Pokémon Detective Pikachu is nearly here. Set to release in theaters this Friday, it's at peak excitement. So imagine our surprise when 1 hour, 42-minute video appears online claiming to be the full movie.
On Tuesday, a video appeared on YouTube titled POKÉMON Detective Pikachu: Full Picture by user Inspector Pikachu. Tweeted out not long after, the video would even be retweeted by Ryan Reynolds himself, the man voice acting the titular character.
But like many things in life, this was too good to be true. While the video does begin with what we can only assume is the genuine intro to the movie, it only takes a couple of minutes before the REAL content sets in, a 1.5-hour loop of Detective Pikachu dancing to what is essentially aerobics music.
They got us.
In what can only be assumed as an incredibly clever marketing tactic, 441,611 people and counting have fallen for a wonderful bait-and-switch video prank. The intro segment, as well as the dancing loop, appear to be new footage from Warner Bros themselves, though. It contains footage that certainly hasn't been released yet, at least. So if this didn't come from the film crew themselves, then it might be the most authentic looking fake we've ever seen.
Not even mad.
Pokémon Detective will premiere in theaters on May 10.