Web Video / Sonic The Other Movie

Our heroes: A Surfer Dude, a Deadpan Snarker and a Blue Bastard.

"Tails, you know I can't get dust in my contacts!"
Sonic, after a horrible plane crash

Sonic the Other Movie is a four episode Gag Dub and Affectionate Parody of Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie created by Reputable Dubbing Pictures (released under the banner of Sonic Paradox, the team behind Sonic Shorts, and sharing some of their voice actors). In stark contrast to most (or possibly all) abridged series, the Other Movie cuts very little of the source material and actually runs a fair bit longer due in most part to the Gainax Ending.

Narcissistic hero Sonic the Hedgehog and his incredibly resentful sidekick Tails the Fox, later joined by the totally radical Knuckles the Flying Mole-Person, learn from the surprisingly friendly President Robotnik of an impending nuclear disaster in the long-abandoned Scrap Brain Zone. But, of course, that was just a ploy to pit Sonic against the Super Duper Metal Sonic. Watching from the sidelines are the borderline-insane senator Old Man Owl, who invites all his old army buddies over for a party at Sonic's place while he's away, the appallingly self-absorbed Former President and his similarly narcissistic daughter Sarah.

The complete series can be found here.

This Abridged Series is, like, the polar opposite of suck, and provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Metal Robotnik's glue gun, which is placed in a rather unfortunate spot. It gets pixellated.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Averted, unusually so for an Abridged Series.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Most characters are much more of a jerk in this work than in official material, with the exception of Robotnik. Knuckles acts and talks like a surfer dude to try to impress Tails.
  • Affably Evil: Robotnik, who seems nicer than either of our heroes and has some actual chemistry with Sonic and Sarah.
  • Affectionate Parody: Obviously.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Robotnik has an eye for Sarah. Unfortunately she's fifteen, so it's probably an example of Pśdo Hunt.
  • Angrish: Tails, moments before Sonic saves him and Old Man Owl from crashing into a mountain:
  • Anti-Hero: EVERYONE.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 4, should the Scrap Brain Zone reactor suffer a meltdown. But then Class 6 occurs in Episode 4, so it's not like that really matters.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: In stark contrast to his official persona, Tails is portrayed as incredibly bitter over being relegated to the position of sidekick under Sonic.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": From Sonic, who up to that point been very quiet and reserved.
    Sonic: Shut your freaking mouth, Tails!
  • Black Comedy: Robotnik murders Metal Robotnik and fits him into a Humongous Mecha.
  • Blatant Lies: Subverted when Robotnik's claim that he has a giant, metal brother turns out to be true.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Sarah violently smashes a lead pipe into Robotnik's skull. Cue High-Pressure Blood.
  • Bond One-Liner: Metal Sonic, after thoroughly kicking the crap out of his meaty counterpart.
    Metal: How do you like them apples [beat] bitch?
  • Brick Joke: The amazingly slow asthmatic turtle badnik shows up again about ten minutes after he launches.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Sonic is fully capable of going all action hero to save the day, but only if he feels like it.
    Sonic: Lay off, Tails! It's Labor Day!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Robotnik and Sarah play Sonic the Hedgehog 2 together.
    • Tails directly addresses the audience at the end of episode 2.
    Tails: See y'all next week! Same me time, same me channel!
  • Butt Monkey: Tails, due to being less air-headed than the rest of the cast.
  • Call to Adventure: What Robotnik does to Sonic and Tails. Sonic is less than pleased about this.
  • Cat Girl: Sarah. For some reason.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Knuckles catches Sarah after she falls from Robotnik's aircraft.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: Inverted. The first episode opening with Steve Blum telling us to watch something else.
  • Character Development: Over the course of the series, Tails is slowly getting over his jealousy and coming to terms with being Sonic's sidekick.
  • Character Exaggeration: Sonic is substantially more of a Jerk Ass than in any official portrayals, and Old Man Owl has all but lost his mind.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Episode 4 in particular, culminating in the ending which blows up the world and hits the Reset Button, restarting at episode one except as a deconstruction of bad abridged series. The sequence is a mockery of lazy comedy, particularly singling out Sonic Boom.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Sonic proudly supports suffrage of The Mole People. Knuckles is later revealed to be a mole person. Doubles as Genius Bonus, as Knuckles was misidentified as a mole in the English dub of the OVA.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The asthmatic turtle badnik, which shatters the glaciers when it blows up, initiating the Gainax Ending.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Old Man Owl is responsible for the Gainax Ending and the entire plot.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Tails' bodyboard surfing skills, which somehow dissolve the glue sticking his tails together.
