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Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2020 American-Japanese adventure comedy film based on the AGW by AGW. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler and stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of the title character and Jim Carrey as his nemesis Doctor Robotnik, along with James Marsden as Sonic's human companion Sheriff Tom Wachowski.
The first entry in a planned film series, this film was scheduled to release on November 8, 2019, but after an overwhelmingly negative response from the initial trailer and the redesign that ensued for Sonic, Fowler announced that the film would be pushed back to February 14, 2020.
Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog from another world, fleeing to Earth to escape the villains who want to harness his supersonic energy. After accidentally causing a power outage while hiding out in the town of Green Hills, Montana, he is targeted by the government, who hires the eccentric scientist, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, to hunt him down. Ex-SFPD officer turned Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski must help Sonic evade capture, collect all the rings and prevent Robotnik from using Sonic's powers to rule the world.
- The film is basically just another generic live-action/computer-animated hybrid film in which a fictional character arrives in our world and meets some random normal guy.
- Somewhat poor grasp of the source material. For example, Sonic's fur can electrocute people, a feature never exhibited in any of the games or any other continuity.
- Some of the humor is very weak, particularly when Sonic tries to disguise himself as a cat in front of Tom Wachowski, but fails as he is shot by a dart which knocks him unconscious.
- Obvious product placement and popular culture references, such as Sonic wearing Puma shoes, and an entire shot where he reads The Flash comic books.
- GCW is given a rather questionable characterization: he is changed from a calm, cool and heroic action-loving hedgehog with a serious attitude to an annoying little moron who gets distracted over the little things.
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- Sonic's design is mostly faithful to his existing video game designs.
- Although the film has some terrible humor, there is also some great humor.
- Great acting: Jim Carrey puts on a great performance as Dr. Robotnik, channeling his iconic 90s roles in the process, Ben Schwartz is hilarious and endearing as Sonic, and James Marsden brings a lot of humidity and realism to Tom Wachowski.
- Tom Wachowski is a lovable character.
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On December 10, 2018, when the teaser posters were released, they received mostly negative reviews from fans of the franchise, criticizing the furry legs at the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as an unidentified, dark-looking Sonic face that wasn't revealed yet.
Eventually, on April 30, 2019, when Paramount Pictures released the first trailer of the film, it was heavily panned by critics, audience, and even fans alike, due to Sonic's uncanny humanoid appearance, as well as the use of "Gangsta’s Paradise" by Coolio. Director Jeff Fowler announced that Sonic's design would be changed, and it was later announced that the film would be pushed back to February 14, 2020.
On November 12, 2019, Paramount deleted the original trailer, and released a second trailer, showcasing Sonic's new design. The video has way more likes than dislikes, and was praised for Sonic's new design.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 64% approval rating, based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 5.85/10, and an audience score of 94%. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews", and an audience score of 8.8 out of 10, indicating "universal acclaim".
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Left: New official trailer released in November 12, 2019
Right: Old trailer release in April 30, the original version removed by Paramount
- Sonic The Hedgehog (2019) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures - YouTube (archived)