Sonic the Hedgehog Live-Action Trailer Shows How Far We Have Strayed from the Light

The first trailer for the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie shows its teeth.

April 30, 2019

Humanity was in for a rude awakening on Tuesday morning with the official release of the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer. The Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey-starring film based on the video game series has caused nothing less than a kerfuffle on the internet since its announcement, and with this trailer, we’ve now reached peak kerfuffle. After yesterday’s leak showcasing Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, the trailer confused and frightened fans around the world.

In case it wasn’t evident before, the Sonic film firmly takes place in our world, albeit in a fictional city cheekily called “Green Hills.” Ben Schwartz’s Sonic is a mischievous one, becoming a thorn not only to James Marsden’s cop character but also to… the United States federal government? This strange creature, who has already caused a fuss with its design, is recklessly knocking out the power nationwide to the point that the freaking Pentagon has to get involved in this already absurd story.

And the Department of Defense has apparently no one better to recruit than Jim Carrey, whose Eggman appears to be pretty much every character Carrey played in the 1990s. He seems less Robotnik and more like any generic mustache-twirling villain, who is also just Jim Carrey from the 90s. There is very little overlap between this Robotnik and the one we see in this trailer, other than the fact that he uses a robot at one point.

As the trailer continues, more questions pop up. How does one of Sonic’s rings teleport Marsden and another character like a portal from Doctor Strange? What is Sonic’s motivation other than running really fast? Is there a reason they kept Ben Schwartz’s voice as Sonic such a secret, even though he just sounds like normal Ben Schwartz? Why is “Gangsta’s Paradise” the song they chose for this trailer?

Also, what is happening here?

Okay, finally some traditional Eggman, but how? Why? Is this a fantasy dream sequence? Does this film end with the apocalypse, turning the real world into the cartoony world from the Genesis games? This trailer brings more questions than answers.

There will be inevitable comparisons to the Detective Pikachu movie, and while that film fully embraces the Pokémon world, this Sonic film is making some bizarre decisions in trying to adapt the most iconic parts of the video game series. We’ll have to see how Sonic and his weird creepy teeth fare when Sonic the Hedgehog releases in theaters on November 8.

Chris Compendio

Chris is a writer currently based in the Philadelphia area. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and were an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.

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