The bare mention of Pokemon sends me back to an era that all of us 90s kids have left behind, but never forgotten just by virtue of a memory of simpler times. One among them, a particularly fond one: Pokemon, the anime series, that used to be a staple: the customary 5 PM viewing slot in the day while waiting for snacks and beverages, perhaps the only thing that would make me finish up my homework faster and be lost in Ash Ketchum’s pursuit of becoming the greatest Pokemon trainer there ever was: blessed were those days!
Since then, the mania around Pokemon has died and been resurrected far too quickly too many times, but I have no qualms in claiming that there hasn’t been anything likely close to the First Series: the Golden Age of Pokemon, nor will there ever be. The anime series coupled with the extensive merchandise that flooded the markets and a euphoric kind of hysteria among fans: it is things like these that add life to the phrase: Only 90s kids will remember!
Jump to 2019 with Pokemon having quite recently faced a resurgence with the insanely addictive ‘Pokemon Go’ released three years ago, and we have our very first live action Pokemon adaptation: years in the making and based on the 2016 video game of the same name. While the film takes place in a completely different continuity from the ongoing anime and game series, it is satiates fans and even non fans with extensive world building and stunning new Pokemon designs in 3D. To add to that, Ryan Reynold’s voice only makes things better. Now, if you happen to be a fan of Pokeman, just like I am, you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of movies similar to Pokeman Detective Pikachu that are my recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Pokeman on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Dr. Dolittle
While not a home run by any measure, it is a consistently entertaining film about the legendary doctor who could talk to animals and his exploits, and its core, a film primarily aimed at the blow 10 years age demographic, so expect a little suspension of “plot” logic here and there, nothing that the talking to animals part didn’t warn you of. The highlight of the show is certainly Eddie Murphy, hilarious as the eponymous doctor. While the source material leaves a lot to be desired, let’s hope that the upcoming live action adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. can fix that.
9. The Jungle Book