Sonic the Hedgehog movie: Cast, plot, release date – CNET

Sonic the Hedgehog stars Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz and James Marsden.

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Paramount Picture's Sonic the Hedgehog movie tells the tale of the beloved Sega video game character Sonic (Ben Schwartz) as he navigates life on Earth with his new human best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) in tow.

Sonic and Tom join forces to try to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Robotnik wants to capture Sonic, harness the speedy hedgehog's immense powers and use them for world domination.

The flick's first trailer sparked criticism from fans who were unsettled by Sonic's redesign for the live-action film. The outcry was such that the movie's release date has been pushed back to 2020.

Here's what we know about the film so far.

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Who made it?
The upcoming movie is directed by Jeff Fowler and marks his feature debut. Fowler won an Oscar in 2005 for his animated short Gopher Broke.

Sonic the Hedgehog was produced by Deadpool director Tim Miller.

The plot
When Sonic speeds past lawman Wachowski at 760 mph, the hedgehog ends up creating an energy surge that knocks out power in the Pacific Northwest. This prompts unamused government officials to call in help from Robotnik.

Robotnik becomes obsessed with tracking Sonic down and using his speedy powers for world domination.


Jim Carrey plays villain Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Paramount Pictures and Sega of America

Fan reactions
When Paramount Pictures revealed a motion poster for the new film in Dec. 2018, fans were upset that the classic Sega video game character Sonic the Hedgehog didn't look exactly like they remembered him.

In the poster, instead of his usual cartoony design, Sonic's arms and muscular legs appear almost human. He's also covered in blue fur and wears realistic-looking sneakers.

Miller explained that the changes were made to help the character feel like he belongs in a live-action setting. "He's not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don't think that's the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world," Miller said in December 2018.

When the movie's first trailer dropped on May 1, fans were even more shocked by Sonic's realistic features, which included humanlike teeth.

Fowler responded to the fan outrage about the new design with a tweet on May 2, 2019. "Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount and Sega are fully committed to making this character the best he can be."

On May 30, fan and animator Artur Baranov released his own trailer with a Read More – Source

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