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  • Paramount Animation's first film of the 2020s.
  • One of the co-writers for the film, Van Robichaux, wants to go for a PG-13 rating. However, it got a PG rating, making it family-friendly.
  • The film does not use the current cast from the Sonic games that've been used since 2010 at Studiopolis.
  • Marza Animation Planet, Sega's in-house animation studio, was originally set to be animating the film. However, it was later revealed that Tim Miller's animation studio, Blur would be animating. Both studios have a history with Sonic The Hedgehog, being responsible for animating several cutscenes for the video game series since 2008. Whether or not Marza is still involved is currently unknown.
  • It is rumored and believed that the current main cast from the video games will reprise their roles (Roger Craig Smith, Colleen Villard, Travis Willingham, Cindy Robinson). It is unclear if Mike Pollock, the voice of Dr. Eggman since 2004, will return to reprise his character, since the movie will be Live-Action/CGI, but it can be speculated that he may represent him in Physical Form in the film, since he stated that he has experience in plays and physical acting.
  • It is rumored that this movie will have a dark tone, similar to the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday Morning Cartoon (or Sonic SatAM) and films like The Dark Knight. It is unclear if they will take inspiration from solely the video games or from other source materials such as the cartoons and Archie Comic books.
  • It is unknown yet if Sony will use the voice actors from the video games or will use celebrity actors to voice them for the film itself.
  • It is rumored that Princess Sally Alicia Acorn, Rotor the Walrus, Antoine D'Coolete, Bunnie Rabbot, the other freedom fighters and also Snively will be in this movie.
  • Tom Cruise and Christian Bale are rumored to be in the movie.
  • Tim Miller, the director for Deadpool (2016), is serving as executive producer alongside Neal H, Mortiz, the producer for The Fast and the Furious (2001) film series. Jeff Fowler, who has experience in animated productions, is serving as director.
  • MGM almost made an animated Sonic movie in the 90's.
  • This is the third movie that features the Modern Sonic design; the first was Wreck-It Ralph and the second was Ready Player One.
  • If you get the picture for the sonic movie poster and screenshot it then brighten it up you can see metal sonic in the background
  • Sony originally had the film rights to the character, but now the rights went to Paramount Pictures.
  • On October 2, 2017, Sony relinquished its rights to the film and its production staff to Paramount Pictures.
  • From 1969 to 1983, Paramount Pictures and Sega were units of Charlie Bluhdorn's Gulf+Western Industries conglomerate. G+W divested Sega in 1983-84, refocused itself as an entertainment company, changed its name to Paramount Communications in 1989, and merged with Viacom five years later. Paramount bought Sega under their Gulf+Western banner.
  • If you brighten the poster, Metal Sonic can be clearly seen in the background.
  • The film was originally set to be filmed in Atlanta, but has since been changed to Vancouver.
  • On May 29 2018, it was reported that Paul Rudd is in talks for a lead role as Tom, "a cop who befriends Sonic and will likely team up to defeat Dr. Eggman." Paramount later clarified that this was not the case, but that Rudd had been considered for the role at one point.
  • According to Van Robichaux, a scene of Eggman owning a coffee machine labeled "Mean Bean Machine" was cut before filming commenced.
  • Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms were all considered for the role of Tom. Rudd was almost cast but bailed due to his commitments to Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • The film is rumored to be inspired by the Modern Sonic games, no Sonic Boom (2014) and no Classic Sonic.
  • There are plans for sequels.
  • Marza Animation Planet (the same ones that animated Sonic: Night of the Werehog (2008), the intro of Sonic Unleashed (2008) and the CGI teaser of Sonic Forces (2017)), a SEGA division, will be handling the CGI of Sonic and his friends.
  • Junkie XL (the same composer of Deadpool (2016) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)) is the candidate to handle the movie's soundtrack.
  • The movie will be action-focused. There were several script rewrites, due to the original movie having a more comedy focus.
  • According to SEGA, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie will help the character reach a world wide fame never seen before for the series.
  • Stephen F. Windon, the cinematographer responsible for Star Trek Beyond and Fate of the Furious, will be the cinematographer for the Sonic the Hedgehog CGI/Live-Action movie.
  • On June 29th, 2018, Jim Carrey was confirmed to play the role of Robotnik/Dr. Eggman for the film. The news caused a lot of grief with Sonic fans on Twitter, and a large amount of people even tweeted Eggman's official voice in the games, Mike Pollock, to hear his opinion on it. Pollock says that he is completely fine with Carrey doing Eggman and it's just general business in voice acting, but would've taken the role immediately if he was offered.
  • James Marsden and Jim Carrey both appeared in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013).
  • James Marsden and Jim Carrey both starred in at least three comic book movies. Marsden was Cyclops in the first X-Men trilogy and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Carrey was in The Mask (1994), Batman Forever (1995), and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).
  • This is Jim Carrey's third CGI feature after Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and A Christmas Carol (2009), though Carrey isn't part of the voice acting cast in this film.
  • The last of the 3 theatrical films of 2019 to be based off video games. The previous 2 had been Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).
