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->''"You might [[PsychicLink know everything I'm going to do]], but that's not going to help you, since [[FearfulSymmetry I know everything YOU'RE going to do!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiEwmiPSmto STRANGE, isn't it?!]] ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGH!"''
-->--'''SonicTheHedgehog''' during his final face-off against [[TheDragon Metal Sonic]].

An hour-long anime {{OVA}} starring [[SonicTheHedgehog everybody's favorite]] [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative blue hedgehog]]. It was originally released in Japan in 1996 (initially as the two half-hour VHS tapes ''Journey to Eggmanland'' and ''Sonic vs. Metal Sonic''); the English dub by ADV was released on September 9, 1999, the same day that ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' hit the shelves.

Sonic and Tails are enjoying a relaxing day on the beach when they're visited by Old Man Hoot, who's carrying a message from the President of South Island: a message so urgent that Hoot doesn't notice his aircraft is on fire. After rescuing Hoot, Sonic and Tails fly off to speak with the President, only to find that he and his CatGirl daughter Sera are being held hostage ([[AffablyEvil for a given value of "hostage"]]) by Dr. Robotnik.

Oddly enough, what Robotnik wants is Sonic's help: he's been forced out of his base in Robotropolis by the evil(er) Metal Robotnik. And now, Metal Robotnik has overloaded the power generator of Robotropolis: in less than a day, the generator will explode and cause [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of Planet Freedom as we know it]]. Sonic distrusts the story, but he's persuaded to help out anyway.

Sonic and Tails fly off to Robotropolis, breeze through the hazards in their way, and fight through Metal Robotnik himself. Along the way, they're joined by the free-roaming treasure-hunter Knuckles, who just happens to be in the area.

However, when the trio finally reach the generator, they find that Sonic was right to distrust Robotnik. The story was a ruse to enable the completion of Hyper Metal Sonic: a robotic dopplegänger who not only has Sonic's speed, but Sonic's knowledge as well. A dopplegänger hell-bent on destroying the world for Dr. Robotnik...

''Sonic the Hedgehog'' is widely regarded as that rarest of rarities: [[VideogameMoviesSuck a good video game movie]], though the voice acting in the English dub is debatable. It only has a superficial resemblance to the events of the video games yet the plot, art, and characterization still do an excellent job of capturing the ''spirit'' of the classic games. In any case when it was made the ''Sonic'' canon had far less development to clash with. Certainly it's surprisingly well-received among [[UnpleasableFanbase the fanbase]], despite having no links to anything else. It currently holds a 68% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes via the RT community (no official critic reviews, however).

NOTE: ADV Films released two different versions of the movie on DVD, although they are both the same dub: the original 1999 version (which edited out/censored several bits of the movie) and the 2004 version (which is completely uncut).

ANOTHER NOTE: This film is not to be confused with the anime ''[[SonicX series]]'' or [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM four]] [[SonicUnderground western]] [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog animation]] [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom shows]] also based on the Sonic character.
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!!Provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Metal Robotnik's glue gun.
* AccidentalPervert: Sonic can apparently [[PsychicLink see through Metal Sonic's eyes]] due to Metal being a copy of Sonic; this explains why Sonic was blushing when Metal [[PantyShot got a good look up Sera's skirt]]. The [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar radar also missed]] Tails grabbing hold of Sera after being scared and one of his hands mistakenly grabbing onto one of her breasts. Knuckles tells him off for it.
* AdaptationDistillation: Compared to the other animated versions of Sonic in the 90s, this was the most accurate interpretation of the canon characters at the time.
* AdamAndEvePlot: [[spoiler:The end point of Robotnik's scheme: [[{{Squick}} himself and Sera married]], and the only remaining inhabitants of Planet Freedom.]]
* AffablyEvil: Robotnik. When he isn't acting up the part of hostage-taker for Sonic, he gets along pretty well with Sera and the President. One of his robot minions can be seen cleaning up the President's office.
* AfterTheEnd: It appears this is where Sonic and everyone lives, as seen in the desolate city (among other things) that Sonic and Robotnik fight it and the fact that there's not a lot of other people/creatures/characters aside from the ones we see.
