Sonic the Hedgehog

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik and his plans for world domination.

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Film Cast:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (voice): Ben Schwartz
  • Tom Wachowski: James Marsden
  • Dr. Robotnik: Jim Carrey
  • Maddie Wachowski: Tika Sumpter
  • Rachel: Natasha Rothwell
  • Wade Whipple: Adam Pally
  • Agent Stone: Lee Majdoub
  • Major Bennington: Neal McDonough
  • Vice Chairman Walters: Tom Butler
  • Crazy Carl: Frank C. Turner
  • Jojo: Melody Nosipho Niemann
  • Roadhouse Waitress: Shannon Chan-Kent
  • Roadhouse Thug: Brad Kelly
  • Secretary of Homeland Security: Elfina Luk
  • Navy Chief of Staff: Garry Chalk
  • Air Force Chief of Staff: Michael Hogan
  • Army Chief of Staff: Peter Bryant
  • Businessman: Jeremy Arnold
  • Businesswoman: Jeanie Cloutier
  • Parisian Little Kid: Emma Oliver
  • Minivan Kid: Bailey Skodje
  • Minivan Kid: Dean Petriw
  • Minivan Dad: Jeff Sanca
  • Minivan Mom: Lisa Chandler
  • News Anchor: Chris Gailus
  • Receptionist: Bethel Lee
  • Senior Glass Installer: Anthony Santiago
  • Junior Glass Installer: Jeremiah Oh
  • Mime: Charles Heffernan
  • Farmer Zimmer: Terence Kelly
  • Bartender: Sean Campbell
  • Bar Patron / On Set Sonic: Scott Patey
  • Bar Patron: Sandy Robson
  • Yoga Instructor: Andrea Marcum
  • Baby Sonic (voice): Benjamin Valic
  • Longclaw (voice): Donna Jay Fulks
  • Tails (voice): Colleen O’Shaughnessey
  • Tough Bar Patron (uncredited): Nicholas Dohy
  • New Girlfriend (uncredited): Debs Howard
  • Tissue Girl (uncredited): Leanne Lapp
  • Robotnik Agent (uncredited): Nadeen Lightbody
  • Rowdy Bar Folk Member (uncredited): John Specogna
  • Driver (uncredited): Steve Warky Nunez
  • Line Dancer (uncredited): Breanna Watkins
  • Sonic (french voice): Malik Bentalha

