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Things We Saw Today: Detective Pikachu and Blade Runner 2049 Get The Mash-Up Trailer Treatment

Ever wanted to hear Detective Pikachu voiced with gravelly seriousness by Harrison Ford? Now you can in this witty combination of Detective Pikachu and Blade Runner 2049, courtesy of YouTuber Adam Butcher. The mash-up trailer brings together the worlds of Pokémon and Blade Runner, which already bear striking thematic similarities. Butcher uses Pikachu to stand-in as Ford’s Deckard, while Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is voiced by Ryan Gosling’s K.

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Butcher’s trailer cleverly uses CGI to insert Pokémon into Blade Runner‘s moody dystopian future, with a neon Pokémart sign, and a Tyrell Replicants poster in Tim’s room. The trailer leans into the film noir references present in both movies. After all, the Pokémon and the replicants share surprisingly similar positions in their respective societies. Maybe their respective universes aren’t so different? There’s plenty of fun easter eggs to be found in the mash-up, making it a treat for followers of either fandom.

(via Nerdist, image: screencap)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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