* AlternateContinuity: The OVA has it's tone, music and art style rooted directly in the original Genesis games (SonicCD in particular) but the setting is ''completely'' different from any of the other series, and some exclusive characters pop up here, and there is no mention of the Chaos Emeralds anywhere.
* AlienSky: A planet with Saturn-like rings is visible in the sky.
* AnimationBump: The fight scenes. The rest is [[LimitedAnimation more limited]] despite the designs being (somewhat) similar to those from ''SonicCD''
* AsYouKnow: Lampshaded.
-->'''Robotnik''': As you both well know, Planet Freedom is made up of two separate dimensions. The outer world, the one you live in, is known as the Land of the Sky!\\
'''Sonic''': Tell us something we don't know!\\
'''Robotnik''': SHUT UP! HEED ME!
* BabyTalk: Tails sounds like he has this, despite his ability to create a jet-propelled bodyboard, fly the Tornado, and modify Eggman's navigator into a signal jammer.
* BareYourMidriff: Sera during the first half of the movie shows off her middle, but not so much after she dons her dress later.
* BashBrothers: Taking the characters directly from Sonic 2 and 3 gives us Sonic and Tails, moreso that any other adaptation and even many of the games - a good amount of the movie is huge action scenes where Sonic and Tails engage in coordinated asskicking so effective only the most powerful enemies stand a chance.
* BigDamnHeroes: Knuckles' entrance.
* BigDamnMovie: The games were just stock "[[ExcusePlot beat the bad guy to save the world and cute fuzzy animals]]" type games. This movie features intense action scenes, an [[spoiler:AdamAndEvePlot, the potential destruction of the entire planet]], and [[spoiler:the "death" of Metal Sonic at the end]].
* BigShutUp: '''SHUT UP, TAILS!'''
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The world is saved, but Metal Sonic (who had then formed a mental bond with Sonic) deliberately allows himself to perish in a glacial volcano. Why? Because "There is only one Sonic."]]
* BondVillainStupidity: Robotnik is clearly one of those grandiose super villains who doesn't want to simply kill his foe, but first defeat him in something resembling a fair fight. Hence the scene where Robotnik, taking advantage of Sonic's and Tails' distraction, whips out a handgun and shoots Tails' wrist-radar: even though [[BoomHeadshot Tails' head]] must have been an equally clear shot.
* BrilliantButLazy: Sonic, particularly in the opening scene, where he doesn't move a finger to help Old Man Hoot until it becomes clear that Old Man and Tails are in grave danger.
* CatGirl: Sera.
* CatchAFallingStar: Sera falls out of Robotnik's aircraft, and Knuckles catches her in mid-air.
* CatchAndReturn: Sonic [[RidingTheBomb rides]] a missile right back into the robot that shot it.
* CementShoes: Sonic's two weaknesses are combined as he gets glued to the ground in a fissure that is filled by the rain. He's saved by Knuckles and Tails.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: With the day saved, Sonic runs for the horizon. Tails and Knuckles follow, then everyone else piles into Robotnik's Eggmobile and flies after. Sonic realizes that everyone is following him, and he puts on a burst of speed before the credits roll.
* ChekhovsGag: Robotnik's extremely-slow-moving turtle missile. [[spoiler:It pops up later just in time [[HoistByHisOwnPetard to destroy the CD Robotnik has with Sonic's DNA data that he could use to make another Metal Sonic]].]]
* CoolOldGuy: Old Man Owl.
* CanonDisContinuity / ExiledFromContinuity: While it was a [[AlternateContinuity self-contained part of the franchise to begin with]], Sega ''never'' acknowledges it in any of Sonic histories (barring an offhand mention and inclusion of its japanese trailer in ''SonicJam''), and the film has never seen a rerelease since 2004, and it is unlikely to get another one. Also, per word of Ian Flynn, because of [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal issues]] involving Sega of America and Sega of Japans seperate copyrights on the movie (a problem that also keeps exclusive characters from other non-game continuities such as the Sonic X comic from appearing in Archie), Sega has explicitly forbidden the Archie Sonic comics from using any characters or elements from the movie. [[note]] In issue #100, Knuckles hat and Sara and Metal Robotnik jr. made brief cameos as an affectionate nod to the film, which earned them a hell of a dressing down by Sega.[[/note]]
* CurbStompBattle: Sonic is almost effortlessly beaten by Metal Sonic in their first fight, and only survives because Metal Sonic loses track of him. Interstingly, their final fight was ''also'' turning into a curb stomp battle before Tails interferred, as Sonic didn't have the stamina to keep up with Metal Sonic for more than a couple of minutes. If Tails hadn't stepped in and corrupted Metal Sonic's programming, Sonic would have been killed.
