|It was fate.|
|My humble Sonic collection|
If you are not already Sonic fan, here is a guide on the little blue hedgehog, before you speed off to the nearest cinemas.
|Sonic the Hedgehog|
Who is Sonic?
Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise, pop culture icon and the official mascot of Sega Games Co Limited. He is the brainchild of three Japanese men who formed the Sonic Team in 1991. They are Yuji Naka the team leader and programmer, Naoto Ohshima the character designer and Hirokazu Yasuhara, the game level designer.
|(L - R above) Yuji Naka, Hirokazu Yasuhara, Naoto Oshima and Takashii Iizuka.|
Sonic was created for the sole purpose of competing with Nintendo's juggernaut, Super Mario. He made his debut in American shores as a cool character with spunk, attitude and speed. There was simply no comparison that Sonic was the cool kid that every young and impressionable gamer wanted to hang out with. So, combining the brilliant design and Sega's aggressive marketing Sonic won the hearts of American gamers and set to established SEGA as a household brand. Sonic's career now boasts of more than sixty different games across platforms and is featured in comic books, cartoons, anime series, apparel, shoes, toys and food.
|Sonic the Hedgehog comics published by Archie Comics since 1992,|
became the longest-running comic series based on a video game.
(2008, Guinness World Records)
|Sonic had at least one animated movie released in 1996 as a two-episode OVA anime.|
It was produced Studio Pierrot and directed by Kazutaka Ikegami.
|Sonic first appeared in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in 1993. |
He is the first video game character to have a balloon in the parade,
trailblazing for other game characters in the future.
|Sonic versus Dr. Ivo Robotnik (otherwise known as Dr. Eggman in Japan)|
Although now the past is behind us, you can still watch the old trailer below and judge it for yourself.
Check out Tyson Hesse's craft below:
|Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog|
Playing the voice of our hero hedgehog is Ben Schwarzt who has done voice acting roles before including a voice consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awaken for BB-8. Better yet, Ben's a child of the 80s so he'd grew up playing the classic Sonic games citing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as his favourite.
|Jim Carrey as the mad, evil scientist Dr Ivo Robotnik|
Jim Carrey will be playing Sonic's arch-enemy and villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik. A legendary comedic star of the nineties known for his major role as Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask (1994). Expect Carrey's classic gags and stunts making us wonder what sort of Dr. Robotnik he will pull. Watch this featurette on him becoming Robotnik.
The music of Sonic
Addictive and catchy music is the heart of all Sonic games. On YouTube, there are literally hundreds of remixes made by fans for every possible Sonic game out there. Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog movie has made a tribute to that with an official Sonic tie-in song called Speed Me Up, by Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child.
|TGV Cinemas - Family Friendly Special Screening.|
For the Family.
|Exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Merchandises up for grabs!|
UIP Malaysia & LFS Cinemas are offering some exclusive Sonic the Hedgehog movie merchandise that only a fan can drool at. Competition goes on until the 19 February. So try your luck by checking out the LFS Facebook page.
Sonic Merchandises Galore
If you want a piece of Sonic to bring home with you, drop by H&M for some cool Sonic designed shirts!
|Cool and trendy designs!|
|A Sonic CD classic!|
|Win a H&M Gift Card worth 500 and MORE Sonic merchandises|
Non-Spoiler Movie Review
I attended the Movie Premiere at TGV 1 Utama all dressed up like a Sonic Super Fan (wig, ears, gloves, the works) and was genuinely excited. I chucked all my Sonic baggage out of the door and was anticipating a good ride. Fair to say that I was pleasantly entertained and had my moments of fan glee whenever a cleverly inserted Sonic easter egg pop up in the movie. It's a feel-good movie where both non-fans and fans alike can enjoy.
Well for fans, it really depends on how anal you are as a Sonic fan. But for me, taking the movie as it is, I find it unexpectedly delightful and charming. I particularly enjoyed the new Sonic design and his mix of attitude and screen personality truly shine. I am somewhat uncertain with Dr. Ivo Robotnik and Jim Carrey's interpretation of the evil scientist. In classic Jim Carrey style, he's put an original twist on the villain in ways I could not possibly imagine as a Sonic fan which is not necessarily a bad thing. James Marsden as Tom the sheriff is likeable throughout and the chemistry between him and the hedgehog adorable.
I will recommend anyone to watch Sonic if you are in for something lighthearted, heartwarming and not too heavy in plot or action. It is a character-driven movie that focuses on establishing Sonic as a solid and relatable character that is not all about attitude but heart as well. The writers definitely know their direction with the hedgehog and his potential to push boundaries beyond the point of no return.
A quick reminder, to stay during the movie credits!
Check out other reviews by The Verge, and IGN. Sonic The Hedgehog is now showing in Malaysian cinemas nationwide.
|Sonic's gonna keep on running!|
Art by: Rei Hayashi