  • Paramount Animation's 2nd film of 2019. The first was Wonder Park (2019) released 8 months prior.
  • Paramount Animation's 1st film of the 2020s to not be from Nickelodeon Movies.
  • Ben Schwartz' 3rd time voice acting in a theatrical film, after Turbo (2013) and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019).
  • Ben Schwartz (voice of Sonic in this film) and Jason Griffith (voice of Sonic in the games from 2005-2010 as well as the English Dub of the Anime Sonic X (2003)) both voiced versions of Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clan, another character associated with the colour blue. Schwartz voiced him in the Nickelodeon series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018), and Griffith voiced his Mirage Comics counterpart in the 4Kids TV film Turtles Forever (2009).
  • First time Dr. Eggman is played by someone other than Mike Pollock in English since Sonic Advance 3 (2004).
  • James Marsden's 3rd live action/animation hybrid film, after Enchanted (2007) and Hop (2011), both of which also had him part of the live action cast (though for the former he was both in the live action cast and the voice over cast, based on which scene his character's in).
  • Sonic is the fifth character voiced by Ben Schwartz to be associated with the color blue. The other four were: Skidmark in Turbo (2013), Uncle Steve the Troll in Nickelodeon's Wallykazam! (2014) two-parter special The Big Goblin Problem (2015), Dewey Duck in DuckTales (2017), and Leonardo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018).
  • Was originally scheduled to come out in 2016 for Sonic's 25th anniversary.
  • Actors Tom Holland and Chris Pratt were considered to play Sonic before the studio eventually signed Marsden and Schwartz.
  • Chris Evans, Jake Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Bill Hader, Jason Segal, Justin Timberlake, Adam Pally, Ansel Elgort and Milo Ventimiglia were all considered for the role of Tom.
  • Tom Holland, Josh Gad, Chris Pratt, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Jim Parsons, Charlie Day, Paul Rudd, and Adam Devine were all considered for the voice of Sonic.
  • The production crew used Ted (2012) as an influence, and studied different variations of the character to develop the character's final design.
  • Sonic in this film has new shoes, and a furrier appearance, as well as an athlete body that suits a runner. According to producer Tim Miller, "fur is an essential part of integrating Sonic into the real world as a real creature."
  • This is the 2nd Sonic the Hedgehog Project created outside Japan where Sonic is not voiced by his original voice actor from the 1990s Cartoons Jaleel White, after the Cartoon Network series Sonic Boom (2014).
  • The villain was known as Dr. Robotnik outside Japan prior to Sonic Adventure (1998). Sonic the Hedgehog called him "Eggman" as more of an insult before the villain became known as Dr. Eggman.
  • When the first teaser poster was released, Naoto Ohshima, the character's original designer, and Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team, said they disliked Sonic's appearance. The first trailer caused a massive fan backlash. On May 2, 2019, director Jeff Fowler announced on Twitter that Sonic's design was going to be altered to make the character "the best he can be." The movie's scheduled release moved from Thanksgiving weekend 2019 to Valentine's Day 2020. When a new trailer and poster were released on November 12, 2019, fans and viewers alike praised Sonic's new look.
  • It is currently unknown if Sonic's friends such as Tails, Knuckles and Amy Rose will appear in this movie. As Sonic is the only animated character confirmed so far.
  • Fittingly, Gulf+Western Industries (Paramount's former owner) acquired Sega in 1969.
  • Jim Carrey, who was not present in principal photography in Vancouver, shot his scenes with some of the cast in New York during additional photography in October 2018.
  • The film's tagline "Every hero has a genesis" is a reference to the Sega's video game system, the Sega Genesis which released Sonic's first video game in 1991.
  • Was originally going to release in November 2019 but due to complaints of sonic looks in a movie it was change to February 2020 so sonic can look good.
  • When the film was at Sony, screenwriters Brad Bird, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, David Berenbaum, and Phil Johnston each submitted their own drafts of the screenplay.
  • Jim Carrey covered the Beatles song "I Am The Walrus" for George Martin's 1998 album "In My Life," which features a multitude of celebrities covering various Beatles songs. The song contains the lyric, "I am the eggman." Coincidentally, Carrey plays the role of Dr. Robotnik (Eggman) in the Sonic film.
  • First collab with James Marsden and Jim Carrey. Coincidentally both actors worked with Cameron Diaz. Marsden in The Box and Carrey in The Mask.
  • While this movie will have no connection with the popular creepypasta Sonic.exe. The main character in the story is named Tom while James Marsden's character is also named Tom.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: To be announced.
  • This is the first movie Jim Carey is in that was based off a video game.
  • What attracted Jim Carrey to this project more than anything else was his daughter was a big fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog games growing up.
  • According to animator Max Schneider, Paramount expected that Sonic fans would object to the redesign but that general audiences would not care, as had been the case with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). He said Paramount felt the design gelled with the real-world setting and characters.
  • Jim Carrey remarked during his press promotion for the film that "very little of the dialogue from the pages of the script ended up in the movie". He also was given a lot of creative freedom for his non-verbal scenes, receiving basic instructions like "Here's the room and this is the music, just do something to go with it".