* CuteButCacophonic: Sera.
* [[DarkerandEdgier Darker and Edgier]]: Well, compared to the older games, it could be.
* DeathCourse: The path to Robotropolis, though Sonic and Tails make short work of it.
-->'''Sonic''': I bet Robotnik purposefully picked the route with the most traps for us!
* DistressedDamsel: Sera...sort of. She plays the role of hostage when Sonic's around, but she treats Robotnik like a friend the rest of the time.
-->(''Sera and Robotnik are playing a fighting videogame. Sera loses.'')\\
'''Sera''' (''hysterical''): No no no no no it's not fair you always beat me every time! (''abruptly regains her composure'') Alright, one more!\\
'''Robotnik''': Just give up! We've played a hundred times!\\
'''Sera''' (''devious''): I'll stop being your hostage...\\
'''Robotnik''': Alright, start it again.
* TheDitz: Old Man Hoot didn't even realize his ''rocket was on fire''!
* TheDragon: Metal Sonic.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Since the movie was only released five years into the franchise's life, so there are some moments that would nowadays be considered majorly [[OutOfCharacterMoment out of character]], such as Sonic telling Tails to shut up, Tails yelling "GO TO HELL!" at Sonic, and Knuckles describing himself as "Sonic's best friend".
* {{Egopolis}}: Robotropolis, aka Eggmanland. At night, the city's lights form a picture of Robotnik's face.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Two different schemes are mentioned. [[spoiler:Metal Robotnik's exploding generator turns out to be fake]], but [[spoiler:Hyper Metal Sonic's attempt to shatter the continents is very real]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The President.
* EvilKnockoff
* {{Expy}}: Sera is pretty much a human (except for an inexplicable tail) Amy Rose, presumably Amy herself didn't make an appearance becuase her being the president's daughter and Eggman's 'interest' didn't work quite as well, in the creator's minds anyway.
* FaceFault: Sonic and Tails do this simultaneously when Old Man Owl starts to convey his message before stopping abruptly, having a minor fit... and starting all over again.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Metal Sonic basically commits suicide by letting himself sink into lava.]]
* FastballSpecial: Used twice in a row to defeat Metal Robotnik.
* FingerWag: Sonic to Metal Robotnik. Often mistaken by fans for [[FlippingTheBird another gesture entirely]]. TO be fair, it ''is'' the case in some edits of the film.
* FearOfThunder: Tails. ''"I'm afraid of lightning!"''
* FearfulSymmetry: Portions of Sonic's fight with Metal Sonic.
* FlashStep: Sonic, Tails, and Metal.
* FloatingContinent: Between the plethora of floating landmasses and the cloud cover, the surface of Planet Freedom is largely shrouded in darkness; hence why it's called "the Land of Darkness". This is probably also the reason that the entire population lives on the outer layer, "the Land of the Sky".
* TheFool: Old Man Hoot.
* GadgeteerGenius: Tails. He builds a hover-surfboard in his spare time, disassembles one of Robotnik's radars, and later reassembles it as a device that can track Metal Sonic: [[spoiler:and wirelessly interfere with Metal's programming]]. This movie appears to be where Tails' mechanical tendencies come from, in fact.
* GagDub: Reputable Dubbing's ''WebVideo/SonicTheOtherMovie'' is a comedic rewrite of the movie, made by Sonic Paradox's Smegerama. Though most of it is the same story, the dialogue and various visual gags change it into a mostly comedic experience.
* Fireball20XL's ''Sonic Bastardized'' is a redubbed adaptation in which [[strike:Robotnik]] Eggman wants Sonic to go shut off a bomb he planted in BlizzardEntertainment's mainframe (in retribution for his ''WorldOfWarcraft'' losses), and Metal Sonic is a robot named Hyper Metal Jason (after Creator/JasonGriffith) that Eggman intends to use to replace Sonic's voice.