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Jeanne McCarthy
  • Second Assistant Director: David Arnold
  • Stunts: Brian Jagersky
  • Production Design: Sean Haworth
  • Producer: Neal H. Moritz
  • Editor: Debra Neil-Fisher
  • Stunts: John Stoneham Jr.
  • Art Direction: Grant Van Der Slagt
  • Second Unit Director: Peter Lyons Collister
  • Stunt Coordinator: Garvin Cross
  • Costume Designer: Debra McGuire
  • Stunts: Pete Antico
  • Executive Producer: Tim Miller
  • Makeup Department Head: Christopher Mark Pinhey
  • Visual Effects Editor: Linda Drake
  • Stunts: Duane Dickinson
  • Stunts: Mike Dobbin
  • Stunts: Mike Mitchell
  • Stunts: Todd Scott
  • Stunts: Chris Webb
  • Digital Imaging Technician: Mitch Bax
  • Original Music Composer: Junkie XL
  • Director of Photography: Stephen F. Windon
  • Stunt Driver: Krista Bell
  • Stunts: Dexter Bell
  • Screenplay: Josh Miller
  • Screenplay: Patrick Casey
  • Stunts: Jason William Day
  • Stunts: Daniel Cudmore
  • Stunts: Jean Frenette
  • Stunts: Dan Payne
  • Stunts: Gerald Paetz
  • Executive Producer: Jeff Fowler
  • Stunts: Douglas Armstrong
  • Stunts: Byron Brisco
  • Stunt Coordinator: Darryl Scheelar
  • Stunts: Lars Grant
  • Stunts: Mike Crestejo
  • Stunts: Fraser Corbett
  • Stunts: Jolene Van Vugt
  • Art Direction: Chris Beach
  • Stunts: Dan Shea
  • Characters: Naoto Oshima
  • Characters: Yuji Naka
  • Casting: Nicole Abellera
  • Location Casting: Corinne Clark
  • Production Manager: Krishnan Jay
  • Casting Associate: Leslie Woo
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Ester Bovard
  • Location Casting: Jennifer Page
  • Stunts: Glenn Ennis
  • Stunts: Randy Lee
  • Stunts: Owen Walstrom
  • Stunts: Janene Carleton
  • Stunts: Ryan Ennis
  • Set Supervisor: Jeffrey Fayle
  • Sound Designer: Tim Walston
  • Makeup Artist: Tina Roesler Kerwin
  • Stunts: Robert Hayley
  • Set Designer: Bryan Sutton
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Erik Aadahl
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Ethan van der Ryn
  • Assistant Location Manager: Michael J. LeGresley
  • Costume Supervisor: Joseph T. Mastrolia
  • Unit Production Manager: Nan Morales
  • Stunts: Bill Ferguson
  • Script Supervisor: Susan Lambie
  • Chief Lighting Technician: David Tickell
  • Hair Department Head: Debra Wiebe
  • Visual Effects Editor: Steve Rhee
  • Location Manager: Abraham Fraser
  • Visual Effects Producer: Denise Davis
  • Stunts: David Jacox
  • Stunts: Ron Robinson
  • Stunts: Braden Haggerty
  • Property Master: Nevin Swain
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Alex Burdett
  • “A” Camera Operator: Peter Wilke
  • Set Decoration: Shannon Gottlieb
  • Assistant Editor: Thom Kyle
  • Editor: Stacey Schroeder
  • Stunts: Rhys Williams
  • Stunt Driver: Dean Bailey
  • Producer: Takeshi Ito
  • Hairstylist: Anne Morgan
  • Post Production Supervisor: Lisa Rodgers
  • Stunts: Kory Grim
  • Production Sound Mixer: David Husby
  • Hairstylist: Samantha A. Smith
  • Stunts: Laura Lee Connery
  • Stunts: Tommy Europe
  • Stunts: Chad Bellamy
  • Electrician: Jesse Deacon
  • Stunts: Cameron Hilts
  • Stunts: Breanna Watkins
  • Associate Producer: Chuck Williams
  • Stunts: Dan Redford
  • Stunts: Matt Reimer
  • Unit Production Manager: J. Michael Williams
  • Set Designer: Andrew Lee McConnell
  • Stunts: Tamiko Brownlee
  • Second Assistant Director: Gurjit Chohan
  • Stunts: Dave Hospes
  • Stunts: Shiraine Haas
  • Assistant Editor: Salvatore Valone
  • Set Designer: Devin Gray
  • Stunts: Tommy Clarke
  • Dolly Grip: Nicholas Dent
  • Stunts: Sabine Varnes
  • Stunts: Rob ‘Sluggo’ Boyce
  • Executive Producer: Hajime Satomi
  • Executive Producer: Masanao Maeda
  • Stunts: Colby Chartrand
  • “B” Camera Operator: Ian R. C. Levine
  • Electrician: Randy A. Jablonka
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Paula Plachy
  • Stunts: Leif Havdale
  • Stunts: Brynn Alexander
  • Stunts: Landon Jackle
  • Grip: Mike Dodd
  • First Assistant Director: Shamess Shute
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Chris Uyede
  • Costume Coordinator: Jennifer Grossman
  • Art Direction: Craig Humphries
  • Grip: Wes Grycki
  • First Assistant Director: Justin Muller
  • Rigging Grip: Tony Hyland
  • Electrician: Damian Kliman
  • Stunts: Sharon Simms
  • Stunts: Nilo Ghajar
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Ged Wright
  • Cableman: Juniper Watters
  • Makeup Artist: Dorothee Deichmann
  • Stunts: Irma Leong
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Eddy Santos
  • Production Coordinator: Kimberly Buckham
  • Stunts: Tony Bailey
  • Loader: Vincent Stander
  • Set Designer: Benoit Waller
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Dan Morrison
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Spencer Ennis
  • Grip: Drew David
  • Assistant Property Master: Kevin Cockell
  • Stunts: Kai Hirvonen
  • Unit Manager: Rhonda Taylor
  • Background Casting Director: Andrea Brown
  • Associate Producer: Mie Onishi
  • Producer: Toru Nakahara
  • Producer: Toby Ascher
  • First Assistant Editor: Joseph Dickerson
  • Stunts: Matt Kennedy
  • Stunts: Curtis Braconnier
  • Casting Assistant: Sheriz Tambanillo
  • First Assistant Director: Jay Williams
  • Co-Producer: Karina Rahardja
  • Stunts: Tim Cody
  • Stunts: Kia Stuart
  • Post Production Assistant: Jordan Ballard
  • Stunts: Brennan Walstrom
  • Co-Producer: Dmitri M. Johnson
  • Co-Producer: Dan Jevons
  • Characters: Hirokazu Yasuhara
  • Production Manager: Mariam Abdallah
  • Executive Producer: Haruki Satomi
  • Stunts: Jared Payne
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Scott Catolico
  • Assistant Director Trainee: Haley Lauten
  • Assistant Director Trainee: Tatiana Ragsdale
  • Third Assistant Director: Megan Schaufele
  • Stunts: Chelsea Jackson
  • Set Decoration Buyer: Kelly McLeod
  • Stunts: Trevor Jones
  • VFX Artist: Eric Mancha
  • Visual Effects: Pratik Chaudhari
  • VFX Artist: Hamid Shahsavari
  • VFX Artist: Ryan Wing
  • VFX Artist: Lahiru Jay
  • Assistant Chief Lighting Technician: Justin Giles
  • Electrician: Zack Cole
  • Electrician: Liam Gerrie
  • Grip: Alan McIndoe

