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theguardian - 26 days ago

Detective Pikachu: Why fans are so upset about the new Pokémon film

The great Pikachu reduced to what looks like a hamster? Jigglypuff looking like a wet teddy bear? It’s easy to see why the trailer for this new adaptation has caused controversyNo Hollywood adaptation of a childhood favourite ever quite lives up to expectations. But the live action Pokémon: Detective Pikachu film has gone too far, causing controversy, shock and deep sorrow among longtime Pokémon fans. Did director Rob Letterman (he of Shark Tale and Monsters Vs Aliens) really need to reduce these previously magnificent characters to the status of common household pets?The great Pikachu – the best friend of Pokémon’s main protagonist Ash; the only Pokémon to have starred in every episode, film and special version of the fra the Pokémon that brings Ash back from the dead with his tears in the first film – has been reimagined as something resembling a hamster. A hamster! The lesser of all rodents, with a lifespan of less than five years on average, that commonly meets its fate by being dropped from a height. Truly the worst kind of pet. Continue reading...

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