Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pokemon Live Action Movie - Or NOT?

I was watching upcoming 2012 movie trailers on YouTube and came across the Pokemon live action movie trailer!! I am always hesitant about live action films of popular animes, because it's hard to get it right - Hollywood has stuffed up quite a few. And so I was quite concerned about this one.

The pokemon live action film is called 'Pokémon Apokélypse'. The film is set a few years after the original anime series. Now, Pokemon battles have been outlawed due to animal rights and protection. But Pokemon battles are continuing in the underground scene. Gangsters want Ash and Pokemon to participate in match fixing but Ash refuses and this puts everyone close to Ash at Danger. Ash and Pikachu set out to save his friends and take on the gangsters.

The biggest twist of Pokemon Apokelypse is - this is a trailer for a non-existent film! So why have a movie trailer when you don't have a movie to promote? Well, Canadian filmmakers Kial Natale, Dylan Innes and Lee Majdoub wanted to make a fan film about Pokemon and turning its cute world in to a darker and tougher one.

The trailer took 2 years to complete and the trailer runs close to 3 minutes. It is an interesting and original idea, I admire their efforts in producing this film. The trailer has exceptional sound, accurate wardrobe and great editing. The 3D animation of the pokemon are pretty cool too.

3D Pikachu doesn't look like the fluffy and cute yellow friend that we all know from the anime series - here he looks a bit like a retired wrestler, worn out and doesn't care anymore.

The film was promoted through a viral campaign. Fans have praised this trailer and given thumbs up. Despite the positive feedback, the film makers don't intend to make a full length film.

What do you think of this trailer? Would you like to see the full feature film?

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