* GenreSavvy: Sonic, much more so than in the games. Not only does he know to not trust Robotnik when the doctor comes begging for help, but through most of the movie he repeatedly notes that they should be wary of Eggman. At one point he notes ([[ProperlyParanoid probably correctly]]) that Robotnik most likely gave Sonic and Tails the path through the Land Of Darkness that has the most traps and enemies. Later he invokes LeftForDead to try and lure off Metal Robotnik. [[spoiler: It doesn't work but he gets points for trying.]]
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Sonic attempts to knock some sense into Old Man Hoot by [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold attaching a crab to his foot]], [[TheDitz has limited success]].
* GoKartingWithBowser: Dr. Eggman is seen playing around with the president and his daughter in several scenes.
* GroinAttack: Sonic lands crotch-first on the nose of Robotnik's aircraft. Robotnik then wonders why Sonic is grimacing.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Sera can't seem to decide whose side she's on.
* HereWeGoAgain: Averted. [[spoiler:Eggman reveals after the final battle that he still has the data of Sonic's DNA via a CD, which he'll use to make another Metal Sonic to combat Sonic again...[[ChekhovsGag only for the missile turtle Robotnik fired away earlier to arrive on time and destroy the CD by accident]].]]
* InASingleBound
* {{Infodump}}: Eggman's speech to Sonic at the White House.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sonic.
* KnightOfCerebus: Metal Sonic. Before him most of the film played most everything humorously, Eggman barely even qualify for much a threat due to the GoKartingWithBowser above. Then Metal Sonic shows up and BOOM, we have a villain that's actually dangerous and for the most part, nothing about him is played humorously.
* LeftForDead: Subverted! [[spoiler:Metal Robotnik shoots the bridge from underneath Sonic and Tails; they grab bridge girders just out of sight and make gurgling sounds to convince Metal Robotnik that they're drowning. Just when they think he's left..."I see you! You didn't think I'd fall for a stupid trick like that, did you?"]]
* LastSecondChance
* LavaPit
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Metal Sonic.]]
* MakesUsEven:
-->'''Sonic''': Thanks a lot, pal! I owe you one!\\
'''Knuckles''': I think we're even.
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* {{Mondegreen}}: In the English version, Robotnik's cry of "SHUT UP! HEED ME!" was thought to have been "SHUT UP! EAT ME!"
* MoodWhiplash: The scene where [[spoiler:Metal Sonic dies is really stuck in utter contrast to the previous scene, which was a comedic albeit intense action-packed battle. Heck, it sticks out in utter contrast with the rest of the film's tone and mood in general.]]
* MotivationalKiss: Sera gives one to Knuckles.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: Sera is voiced by MikaKanai in the Japanese version.
* NeckLift: Metal Sonic does this to Sonic whilst simultaneously throttling him.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. "When you awaken...KILL him!" (cue EvilLaugh)
** Also averted when Robotnik meets Sonic at the Generator.
-->'''Robotnik''': You fell for my trap! You came all the way here and now you'll die here. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Good job, Sonic]]!
* NiceHat: Knuckles has one. If just for the RuleOfCool. Used for a CrowningMomentOfFunny later when it gets set on fire in the climax of the film.
-->'''Knuckles''': '''MY HAT'S ON FIRE, HELP!'''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFEDjyHZHSU&t=14m18s Some]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAMFw3Yt1gk&t=6m33s fans]] argue that Metal wouldn't know about puncturing the North glaciers if Sonic didn't know about this. Then again, others might say Metal probably knew since he's programmed by Robotnik to destroy all the landmarks from the Land of the Sky.
* NobleDemon: Hyper Metal Sonic.
* OcularGushers
* OnlyOneName: Sera.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Sonic will sometimes sound like a British woman when the voice acting gets particularly energetic.
** Also happens to Robotnik.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: He's both President Target and President Buffoon.
* PantyShot: [[spoiler:In the climax of the movie, Metal Sonic's head gets knocked through the bottom of Robotnik's hovercraft, right underneath Sera. She accuses him of trying to look up her skirt and starts kicking him in the face.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Sera''': Back, no no no! Don't look there, you pervert!]]
* PersonalityChip: Thanks to the wristwatch Tails received from Eggman that he managed to dismantle, he is able to [[spoiler:wirelessly mess with Metal's personality programming,]] and this gives Sonic a crucial advantage in the fight.