  • Jim Carrey and Neal McDonough have both been in DC films or shows, Carrey played the Riddler in Batman Forever (1995), McDonough played Damien Darhk on the Arrowverse.
  • This is the third movie Jim Carrey plays the villian. The first being Batman Forever (1995) as The Riddler, then A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as Count Olaf. Although he played antagonistic roles in The Cable Guy (1996) and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and A Christmas Carol (2009) he wasn't necessarily a villian.
  • Garry Chalk who plays the Navy Chief of Staff, was also the voice of Grounder and additional voices in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) and the voice of Dr. Robotnik and additional voices in Sonic Underground (1999).
  • Dr. Robotnik pretends to be chased by T-Rex during a virtual simulation a reference to the fact that Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993) who gets chased by a Tyrannosaurus.
  • The creatures who attack Sonic and Longclaw in this scene are wearing masks and headdresses, but if you look closely, you can clearly see that they're echidnas (the red fur, hanging hair, and spiked knuckles are a dead giveaway). the Echidnas in the movie appear to originate from the Nocturnus Clan. Rulers of a realm known as the Twilight Cage, the Nocturnus Clan dream of returning to their original home on Earth and conquering it. Presumably they're seeking Sonic as a means to achieving this end.
  • In the first scene of the movie, a young Sonic gives Longclaw a familiar flower. They can be seen in the first level of the original game.
  • The movies setting starts 10 years later in Green Hill zone just like in the first level of the original game. The bridges fall apart, just like they do in the game, and Sonic has public access to loop de loops.
  • Green Hills, Montana. While this is not a real place in Montana, it is the home of a luxury property called Green Hills Ranch.
  • When Sonic is practicing his nunchuck skills, the logo from the first game can be seen printed on his bandana.
  • The Flash is Sonic's favorite superhero. They've both gotta go fast--very fast. We see him power through a large stack of Flash comics in his cave, and it's enough to make you wonder if he is part of the Speed Force.
  • The sign Sonic used as a coffee table, which once marked Hill Top Rd. is a reference to the first level of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • When Sonic looks at his map of the worlds he can use the rings to jump to, the Saturn logo can be seen. The next world on Sonic's list is a place he calls mushroom world. This could be a nod to Mushroom Hill Zone from Sonic & Knuckles. However, given how open Sonic is about his hatred of mushrooms, this could also be a diss against his mushroom-loving '90s Nintendo nemesis, Super Mario.
  • Crazy Carl, the local who's hunting the "Blue Devil" in Green Hills, shows off a drawing of the Sanic meme as his rendition of the creature he's facing. It's worth noting the "Blue Devil" moniker is also an Easter egg, as it's the name of Sonic's vehicle in Sonic Drift 2.
  • While Sonic's actual top speed has never been revealed, early in the movie we do see him testing himself on Tom's radar gun. At that point, he reaches the speed of 300 m.p.h.
  • In the movie, Sonic refers to himself as a "southpaw," meaning he's left-handed. This settles a debate among many fans about just which is Sonic's dominant hand.
  • In his rambling assault against the army general, Robotnik mentions Charlotte's Web, then refers to his ovular white drones as his own eggs. In the movie's world, this will later become the source of Robotnik's nickname, Eggman, and Charlotte's Web ends with the birth of a bunch of baby spiders from an egg sac.
  • It's something of a tough guy urban legend that especially deadly fighters, such as martial artists, are so powerful that they're required to register their hands as deadly weapons with the government. That's not actually true in most places, but the gag persists throughout pop culture--Bruce Lee (Mike Moh) even uses the line on Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Sonic plays on the gag by making a similarly ridiculous claim: that his super-fast legs should be registered as lethal weapons.
  • There are multiple jokes at different points about the Olive Garden, a very conspicuous reference to the real estate website Zillow, and a hard-to-miss moment when Tom orders Sonic a Mello Yello soda.
  • When Robotnik says "One small step for man, one giant step for me," he's ripping off astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous line when he first set foot on the moon: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
  • Robotnik tells his assistance, Agent Stone, that he was trained by "Native American Shadow Wolves." Surprisingly, that's a real thing--they're trackers who are part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • As Sonic and Tom fight with Robotnik's drone, Sonic remarks that he "can't believe Amazon is going to deliver packages with these things." Amazon's "Prime Air" program is a very real thing that they're still trying to get off the ground to today.
  • Tom's fellow officer, Wade, describes Robotnik and his government goons as being like the Men in Black, but less charming and likable than Will Smith. This is a reference to the original Men in Black movies from the '90s .
  • While at the biker bar, Sonic mentions that a ZZ Top cover band is about to come on. ZZ Top is a rock band formed in Texas in 1969, known for their giant beards.
  • During the bar fight, Sonic makes another reference to the movie Speed (1994) when he says "Pop quiz, hotshot" to the hipster hater he's about to bash with a bottle.
  • Sonic takes a moment during his time-defying bar fight to eat some chili dogs. A reference to the video games, chili dogs are his favorite food--although, in the movie's world, they gave him flatulence.
  • Sonic refers to himself by his famous, longstanding nickname when talking about teaming up with Tom "Donut Lord" Wachowski for the barfight scene.
