Paramount Pictures has debuted the first full-length trailer for their live-action adventure comedy, Sonic The Hedgehog. The project, based on the Sega video game franchise, is set for release on November 8, 2019.
Sonic The Hedgehog gained a cult following in the 1990s and has since sold over 360 million copies of the game to date – including both packaged and digital formats. The game is centred around Sonic, an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with supersonic speed, typically on a quest to defeat the villainous Doctor Robotnik.
The movie captures the essence of the game and follows Sonic The Hedgehog as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth. Sonic and his newfound human friend, small-town sheriff Tom Wachowski, join forces in a whirlwind adventure to recover the hedgehog’s rings and prevent Doctor Robotnik from using his immense powers for world domination.
The trailer gives fans their first look at the CGI version of Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), as well as Jim Carrey as the infamous Doctor Robotnik. James Marsden stars as Sheriff Tom Wachowski, along with Tika Sumpter as Mrs. Wachowski, Lee Majdoub as Stone and Frank C. Turner as Crazy Carl.
Adam Pally, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough, Debs Howard, and Elfina Luk also join the cast in undisclosed roles.
Oscar-nominated Jeff Fowler takes the helm as the movie’s director from a script written by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller and Oren Uziel. Tom Holkenborg who composed the music for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will provide the movie’s background score.
“Basically, it looks like I’m going to have to save your planet.”
The trailer opens with a captivating hook as Sonic races across the screen leaving a streak of blue lightning in his wake.
But then it gets a little… weird.
A very out-of-theme “Gangsters Paradise” plays in the background as viewers get their first look at an oddly tall and buff looking Sonic. It’s definitely going to take some time to get used to his new look.
His speed causes a huge power surge which leads the US military to reluctantly reach out to a seemingly not-completely-evil-yet, Doctor Robotnik for help. In the clip, Jim Carrey channels a version of 90’s fan favourite, Ace Ventura. The jury is still out on how that will translate throughout the movie. The rest of the trailer features Sonic doing cool Sonic things.
Why is Sonic listening to “Gangsters Paradise” on a boom box? Why does he wear a step counter? Why is he keeping a giant pile of worn out shoes? Was “meow” really the best way to introduce himself to a human?