados, a sea serpent Pokémon that is known to be one of the scariest Pokémon out there. Gyarados has been shown in previous trailers, possibly hinting that the same Magikarp will evolve into Gyarados. Both Magikarp and Gyarados were part of the original 151.

Finally, at the very end of the trailer, we see Mewtwo in some sort of container, filled with some kind of liquid. Mewtwo is number 150 in the Pokédex, and he is considered to be one of the most powerful Pokémon ever to exist. He is a clone of Mew, a legendary Psychic-type Pokémon.

This appears to be Mewtwo’s year, as he is will also star in the upcoming CGI film, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

That’s all the new Pokémon introduced in the “Casting Call” trailer. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is expected to release on May 10 in the United States. Listen to more Whitney Houston to get yourself more hype!

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