This exploding Pikachu is not actually the creepiest of photographer Alan Sailer's explosions series. (That would be the doll head.) But it's still plenty off-putting.
Sailer is a photographer who specialises in high-speed images — in particular, high-speed images of things being shot or blowing up. As he describes it, the destruction of an innocent Pokémon was merely an explosion of opportunity:
I ran into a garage sale that had this nice big hard plastic Pikachu.
They wanted 2$, but when I told them I was going to blow it up for a picture, the kid who owned it said alright for one buck.
I filled it with red gelatine, crossed my fingers and fantastic, it turned out great.
The red gelatin is, really, the best and worst part. Poor Pikachu.