Movie Reviews:

  • kinglargo: I had high expectation for Sonic, simply because I love the concept of “super-speed” but it didn’t deliver. The latest trailer had all the good scenes. A lot of scenes involving super-speed are incoherent and made no sense. You cannot have a missile frozen in time and a the same time a button push going faster (that’s just one example). Jim Carrey nailed the role as Eggman.

  • Louisa Moore – Screen Zealots: In what could only be a dead-of-winter miracle in the Upside Down, I just saw an inspired-by a video game movie that wasn’t absolutely terrible. There is nothing about “Sonic the Hedgehog” that seems like it will be watchable, much less actually good, but I’ve been proven wrong by this lively, wacky, and campy family film. There’s oodles of fun to be had here by both adults and kids.

    This live action adventure comedy is based on the blockbuster SEGA game that centers around a speedy bright blue hedgehog named Sonic. Basing a movie on a flimsy gaming character will be ill-advised at least 95% of the time, but this movie finds the ideal balance between a lively (if basic) original story and well-placed Easter eggs for fans. Here, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) has a series of misadventures on Earth with his newfound human friend Tom (James Marsden), a small-town police officer. The two have to work together to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic for his evil experiments.

    The themes of friendship and loneliness are at play, and the cast does a great job keeping things fun. Marsden is ridiculously likable and goofy as an everyman, and Schwartz brings an empathy that carries the majority of the film with his voice performance. Best of all is Carrey, hamming it up with a manic stamina that’ll remind you why you always loved him in the first place.

    There are plenty of action scenes and rude humor (and a couple of strange, over-the-top scenes that read as advertisements for Olive Garden), which are all entertaining enough to recommend “Sonic” for a fun family night out at the movies.

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    Sonic the Hedgehog was one of my Most Anticipated Movies of 2020, not because I expected it to be one of the best films of the year, but due to the controversy that surrounded it. The original design of Sonic was awful, and a lot of people still blame the VFX artists/animators unfairly. These people work extra hours, they’re underpaid, and they were given an impossible schedule to deliver a masterful work. Fortunately, most people now recognize that the studio and all of its execs are the ones to blame.

    The Internet voiced its opinion in a very polite manner (as usual), but this time, an unprecedented event occurred: the studio actually listened and decided to delay the movie until Sonic received a better treatment visually. Now, I firmly believe that, in any other case, this would be extremely dangerous. I don’t think the audience should have this much power over the studios, especially through social media. I mean, if studios changed their films every time people criticized a design or an adaptation decision, movies would be constantly delayed. However…

    In this particular case, I’m super glad they did it. One question a lot of people might ask is, “how would this film perform with the old design?”. It would be horrible. There’s absolutely no chance of people enjoying this movie with the previous Sonic. This new design not only honors the character’s visuals, but it complements the film’s tone. Jim Carrey delivers an incredibly cartoonish performance, which would become way too out-of-place if Sonic looked (awfully) real. Having both the hero and villain being/acting like a cartoon, that awkwardness doesn’t exist.

    Sonic truly is the best part of the whole thing. If you’ve played the games and if you carry an emotional connection to this character, there are tons of scenes for you to enjoy. Sonic looks wonderful, sounds fantastic (excellent voice work from Ben Schwartz), and best of all, his personality resembles the videogame character. Everything that’s directly Sonic-related is perfectly faithful to the source material, which will definitely please every Sonic fan. That’s pretty much my main message: if you’re a fan of the little blue guy, I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed.