  • Cliffhanger: Played for laughs, when the end credits cut Sonic off in the middle of his speech about how exciting their adventure will be.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Owl, Up to Eleven.
    Old Man Owl: Oh, hello Tails. Nice to see you. You're looking swell with that new haircut. Anyway, I have some important business with Sonic. Have you seen him?
    Tails: Quiet! Can't you see your rocket's on fire?!
    Old Man Owl: Waaaaah! I thought the AC was broken!
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Parodied in Episode 2, complete with repeating dialogue and a "TV-Y7 FV" rating box when we fade back in. Sonic lampshades this when Metal Robotnik begins firing glue at them from his...ass-cannon.
    Sonic: You canít get away with this on a TV-Y7 show!
  • Crapsack World: Dr. Robotnik, a known super-villain, was elected president of South Island.
  • Cue the Rain: After both Sonic and Tails become trapped in glue.
  • Cutaway Gag: Big's Bass Bonanza, and every look we get at Owl's wild party.
    • Another example in episode 3, featuring a "STOP THE TAPE HERE AND HAVE STUDENTS DISCUSS POSSIBLE ANSWERS" screen after Tails demands to know what Robotnik's real plan is.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tails. Overlaps with Only Sane Man (see below).
  • Deconstructed Trope: Shallow Parody, explored and discussed at the end of the final episode.
  • Dirty Coward: Tails may be smarter than Sonic, but there's a reason he needs him around.
  • Disregard That Statement: Tails freaks out and begs for mercy upon Metal Robotnik's return, until the messily-cobbled-back-together robot falls to pieces.
    Tails: Comment redacted.
  • The Ditz: Sonic, Sarah and especially Old Man Owl.
  • Double Entendre: Tails tells Sonic how awesome his rocket-board is using increasingly sexual terminology.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: When Old Man Owl's plane explodes, presumably killing everyone, causes the credits to start rolling. Subverted when we almost immediately cut back to the three jumping clear of the explosion, unhurt.
  • Dull Surprise: Sonic loses interest in the bizarre geography of the Layer of Darkness incredibly quickly.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The certifiably crazy Old Man Owl is ironically one of the sanest characters.
  • Editing Works: A given, this being an Abridged Series.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The results of the potential nuclear meltdown are less than promising.
  • Evil Knockoff: Played with. Aside from being under Robotnik's control, Metal Sonic speaks and behaves exactly like Sonic.
  • Fearful Symmetry: Metal Sonic and Sonic.
  • Fighter-Launching Sequence: The Tornado runaway launch in the first episode is overly dramatic, especially with the catapult emitting ridiculously over-the-top anime sound effects.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The series loves this trope.
    • Episode 1 features a single frame that reads "I could have edited this frame out but instead I've opted to make it the most disappointing easter egg ever."
    • Episode 3 features an opening sequence absolutely full of freeze frame gags, such as Old Man Owl's full name: Senator Oldward Jezebel Owl. Later on, we meet "Melty the Blob", named in a caption over a bizarre animation smear of Tails that lasts for two or three frames.
    • Episode 4 features a caption over an animation smear of Knuckles that makes his fists look like a rocket ship, and "Melty the Blob 2" over a smear of Tails moments later.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Tails makes use of these skills in the third episode to reconfigure the navigator.
  • Gainax Ending: A straight example, but it's built around parody of a very famous example. Metal reveals before his death that Owl has been pulling the strings all along, but before Sonic can act on this information the glaciers are shattered when the incredibly slow turtle-shaped missile Robotnik fired earlier blows up, and the Land of the Sky is torn to shreds. Showing a moment of mercy, Owl offers Sonic a new life in an alternate reality which he feeds him a sample of. It plays out as a parody of a stereotypically bad abridged series, with shoddy editing, one voice actor playing all the roles, and a number of silly gimmicks that would get tedious after more than a couple minutes. Sonic eventually comes to the conclusion that the new world, though comfortingly safe, is too dull and repetitive.