  • During the highway drone fight action scene, Sonic tries out a classic move from the games, using his iconic spinning attack to defeat Robotnik's machine.
  • Sonic remarks that he must have had a "bonus life." This is clearly a reference to video games, but it also bears closer examination, Is the Sonic in the movie somehow aware that he's a video game character, Or has he simply picked up references to gaming culture by observing the residents of Earth and it's just a coincidence.
  • When Sonic gets a chance to drive as he and Tom flee Robotnik's drone tank, he calls up the Fast and the Furious franchise. "I feel just like Vin Diesel," Sonic says, and echoes Dominic Toretto's refrain throughout the Fast series about how it's all about family.
  • Sonic's shoes are pretty beat up for most of the movie, until he gets his pair of iconic red shows from the unlikely source of Jojo, Tom and Maddie's niece.
  • When Sonic wakes up after Maddie administers the smelling salts, his first words are the character's longtime catchphrase, "Gotta go fast!" He then asks if the Rock is president--a joke referring to recent suggestions that the wrestler could make a run for the office, something he "hasn't ruled out" when asked about it in interviews.
  • Robotnik has a button on the circuit breaker in his party bus labeled "badniks." Badniks were the name sometimes used for the robotic enemies Sonic has faced throughout the franchise.
  • When Tom enters Maddie's sister's house house carrying Sonic wrapped in a blanket, Maddie's sister starts trying to guess what's underneath: "Is it plutonium? Is it emails?!" It seems out of place now, but this must be a reference to the various conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's emails during the 2016 presidential election. This joke may be an indication of how long this script was in the works.
  • In the final showdown with Robotnik, Sonic beats him much like he would in any boss fight in the games: by curling into an airborne ball and bashing his ship repeatedly until it's incapacitated.
  • When Sonic's rings scatter on the ground, they make the same familiar sound they do in the games--after Sonic loses his rings from taking a hit from an enemy.
  • On the scene with the roof, when Sonic has all the missiles coming at him, he does the foot tap idle animation from the games. The animation is again shown in exact detail during the movie's end credits.
  • When Robotnik described his drones as eggs, the character's nickname from the games is Eggman. Sonic starts calling him this when he too notes the similarities between the drones and eggs.
  • When Robotnik shows up in San Francisco, it's in a version of his flying Egg Mobile, along with his familiar costume and goggles from the games. Although he may indeed look like he's on his way to Comic-Con, Robotnik insists the outfit is a flight suit that helps with aerodynamics, despite the fact that he's inside a closed cockpit.
  • After Robotnik is defeated, the iconic Green Hill Zone theme from the games plays.
  • In his "cave" in Tom and Maddie's attic, Sonic gets a super sweet racecar bed, just like in the comics.
  • The end credits of the movie are done in 16-bit style, complete with recreations of levels from the first three Sonic games, as well as Sonic CD.
  • The "Mushroom Planet" directly evokes Mushroom Hill Zone from the first level of Sonic & Knuckles. In that zone the various mushrooms could be used as springs and platforms for Sonic to jump on.
  • Interesting to note that the "zones" from the Sonic games have been adapted into being parallel worlds in the film. This isn't totally unheard of in Sonic lore. In the early issues of the Archie Comics the "Zone" term was used to describe the different regions on Mobius. This didn't last long but it speaks to how different creative teams have interrupted the various levels in Sonic's games
  • There have been several owl characters in previous Sonic shows and comics, including Old Man Owl from the Sonic OVA and Harvey Who from the comics, but Longclaw is all new.
  • Flossing is a dance move which gained worldwide popularity/notoriety thanks to its appearance in Fortnite. Sonic does it, not once, but twice in the movie in celebration, most notably after the highway chase involving Robotnik.
  • The history of Doctor Robotnik/Eggman is a tricky one no matter which version of the character you're trying to follow. In the development of the original Sonic game he was given the name Doctor Eggman for the Japanese release and Robotnik for the American release. However as the years have gone on most of the American games just call him Robotnik.The movie gets to play it both ways with the character being officially named Robotnik but getting the derisive nickname of Eggman. -
  • Robotnik's red flight suit evokes the kinds of outfits Robotnik often has in the games.
  • Robotnik's penchant for attacking Sonic while flying in some kind of mechanical vehicle is retained for the main action set piece of the film.
  • When Tom tells Sonic he can do whatever he wants in the hotel room you can see in the top left corner that Sonic is precariously perched at the edge of a shelf, his arms waving in the air. This is exactly what would happen in several Sonic games if you got too close to the edge.
  • Many Sonic games revolve around Sonic's efforts to collect the seven Chaos Emeralds. While the movie doesn't really deal with these powerful artifacts, it does include a hidden reference in the form of a Chaos Emerald drawn on Sonic's map.
  • The movie features an action scene where Sonic outruns a barrage of missiles and uses a pair of them as drumsticks to play a catchy tune. If the tune in question sounds familiar, that's because Sonic is playing the "level complete" music featured in so many of the games.
  • A quick nod to the Chao, the cutsey virtual pets introduced in 1999's Sonic Adventure. During the highway chase scene, a Chao figurine can be spotted on the dashboard of the family van.
