A co-production of Sega and Paramount Pictures, this film is directed by Jeff Fowler in his directorial debut and produced by The Fast and the Furious' Neal Moritz in the latter's first film with Paramount after leaving Sony Pictures (This film's original studio). Deadpool director Tim Miller also serves as executive producer. The film's animation services and visual effects are provided by Sega's Marza Animation Planet studio and Miller's Blur Studio, the latter of whom have frequently collaborated with Sega on a couple of Sonic the Hedgehog video games, namely Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), with assistance from Moving Picture Company.
Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) stumbles upon the small town of Green Hills, Montana, whose sheriff, Tom Wachowski, (James Marsden) is sympathetic with Sonic's troubles and offers to help Sonic find his rings, setting the stage for a journey that eventually leads them to San Francisco. Unfortunately for the two heroes, Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey) has followed Sonic and is seeking to stop his journey once and for all. On top of that, the United States government finds out about Sonic's antics and initiates a secret operation to capture him for research purposes, hiring Robotnik to help with their efforts. Facing two simultaneous threats, Sonic will need teamwork from the city of Green Hills, and the support of familiar allies, to regain his rings and defeat Dr. Robotnik.
The film is set for release in November 2019. The first trailer can be seen here.
Sonic the Hedgehog contains examples of:
- Adaptational Curves: Sonic's redesign for this movie ditches his standard Rubberhose Limbs for a much more realistic, muscular looking body. It's safe to say that this Sonic does not skip leg day.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Robotnik looks much more dashing when played by Jim Carrey. He's in better shape, has a full head of hair, and his mustache is well-groomed. Ultimately averted by the end of the trailer where he's the bald, goggles-wearing, and bushy moustached man we expect Eggman to be.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In addition to his trademark spin dash and super speed, this incarnation of Sonic has electric quills and can enter Bullet Time to redirect projectiles fired his way. His rings also now have the power to grow and form portals, functioning similarly to the Giant Rings that teleported Sonic to the Special Stages in Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
- Alternate Continuity: As with most adaptations of the franchise, the film will follow its own continuity separate from any previous works.
- Black Comedy Burst: A joke near the end of the trailer has Tom hiding Sonic in a bag and smuggling him into a building. When someone besides him hears Sonic making noise within the bag, this exchange alluding to child abduction ensues:Bystander: Do you have your child in that bag?Tom: No... I mean yes, it's a child, but it's not mine.[pause]Bystander 2: [visibly disturbed] ...That's not your child?[both bystanders walk away]
- Chewing the Scenery: Robotnik's character does this in just a few minutes while interrupting one of the generals in the trailer.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Robotnik's look leans heavily into this.◊
- Delinquent: Sonic is a juvenile delinquent.
- Friend on the Force: The town cop Tom Wachowski, who will be allied with Sonic.
- Godzilla Threshold: The military considers bringing Robotnik to be this because of how obnoxious and insufferable he is.
- Government Conspiracy: As if Sonic had nothing else to worry about besides Dr. Robotnik, the United States federal government is seeking to kidnap him as part of an effort to study extraterrestrial life, and it turns out Robotnik is on their payroll.
- Human-Focused Adaptation: It's set in a rural small town with Sonic as presumably the only anthropomorphic animal, rather than either the World of Funny Animals setting (with Robotnik/Eggman being the Token Human) or the Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! settings of the games.
- Insult Backfire: After Sonic takes out one of Robotnik's vehicles, we get this exchange.Sonic: Ho-ho! Is that all you've got? [Speeds back into Tom's truck]Robotnik: [Behind a control panel] No, but thank you for asking. [Launches a second vehicle at the duo]Sonic: Uh-oh.
- Layman's Terms: After Dr. Robotnik gives his long-winded opinion of what he thinks about Major Bennington's importance, he asks his assistant Agent Stone to summarise for him.Agent Stone: The doctor thinks you're basic.
- Logo Joke: The Paramount logo replaces the stars with Sonic's rings.
- MacGuffin: Sonic's rings, which he lost and must recollect.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Or supervillains in this case, but it's Zig-Zagged. Robotnik is introduced in a black suit and looking fairly normal, with a neat mustache, while in various shots through the trailer he's shown having adopted his trademark look piece by piece (red coat, round goggles), before finally fully embracing his game counterpart appearance (bald and with a wild, bushy mustache).
- Mythology Gag:
- The badge for the Green Hills Sheriff department has a background depicting a river, hills and greenery, which would be a basic description of Green Hill Zone.
- The plot of Sonic being pursued by the military recalls Sonic Adventure 2, which also featured several locales inspired by San Francisco, while the poster shot of Sonic running down a skyscraper resembles an iconic moment of the same from Sonic Adventure.
- The idea of Sonic possibly being extraterrestrial is reminiscent of the premise of the initial seasons of Sonic X, which saw Sonic and company being transported to Earth and living there among the humans. At one point, Sonic even says "Gotta go fast", a reference to the anime's English theme song.
- Sonic's pose during the scene where dozens of missiles are shooting at him is a reference to his idle animation from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- While Robotnik is unambiguously villainous in this movie, his origins as a relatively sane individual before turning full-heel has its roots in both the Sonic the Hedgehog Promo Comic and Fleetway's Sonic the Comic, where Robotnik was a kindly scientist named Kintobor before a lab accident.
- Sonic's ability to use rings to teleport people to other places is a nod to the Warp Rings from Sonic 1, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic Mania, which Sonic would use to travel to the game's special stages. The concept was also used in Sonic 3D Blast, where they were referred to as "Dimension Rings".
- Product Placement: Sonic wears red Puma running shoes throughout the movie.
- Remake Cameo: Gary Chalk appears as one of the generals in the Pentagon meeting. Chalk previously voiced Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and, ironically, Robotnik himself in Sonic Underground.
- Shock and Awe: Sonic's body conducts electricity when he's using his Super Speed. The trailer shows him producing enough while running to cause a blackout across the entire Pacific Northwest.
- That Came Out Wrong: While Tom and his wife try to sneak Sonic into a building through a luggage bag, the two people next to them can hear Sonic and ask if his child is in his bag. Tom says no, but then clarifies that "yes, it's a child, but it's not mine", which prompts the other two people to walk away looking visibly weirded out.