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Pokémon Detective Pikachu
(2019)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Stephen Coleman
Andrew Kinney
Henri Wilkinson
Jonathan Beard
Ed Trybek

Additional Music and Co-Produced by:
Maverick Dugger

Additional Music by:
Evan Goldman
Kazuma Jinnouchi
Jeff Morrow
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(May 3rd, 2019)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you have an established affinity for Henry Jackman's merging of symphonic conventions and retro video game-inspired electronics, that atmosphere alone carrying this score.

Avoid it... if you demand a cohesive thematic narrative that integrates with the franchise's existing melodies, the album presentation for this soundtrack especially disappointing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,936
WRITTEN 10/5/19
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Pokémon Detective Pikachu: (Henry Jackman/Various) When it comes to the beloved Pokémon franchise, you can either accept the Pokémon universe or you can't, and despite the longevity of the 1990's concept in the video game and trading card realms, a movie like Pokémon Detective Pikachu is destined to be a polarizing event. The Japanese franchise has spawned everything from manga comics to a theme park, but there have been surprisingly few feature films distributed for the concept worldwide. As a 2019 entry, Pokémon Detective Pikachu marked the first such feature to debut in the United States since 2000, and it represents the first foray into live action. As something of a spinoff from the main franchise roots, the Detective Pikachu story dates back to a 2016 video game and is the subject of this film. To describe the Pokémon universe to those disinclined to find any sanity or humor in it would be a waste of time, so it suffices to say that the plot of this film simply involves a human character bonding with one of the plush little monsters in this alternate video game universe. They spend the film searching for clues as to what happened to the human's father in the rather bleak urban environment of game-inspired weirdness, and the ability of the titular Pokémon to communicate openly with the human is a point of interest. After sleuthing and battling through the universe, some commentary about the worthiness of humanity results. For those not enthralled by the concept, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is little more than an asinine diversion for kids and adults with too much expendable time. This crowd will find little to appreciate in the soundtrack for the movie; in fact, without a clearly considered and prevalent connection between this music and everything from the anime series and games that have come before, the soundtrack plays like a disjointed and somewhat cheap product better destined for a video distribution project. Franchise loyalists will find some aspects to like, as there was an effort to incorporate some existing songs and melodies from other Pokémon media into this film. Those references, unfortunately, don't mingle with the original score by Henry Jackman, though, and that alone is a significant disappointment. Jackman and his team of ghostwriters extend the functional personality and general approach of Big Hero 6 and Wreck-It Ralph without really accomplishing a memorable result. The score is thus serviceable but surprisingly anonymous and tedious at times.



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73 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.79 Stars
***** 7 5 Stars
**** 14 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 19 2 Stars
* 12 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 58:02
• 1. Mewtwo Awakes (1:19)
• 2. Catching a Cubone (2:05)
• 3. Bad News (1:17)
• 4. Howard Clifford (0:56)
• 5. Ryme City (2:11)
• 6. A Key to the Past (2:06)
• 7. Aipom Attacks (1:58)
• 8. On the Case (1:26)
• 9. Childhood Memories (1:42)
• 10. Buddies (1:08)
• 11. The Interrogation of Mr. Mime (1:53)
• 12. The Roundhouse (1:50)
• 13. Pikachu vs. Charizard (3:06)
• 14. Embrace (3:07)
• 15. Digging Deeper (3:55)
• 16. Unauthorized Access (3:38)
• 17. Greninja & Torterra (2:59)
• 18. The Forest of Healing (3:53)
• 19. Shock to the System (1:19)
• 20. Save the City (1:07)
• 21. True Colors (2:11)
• 22. Merge to One (2:08)
• 23. Game On (1:05)
• 24. Ditto Battle (2:26)
• 25. Howard Unplugged (2:35)
• 26. Epiphany (2:22)
• 27. Together (2:20)

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