For one transient, shining second in time over 20 years in the past, Pokémon ascended from the anime/video video games airplane the place it usually resides and have become one thing extra. One thing fancier, one thing jauntier. After which, simply as rapidly because it rose, it slipped proper again down once more, and most people now neglect it ever occurred in any respect.
I’m speaking, after all, about Pokémon Stay!, a full-blown musical that toured the US in 2000, and was then localised for additional worldwide appearances over the subsequent few years. In the event you truly went to a present, or a minimum of keep in mind its promotional materials, you’ll know that this wasn’t some low cost spin-off.
The present’s creators put some severe work into it, particularly when it got here to the Pokémon themselves, creating spectacular costumes and puppets to convey the sequence’ major characters to life. But for all their efforts, and regardless of cameras having been alongside for the experience to make high-quality recordings, for no matter cause the present was by no means launched on VHS/DVD, and so outdoors of these fortunate sufficient to have gone to a efficiency 22 years in the past it has grow to be an all-but-forgotten relic of a bygone period.
Or it was, till this week when Jonii Vee and Jamie D. Elms launched a documentary concerning the present, which is the product of a yr’s work combing by archival footage and interviewing former solid members. If by now you’re questioning, why would folks go to all that bother for a present that you simply hadn’t even recognized existed till you began studying this weblog, Jamie tells Kotaku that the inspiration for the documentary got here after they noticed this picture final yr, and wanted to know the place the hell it got here from:
Which, , honest. A yr later, right here’s the tip outcome, known as Pokémon Stay: How Pikachu Practically Took Broadway:
To accompany the documentary, in addition they launched this shorter video with some information and random footage:
And if by now you’d like to observe the entire present your self, whereas an official recording was by no means launched, there’s this bootleg recording of all the efficiency that was cleaned up in 2020: