Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2020 action-adventure comedy film based on the Sonic video game franchise published by Sega. Directed by Jeff Fowler (in his feature directorial debut) and written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, it stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, and Jim Carrey. In the film, Sonic teams up with local town sheriff Tom Wachowski to find his lost rings and escape Dr. Robotnik.
Development for a Sonic film began in the 1990s, but did not leave the planning stage until Sony Pictures acquired the rights in 2013. Production involved the collaboration of Sega Sammy's Japanese studio Marza Animation Planet, with Fowler brought in to direct in 2016. After Sony put the project in turnaround, Paramount Pictures acquired it in 2017. The majority of the cast signed on by August 2018, and principal filming took place between September and October that year in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Following the negative reaction to the first trailer in 2019, the film's release was delayed by three months to redesign Sonic.
Sonic the Hedgehog premiered at the Paramount Pictures studio lot on January 25, 2020, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 14, 2020. Critics praised the performances (particularly Schwartz and Carrey), Sonic's character design and animation, visual effects, action scenes, and its faithfulness to the source material, but criticized its story for its perceived lack of originality. The film set the record for the biggest opening weekend for a video game film in the United States and Canada. It grossed $319.7 million worldwide, becoming the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2020 and the highest-grossing video game film adaptation of all time in North America. A sequel is scheduled for April 8, 2022.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (Trailers)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) (TV Spots)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)
Sound Effects Used
- Hollywoodedge, Quick Whistle Zip By CRT057501 (Heard once in a low volume when Sonic plays baseball.)
- LUXO JR. SQUEAKING
- MAC Sounds
- PUNCH WITH BELL DING
- Sonic Death Sound
- Sonic Ring
- Sound Ideas, COIN, GOLD - LARGE GOLD COIN: HIT AND RING 01
- Sound Ideas, COMPUTER, MOUSE - COMPUTER MOUSE, SINGLE CLICK, OFFICE 01
- Sound Ideas, RICOCHET - CARTOON RICCO 01
- TECHNICOLOR GLASS SHATTER 01