Detective Pikachu isn’t the only Pokémon movie with a funky use of CG coming out this year. Fans are also getting a new take on a Pokéclassic.
The Pokémon Company has released a new trailer for Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, the rapidly incoming latest entry in the vast franchise’s line of animated movies. It’s not actually a new title, but instead Pokémon pulling a Disney and doing a CG remake of one of its beloved back catalogue hits. In fact, it’s the most beloved: the very first Pokémon movie, released in Japan back in 1998 before heading West as Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.
Soundtracked by Rita Ora – another bizarre similarity Evolution has with Detective Pikachu, as the British songstress not only provided a track for that film’s soundtrack, but even had a cameo role as a scientist exploiting Mewtwo’s psychic powers as part of her Pokémon research – the trailer pretty much spoils the entire storyarc of the film. Trailers are often wont to do this of course, but hey, spoilers for a 20 year old move I guess! Still, it hits all the beats fans expect a remake of the first Pokémon film to do so. You’ve got Mewtwo, you’ve got clones, you’ve got crying Pikachu. What more could you want?
Probably less creepy CG Satoshi/Ash and friends, probably. People were alarmed by Detective Pikachu’s terrifyingly cute ‘realistic’ take on Pokémon earlier this year, but honestly, this movie seems like a living reminder that something more accurate to the original Pokémon artwork could come across as somehow even freakier.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is set to open in Japanese cinemas next week on July 12. An English language dub is set to release in the West later this year.