Visual effects company Moving Production Company (MPC) has closed down its studio in Vancouver, which was responsible for much of the work that went into the new Sonic movie design.
This closure comes just a month after that design debuted in a new trailer, where it received a good reception from many on social media. A letter justifying the closure has supposedly been leaked, although cartoon news website Cartoon Brew, which broke this story, was unable to confirm the letter’s authenticity. According to the letter, the studio was closed due to “external market pressures in Vancouver and more attractive opportunities in other locations.” You can find the letter here.
In the aftermath of the closure, a former MPC employee took the company to task in a (now deleted) Reddit post. Although Cartoon Brew was unable to verify his identity, his comments match what the website has heard elsewhere. According to the poster, the studio’s working conditions included multiple 17+ hour days (sometimes three or four in row), few days that weren’t at least 10+ hours a day, and multiple weeks without a day off, leaving employees sleep-deprived. Although the Sonic movie was not expressly mentioned, the employee did say that these hours were fueled by “two infamous projects” they had recently completed. If true, this could at least partially refute an earlier report that the animators on the Sonic movie project were treated well, though it should be noted that MPC Vancouver was not the only studio that worked on the movie’s effects.
Overwork can unfortunately be quite common in the movie visual effects industry, and isn’t exclusive to this studio. If you want to read the full report, including the employee’s Reddit post, check out the source below.
When you think of Sonic in the 3rd Dimension, your mind will probably snap to the likes of Sonic Adventure or the more recent Sonic Forces. But before we first got to play a full 3D Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast, a group of talented fans known as “Sonic Team Junior” took it upon themselves to reverse engineer DOOM (yes, that DOOM) to create their own 3D Sonic game back in 1998: Sonic Robo Blast 2, and you may be surprised to find out that over 20 years later, it’s still alive and kicking with updates and features.
First4Figures’ latest Sonic PVC statue, which was first teased back in March, finally has a teaser trailer and pre-order date. The statue will be made available for pre-order on December 13 at 9 AM EST, during a F4F livestream. The trailer, posted below, gives us our first look at the colored version of the statue. Check it out below:
A long lost DLC event for the Japanese version of Sonic Adventure has just been uncovered. Moopthehedgehog, a member of the Dreamcast development and homebrew website DCEmulation, found a copy of the game’s 1999 New Years event on an old memory card he ordered from Japan.
In the midst of chaos, we finally get a confrontation between good and evil!
IDW has released its previews for this week, and things are set to really heat up as the tension rises! In Sonic the Hedgehog #23, Sonic is desperately running, no matter how exhausted he may be, because he’s the last hope for a cure to the Zombot outbreak. While out gathering data for Tails, he runs into the two villains that started it all; Dr Eggman and Dr Starline! But with the infection all around them, will they even last long enough to have their usual bout of antagonistic banter? This is “The Last Minute”: part 3.
Sonic the Hedgehog #23
Writer: Ian Flynn
Artist: Jack Lawrence
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: Priscilla Tramontano
Cover B: Tracy Yardley w/ Bracardi Curry
1:10 Retailer Incentive Variant: Nathalie Fourdraine
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
“The Last Minute” – Part Three!
Sonic has been infected by the Metal Virus, and so far the only thing keeping him from going full-on zombot is his incredible speed… but how long can that last? As Sonic pushes himself to his limits gathering data for Tails, he comes face-to-face with the one problem more important than the Metal Virus: its creator, Dr. Eggman.
Sonic the Hedgehog #23 is due out in all good comic retailers and digital platforms tomorrow, November 27th. Make sure you make a note of it, nobody would want to miss out on Eggman getting to gloat over Sonic’s peril!
Where can you play as Mario in Sonic Adventure 2, Hatsune Miku in Sonic Mania, and many other strange alterations to your favourite Sonic games? Why, the Sonic Hacking Contest, of course! One of the most exciting events in the Sonic community is heading here on the 2nd of December, and we’ve got a sizzlin’ trailer to prove it!
When Sonic movie director Jeff Fowler announced that Sonic would be getting a redesign, it wasn’t clear exactly how much work that would require. Many assumed it would require a significant overhaul of the movie’s special effects, and it was recently rumored that the cost of the change was around $35 million. It would appear none of this was accurate, however.
According to IndieWire, the cost of the overhaul was actually around $5 million, and that the only completed Sonic effects were what was shown in the first trailer back in April. IndieWire’s source also said that any rumors of that the movie’s VFX team ‘suffered’ during production are “far from true.”
The reception of the new design has been almost universally positive, so it would appear that was $5 million well spent. Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for release on February 14, 2020.
PUMA, the company that has been making Sonic-themed footwear for the last few years, has revealed a a brand new pair based on their RS-X³ model. The shoes will be released on November 21 and sold for $120 USD.
They’ve also revealed new Sonic-themed clothing, including a t-shirt, hoodie, beanie and shoulder bag. While prices for these items are not currently known, they are expected to be released in February 2020.
If you’ve been sleeping under a purple rock in Green Hill Zone, here’s an update for you: the latest trailer for the Sonic Movie is out, and it features a fully redesigned Sonic! On top of that, a long-held suspicion that a certain well-known artist in the Sonic community was involved has finally been confirmed!
Stop the press! Or, start the press? Press start! We found yet another leaked image of the alleged new redesign of Sonic from the titular “Sonic Movie,” and it’s rather detailed, and wants you to #CatchSonic on social media!
Every year, Extra Life starts streaming games in an effort to encourage watchers to donate money to a variety of Children’s hospitals. It’s a wonderful gesture, and a group of Sonic fans are looking to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!
One of SAGE’s hottest showings this year was a little demo for a rather spooky game called Vertebreaker! It’s being developed by Head Cannon, one of the driving forces behind Sonic Mania, and now it’s come to Kickstarter to get a boost in funds to become a full-fledged indie title!
It’s been a period of song releases hasn’t it? Well to celebrate Halloween, Sega through their official Japanese Sonic Channel YouTube channel have uploaded a remix of the Pumpkin Hill level song (properly called A Ghost’s Pumpkin Soup) from Sonic Adventure 2. The remix was done by Tomoya Ohtani, who as some may remember was the man behind all of Knuckles’ themes in Sonic Adventure 2 in the first place!
What’s hedgehog-shaped, utterly heartless and absolutely terrifying? Metal Sonic dressed up like the Grim Reaper, of course. And boy, does he look more menacing than ever. This version of Sonic’s robotic doppelgänger is now available to unlock in SEGA Hardlight’s Sonic Forces mobile app, as part of the game’s ‘Grim Gala’ festivities. Continue reading Sonic Forces ‘Grim Gala’ Begins, Reaper Metal Sonic Up For Grabs
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