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Detective Pikachu’s dancing goes with everything

Ryan Reynolds’ posted some great footage, and everyone’s turning it into memes.


Joseph Knoop

Internet Culture

Detective Pikachu is almost here, and Pokémon fans are being treated to a feature-length meme. 

A spiking dancing Pikachu meme began on Tuesday when a Twitter account named @InspectrPikachu advertised “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu — FULL MOVIE.” That account was retweeted by Detective Pikachu star Ryan Reynolds, who tagged the official Detective Pikachu account.

It turns out the “leak” was just a cleverly done marketing stunt by Warner Bros. and the Detective Pikachu team. The video starts off convincingly enough with a short montage of actor Justice Smith walking around the pokémon-filled Ryme City but quickly segues into an hour-and-a-half of Pikachu dancing his heart out to an ’80s-esque synth beat.

It’s a fun little homage to that infamous 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championship dance, but now folks are applying it to darn near anything with a 4/4 beat.

Of course, there’s this gem that riffs on another ’80s classic: “Take on Me” by A-ha.

There’s also just a ton of western and Korean pop music being layered over Pikachu, and we’re not complaining.

Here’s Pikachu dancing to the theme song from Devil May Cry 5.

Detective Pikachu is out on Thursday so make sure to check out Daily Dot’s review, plus our favorite Pokémon memes. If you’re a Pokémon Go fan, you also won’t want to miss out on the movie tie-in event.



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