  • Genre Savvy: Sonic. Ironically more so than Tails.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Our lead characters aren't particularly pleasant people, personality-wise.
  • Going Critical: Robotnik tricks Sonic and Tails into thinking they're stopping this from happening.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Robotnik quickly devolves into playing a multiplayer tournament of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Eraser with his hostages once he gets bored.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Robotnik wants to build a utopia plastered with his face, and Sonic fights against it just for his own amusement.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Old Man Owl has moments of this during his nonsensical jabbering.
    Owl: ...and the empty fuel gauge not obvious, and gas prices going up, and the kids with their rocket boards and those dastardly Walkmen!
  • Headbutting Heroes: Sonic and Tails can't stand or do without each other.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Sonic, in droves.
    Sonic: (climbing out the wreckage of a plane crash) Tails, you know I canít get dust in my contacts!
    Tails: Yes, I'm fine, thanks for asking.
    • The Former President is even worse, not even once thinking of anyone's safety besides his own.
    • Although Sarah is exactly as self-absorbed, so maybe It Runs in the Family.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Robotnik, after being smashed over the head with a crowbar.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The gag reel, full of flubs and abusive ad-libs.
    Sonic: I was a young boy, acne, y'know how it is. And, uh, pretty much everything that moved, as long as it was relatively at the same speed of sound mind you, but anything that moved, I was just smashin' left and right. I have like twenty different girlfriends. No, you can't meet any of them.
  • Humongous Mecha: Metal Robotnik, at least after he was murdered and turned into a vehicle.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Knuckles, in his attempts to seem hip and cool to Tails.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Tails is absolutely horrified when he realizes Sarah has a tail. Later, in Episode 4, Tails shouts that his worst fear is being thrown into the air despite the fact that he has the ability to fly and pilot a bi-plane.
  • Idiot Hero: Sonic has shades of this, although due to his short attention span rather than legitimates stupidity.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Knuckles seems to spout one at least every other line.
    Knuckles: (stuck in glue) Looks like Iím in a sticky situation, bro!
    • Robotnik, in a brief view of his jollier side, interrupts his Info Dump for one:
    Robotnik: The reactor is currently outputting far more power than any of the transformers can handle, dare I say producing enough energy to explode Optimus Primeís head. (pauses to chuckle heartily) Seriously though, this is a dire situation and weíre all going to die.
  • Info Dump: Robotnik's exposition speech in episode 1, and Tails' from episode 3.
  • Insufferable Genius: Tails, to some extent.
    Sonic: (as strange blobs form in the air around them) What is that stuff?
    Tails: It's not just stuff! It's beautiful shafts of heavenly light, you philistine!
  • Jerk Ass: Everybody except for Dr. Robotnik and Old Man Owl.
  • Kung-Foley: Frequently taken to the Logical Extreme, most notably with the runway catapult in episode 1.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Sonic indirectly taunts the audience at the end of the first episode.
    Sonic: Boy Tails, this adventure sounds so exciting Iíd kill myself if there was any kind of delay— [cue credits]
  • Laugh Track: Parodied in Episode 2.
  • Machine Monotone: Averted. Metal Sonic, while speaking a bit slower than Sonic, has just as much emotion in his voice. And is just as much of an ass, too.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Silentlyvocal plays Sonic, Old Man Owl and various extras while Time8th plays Robotnik, the Old President and various other extras.
  • Medium Awareness: The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise seems to exist in our heroes' universe.
    Sonic: Man, look at all these stoplights. Could've used some of these in All Stars Racing, y'know?
  • Mind Screw: See Gainax Ending.
  • Motor Mouth: Any time Tails starts panicking. Most notably when Metal Robotnik returns from the dead:
    Tails: Holy freaking ass sacks! Sonic, you didnít kill him hard enough! I donít wanna die! Iím so young! Iím not even old enough to get confused about my sexuality for a couple years before settling down with a nice girl, having two or three kids and eventually succumbing to all the illnesses my doctor keeps telling me I donít have even though I looked up the symptoms and Iíve got, like, all of them!
  • Nice Hat: Knuckles' quite stylish Indiana Jones number.
  • Noodle Incident: Several:
    • Robotnik once took a false HeelĖFace Turn and built a chocolate factory as part of an evil scheme.
