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 was originally set for release in November 2019, but has been delayed to February 14, 2020. The first trailer can be seen here.
Sonic the Hedgehog contains examples of:
- Adaptational Curves: Sonic's redesign as seen in the first trailer ditches his standard Rubberhose Limbs for a much more realistic, muscular looking body.
- 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, as shown in the trailer.
- 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]
- Layman's Terms: During the April 2019 trailer, after Dr. Robotnik gives his long-winded opinion of what he thinks about Major Bennington's importance, he asks his assistant Agent Stone to summarize for him.Agent Stone: The doctor thinks you're basic.
- Logo Joke: The Paramount logo replaces the stars with Sonic's rings in the April 2019 trailer.
- Mythology Gag:
- Reactive Continuous Scream: Tom Wachowski screams at the sight of Sonic in the trailer, who promptly screams back in turn.
- Remake Cameo: Gary Chalk appears as one of the generals in the April 2019 trailer's Pentagon meeting. Chalk previously voiced Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and, ironically, Robotnik himself in Sonic Underground.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: In the trailer, after Sonic takes out one of Robotnik's vehicles, he rhetorically asks if Robotnik's got anything else. He actually does.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.
- Shock and Awe: Sonic's body conducts electricity when he's using his Super Speed. The trailer implies he produces 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 in the first trailer, 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.