Detective Pikachu is about to hit cinemas and deliver a lightning bolt of nostalgia to your inner 10-year-old. However, some jerk has decided to spoil the fun by “leaking” the film onto YouTube.
Except that the “leak” isn’t really a leak but an super effective troll. Allow me to explain.
A YouTuber by the name of Inspector Pikachu (subtle) has uploaded a 100-minute clip online titled, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu: Full Picture”. This supposed “leak” quickly garnered thousands of views and it was enough to draw the attention of Ryan Reynolds, who retweeted the video.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019
As it turns out, it was nothing more than an elaborate troll and marketing ploy as the “leaked” video contains about 32 seconds of Detective Pikachu footage and 100 minutes of Pikachu dancing his little heart out to a funky 80s synth beat.
Normally you would expect some backlash for this little stunt but the “leak” is nothing short of brilliant because it’s, well, Pikachu dancing non-stop for an hour and a half and who doesn’t want to watch that? Hell, I can’t even pretend to be mad because it is honestly that good.
Regardless of if you’re a Pokemon fan, do yourselves a favour and watch Detective Pikachu dish out his best moves. You might struggle at around minute 39 so maybe keep it on in the background or something.