  • During the freeze frame shot in the opening of the movie, eagle-eyed viewers may notice a road sign reading "Mega Dr." This is a reference to Sega's Mega Drive console. Or as American gamers know it, the Sega Genesis.
  • When Sonic blinks, one can notice that his upper eyelids are the same color as his fur, while his lower eyelids are the same color as his muzzle. This references how Sonic originally had flesh-colored eyelids that were later changed to fur-colored. On a similar note, when Sonic closes his eyes, one can see a line of small-but-present black eyelashes. He also had these in Sonic Adventure and Sonic X.
  • Robotnik in both trailers noticeably wears armed sunglasses as opposed to the arm-less pince-nez sunglasses he's usually seen wearing in the games. However this actually alludes to his appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), where he wears armed sunglasses. Speaking of sunglasses, the ones Robotnik wears in this movie are square-shaped, a lot like the ones Warden Zobotnik (a character from the Archie comics, who is supposed to be an alternate universe version of Robotnik) wears.
  • Countless viewers have pointed out that Sonic was able to go into Bullet Time to avoid Robotnik's missiles, but he couldn't avoid Tom's tranquilizer dart, even though he already saw him coming in with a gun. The fact that those two scenes are very close to one another in the trailer caused people to question this even more. It might be that a mere tranq-dart isn't enough to trigger an adrenaline rush like a overkill of live ammo and rockets do for Sonic, hence why something non-lethal might be able to move faster than a real bullet would. Except Sonic wouldn't have known it was a tranq-dart until the gun was fired. As far as he could tell, it was live ammo. Except that a dart-gun and a real gun sounds completely different when fired, which might have confused him since the weapon in question didn't sound as a real gun, therefore, "no danger". More logically, this follows (as seen in the first trailer) right after Sonic is surprised by Tom's surprised scream. Tom's a police officer, and had the gun out and ready -- by the time even Sonic worked out of his shock at someone screaming in his face, the dart was more than halfway to his leg. Advertisement:
  • At one point in the first trailer (which is seen again in the second trailer), Sonic jumps from Tom's truck and spins towards Robotnik's vehicle at high speed. Despite the obvious reference to the Spin Dash, this move looks exactly like the Drop Dash from Sonic Mania.
  • When Sonic starts rolling along the ground, two sounds from the games play simultaneously: the iconic "Spin Attack" sound, and the "Dash Pad" sound.
  • Robotnik being way slimmer than usual is actually a Call-Back to Sonic the Comic, where he starts out being on the thin side before gaining his iconic rotundness.
  • During the opening monologue of the first post-redesign trailer, the background music is a remix of Green Hill Zone.
  • Tom yells out "SFPD!" before seeing Sonic, as he had received a job offer to join the San Francisco Police Department and readying to move. It is where a tranqued Sonic accidentally drops his bag of rings through a ring portal and must retrieve it. Some of the levels from Sonic Adventure 2 were based on San Francisco
  • Some of the posters and renders of Sonic are shout-outs to the games: *One pose from the first trailer's concept artwork has Sonic in his pose from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. This was later recreated in the November 2019 motion poster. *Another pose from the aforementioned concept artwork is him in a pose that looks similar to Sonic's pose from Sonic Mania's box art. *Another pose from the concept art has the original design of Sonic in his pose from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). This pose was later recreated with the redesigned Sonic and released as a standalone render when the second trailer was released. *A poster that was released alongside the first trailer shows Sonic running along a large building in a city that looks very similar to Speed Highway. *The poster released alongside the second trailer has Sonic in his pose from Sonic Unleashed's box art. *Some TV spots and a scene from the music video for "Speed Me Up" have Sonic in his pose from his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate render.
  • Sonic is shown sliding underneath a vehicle at one point to escape weapon fire from Robotnik. His pose while sliding looks identical to both the sliding part of his somersault animation from the Sonic Advance games and his sliding animation from the modern games, particularly Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Generations.
  • Robotnik's machines have a sleek white aesthetic, which bring to mind his robots from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and the Sonic Forces incarnations of the Egg Pawns.
  • In the second trailer, Sonic is seen at two different points with a reddish-brown pouch, which is slung around his torso, and it's shown that he keeps his Rings inside of it. This is similar to Sonic Sat AM, where Sonic would wear a red backpack that he hid Rings inside of. *In the first international trailer following the redesign, Sonic is seen with a red backpack.
  • Sonic is given his iconic shoes by Tom and Annie's niece. This is a call-back to Sonic the Comic, where Robotnik (as Kintobor) gives Sonic (who had been wearing trainers) his well-known red sneakers. *This is actually an Early-Bird Cameo in the second trailer: if one looks closely in the scene where Sonic is hiding in Tom's attic from Robotnik's robots, one can see that Sonic is wearing a pair of grey sneakers. This adds on to the Sonic the Comic call-back, as well as calling back to the first trailer's pile of worn-out shoes. The sneakers in this scene bear a resemblance to the Slow-Down Boots from Sonic 3 & Knuckles' Competition Mode.
