Hi there. Bored to tears by the lack of actual fighting in Street Fighter: The Movie? Scared to death by the absolute horrificness of The House of the Dead? Just tired of bad video game movies in general? Well, Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie to the rescue! Fans of the original Pre-Sonic Adventure Sonic the Hedgehog games are in for a real treat here in many ways. First, the art direction. The art is heavily inspired by the original Sonic games surreal, Golden Age Animation/Anime esque art direction and character designs, and boy does it show. The animation is also pretty good, and the cinematography gets the job done. The music and sound effects are also very creative and memorable. Also, despite the complaints i have heard, I don't mind the casting in the English dub. The actors are fine and in some odd way actually fit the characters personalities and sound distinctive. Speaking of personalities, Sonic actually has his classic Jerk With a Heart of Gold 'tude in full swing here, and most of the characters are likable (cough Sarah cough) I thought the story was fine as well, a nice action tale, and how it didn't go out of its way to take itself seriously (sans the ending), and just tries to be a fun, exciting and funny movie, kinda like a Golden Age cartoon. I could complain about how unevenly paced it feels (due to its TV pilot roots) but I can forgive that. Overall, it captures the spirit of the original games with success, which i must commend. If you want a good animated film and a Sonic cartoon for fans of everything that was great about Classic Sonic, I highly recommend this film. It's a treat you won't regret. My rating: 7/10. Good, but not great.
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