* PetTheDog: After winning his first fight against Sonic, Metal Sonic tracks down Old Man Hoot and...[[spoiler:gives him Sonic's favorite clothes]].
* {{Pilot}}: The film was originally released as two separate half-hour pilots in Japan, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff but due to Sonic's lack of popularity there]] the potential anime series never got off the ground. When it was dubbed, the two specials were merged together and released in the US as what we call ''Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie''.
* PimpedOutDress: In the climax, Sera wears a white dress [[FluffyFashionFeathers trimmed with feathers]].
* PokeThePoodle: Among Metal Sonic's acts of evil he randomly decides to steal Sonic's favorite clothes and give them to Old Man Hoot.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: In ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles S3&K]]'', Knuckles could glide through the air. Here, it gets upgraded to the ability to jump ridiculously high, hover in midair, and possibly fly outright.
** Like Tails' propensity for mechanical shenanigans, seems to be the start of a trend of non-game media to upgrade Knuckles' gliding to full-fledged flight.
* ThePresidentsDaughter: Sera.
* PsychicLink: Between Sonic and Metal Sonic.
--> '''Sonic''': You might know everything I'm going to do. But that's not going to help you, since I know everything ''you're'' going to do! [[MemeticMutation STRANGE, ISN'T IT?!]]
* RealMenWearPink: Sonic's aforementioned "favorite clothes" include a pink shirt.
* ResignedToTheCall: Sonic doesn't care about Robotnik's problems, but goes to Robotropolis anyway after very little convincing.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RidingTheBomb: Sonic, on one of Metal Robotnik's missiles.
* RoboCam
* RuinsOfTheModernAge: The "ancient relics" on the outskirts of Robotropolis/Eggmanland resembles an abandoned New York City.
* SceneryPorn: Damn, Planet Freedom looks pretty cool.
* ShatteredWorld: Planet Freedom.
* ShoutOut: One of the derelict aircraft on Sonic's island looks suspiciously like [[Franchise/StarTrek the USS Enterprise]]. Also, Sera's wedding dress is reminiscent of [[Franchise/SailorMoon Neo-Queen Serenity]]'s outfit.
* ShutUpHannibal: Robotnik gets a whack from an annoyed Sara when he gloats about how Sonic will face an even greater threat than his just-defeated Metal Robotnik.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name is Sera in the original Japanese, and Sara in the English dub. "Sarah" is right out.
* SpoilerOpening: The very first scene is Dr. Robotnik talking about acquiring Sonic's life data for Metal.
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse: Knuckles' explanation of how exactly [[spoiler:Metal Sonic is capable of destroying the planet]].
* StupidStatementDanceMix: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9fHGdR1IyM Planet Freedom, Planet Freedom, they conquered Planet Freedom.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giCpc4XGiKw We're going to the North Pole, North Pole, North Pole. That means Tails finally found the point of Planet Freedom, yes!]]
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The ending song, "Look Alike", is sung (and spoken for a bit) in, for the most part, [[note]][-The singer pronounces memory as "memorai" in one verse, which itself isn't entirely grammatically sound.-][[/note]] well-pronounced and grammatically correct English.
* TakeMyHand: [[spoiler:Sonic to Metal when the latter is about to sink into lava. Metal declines, saying "There is only one Sonic..." and then dissolves.]]
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: This, rather than Robotnik's order, is Metal Sonic's real motivation for trying to kill Sonic. [[spoiler:And ultimately, his reason for declining his LastSecondChance after losing to Sonic.]]
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Sonic insists that he has to defeat Metal alone. Initially.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Sera.
* TranslationTrainWreck: One DVD version of the movie has subtitles that, for example, call Knuckles "Knucklus," and call Eggman "Machine King."
* UnusualEuphemism: "Sonic will never again be a pain in my egg!"
* TheVoiceless: Metal never talks [[spoiler:until the end, when he sinks into lava]].
* WallJump: Sonic, of course.
* WhatMeasureIsANonUnique: The reason [[spoiler: Metal Sonic allows himself to fall into the lava]] near the end.
* WordSaladLyrics: The lyrics to Look Alike, the ending tune of the film, is rather... confusing.
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