Excitement for Detective Pikachu is reaching a fever pitch as fans eagerly await the arrival of the film on May 10.
Given how desperate they are to watch the movie, star Ryan Reynolds must have realized how easy it would be to troll them in the most epic way possible.
On Tuesday, May 7, a full three days before the film was supposed to be released, Reynolds tweeted out something that certainly looked like a link to the full, leaked movie...
Um.... Attn @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros https://t.co/UF7qYtKOYV— Ryan Reynolds (@Ryan Reynolds)1557267303.0
@VancityReynolds @warnerbros oops— Detective Leakachu (@Detective Leakachu)1557271009.0
Unfortunately (or, perhaps, more fortunately than ever) Reynolds's link did not take anyone to the real Detective Pikachu movie.
What it DID supply was an almost equally valuable feature-length video of Detective Pikachu dancing to 80's-style synth music.
Detective Pikachu pulled off a pretty good prank where it looked like the entire movie had been uploaded to YouTube… https://t.co/1HGURSikKg— Ivonne (@Ivonne)1557313116.0
The video was high quality by any rating system one would care to use.
Watchable. A: 7 V: 8 M: 6 https://t.co/OQIzN1MWeM— Richard Lai (@Richard Lai)1557282945.0
i need fifty bajillion .gifs of detective pikachu dancing i don't even know when i'll use 'em the video is just s… https://t.co/eR3nCTU1BU— Kimlinh Tran (@Kimlinh Tran)1557293360.0
The footage only made fans more excited for the upcoming movie.
They uploaded a video of Detective Pikachu dancing for 1 hour 42 mins and it's truly the content we deserve on a We… https://t.co/YoJNmKf7uX— Bea Cupin (@Bea Cupin)1557293746.0
imagine being the animator who went to work one day and was told "you're going to animate Pikachu dancing to aerobics music" 😌— jessica a. m. 🌼🌼🌼 (@jessica a. m. 🌼🌼🌼)1557294077.0
Listen if I walk into the theatre and it’s 102 minutes of Pikachu dancing it’d still be worth every penny and I’d see it again— 🔆 Honey @ Fanime&Colossal! 🔆 (@🔆 Honey @ Fanime&Colossal! 🔆)1557278875.0
People couldn't stand how cute the CGI-animated Pikachu looked!
@VancityReynolds @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros I love the part where Pikachu is dancing https://t.co/e5IYbTo9ti— 🤟🏼 (@🤟🏼)1557267606.0
that video of detective pikachu dancing is making me lose my mind because of how cute it is i can't look away from his tiny paws— lily 🌼 (@lily 🌼)1557274893.0
i want to hug cgi bikachu so bad.... he looks so soft i could just squeeze the stuffin outta his cheeks— lily 🌼 (@lily 🌼)1557275491.0
The video even spawned its own new meme: making Pikachu dance to other music!
here's 41 seconds of Detective Pikachu dancing to Roman Holiday at hyperspeed https://t.co/pmNEv6FdbX— Adam Moussa (@Adam Moussa)1557328757.0
Pikachu but he's dancing to Toxic by Britney Spears https://t.co/lPfXKz3xFT— Jarod🌷 (@Jarod🌷)1557313350.0
I hate that this is the music I hear when I see pikachu dancing https://t.co/SvoJXkAZo0— Film Feed (@Film Feed)1557326189.0
i made pikachu dance to treasure https://t.co/ul9DcpgGZX— 홍중’s juella✨ (@홍중’s juella✨)1557314654.0
Some of the music choices were obscure at best...
Pikachu dancing to SHINee’s ‘321’ passing through your tl 💕 (Cr: 6v6team) #샤이니 #シャイニー #SHINee https://t.co/zVgVQ92P5X— .탬덕 ダイヤモンド テム’ 💕 (@.탬덕 ダイヤモンド テム’ 💕)1557325512.0
Pikachu has great taste in music!! What a king!!! https://t.co/DhnbHnKxjG— Jordan (@Jordan)1557332020.0
If the Detective Pikachu movie is half as good as this promo, people are not going to be disappointed.
how can you not love pikachu? after seeing this precious video https://t.co/zWXuIKLySQ— Sunny (@Sunny)1557322349.0
I watched the dancing Pikachu for 20 min just for the parts where he closes his eyes. https://t.co/JHCccyLGTW— Daniel Chong (@Daniel Chong)1557332231.0
Dancing Pikachu has become one of my favorite things now. https://t.co/FEuMrKxjTa— Living Ichigo (@Living Ichigo)1557320285.0
May 10th can't come fast enough!
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