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Web Video: Sonic

Sonic is an 18-minute long Fan Film based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. It was written and directed by Eddie Lebron, and released by Blue Core Studios, the same company that released the fanmade Mega Man film. The film was developed to see how Sonic would look in a live action environment, and faced the high expectations of the Sonic fanbase.

On the peaceful planet of Mobius, the evil Dr. Robotnik, formerly Julian Kintobor, declares war on the world. He begins his path of destruction by wiping out all intelligent animals on the remote South Island. Three months on, Dr. Robotnik's power has spread and now occupies Station Square, often taking over the city's television networks to spread his propaganda. He faces opposition from G.U.N. who are often overwhelmed by his robotic Badniks. But, a surviving Mobian known as the "Blue Blur" launches a series of attacks on Dr. Robotnik's forces and is held a hero by the media. Dr. Robotnik and a group of G.U.N. soldiers discover the identity of the freedom fighter - namely a wisecracking, laidback, blue hedgehog named Sonic who can run at supersonic speeds.

The film gained a lot of attention, particularly when it was announced that Jaleel White was reprising his role as Sonic after voicing the character in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Sat AM and Sonic Underground.

It was originally first released at MAGFest 2013. On January 10, 2013, it was uploaded to YouTube by the filmmaker.

This was Retsupurae'd by Chip Cheezum here and Annotated.

This film contains examples of:

  • And the Adventure Continues:The film ends with Robotnik needing 4 more Chaos Emeralds for some Evil Plan, Sonic finding Green Hill Zone and Knuckles appearing.
  • Another Dimension: The Chaos Emeralds emerge from a Warp Ring at the beginning of the film.
  • Badass Army: G.U.N. shows signs of this considering they willingly venture into the wilderness to blow up one of the Egg Carrier fleets.
  • Bald of Evil: Dr. Robotnik is both bald and the villain.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Robotnik is of the "sit in his lair a lot" variety, and all the other bad guys report directly to him.
  • The Cameo:
  • Canned Orders Over Loudspeaker: Dr. Robotnik and his followers do this on Station Square's television network.
  • Conspicuous CG: Between the Egg Carriers, the robots and Sonic himself. This movie has plenty of this to spare.
  • Cool Ship: The Egg Carrier fleet and G.U.N.'s huge battleship.
  • Darker and Edgier: Much like the Mega Man fan film before it, Sonic puts a significantly darker spin on the normally lighthearted franchise. Dr. Robotnik is a foul, sinister antagonist (going so far as to even electrocute a captured G.U.N. soldier and attempt to execute another in cold blood), and some elements of racial inequality have been added in as well (represented by a G.U.N. soldier despising Sonic as a "South Islander"). Robotnik also seems to be on a much more active head-hunt in regards to Sonic, explicitly ordering his robots to "find it and kill it".
  • Dull Surprise: The guy being interrogated by Robotnik.
  • Emergency Presidential Address: President Bushnell addresses the United Federation regarding Dr. Robotik's attacks.
  • Emperor Scientist / Evil Overlord: Dr. Robotnik, who is seen in his high-tech base all the time.
  • Expy: Some believe that the four G.U.N. soldiers - Anthony, Nova, Jade and Gears - that speak to Sonic are meant to be human counterparts to Antoine, Sally, Bunnie and Rotor from SatAM.
  • Exty Years from Now: The date is January 9, 4013 - exactly 2000 years after the film's release date.
  • Fan Film: Done by Eddie Lebron and Blue Core Studios.
  • Fanservice: Interesting how Doug Walker, someone very known for pandering to his female audience, is put in a soldier's uniform, dirtied up, captured and manhandled by a robot, and spends most of his cameo either on the ground or kneeling with a gun to his head.
    • His Sonic costume showed more of his chest and stomach than it did of his face.
  • Fantastic Racism: Dr. Robotnik openly hates Mobians. And one of the G.U.N. soldiers openly expresses prejudice against "South Islanders".
  • Final Solution: Occurs when Dr. Robotnik decides to wipe out all Mobians on South Island.
  • The Hero: Sonic is pretty much a classic hero.
    • Early in the film, you can clearly see Brental Floss as one of the civilians witnessing Robotnik's invasion.
    • Stuttering Craig of ScrewAttack cameos as one of Robotnik's propaganda spreading minions.
  • Killer Robot: Dr. Robotnik's Badniks and E-100 robots are seen threatening and/or attempting to shoot and kill people.
  • Last of His Kind: Sonic becomes this early on...
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The basis of the plot is taken from Sonic Sat AM including Dr. Robotnik's original name Julian Kintobor.
    • Sonic's catch phrases like "Way past cool", and the concept of Roboticisation are taken from the cartoon too.
    • Mobius, South Island and Station Square are main settings in the film.
    • The Chaos Emeralds emerge from a Warp Ring.
    • Dr. Robotnik's fleet consists of a dozen or so Egg Carriers. The fleet flies over Station Square in a scene directly inspired from a similar one in Sonic Adventure.
    • Sonic mocks Robotnik by calling him "Eggman"
    • The E-100 robots are based on E-102 Gamma.
    • G.U.N. are taken from Sonic Adventure 2.
    • Buzzbombers and Motobugs make appearances.
    • There is a subtle Take That to the controversial Interspecies Romance of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
    • The Commander of G.U.N. is briefly mentioned.
    • Sonic comes across the Green Hill Zone at the end of the film, and is viewed from afar by Knuckles the Echidna.
  • Ominous Floating Spaceship: The Egg Carrier fleet flying over Station Square.
  • One-Word Title
  • Reckless Gun Usage: One of the G.U.N. soldiers just swings an automatic rifle around by the handle.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: A G.U.N. soldier who is roboticised after being interrogated by Dr. Robotnik.
  • Sequel Hook: Dr. Robotnik gains three Chaos Emeralds, Sonic comes across the Green Hill Zone, and Knuckles the Echidna watches from afar contemplating the consequences of Sonic's actions.
  • Shout-Out: President Bushnell's name seems to be a nod to Nolan Bushnell, one of the brains behind Atari.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: Dr. Robotnik's air fleet of Egg Carriers.
  • Stripperiffic: In a behind the scenes extra, Doug as Sonic.
  • The Stoic: Dr. Robotnik for most of the film shows little emotion during most of his dialog and speeches to the public.
  • Stunned Silence: All of the G.U.N. troops are stunned by Sonic's appearance when they encounter him.
  • Take That: A joke about the Interspecies Romance plot of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Sonic "flirts" with a human woman, but then says that the two are incompatible since she's a human and he's a hedgehog.
  • Totally Radical: Jaleel White brings a new charm to his old role as Sonic.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Though the process is never shown, roboticisation is a Fate Worse than Death for anyone who opposes Dr. Robotnik, who enjoys it fondly.
  • Vocal Evolution / Vocal Dissonance: White's voice in the film is noticeably raspier than the one he had in the shows (though understandably, considering how much older he is now).

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