Pokémon’s Intro, Remade With Stock Footage

Looks good to me!
Gif: The Pokémon Company / Matthew Highton

Pokémon’s standing as a worldwide phenomenon means that you could break it all the way down to its important components and folk will nonetheless acknowledge what you’re referencing. You present someone an electrical rat and, 9 instances out of ten, they’ll perceive you’re speaking about Pikachu. But can the franchise survive being filtered via the web’s huge library of inventory footage?

Since final yr, UK comic and filmmaker Matthew Highton has been recreating iconic tv intros using only royalty-free videos and graphics. He’s beforehand set his sights on reveals like The Simpsons and Dawson’s Creek, however his newest challenge is all about Pokémon. It’s a monstrosity, sure, however the total creativity is off the charts.

Some of the alternatives Highton made are apparent. A battle between Raichu and Pikachu turns into two wrestling puppies. Pokéballs are represented by different spherical objects, like tennis balls and apples. But the most effective moments are when Highton needed to mix disparate content material to remake a posh vignette, equivalent to collection protagonist Ash Ketchum operating throughout a discipline with a bunch of various Pokémon.

This hodgepodge of nonsense is like if somebody tried to jot down a ransom letter whereas the spoiled wealthy child they kidnapped was listening to cartoons within the background. That mentioned, it’s onerous to argue in opposition to the talent that Highton employed to carry this video collage to life. Is it artwork? I’ll go away that to you to resolve. All I do know is that I deeply love the mess he’s manufactured from this iconic kids’s present opening.

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