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Deflating Pikachu tackled off stage during dance number gone wrong

Team Rocket strikes again!

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Blame Team Rocket for this one.

The dance of 15 Pikachu mascots at the Pokémon World Festival in Songdo, South Korea on Friday — which seems like a typical occurrence given the setting — went off without a hitch until the lead dancer was hurried off stage by a group of frantic men in black as the costume began deflating.

The number began first with Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and things started going wrong for the lead Pikachu when Nikki Blonsky began singing “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from the 2007 movie version of Hairspray. A guy in a white T-shirt was first on the scene when the get-up began closing in on the dancer — you could say he caught a Pikachu? — followed by a suited man trying to grab him.

So, why happened here? As NPR explained, it appears the first man was a stagehand trying to fix the deflating Pikachu; the irked men in suits confused the worker for an unruly fan and rushed to action.