    • Tails apparently used to have three tails, but lost one to a lightning strike.
    • Tails drove Sticks the Badger out of town for not being funny.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Referenced by Sonic, who claims Owl's driving is bad enough to make him this.
  • Only Sane Man: Tails, to the chagrin of the rest of the cast.
    Tails: Uh, excuse me, but does nobody else care that he (Robotnik) tried to kill us not five minutes ago?
    Robotnik and Sonic: Shut up, Tails.
  • Original Flavor: The plot of the source material is kept largely intact, with much of the humor coming from the now incredibly dysfunctional characters' attempts to comply with it.
  • Overly Long Gag: Metal Robotnik's gun doesn't need to charge up until he aims it directly at a trapped Sonic, in which case it begins charging for FIFTEEN SECONDS before Knuckles shows up to save the day.
  • Pac Man Fever: Sarah and Robotnik only play 16-bit era games.
  • Pixellation: Played for laughs to obscure the glue cannon on Metal Robotnik's backside.
  • Post Modernism: Our heroes' titular franchise seems to exist in their universe, and Tails seems be aware he's in a TV show.
  • President Evil: Dr. Robotnik, who must have one hell of a campaign manager.
  • Product Placement: Played for laughs with Tails' rocket board, which features a prominent Mountain Dew logo. But it only appears after he mentions it's there.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Occasionally dips into this, although for stylistic reasons.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Tails tries to sell out Sonic for his own safety multiple times.
    Tails: If you're only gonna shoot him, let me go!
  • Reference Overdosed: See Shout-Out, below.
  • Really Gets Around: Old Man Owl claims to have been this in his younger days.
    Old Man Owl: ...back in my day I was quite the pilot, and pretty popular with my best friend's wife if you get my drift.
  • Ret Gone: In The Stinger for the first episode, Knuckles is deleted from the script for complaining that he didn't appear in the episode. He visually glitches and distorts before bursting into flames and vanishing into a bright light.
  • Riding the Bomb: Sonic manages to pull this off with one of Metal Robotnik's missiles. Considering the missiles had already exploded, it's kind of baffling. This is lampshaded.
    Sonic: I have no idea how this haaaaappeeeened!
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: Star Light Zone and its many still-functional traffic lights.
  • Running Gag: Several, notably:
    • The "BAN!", first appearing in episode 1, will accompany at least two explosions per episode.
    • Tails yelling "Ow, my face!" when he gets hurt.
    • Several times when the characters apparently die, the credits begin playing for a split second before we cut back to reveal they're fine. Subverted in episode 3 when the joke is set up but, instead of credits, we see text reading "I PROMISE NEVER TO MAKE THE 'THEY'RE DEAD' JOKE AGAIN. PLEASE FORGIVE ME."
    • Rampant quoting of Sonic Adventure, mostly from the titular Sonic.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The series ends on an Incredibly Lame Pun that completely undercuts the message of everything building up to it.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few.
    • Episode 1: Aside from all the references to various entries in the Sonic franchise littered about, the Little Jack of Skies of Arcadia is featured prominently in one establishing shot, one gag mentions Sonic's support of suffrage for The Mole People, Sonic listens to "Play That Funky Music" and "Oh Yeah" on his radio, and one of Eggman's robots has the voice of Marik from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Chris Thorndyke of Sonic X shows up in The Stinger as Knuckles' understudy.
    • Episode 2: A parody of the opening from 24, a line from Monty Python, and a brief cameo from Chris Thorndyke.
    • Episode 3: Features a title, opening, inner-dialogue sequence, credits and stinger parodying those of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sonic directly quoting Sonic Adventure on multiple occasions, a few references to Earthbound, the famous five-note tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and, inexplicably, Sonic and Tails both making complete separate comments about going to Applebee's.
    • Episode 4: opening parodies Death Note and an elaborate parody of the last two episodes of Evangelion during the Gainax Ending.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The series is a huge fan of this trope in the latter two episodes.
    • Episode 3's use of the Blue Danube Waltz and Beethoven's 9th Symphony as battle music.
    • Episode 4 takes it a step further, heavily featuring the Hallelujah Chorus and Air on a G String throughout the fight with Metal Sonic.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: The awful Reset Button version of Episode 1 seen at the end of the finale, which imitates bad Abridged Series and their common tropes.
