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* Ash's original partner in the anime was supposed to be a Clefairy instead of a Pikachu. Think about it: if successful as a franchise icon as Pikachu has been, ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' players could have been able to play as a Clefairy that could Metronome other fighters' Final Smashes for its own Final Smash... Another choice for Ash's original partner was also a Jigglypuff, but one who couldn't sing.

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* Ash's original partner in the anime was supposed to be a Clefairy instead of a Pikachu. Think about it: if successful as a franchise icon as Pikachu has been, ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' players could have been able to play as a Clefairy that could Metronome other fighters' Final Smashes for its own Final Smash... Another choice for Ash's original partner was also a Jigglypuff, but one who couldn't sing.Clefairy.


** There are unused back sprites of another version of Shellos and Gastrodon with slight design differences.

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** There are unused back sprites of another version of Shellos and Gastrodon with slight design differences. These designs are presumed to be what they would have looked like in ''Ruby and Sapphire''.

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** [[https://twitter.com/arvalis/status/1141058782903951361 Arcanine was supposed to be Tim's Pokémon]]. He was cut because Warner Bros. felt it would take too much focus away from the title character.
** One scene would've taken place in a museum with ancient Pokémon fossils, and a museum guide would scare some children by having his Ditto transform into a Tyrantrum. Tim and Pikachu were also meant to encounter Rayquaza in the museum at some point.

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** Sawk was planned to make an appearance, but when the film crew modeled it and sent the model to TPC for review, they were told that the gi it wore was part of its skin. The crew found it to be technically impossible to realize, so it was cut.

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** As many as 100 species of Pokémon were originally planned to appear in the movie, but due to budget constraints, the number was reduced to 60. Beldum, Durant and Steelix were among the many Pokémon that had their appearances scrapped because of the cuts.


* Creator/RobinWilliams claimed in an interview with a gaming magazine that Nintendo once contacted him and told that he was the only actor they would consider to play Professor Oak in live-action movie.

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* Creator/RobinWilliams claimed in an interview with a gaming magazine that Nintendo once contacted him and told that he was the only actor they would consider to play Professor Oak in a live-action movie.

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* Creator/RobinWilliams claimed in an interview with a gaming magazine that Nintendo once contacted him and told that he was the only actor they would consider to play Professor Oak in live-action movie.


* ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon 3}} Spell of the Unown]]'' was [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/movies/pm_lord_unknown_tower_entei/lord_unknown_tower_entei_mythical_third_movie.html originally set to address the question of "What happened to real-world animals in the Pokémon universe?"]], and instead of Entei and the Unown (''Gold and Silver'' had been delayed at this point of development and they were unsure about doing another movie debut Pokémon), the focal point would be the reanimated fossils of a TyrannosaurusRex.
** On that note, Mii/Molly's mother was originally supposed to be dead. When Creator/TakeshiShudo was hospitalized, Hideki Sonoda rewrote much of the script so that she survived and was simply hospitalized. Shudō was outraged by this, as he felt it was going against the story he wrote, and never wrote another Pokémon movie again. It's widely believed that this incident also began the process that eventually saw him leave Pokémon altogether.
* Early previews for ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon 3}} Spell of the Unown]]'' refer to it as ''Tower of the Unown''.

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* ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon 3}} Spell ''Anime/{{Pokemon 3}}'':
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of the Unown]]'' Unown'' was [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/movies/pm_lord_unknown_tower_entei/lord_unknown_tower_entei_mythical_third_movie.html originally set to address the question of "What happened to real-world animals in the Pokémon universe?"]], and instead of Entei and the Unown (''Gold and Silver'' had been delayed at this point of development and they were unsure about doing another movie debut Pokémon), the focal point would be the reanimated fossils of a TyrannosaurusRex.
** On that note, Mii/Molly's mother was originally supposed to be dead. When Creator/TakeshiShudo was hospitalized, Hideki Sonoda rewrote much of the script so that she survived and was simply hospitalized. Shudō was outraged by this, as he felt it was going against the story he wrote, and never wrote another Pokémon ''Pokémon'' movie again. It's widely believed that this incident also began the process that eventually saw him leave Pokémon ''Pokémon'' altogether.
* ** Early previews for ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon 3}} Spell of the Unown]]'' refer to it as ''Tower of the Unown''.



* A Nintendo Power article prior to the anime's release shows that Jessie and James originally wore the standard black uniform, not their signature white. They briefly switched to black over ten years later in ''Black and White'', before switching back not too long afterwards.

