Pokemon is a strangely popular children’s sensation that manages to combine the collectible aspect of card games with creepy anime characters that like to steal your eyeballs while you sleep. It’s also one of the most overly-saturated franchises in history, so it comes as little surprise that a stage production of the phenomenon once existed. Dubbed Pokemon Live!, it was a live-action version of the cartoon, complete with song and dance numbers, plus a team of doctors on hand for when all the kids suffered from the inevitable seizures.
The story, such as it was, involved protagonist Ash traveling through a forest on his way to a tournament, sudden monster battles with Pikachu, a floating cat-like balloon that drew on people’s faces, more exciting battles with Pikachu, and a heartwarming ending where everyone learns the true power of friendship. Huge mechanical pokemon were employed for use in the production, which might sound like a cool idea at first, until you realize that these gigantic monstrosities broke into song as well. All in all, it was one of theater’s sadder moments – the musical actually did quite decently, and managed outsell several other Broadway shows at the time.