A new Pokémon: Detective Pikachu poster has been unveiled, showing the live-action Pokémon in greater detail.
Detective Pikachu has been accumulating a lot of hype these last few months. Not only is the film based on the super popular media franchise, but the trailers also make the film seem like an adequate motion picture to watch with the whole family.
This latest poster for Detective Pikachu is for the Chinese markets. While the eponymous Detective Pikachu is in front and center, behind him are a variety Pokémon that many fans will recognize. However, for those who are less knowledgeable, I’ll be sharing which are the Pokémon present in the poster. I’ll also go over which games these Pokémon first appeared in. So let’s get started.
Detective Pikachu needs no explanation. He is the mascot of the Pokémon franchise, famous for his starring role in the Pokémon anime. Pikachu is one of the original 151 Pokémon introduced in the first Pokémon games, Red and Blue.
In the middle of all the Pokémon are the two human leads, played by Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton respectively.
On Smith’s left is a big, orange lizard with wings. This iconic Pokémon is Charizard. Charizard was the face of the Pokémon Red cover art and is well-known for having a significant role in the Pokémon anime, just like Pikachu.
Directly below Charizard, the strange creature with a duckbill and lily pad hat is Ludicolo. They are a water/grass Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the third generation of Pokémon games.
On Ludicolo’s right and below Smith’s character is the abomination called Mr. Mime. Mr. Mime, as its name suggests, is the mime Pokémon. The Pokémon has grown a reputation for how creepy it looks, especially in the Detective Pikachu trailers. Mr. Mime is one of the original 151 Pokémon introduced in Red and Blue.
Directly below Ludicolo is a blue turtle. This blue turtle is the Water-type Pokémon Squirtle. Squirtle was one of the more popular Pokémon in the original Red and Blue games; they are one of three starter Pokémon that the player can pick in the very beginning.
On Squirtle’s right is Bulbasaur, the Grass-type Pokémon. Bulbasaur was another started Pokémon in Red and Blue.
On Bulbasaur’s right is Aipom, the monkey Pokémon with a hand as a tail. Aipom first appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver, the second generation.
On Mr. Mime’s right, and slightly above Detective Pikachu is Snubbull. Snubbull looks a pink bulldog that walks on two legs. They first appeared in Gold and Silver.
The orange lizard Pokémon that is behind Pikachu’s tail is Charmander, the third starter Pokémon in Red and Blue. Charmander is a fire Pokémon, and they evolve into the before mention Charizard.
The Pokémon behind Charmander, the one with the huge mouth, is called Loudred. Loudred is known for the very loud noises it makes. It first appeared in Ruby and Sapphire.
On Charmander’s right and in front of Loudred is Jigglypuff. Jigglypuff is the balloon Pokémon, capable of inflating and deflating. It is one of the original 151 Pokémon in Red and Blue and was famous for its prominent role in the first season of the Pokémon anime. Jigglypuff, along with Pikachu, has also been a playable character in every Super Smash Bros. game.
On Jigglypuff’s lower right is Morelull, and it is the youngest Pokémon on the poster. Morelull is mushroom Pokémon, and are also a part fairy. They first appeared in the most recent generations of Pokémon games, generation VII, AKA Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Right behind Morelull and on Jigglypuff’s upper right is Psyduck. Psyduck is the psychic duck Pokémon. They are famous for their prominent role in the first season of the Pokémon anime. They were one of the signature Pokémon of Misty, one of the leads in the first season. Psyduck is another one of the original 151 from Red and Blue.
Finally, the Pokémon behind Psyduck and on Kathryn Newton’s right is Snorlax. Snorlax is called the sleep Pokémon, as it spends most of its time sleeping. When it isn’t sleeping, it eats, which explains why it is so huge. Snorlax is another one of the original 151 Pokémon.
The poster shows off the Pokémon in all their live-action goodness. This is also just a fraction of the Pokémon shown off in the trailers. The trailers also show off Mewtwo, Greninja, and many more. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is expected to release on May 10 in the United States.