  • This film's version of South Island bares some resemblance to its appearance in the 8-Bit version of Sonic 1 *When Sonic zooms by Green Hill Zone some of the terrain crumbles referencing the games Temporary Platform. *Also, some of the textures are taken from Labyrinth Zone. *Baby Sonic himself looks a lot more like Classic Sonic, with his size and proportions putting the shrink ray from Sonic CD in mind. *The music from the trailer is mostly the opening to Sonic Mania. *The locations Sonic visits in the New Year 2020 trailer contain multiple: Sydney, Australia - This is a reference to Sonic Live in Sydney. Tokyo, Japan - SEGA is headquartered in Tokyo. New York City, New York - Station Square from Sonic Adventure and Empire City from Sonic Unleashed are heavily based on New York. San Francisco, California - The city and highway-based levels in Sonic Adventure 2, most famously City Escape, are based on San Francisco, due to SEGA of America being headquartered there. *Robotnik's red bodysuit and goggles bears a strong resemblance to what he wears in this piece of concept art for Sonic Adventure. *From the music video to Speed Me Up the movie's theme song: The opening beats are taken from Metropolis Zone. The lyrics also name drops "Knuckles" and "Tails", a nod to Sonic's fellow allies in the games (who have yet to be confirmed for the movie.) *The Knuckles Tribe hunts Sonic in the first part of the film, and Longclaw sacrifices her life to them so he could escape. Just like in Sonic Underground, Sonic knows how to play a guitar. *Longclaw the Owl can be seen as this movie's counterpart of Old Man Owl although her status as Sonic's caregiver brings to mind.
  • In the baseball scene: Sonic's running animation when running at high speeds around the baseball diamond looks strikingly similar to Sonic CD's Pencil Test animation.
  • Sonic is shown in the desert at one point during the first trailer, as well as that same desert being shown again in the second trailer. It puts Sandopolis Zone from Sonic 3 & Knuckles in mind.
  • Sonic using Rings as portals to go to different areas has been a mechanic since the very first game, where Warp Rings would take Sonic to the Special Stages. When activating the portals, the iconic "Ring Loss" sound plays, and when entering/exiting them, the even-more-iconic "Ring Pickup" sound is heard. Save for one point in the second trailer; when Sonic is going through the Ring that brings him from his planet to Earth, the "Spin Charge" sound from Super Smash Bros. plays when the Ring is shown opening up on Earth, rather than any type of Ring sound playing.
  • It's made clear in the first trailer that the government is hunting Sonic down. This isn't the first time this has happened. It also isn't the first time that Sonic was transported from his world to Earth. In the movie, however, Sonic did so deliberately to escape from forces that have been chasing him down for his powers, whereas in the anime he, Eggman/Robotnik, and a few others were all sent to Earth by accident
  • The second trailer shows Sonic running laps inside of a washing machine the same way a hamster would run inside of a hamster wheel. This doubles as a nod to an issue of Sonic the Comic, where Sonic runs on a generator wheel to test his speed and an accident with it ultimately gave him his famous blue fur.
  • Sonic speeding along the Great Wall of China in the second trailer brings to mind the Chun-Nan/Dragon Road Day stage of Sonic Unleashed. Robotnik pursuing him through here even echoes the sequence where one of Eggman's larger robots chases Sonic along the wall. During this chase, Sonic runs horizontally along the walls at one point. Running sideways along walls at high speed was a mechanic introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), which carried over to future games (most notably Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations, where it was prominent in some levels, but also in Sonic Lost World, where doing it at any time is part of the Parkour mechanic).
  • During one of his speeding antics inside the motel in the second trailer, Sonic could be seen doing his balancing pose, Sonic 1 style, despite the animation itself looking more akin to Sonic CD and Sonic Mania's style. In the same scene, in a reference not related to the Sonic franchise, Sonic is seen watching Gopher Broke, a 2004 film that was director Jeff Fowler's first animated project.
  • Ben Schwartz also provided the facial motion capture for Sonic.
  • The visual effects wede provided by Moving Picture Company (MPC), Marza Animation Planet, Blur Studio, Trixter and Digital Domain.
  • The production team created a realistic version of Sonic using computer animation, adding fur, new running sneakers (which turn out to be the Puma Speed 500s in Red), two separate eyes, and a more humanlike physique. They used Ted, the living teddy bear from the Ted films, as a reference to insert a CG character into a real-world setting. Executive producer Tim Miller said: "It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It's part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature." According to Miller, Sega was not "entirely happy" with the design of Sonic's eyes.
  • Artist Tyson Hesse, who worked on previous Sonic the Hedgehog media, was brought on to lead the redesign. For the redesign, Sonic was given larger and differently colored eyes, new running sneakers (based on Women's Dare Mesh Sneakers made from Puma, which also resemble the original Sonic sneakers from the games), white gloves, and a less humanlike body in order to resemble the character's design in the video games. It is estimated that the delay of the film and the redesign of Sonic put the film $5,000,000 or less over its original budget of $90,000,000 for a total of $95,000,000
  • During Robotnik's dance sequence with a VR screen, he pretends to be skiing; when he does the movement, it is highly identical to how Jim Carrey had done for the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' how the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • The German release of this movie caused an outcry among Sonic fans, when the YouTuber Julien Bam was cast as the dubbing voice of the title character, despite, very audibly, not having any prior voice acting experience.
