While appearing at this year's Pokémon World Championships in Nashville, director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) talked about choosing the Pokemon that would best serve the story, and then bringing them to the 3D space of our own reality in the most believeable way possible.
"We’re using some of the best visual effects companies in the world to bring the characters to life," he said, according to IGN.
Interestingly, the method used to create Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was a big inspiration (not to mention reassurance) for the makers of Detective Pikachu.
“They’re incredibly real, you should think of it as the way [Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy character] Rocket Raccoon sits in the movie as if he’s really there," Letterman continued. "It’s that technology. The same group of people that worked on that, or worked on [The] Jungle Book. We’ve got the people on it that worked on Fantastic Beasts. They’re technically, some of the most high-end visual effects in the world. It’s completely photorealistic, like they are alive and in the movie.”
“I will say that it’s exactly how I wanted to see the Pokémon portrayed when I was a little kid,” added Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), who plays one of the movie's human characters.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu sleuths its way into theaters on May 10, 2019. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool 2) will be voicing the titular character, the member of a cast that also includes Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Carribean), and Ken Watanabe (Inception).
Given the recent tepid reception of The Happytime Murders, Detective Pikachu could be the genre-bending/spiritual Roger Rabbit noir follow-up that the world so desperately craves.