northo Hollywood's adaptation of a childhood favorite always lives up to expectations. But the live-action Pokémon trailer: Detective Pikachu has gone too far, causing controversy, commotion and deep sadness among Pokémon fans like me. Did director Rob Letterman (from Shark Tale and Monsters Vs Aliens) really need to reduce these previously magnificent characters to the status of common pets?
The great Pikachu, the best friend of the main protagonist of Pokémon, Ash. The only Pokémon that has starred in all the episodes, movies and special versions of the franchise; The Pokémon that brings to Ash of the death with its tears in the first film, has been reimagined like something similar to a hamster. A hamster! The smallest of all rodents, with a lifespan of less than five years on average, which commonly meets its fate when falling from a height. Truly the worst type of pet.
Another of the creatures of the Pokémon world, Jigglypuff, known for its pulp and soft pink skin, is wrong. Fans are discussing whether they should have fur or something, but in any case, it looks difficult. Like a teddy bear that has gone through washing, or a stressed cat. The filmmakers have managed to take a Pokémon that is literally born of happiness (Jigglypuff evolves from Igglybuff when he becomes happy enough) and makes it a cross between Pat Butcher and a tired tribute to Elvis.
The wonder of the Pokémon is that they are creatures bigger than life, magical and mysterious with which our imagination can go crazy. That's why no one has complained about the big-screen version of Bulbasaur, the Pokémon creature, which is still quite out of this world in the trailer; and why Charizard, who could be compared more closely to a dinosaur or a dragon in the trailer, rather than any creature that currently roams the Earth, has caused far less outrage than the others. Maybe all the reincarnations of our favorite childhood characters are doomed to fail because they never fulfill our imagination, but Pokémon generally escapes this fate: it has never tried to be realistic in the first place.