In the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu soundtrack liner notes, composer Henry Jackman has spoken about how the “immense fun” that he had writing the music that accompanied the movie.
The English composer has penned scores for movies such as Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, as well as games like Just Cause 3, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
That experience has been brought to bear to help breathe life into the world of Pokémon:
“Writing the music for Detective Pikachu was immense fun. The movie itself was a unique invitation to create a new musical world representing all the wonderful and colorful characters of the Pokémon universe,” Jackman explains.
“I really enjoyed using many different sonic colors so, if you listen carefully, you can hear everything from the full symphony orchestra to analog vintage synths.
“I was also very happy to be working again with Rob Letterman, who even tried to get his beloved 808 Drum Machine into the score, until we found it was fatally damaged.
“To have been selected to write music for such a well-loved and precious franchise is a great honor, and I greatly hope my best efforts contribute positively to the Pokémon experience.”
In Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, the story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu – a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.
Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will be available to buy digitally on Tuesday 23rd July, and on Blu-ray on Tuesday 6th August – which will have a Detective Mode feature.