Pokémon fans who wanted to take a peek at the highly anticipated film “Detective Pikachu” got epically trolled by Warner Bros. with a fake full movie leak.
A feature-length video, which was made to appear like an illegal rip of the movie, was uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday, just days before the film’s worldwide release.
The lure of seeing the movie early (and for free) has got millions of fans checking out the “leak,” which turned out to be a brilliant marketing campaign by the studio.
While it is not the actual movie, the video is still undeniably entertaining as it is basically an hour and a half of Pikachu dancing to some ’80s workout music.
“Detective Pikachu” star Ryan Reynolds even pranked his followers on Twitter by posting a link of the “leaked screener” that bore his name.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019
Soon after the adorable dancing Pikachu went viral, netizens turned it into a meme by setting it to random songs, proving that this little Pikachu can dance to anything and everything from Beyoncé to BTS.
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
Pikachu but he’s dancing to Toxic by Britney Spears pic.twitter.com/lPfXKz3xFT
— Jarod🌷 (@Mousstery) May 8, 2019
Detective Pickachu x Beyoncé 💛⚡️ pic.twitter.com/88xy54YW8Y
— Your Favorite Anime Podcast (@gettinganimated) 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
— Rikiwi (@dejaboo67) May 8, 2019
— ☕️💫. //slow art (@btspresso_) May 8, 2019
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) May 8, 2019
An eagle-eyed fan also noticed that some of Pikachu’s moves very closely resembled an iconic Key & Peele sketch:
Detective Pikachu recreated my favorite Key & Peele sketch and my jaw is on the floor pic.twitter.com/1OKjz9Urgq
— 🏳️🌈Lulu🏳️🌈💐🍔⚡💪 (@luulubuu) May 8, 2019
The discovery prompted this hilarious exchange between Reynolds and Peele on Twitter:
Agree. Been trying to get this down since yesterday.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 8, 2019