  • Neil McDonugh and Adam Pally have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic universe
  • The San Francisco chase sequence is similar to "City Escape," the first stage of Sonic Adventure 2, was inspired by San Francisco, where the American division of Sonic Team was located.
  • When Robotnik shoots missiles at Sonic on the roof of the Transamerica Pyramid, he slows down time, puts his hands on his hips, and taps his foot impatiently, just like his idle animation in the games.
  • Jack Black, Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, and Jason Segal were all considered for the role As Tom Wachowski.
  • Sonic's sneakers look like the classics, on close inspection, they have a tiny Puma tab. In the first teaser, before the cartoony redesign, Sonic wore photo-realistic Pumas
  • At one point during their evasion scheme, Sonic rolls himself into a superfast wheel on the highway, a spin dash move.
  • Instead of stars spreading over the mountain on the Paramount logo, we get gold rings, like the kind Sonic collects. In the game, the hedgehog hoards rings for power and protection. In the movie, he carries them around in a little baggie, and they act as portals to other worlds.
  • Other subtler Easter eggs in Sonic the Hedgehog include a Chaos Emerald drawn on Sonic's map of safe planets he can travel to, a nod to Badniks (AKA Eggman's robots) in Dr Robotnik's headquarters, and the Sonic video game logo featuring on his headband (minus Sonic in the middle of the logo). "It's not like you're going out of your way in terms of the story to put these things in. They are what they are, which is just Easter eggs and things that could be dropped in there along the way," Fowler told Digital Spy. "It's just a way of rewarding fans for their years of enthusiasm and getting to see some things that they would recognise but some that the rest of the audience might not."
  • Original Sonic game music composer Masato Nakamura has a credit on the movie for writing the classic "Green Hill Zone," which is incorporated into the score.
  • Just like he did in the games, Miles "Tails" Prower shows up in time for the sequel, in a post-credits sequence.
  • During the San Francisco showdown, though, Robotnik has swapped out the Neo look for his classic red goggles and suit. When he unleashes his sleek white drones, Sonic says, "Your flying eggs are pretty impressive, Mr. Eggman," referencing the character's original Japanese name that was eventually adopted by the English versions as well. And in a mid-credits sequence, we see Robotnik, this time bald-headed and with his signature big, bushy mustache, driven to madness and vengeance on the Mushroom Planet where Sonic sent him.
  • The credits after the title card are a recreation of the game's plot, done in the style of the 16-bit Genesis/Mega Drive games.
  • There are two references 9 Super Smash Bros, According to Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic there's two tiny references to the equally nostalgic platform fighter. One is a pose that Sonic does during the movie that is super "Smashy," and the other is a reference to the animation of when the character is teetering on the edge of a platform in the game. According to the actor, these were put into the movie on purpose, as just two of the many Easter Eggs hidden within the film.
  • Ben Schwartz revealed his favorite Sonic video game, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992).
  • "It is an insane honor, an incredible honor," Ben Schwartz says of being tasked with bringing such a beloved character to life. "I was playing these games as a kid, so the idea that maybe my voice will be the one that brings in a new generation to the Sonic franchise it's incredible. I feel very, very lucky."
  • Sonic Unleashed reinvented Modern Sonic and made his speedy platforming palatable to a whole new generation of gamers. And the film pays tribute to that important title by plopping one of its most famous levels directly onto the big screen. Dragon Road Act 1, the level where Sonic runs along a fictionalized version of the Great Wall of China, is in the movie except here, it's the actual Great Wall of China
  • Jim Carrey is Ben Schwartz's, favorite actor and hero.
  • The City of San Francisco plays a major part in the film. Sega had a branch headquartered in San Francisco, until they closed in 2010. The logo is still easily visible from Highway 101.
  • Jim Carrey described his character as "a madman" and added saying; "He's got 300 IQ so it took a week and a half to prepare" and later said; "Robotnik wants to control humanity with the machines. Sonic is a power that he needs to control the world."
  • At one point Sonic has a run-in with an explosion and makes the infamous :O face seen in the final cutscene of his story in Sonic '06.
  • When Sonic is dodging Robotnik's laser fire during the chase scene throughout San Francisco, he at one point strikes a pose very similar to the one on the Sonic Adventure box art.
  • Tom wanting to leave Green Hills for a police job at San Francisco, the latter city of which is where the climax takes place.
  • Before Tom catches Sonic, he makes mention of a "mushroom planet." At the end of the movie, that's where Robotnik ends up.
  • The entire Bullet Time sequence during the Bar Brawl foreshadows Sonic's eventual use of it during action scenes.
  • Sonic's "bucket list" gets crossed off almost entirely at the bar and motel, except for "making a friend". At the climatic battle at Green Hills, Tom admits Sonic was his friend, which ends up rejuvenating Sonic before he dies.