    Unfortunately, he’s honestly the only great aspect of the movie. It’s really cool to watch Jim Carrey going back to his roots and having so much fun with his role. However, he’s very hit-and-miss. When he’s condescending someone, he’s quite funny, but Carrey’s mannerisms don’t always work. Still, once again, I believe he’s very faithful to the original Dr. Robotnik, who was by no means a “normal” person. James Marsden is really good as Tom, but his character never goes beyond “Sonic’s pal”.

    My main issues are regarding the screenplay. No, I never expected it to be an Oscar-worthy narrative. I just wanted a simple story that allowed Sonic to shine, and in the film’s defense, it’s indeed a basic plot. However, the sheer abundance of cliches, the lack of any surprises, and the logical questions raised by some narrative decisions are too much to handle, in my opinion. There are three product placement scenes that are some of the laziest, obvious, cringe-worthy examples since the Transformers’ movies. It feels like the film stops to have a few commercials.

    Subplots that serve as tension-building during the movie fail to have a resolution by the end. Storylines that were once important are entirely forgotten and never addressed again. Every single character serves as comic-relief, everyone gets to be the “clown”. I repeat: I never expected a brilliant screenplay. But is it too much to ask the writers to have as much dedication and creativity as the VFX artists who handled Sonic? The latter group worked like crazy to deliver a perfect design. Why can’t the writers try harder to offer a more compelling, unique, and rational story?

    The way Dr. Robotnik comes into play and the level of permission he has to do whatever he desires to is laughable. Everything human-related raises too many eyebrows and rolls too many eyes. I’ve commented about the film online, and some people addressed me by saying, “you’re overanalyzing /you’re expecting too much from it”. I wholeheartedly understand these observations, I genuinely do. The thing is: I don’t believe I’m overthinking, let alone expecting it to be a masterpiece. Why should people simply accept that a movie “can’t be better than what it is”? Why can’t people ask for the potential that a Sonic film has? Why should I be content that it’s “not bad”?

    I’m completely honest: I wanted to like this movie way more than most people. The whole controversy concerning Sonic’s design and the unfair blame that the VFX artists received, left me with an overwhelming desire to absolutely love this film, so I could support the massive work that these people went through. I love everything that’s Sonic-related in the movie. His design, voice, and personality are spot-on, and I can’t imagine a single fan of the little blue hedgehog being disappointed. However, even with a really good cast and a 90s’ Jim Carrey, Sonic the Hedgehog is packed with extreme cliches and narrative decisions that roll too many eyes. Some of the most obvious and cringe-worthy product placement since Michael Bay’s Transformers. Characters built from Hollywood’s recycling box and side stories are thrown away with no resolution. It’s a fun adventure that any family can enjoy on a Sunday afternoon, but I can’t lie to myself: I wish it could have been more entertaining and less frustrating story-wise.

    Rating: C+

  • teamelitedev: The world needed a hero — it got a hedgehog. Powered with incredible speed, Sonic embraces his new home on Earth — until he accidentally knocks out the power grid, sparking the attention of uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik. Now, it’s supervillain vs. supersonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using Sonic’s unique power to achieve world domination.
  • aardwark69: Jim Carrey as a bad guy… great bad guy, full of zeal for being the worst bad character ever, and not being his usual self. Sonic – the main character is fun, even if his backround story sucks when compared to other characters. Still, it is fun, full of energy, and a good movie to share with kids.
  • JPV852: Cute, family-friendly, comedy that’s entertaining enough and sees Jim Carrey back in whacky, over-the-top form that’s been missing the past decade plus it seems, and he works so well in this kind of film. Nothing innovative and the visual effects are hit or miss, however Sonic’s design was well done (so thankfully the initial version was scrapped and redone from scratch). **3.5/5**
  • Gimly: My roommate is a **huge** Sonic fan, and she loved it. I never really cared for the games as a kid, but I liked them a lot more than I did this movie.

    _Final rating:★½: – Boring/disappointing. Avoid where possible._

  • Kamurai: Good watch, could watch again, and can recommend.

    This is surprisingly good, and I went in with really low expectations. Sonic has a long and very weird fanbase, along with a series of weird, weird choices in game designs.

    The concept is very forced, but once you get past that and into actual Sonic content, it is actually a lot of fun. Jim Carrey does a wonderful version of Dr. (Eggman) Robotnik, and the change to him originating in on Earth 1 actually works really well.

    I feel like there is a possibility for a series of movies surrounding the dark organization Robotnik was from. Carrey, Marsden, and the Sonic character have a some great chemistry.

    While its not a great movie, it’s definitely a lot of fun, and I think that is the right choice for a Sonic movie.

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