Retro videogame character Sonic the Hedgehog, created by Yuji Naka, first appeared in 1991 in Sony’s original game in the series Sonic the Hedehog. Spawning multiple sequels, comics, and television cartoons, the much-loved original star of gaming is set to appear on the big screen in his very own movie!
The film, which will be created by Sony and Japan-based production company Marza Animation Planet, will star many of the original and internationally-established characters such as the evil Dr. Eggman. Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella stated “there are limitless stories to tell”, and they will take the adventures of the little blue 90’s super hedgehog onto a whole new level to broaden the fanbase even further.
Most people, whether videogame fans or not, are familiar with Sonic, either by playing the original games on the classic platforms such as Sega, by playing the more recent editions such as Sonic: Lost World or by watching one of the many animated series. Sonic’s popularity has similarly led to mixed genre games and cameo appearances, for instance the Sonic/Mario mashup Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, or his appearance in the 2008 wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The film, which will be a hybrid of animation and live action, will no doubt attract a large audience as Sonic is one of the most established cartoon characters of the gaming world.
Marza CEO Masanao Maeda stated that “Sonic has had dozens of adventures on the console and the small screen, and we’re thrilled that he’s now coming to the big screen”.
Other animation/live action hybrids such as The Smurfs movies were also based on classic and loved characters, and the movies ended up being very successful. Sonic the Hedgehog will undoubtedly follow in the same way.