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* A Nintendo Power ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' article prior to the anime's release shows that Jessie and James originally wore the standard black uniform, not their signature white. They briefly switched to black over ten years later in ''Black and White'', before switching back not too long afterwards.


** From the start, fans pushed for Creator/DannyDeVito to voice Detective Pikachu, even though [=DeVito=] claimed (perhaps jokingly) that he had never heard of ''Pokémon''. Co-producer Cale Boyter then [[https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/03/15/detective-pikachu-filmmakers-tested-casting-danny-devito revealed]] that the crew seriously ''did'' consider [=DeVito=] for the role, and that early character animation tests from the visual effects team had the character speak lines from archive material the comedian did. Ultimately, the producers decided [=DeVito=] wasn't fit for the role, but the final character's personality remained heavily inspired by the actor.

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** From the start, fans pushed for Creator/DannyDeVito to voice Detective Pikachu, even though [=DeVito=] claimed (perhaps jokingly) claimed that he had never heard of ''Pokémon''. Co-producer Cale Boyter then [[https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/03/15/detective-pikachu-filmmakers-tested-casting-danny-devito revealed]] that the crew seriously ''did'' consider [=DeVito=] for the role, and that early character animation tests from the visual effects team had the character speak lines from archive material the comedian did. Ultimately, the producers decided [=DeVito=] wasn't fit for the role, but the final character's personality remained heavily inspired by the actor.


** Creator/WarnerBros initially wanted to go on the idea of a live-action ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' movie alone, having fought against Creator/{{Netflix}}, Creator/ColumbiaPictures, and Creator/LegendaryPictures for the movie rights to the franchise. This thinking stemmed from Warner's history with the franchise, having broadcast the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] on Creator/KidsWB and releasing the [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie first]] [[Anime/Pokemon2000 three]] [[Anime/Pokemon3 films]] worldwide outside Japan. Legendary ultimately won the rights and brought their then-financing partner Creator/{{Universal}} on board. After filming wrapped up, however, negotiations between Universal and Legendary broke down, and Legendary came calling back to Warner. To say Warner was thrilled is an understatement: they had just cut ties with [=RatPac=]-Dune, who had replaced Legendary as Warner's main financing partner, and needed another firm to fill the hole. Legendary, with the film rights that Warner had sought right from the beginning, was the perfect replacement.

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** Creator/WarnerBros initially wanted to go on the idea of a live-action ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' movie alone, having fought against Creator/{{Netflix}}, Creator/ColumbiaPictures, and Creator/LegendaryPictures for the movie rights to the franchise. This thinking stemmed from Warner's history with the franchise, having broadcast the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] on Creator/KidsWB and releasing the [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie first]] [[Anime/Pokemon2000 three]] [[Anime/Pokemon3 films]] worldwide outside Japan. Legendary ultimately won the rights and brought their then-financing partner Creator/{{Universal}} on board. After filming wrapped up, however, negotiations between Universal and told Legendary broke down, it would not renew its financing pact with the studio, and that the movie would be dropped from their slate. Hoping to avoid delays in production, Legendary came calling back to Warner. To say Warner was thrilled is an understatement: they had just cut ties with [=RatPac=]-Dune, for help. Warner, who had replaced Legendary as Warner's main financing partner, and needed another firm to fill the hole. Legendary, with the film rights that Warner had sought right from the beginning, was the perfect replacement.hit for their summer slate alongside ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019'' (also co-produced by Legendary), enthusiastically agreed.


** Mr. Mime almost didn't make it to the film...''twice''. TPC initially refused to let him appear because they felt he wouldn't [[UncannyValley translate well]] in photo-realistic CGI. Letterman ended up having to personally meet TPC's president to convince them to include the Pokémon in the movie. When Mr. Mime did get in the movie, Letterman saw the interrogation scene with him and was tempted to cut it, since he felt it wouldn't do well with audiences. To his surprise, test audiences ''loved it'', and [[ThrowItIn he kept the scene in]].

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** Mr. Mime almost didn't make it to the film...''twice''. TPC initially refused [[ExecutiveVeto refused]] to let him appear because they felt he wouldn't [[UncannyValley translate well]] in photo-realistic CGI. Letterman ended up having to personally meet TPC's president to convince them to include the Pokémon in the movie. When Mr. Mime did get in the movie, Letterman saw the interrogation scene with him and was tempted to cut it, since he felt it wouldn't do well with audiences. To his surprise, test audiences ''loved it'', and [[ThrowItIn he kept the scene in]].