  • Speak in Unison: Subverted in the third episode with Tails and Knuckles, who speak at completely different speeds.
  • Split Screen: In the 24 parody opening.
  • Standard Snippet: A number of classical examples are featured throughout, namely the Blue Danube, Ode to Joy and the Hallelujah Chorus.
  • The Stinger: Each episode features one.
    • Episode one has Robotnik apologizing to Knuckles for not being able to get him a scene in the episode, ending with Knuckles being removed from the script entirely which deletes him from reality. His understudy, Chris Thorndyke, replaces him. Poorly.
    • Episode two gives us a look at Old Man Owl's party just as the tubs of industrial mayonnaise arrive.
    • Episode three gives us a preview of the fourth episode, parodying the next-time teasers from Neon Genesis Evangelion (complete with a promise of plenty more fanservice).
    • Episode four expands on the Gainax Ending, with Owl floating through space, talking about moving on to his next job. It's Earth.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: Tails' frequent cries of "Ow, my face!" get this in episode 4.
    Sonic: Ow, the back of my face!
  • Surfer Dude: Knuckles, or at least the persona he puts on to impress Tails.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Old Man Owl totally promises he won't invite all his old army buddies over for the swellest, raddest party of all time while you're away. Oh my, no.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Poor Tails.
  • Take My Hand: Sonic to Metal. He rejects it.
  • Take That: Quite a few, namely at the voice actors of the original English dub.
    • The first gag of the series is one directed at Lainie Fraiser, voice of Tails in the original OVA: Tails' first line, audio and all, is taken wholesale from the source material. He then coughs violently and switches to his actual voice, apologizing and explaining he has a cold.
    • Later on, Sonic quotes another line verbatim, although this time it's just an impression rather than the original audio:
    Sonic: Forget about it. You created that stupid contraption in the first place, why should I have to go around cleaning up your messes?
    • Big's Bass Bonanza is a reference the character's infamously boring gameplay in Sonic Adventure.
    • Very notable example in episode three, where Tails makes reference to having "stalked and driven that girl Sticks out of town", and how "she just wasn't funny." The creators really hate Sonic Boom.
  • Techno Babble: Featured during nearly every Info Dump, most notably with Tails invoking the nonexistent "Erlenmeyer paradox" to justify Sonic and Metal's mutual telepathy.
  • Totally Radical: Intentionally invoked with Knuckles, to show how obnoxious his "hero" persona is, and with Old Man Owl (who will drop slang from completely different time periods into the same sentence.)
    Knuckles: Look at this place! What a radical wreck! Itíd be mondo bad mojo if you let some uncool fool hang out here alone.
  • Troperiffic: To be expected from an Abridged Series.
  • Tsundere: Sarah.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In episode 3, Metal Robotnik fires some bombs at Sonic, and he presumably dies. Sonic comes back riding one of the bombs Metal Robotnik fired after they already blew up. Sonic states he has no idea how that happened.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Tails' various descriptions of Metal Robotnik's glue weapon.
    • "Sonic! Youíre standing in that fondue stuff!"
  • Unreliable Narrator: We have no idea if the mid-sentence cutaway to Metal Sonic leaving Old Man Owl's party is an actual depiction of events or Owl simply making up nonsense. It doesn't help that most of his claims outside of the cutaway fall into the latter category.
  • Wild Geriatric Party: Old Man Owl throws one of these in Sonic's house with his old army buddies.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Inverted. Even Sonic, our resident Heroic Comedic Sociopath, is shocked and appalled when Robotnik's true plan includes some really disturbing (and unnecessary) side notes:
    Sarah: This whole thing was Robotnik's idea! He murdered and hollowed out his metal brother so he could drive his corpse around and poop glue on you! Itís always been a creepy fantasy of his and he finally acted on it!
    Sonic: Thatís disgusting! What the actual hell, Robotnik?!
  • World in the Sky: The Land of the Sky, where our heroes reside.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: After Sonic witnesses the alternate universe that plays out like a generic abridged series, he comes to realize that his world is worth more than he gives it credit for and he resolves to try and treat it as such.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: After the initial explosion is set of by Asthmatic Turtle Bot, this occurs due to the nuclear reactor, probably.
  • Written Sound Effect: "BAN!", which is accompanied vocally, occurs when Robotnik's hologram pops.