Sonic the Hedgehog (film)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Country: United States, Japan
Distributor(s): Paramount Pictures
Running time: 99 minutes
Language: English
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For the 1999 animation, see Sonic the Hedgehog (anime).

Sonic the Hedgehog, known as Sonic the Movie (ソニック・ザ・ムービー) in Japan, is a live-action film featuring an animated Sonic the Hedgehog. The film stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, alongside James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough.

The film was initially set for a theatrical release on November 18, 2019 in the US, but due to negative feedback from fans regarding Sonic's design in the initial trailer the film was delayed to update Sonic's model, and the film's release was rescheduled for February 14, 2020.[5] The redesign was shown in a new trailer, with Sonic's new appearance receiving praise.

Sonic the Hedgehog premiered at the Paramount Theatre on January 25, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 14, 2020. The Japanese premiere was planned for March 27, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received praise for the cast performances (particularly Carrey's), Sonic's design, visuals and faithfulness to the source material, but criticism for its plot and perceived lack of originality.


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Sonic is an extraterrestrial blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds. His caretaker, Longclaw the Owl, encourages him to hide his powers, but Sonic does not listen. The two are attacked by a tribe of echidnas, who wound Longclaw. To protect Sonic, she gives him a bag of rings he can use to travel to other planets, using one to send him to Earth while she holds off the echidnas. Ten years later, Sonic lives in secret in the town of Green Hills, Montana. He idolizes the local sheriff, Tom Wachowski, and his veterinarian wife, Maddie. Tom has recently been hired by the San Francisco Police Department and is preparing to move.

Although he enjoys his life, Sonic longs for real friends. One night, he plays baseball by himself and, after realizing his loneliness, becomes upset and starts running around the field. The energy Sonic emits creates an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out power across the Pacific Northwest. The United States Department of Defense enlists roboticist and scientific genius Dr. Ivo Robotnik to help discover the cause of the outage. Robotnik discovers and tracks Sonic, who hides in the Wachowskis' shed. Sonic is discovered by Tom, who shoots Sonic with a tranquilizer and causes him to drop his rings into a portal above San Francisco. After Sonic awakens, Tom reluctantly agrees to help Sonic recover the rings. Robotnik invades the house, but Sonic and Tom escape. Robotnik comes across one of Sonic's quills and has Tom declared a domestic terrorist.

Tom and Sonic narrowly evade Robotnik and grow closer as they journey to San Francisco. Tom learns that Sonic longs for a real friend. Meanwhile, Robotnik slowly loses his sanity as his search for Sonic becomes more obsessive. Sonic disapproves of Tom's decision to leave Green Hills, arguing that he is leaving his true friends. Sonic is injured by one of Robotnik's drones shortly before the two arrive in San Francisco, where Tom is reunited with Maddie. Maddie helps revive Sonic, and the three travel to the Transamerica Pyramid, where Sonic's bag of rings landed. Robotnik and his robots attack them at the top, but Sonic uses the rings to teleport Tom and Maddie back to Green Hills before taking on Robotnik. Using the power of Sonic's quill, Robotnik achieves supersonic speed and pursues Sonic across the world.

Robotnik and Sonic's fight eventually makes it back to Green Hills, where Robotnik overpowers Sonic. However, Tom intervenes, and Sonic regains his strength after Tom refers to him as a friend. Sonic reclaims the energy that Robotnik is using. With help from Tom, Sonic uses a ring to send Robotnik to a planet made of mushrooms. With Robotnik defeated, Tom and Maddie decide to stay in Green Hills and let Sonic live in their house with them. The US government erases all evidence of the incident, including records of Robotnik's existence. However, Robotnik, still in possession of Sonic's quill, begins plotting his revenge.

In a mid-credit scene, Tails, an anthropomorphic two-tailed fox from Sonic's world, emerges from a ring portal in search of Sonic.

Production credits

Cast list

Character Actor
Sonic the Hedgehog Ben Schwartz
Sonic the Hedgehog (young) Benjamin L. Valic
Dr. Robotnik Jim Carrey
Tom Wachowski James Marsden
Maddie Wachowski Tika Sumpter
Rachel Natasha Rothwell
Wade Whipple Adam Pally
Crazy Carl Frank C. Turner
Major Bennington Neal McDonough
Agent Stone Lee Majdoub
Longclaw Donna Jay Fulks
Miles "Tails" Prower Colleen Villard

Localised titles

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog
Japanese ソニック・ザ・ムービー Sonic the Movie
French Sonic Le Film
Spanish Sonic: La Película
Italian Sonic: Il Film
Portuguese Sonic: O Filme
Greek Sonic: Η Ταινία
Polish Sonic. Szybki jak błyskawica
Czech Ježek Sonic
Slovak Ježko Sonic
Hungarian Sonic, a Sündisznó
Bulgarian Соник: Филмът
Serbian Sonikov Film
Finnish Sonic the Movie
Latvian Soniks: Filma
Lithuanian Eziukas Sonic
Russian Соник в кино
Chinese (Simplified) 刺猬索尼克
Chinese (Traditional; Taiwan) 音速小子
Chinese (Traditional; Hong Kong) 超音鼠大電影
Vietnamese Nhím Sonic

Promotional material

CG Development

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