|Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Directed by||Jeff Fowler|
|Cinematography||Stephen F. Windon|
|Edited by||Stacey Schroeder|
|Music by||Junkie XL|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$319.7 million|
It was originally going to be released on November 8, 2019, but had been delayed because the old design for Sonic was criticized by fans. The movie was released on February 14, 2020. A sequel to the movie titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2 released on April 8, 2022.
Plot[change | change source]
Sonic is shown running in Green Hill Zone, bringing back a flower to Longclaw, Sonic's guardian. Longclaw warns Sonic that somebody could have seen him, but Sonic doesn't believe her. It turns out she is right and multiple echidnas had sawn him, and attack them for his speed. Longclaw gives Sonic her rings, and tells him that they can travel between dimensions, and that Sonic should use them if he is ever spotted. Sonic uses the ring and goes to another dimension. He tries to get back to his home realm, but the gateway closes before he could do so.
Ten years later, Sonic eventually finds his way into Earth. There, Tom Wackowski, on parking duty, is bored and is waiting for a car to speed. He finds a turtle, and his speed gun reads "0.01". Then, Sonic passes by, with his speed gun reading 296. He passes by again, this time his gun reads 300. The turtle is in the street, about to get run over when Sonic saves him, and brings him to a forest, and returns home.
Sonic tells the viewers his life, then accidentally drops his rings. He picks them up, and then tells us that if he gets spotted, he will have to migrate to a mushroom planet.
After watching a baseball game, that night, he plays baseball by himself, but realizes that he is alone and runs fast, accidentally causing an explosion that shuts down the electric power across the entire Pacific Coast. The government suggests Dr. Robotnik to figure this out.
Dr. Robotnik joins the investigation, insulting the workers. He uses his technology and one of his drones finds a blue hair left from Sonic. Robotnik identifies this as a "new species".
Cast[change | change source]
Voice cast[change | change source]
- Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with superhuman speed. He finds himself on the run from Dr. Robotnik and the United States government. After Sonic meet Tom and they team up he decides to use his super-speed to stop Robotnik from taking his speed powers and using them to take control of the world. Schwartz also provided the motion capture for Sonic's face.
- Benjamin L. Valic as young Sonic.
- Donna Jay Fulks as Longclaw. Longclaw is an anthropomorphic brown owl. She is Sonic's caretaker.
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Miles "Tails" Prower. Tails is an anthropomorphic yellow-orange fox with 2 tails. He is shown in the mid-credits scene where he goes to find Sonic. O'Shaughnessey has been the voice the character in the video game series since 2014. She is the only voice actor in the movie playing their role from the video games.
Live-action cast[change | change source]
- Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, a very smart robotics expert and mad scientist. He works with the United States government. Robotnik wants to use Sonic's abilities for personal gain. He becomes the arch-enemy of Sonic. Carrey compared his character to his role as the Riddler in Batman Forever. He said "I wouldn't put one against the other. I think they'd be a great team. But you know, it's like Robotnik and every super-villain basically comes from a place of neglect with a feeling of absolute worthlessness that manifests itself in magnificent creations that are designed to control the world, put their brand on everybody, and maybe even get inside your bloodstream with some nanotechnology occasionally".
- James Marsden as Thomas "Tom" Michael Wachowski: Tom is the sheriff of Green Hills. Sonic calls him "Donut Lord". Tom wants to join the San Francisco Police Department. He becomes friends with Sonic and hels him to stop Robotnik.
- Tika Sumpter as Maddie Wachowski. She is a veterinarian and Tom's wife. Maddie helps Tom and Sonic stop Robotnik. Sonic calls her "Pretzel Lady."
- Natasha Rothwell as Rachel: Rachel is Maddie's older sister. She does not like Tom and often tells Maddie to leave him.
- Adam Pally as Wade Whipple. He is a deputy sheriff in Green Hills and Tom's closest friend.
- Neal McDonough as Major Bennington. He is a soldier who is given the job of helping Robotnik capture Sonic. He does not like Robotnik
- Lee Majdoub as Agent Stone. He is a government agent who works for Robotnik.
- Melody Nosipho Niemann as Jojo. She is Rachel's daughter and the niece of Maddie and Tom.
- Tom Butler as Commander Walters, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Walters orders Robotnik to investigate the problems caused by Sonic.
- Frank C. Turner as Crazy Carl. He is a conspiracy theorist. Carl want to prove the Sonic exits. He refers to Sonic as the "Blue Devil".
- Garry Chalk as the U.S. Navy Chief of Staff. Chalk provided the voice for Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Robotnik in Sonic Underground.
- Michael Hogan as the Air Force Chief of Staff.
Production[change | change source]
The first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released to YouTube on April 2019. However, on the video, it received many more dislikes than likes on the trailer. Many fans were concerned that the Sonic design in the trailer looked too human-like, which made it too creepy to them. Paramount had to delay production of the movie so that they could redesign Sonic.
In the second trailer, many fans were praised the new design of Sonic. Sonic now appears more similar to how he appears in the original Sonic games.
Reception[change | change source]
Box office[change | change source]
Sonic the Hedgehog has earned a total earning of $149 million in the United States and Canada, and $170.7 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $319.7 million. It was the sixth-highest-grossing movie of 2020. It was also highest-grossing superhero movie of the year. It was the first time in a decade that Marvel did not make the top grossing superhero movie of the year. It was also the only year between 2008 and 2021 that Marvel did not release a movie.
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Other websites[change | change source]
- Media related to Sonic the Hedgehog (film) at Wikimedia Commons