Detective Pikachu Dancing

Detective Pikachu Dancing

Part of a series on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019 Film). [View Related Entries]

Updated May 12, 2019 at 03:37AM EDT by andcallmeshirley.

Added May 10, 2019 at 11:11AM EDT by Matt.

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Detective Pikachu Dancing is an image macro and GIF series based on a viral video of the Pokémon character Pikachu from the 2019 film Detective Pikachu dancing. Additionally, some online remixed the video, setting Pikachu's dance to other music.


On May 7th, 2019, Detective Pikachu the YouTube account Inspector Pikachu posted a bait-and-switch video of Pikachu dancing for roughly 90 minutes. Within two days, the post received more than 14 million views (shown below).


That day, following the video's release, Twitter user @luulubuu posted a video of the dancing Pikachu juxtaposed with a sketch from the American sketch comedy series Key and Peele, which they believe was the basis for the dancing Pikachu's choreography. Within two days, the post received 77,000 retweets and 217,000 likes.

Key and Peele star Jordan Peele retweeted[2] the video comparison and joked "Cease and desist." The post received more than 33,000 retweets and 222,000 likes in two days (shown below).

twee by Jordan Peele jokingly threatening to sue Detective Pikachu for copyright infringement

That day, people began remixing the video. For example, Twitter user @zigstripes posted a variation set to the A-Ha song "Take On Me". The post received more than 33,000 retweets and 81,000 likes in two days (shown below).

Some used the video as a reaction image macro. On May 9th, Redditor [1] Lmnja posted an Oompa Loompa Celebrating meme with the dancing Pikachu as the punchline on the /r/dankmemes subreddit. Within 24 hours, the post received more than 57,000 points (94% upvoted) and 280 comments (shown below).

Several media outlets covered the meme, including Bustle,[3] SyFy,[4] Mashable, [5] Nerdist,[6] PopBuzz[7] and more.

still of Detective Pikachu dancing with caption comparing it to an Oompa Loompa dancing when a child dies in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

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