Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Anniversary
This is an ongoing segment of articles devoted to the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary.
It was announced over the past week that in April 2022, we'll finally get to experience Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in theaters (or possibly on demand). For now, let's celebrate original film's first anniversary.
Can you believe it's already been a year since Sonic the Hedgehog hit theaters on Valentine's day in 2020? Now, I may be a little biased, but Sonic the Hedgehog is my favorite video game character of all-time. It may not always be the best game, but you can usually expect Sonic to bring great music, fun mechanics, and super speed. And the film is no exception. Seeing Sonic come to life (the re-edited version, of course), was exhilarating and gave me all sorts of crazy feelings. My love for the little blue guy could not be any stronger.
What is the film about, you ask? How dare you!
Fine, I'll bite. The first --and currently only-- film is based on a blue hedgehog named Sonic who lives in a world of mysterious jungles, loop-the-loop tracks, and a wild echidna tribe. This tribe of echidnas are on a hunt for Sonic who shows mystical powers in the form of super sonic speed. When Longclaw --Sonic's guardian Owl-- discovers that the echidnas are on the prowl, she equips Sonic with a bag of rings that can teleport him to other words. When it seems all hope is lost, Sonic uses a ring to teleport to Green Hills, Montana, USA, Earth. In Green Hills, Sonic manages to get into a little trouble and with a lot of confusion, befriends an officer named Tom Wachowski.
The first --and currently only-- film is based on a blue hedgehog named Sonic who lives in a world of mysterious jungles, loop-the-loop tracks, and a wild echidna tribe.
Leaving the old, wild world of ferocious echidnas behind, Sonic soon finds out that someone new is after him and his powers on Earth; a man named Dr. Robotnik, who found a loose quill from Sonic's body that was infused with unlimited energy. Now Robotnik wants Sonic for himself.
Tom and Sonic go on a road trip to escape Robotnik's evil plans to capture Sonic using advanced machines only Robotnik is smart enough to create. They land in a bar with a hilarious fight scene and find themselves in San Francisco by the end, where the ultimate showdown between Sonic and Robotnik begins. By the end, the entire group, with the power of the golden rings, warp back t Green Hills where Sonic and Robotnik are ready to end the battle.
Overall, it's a cute story with a lot of loveable characters and some bust-out-loud laughs. Sonic's strong will and heart are the focal point of the film, and it really pays off at the end. Of course, we know Miles "Tails" Prowers will be making an appearance in Sonic 2 --as the two-tailed fox showed up in the mid-credit scene.
Unlike other video game movies, Sonic really showed a new side to videogame films that others were missing. It had solid graphics and explosions, the blue blur speeding along, and as I mentioned before it had a lot of heart. The only other video game film I can remember loving when it came out was Mortal Kombat. And though it had its cheesy moments and setup, it was something every videogamer was looking up to back in the mid '90s. It was a great time in gaming history.
I think most of can agree that Jim Carrey was great as Dr. Robotnik --though, I'd like to have seen him a bit heavier. The ending with Robotnik being bald with a long, crazy mustache was excellent. Everyone, in fact did their part, and it really paid off not just at the end but throughout the entire production.
So where do we go from here? I'd like to see more game scenery in the next film. The beginning of the Sonic movie had a few fleeting moments of this, but more would be appreciated. Tails flying Sonic around to new heights --possibly to Robotnik's Egg Carrier? I'd also like to see less human interaction and more of the characters from the Sonic games. But other than those simple requests, I think the first film set an amazing precedence for the series of films that could technically go on for decades to come.
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