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** Mr. Mime almost didn't make it to the film...''twice''. TPC initially refused to let him appear because they felt he wouldn't [[UncannyValley translate well]] in photo-realistic CGI. Letterman ended up having to personally meet TPC's president to convince them to include the Pokémon in the movie. When Mr. Mime did get in the movie, Letterman saw the interrogation scene with him and was tempted to cut it, since he felt it wouldn't do well with audiences. To his surprise, test audiences ''loved it'', and [[ThrowItIn he kept the scene in]].


** Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, Creator/HughJackman, and Creator/MarkWahlberg were considered to play Pikachu. From the start, fans pushed for Creator/DannyDeVito to play the role, even though [=DeVito=] claimed (perhaps jokingly) that he had never heard of ''Pokémon''. Co-producer Cale Boyter then [[https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/03/15/detective-pikachu-filmmakers-tested-casting-danny-devito revealed]] that the crew seriously ''did'' consider [=DeVito=] for the role, and that early character animation tests from the visual effects team had the character speak lines from archive material the comedian did. Ultimately, the producers decided [=DeVito=] wasn't fit for the role, but the final character's personality remained heavily inspired by the actor.

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** Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, Creator/HughJackman, and Creator/MarkWahlberg were considered to play Pikachu. the title role.
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From the start, fans pushed for Creator/DannyDeVito to play the role, voice Detective Pikachu, even though [=DeVito=] claimed (perhaps jokingly) that he had never heard of ''Pokémon''. Co-producer Cale Boyter then [[https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/03/15/detective-pikachu-filmmakers-tested-casting-danny-devito revealed]] that the crew seriously ''did'' consider [=DeVito=] for the role, and that early character animation tests from the visual effects team had the character speak lines from archive material the comedian did. Ultimately, the producers decided [=DeVito=] wasn't fit for the role, but the final character's personality remained heavily inspired by the actor.


** Dean Israelite, Creator/RobertRodriguez, and Tim Miller were offered to direct the movie. Rodriguez declined due to his commitments to ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'', while Miller turned down directorial duties in favor of ''Terminator 6'' and executive producing ''[[Film/SonicTheHedgehog2019 Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', both of which were being produced at Creator/{{Paramount}}. Other candidates for director included Shane Acker (''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''), Chris Wedge of Creator/BlueSkyStudios, and Mark A.Z. Dippé (''Film/{{Spawn}}'').

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** Dean Israelite, Creator/RobertRodriguez, and Tim Miller were offered to direct the movie. Rodriguez declined due to his commitments to ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'', while Miller turned down directorial duties in favor of ''Terminator 6'' ''Film/TerminatorDarkFate'' and executive producing ''[[Film/SonicTheHedgehog2019 Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', both of which were being produced at Creator/{{Paramount}}. Other candidates for director included Shane Acker (''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''), Chris Wedge of Creator/BlueSkyStudios, and Mark A.Z. Dippé (''Film/{{Spawn}}'').


** Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, Creator/HughJackman, and Creator/MarkWahlberg were considered to play Pikachu. From the start, fans pushed for Creator/DannyDeVito to play the role, even though [=DeVito=] claimed (perhaps jokingly) that he had never heard of ''Pokémon''. Co-producer Cale Boyter then [[https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/03/15/detective-pikachu-filmmakers-tested-casting-danny-devito revealed]] that the crew seriously ''did'' consider [=DeVito=] for the role, and that early character animation tests had the character speak lines from archive material the comedian did. Ultimately, the producers decided [=DeVito=] wasn't fit for the role, but the final character's personality remained heavily inspired by the actor.

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** Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, Creator/HughJackman, and Creator/MarkWahlberg were considered to play Pikachu. From the start, fans pushed for Creator/DannyDeVito to play the role, even though [=DeVito=] claimed (perhaps jokingly) that he had never heard of ''Pokémon''. Co-producer Cale Boyter then [[https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/03/15/detective-pikachu-filmmakers-tested-casting-danny-devito revealed]] that the crew seriously ''did'' consider [=DeVito=] for the role, and that early character animation tests from the visual effects team had the character speak lines from archive material the comedian did. Ultimately, the producers decided [=DeVito=] wasn't fit for the role, but the final character's personality remained heavily inspired by the actor.

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