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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.
The hero the world needs..... I'm impressed how well this song works with Pikachu dancing.— WheelchairGX (@WheelchairG1993) May 8, 2019
Excellent job trolling the internet #DetectivePikachu that was very impressive and I loved every second of it pic.twitter.com/sOlTAA8n2k
Of course, there’s this gem that riffs on another ’80s classic: “Take on Me” by A-ha.
I hate that this is the music I hear when I see pikachu dancing pic.twitter.com/sZYQ3Zq9An— KAYCEE @ TCAF. Now with CHAOTIC ENERGY (@zigstripes) May 8, 2019
There’s also just a ton of western and Korean pop music being layered over Pikachu, and we’re not complaining.
Oh man the Detective Pikachu movie is looking really good already pic.twitter.com/PZvdgRXjhD— Coco 💙 #WaitingForWendy (@cocokiitie) May 8, 2019
#1 Old Town Road - Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus pic.twitter.com/m3m0QSEWlv— detective pikachu dancing to (@dpikachudancing) May 8, 2019
The clip of Detective Pikachu dancing can literally go well with any 80's pop song and I love it. pic.twitter.com/XgUPYRKIPr— Captain Kiwi (@cappnkiiwii) May 8, 2019
the leak video of Detective Pikachu shows the most exciting scene of the movie pic.twitter.com/RfYSMEo5Xv— かめりあ @4/28M3第一展示場Q15b (@cametek) May 8, 2019
I hate that this is the music I hear when I see pikachu dancing pic.twitter.com/SvoJXkAZo0— Film Feed (@FiImFeed) May 8, 2019
i made pikachu dance to treasure pic.twitter.com/ul9DcpgGZX— 홍중’s juella✨ (@atzhjoong) May 8, 2019
Here’s Pikachu dancing to the theme song from Devil May Cry 5.
Pikachu pulled his Devil Trigger. pic.twitter.com/0h9lIofL54— Pablo (@Pauvlychenko) May 8, 2019
pikachu dancing, but it's old town road pic.twitter.com/3R8z9OJVxS— heath (@heathdwilliams) May 8, 2019
pikachu! the only center ever! yalls faves could never! pic.twitter.com/ISw6cKemiy— quill (@se_ungyouns) May 8, 2019
the music i heard when i see pikachu dancing pic.twitter.com/89ckh0O0Kb— dujun loyalist (@jaljayobaby) May 8, 2019
Dancing Pikachu Taking over for the 99 and the 2000. pic.twitter.com/WqD7piWVPC— Joshua "Momentai" Knighten (@KhakiBlueSocks) May 8, 2019
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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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.