Paramount unveils Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage at CinemaCon featuring the titular hedgehog and Jim Carrey’s Robotnik. A live-action/CGI hybrid Sonic movie, based on the classic Sega games of the 90s, has been in the works since 2014. But a number of changes have occurred behind the scenes, with the Sonic film moving from Sony to Paramount and recruiting Deadpool director Tim Miller to develop it. But after Paramount gave the Sonic the Hedgehog movie a late 2019 release date, the project quickly moved forward.
Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz will voice the titular hedgehog, while James Marsden has the lead human role as Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski with Tika Sumpter playing his wife and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik. A Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer has yet to be unveiled, but that’s to be expected since it doesn’t release until November. Paramount did reveal a few Sonic teaser posters in December 2018 and reactions were decidedly mixed. Though the Sonic movie responded to critics of the character’s CGI design, fans have remained wary of how the movie will portray the beloved hedgehog. Now, during Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the studio unveiled new footage for the upcoming video game adaptation.
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The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage was unveiled by Paramount during their CinemaCon presentation, where the studio also brought out members of the cast, including Marsden, Schwartz, Sumpter and Carrey. Paramount previewed the Sonic trailer, which begins with Marsden’s Tom sitting on the side of a country road with a speedometer when Sonic zooms past. The trailer cuts to a first-person shot of Sonic running, then back to a chase sequence as Tom follows Sonic, finally catching up to him in a shed. Sonic tells Tom he needs to save the planet, and the trailer further features futuristic (potentially) alien ships. The trailer also includes Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” as a musical cue and plenty of wisecracks from Sonic, including a joke about taking 9,000 steps in a day.
The second clip focused more heavily on Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, which was shown briefly at the end of the initial trailer with the giant mustache that’s part of the character’s game design. In the second clip, Robotnik attends a meeting of military personnel at the Pentagon to discuss a power surge in the Pacific Northwest, facing off against a general played by Neal McDonough. Robotnik is also shown with Marsden’s Tom, then there’s a sequence of him dancing and Carrey demonstrating his slapstick comedy skills. Though in much of the footage Carrey has a full head of hair along with the handlebar mustache, there is a brief shot in this second clip where he’s depicted with a bald head standing in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Responses to this Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage out of CinemaCon have been decidedly mixed. Certainly, it sounds like a wild take on the beloved Sega games, particularly with Carrey bringing his typical schtick to the role of Robotnik. Further, since the CGI effects in the footage weren’t entirely completed, it’s unclear whether the live-action Sonic will win over those who were wary after the initial teaser posters. With many months to go until the movie’s release date and more visual effects to finish, it’s unclear when the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer will drop so everyone can see it. But fans are no doubt eager to see for themselves what this live-action adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog games will look like.
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