Ryan Reynolds has shared some further insight into the voice he originally wanted to do for Pikachu in the new Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu.
He told Collider that he thought about making Pikachu sound like a “hardened” detective from Brooklyn to make him sound like what people might recognize as a detective’s voice. But the movie producers told him, “Just do Ryan Reynolds,” and that was that.
We’ve seen Detective Pikachu, and Reynolds definitely nailed it in regards to his voice-acting performance as Pikachu. He is charismatic, silly, and emotional where it suits, and the end result is Reynolds’ performance being one of the strongest elements of the film.
Also in the interview, Reynolds talked about a potential Detective Pikachu sequel. He said, “The sequel doesn’t even have to have detective pikachu in it. The Pokemon universe is pretty friggin expansive. They could do a lot of stuff. I would love to do it again. I had so much fun.”
Reviews are relatively positive, though critics appear to agree that fans of the franchise will get more out of it. GameSpot’s review concluded that against all odds, live-action Pokemon works.
“Detective Pikachu should prove enjoyable for any and all Pokemon fans, young or old,” Michael Rougeau wrote. “It presents fun answers to the fantasy of what life would be like if Pokémon were real. It introduces new wrinkles to the world of Pokemon, although not all of them completely work. Still, as the first official live-action trip to the world of Pokémon, Detective Pikachu presents characters I want to see again and a setting I’d like to return to.”
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