  • Adam Pally, who was one of the actors in the running for Tom Wachowski, would later go on to portray the character's deputy in the film.
  • Ben Schwartz, who voices Sonic, is not named at the top of the movie's poster, although Jim Carrey is. Meanwhile, James Marsden is given top billing, even though he isn't even on the poster, which might lead some to think that he's voicing Sonic. Schwartz does get a "Ben Schwartz is Sonic the Hedgehog" poster, though, and gets top billing during the scrolling closing credits. In the movie, Carrey gets an "and" credit behind Neal McDonough as Bennington, who is only in one scene, much of which is seen in the trailers. Even then, Bennington hardly says anything because Robotnik constantly interrupts him.
  • Sonic's current video game voice actor Roger Craig Smith approved of Ben Schwartz, who voices Sonic, The two of them even met in June 2019.
  • Having played Sonic the Hedgehog games in his college days, Dwayne Johnson tweeted his approval of the "Is the Rock the president?" line in one of the spots, which is in a different context from the final film.
  • Some fans use the name "Carreybotnik" for Dr. Robotnik.
  • Quite a few nicknames popped up for the universally hated original design of Sonic, including "Mutant Sonic" and "Teeth Sonic". Some also like to call him "Sanic", a reference to a popular Sonic meme, and due to not really looking like anything that exists in real-life, much less a hedgehog.
  • After Paramount released a Japanese trailer featuring Sonic as a baby, many accused the studio of riding the coattails of the success of "Baby Yoda" from The Mandalorian. However, since Baby Sonic was likely planned months in advance and The Mandalorian only premiered in November 2019, around the time the film would've originally been released had it not been delayed.
  • The film will be released the year of the 60th anniversary of Sonic developer Sega.
  • It may be a coincidence, but eagle-eyed viewers have noticed that a truck cab that appears in the film bears heavy resemblance to the customized truck cab used as Galvatron. As both films were made by Paramount, it's not actually that far-fetched.
  • Filmed under the working title "Casino Night," a reference to the level "Casino Night Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Yuji Naka claims to have approached the film makers about making a Stan Lee style cameo in the movie but they never responded back to him.
  • According to Ben Schwartz, he recorded a harmonized version of the famous SEGA chant that unfortunately did not make it into the film.
  • Early descriptions of the movie mention Sonic battling and being chased by "lizard warriors" from his home planet, with concept art of them showing up a day after the movie was released. Presumably, they were replaced by the Echidna Tribe in the final film, possibly once Tyson Hesse was brought on board.
  • According to Van Robichaux, the original script had Robotnik owning a coffee machine which he refers to as the "Mean Bean Machine" and subsequently using it to make coffee. In the final film, it was rewritten to Stone giving Robotnik some latte, to which he remarks "I LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE THEM!!!"
  • The movie is the second known time a Western company did a redesign of the titular character, and was rejected by Sega. The first time was around the development of Sonic Boom, when Big Red Button tried to offer the character and his cast complete redesigns but were rejected by Sega, asking for something closer to the original modern design.
  • The film got delayed after the backlash of Sonic's initial design, making it the third time Paramount has had to completely redesign a character in the middle of movie production due to negative reception. The first was Megatron from Transformers (2007) after fans complained he looked nothing like the original design. About a decade later, the movie Monster Trucks had to be postponed for a full year due to the main monster's original design being so visually frightening that it terrified children in the test audience.
  • Sonic also wasn't originally going to wear his trademark White Gloves and was instead going to have white hands, as seen in the first trailer. In the movie, however, this was changed where he does wear his white gloves.
  • Sonic plays all positions in the baseball game, and when playing for the opposing team he dons shirts marked "SV," presumably referring to the Sunshine Valley Zone.
  • Contains references to X-Men films with two scenes in which Sonic is moving so fast that time effectively slows down around him, allowing him to orchestrate chaos. This interpretation of super-speed was used for Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) in a popular and critically acclaimed scene, and Fox repeated the trick in both X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) as well. Just as in Sonic the Hedgehog, the super-speed scenes were accompanied by cool song tracks.
  • Tails was introduced as the Player 2 character in 1992's Sonic the Hedgehog 2, eventually getting the ability to fly in the third game in 1994. Tails looks set to play a major role in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Spoilers

  • It is rumored that the film will have a video game tie-in but is not yet confirmed.
  • Sonic will increase his speed as the film goes on. According to producer Tim Miller, "the speed changes over time because he evolves, because he can't do everything at the beginning of the movie. He takes some time to figure out the speed: what the effect looks like and what it does to the rest of the world around it."
  • A young Knuckles appears at the beginning with his fellow Echidna. Tails appears in a credits scene looking for Sonic.
  • After getting banished to the mushroom world, Robotnik is starting to take on his more familiar form from the video games. His plentiful mustache is a bushy mess and he's shaved his head.
  • While Sonic finds a place on Earth at the end of the movie, the forces that have driven him from his home and to a bunch of other worlds are still out there. The mid-credits scene suggests there are more adventures for Sonic in the future with the appearance of Sonic's best friend and sidekick from the franchise, starting with Sonic 2: the two-tailed fox, Miles "Tales" Prower.
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