7 Movie References In Sonic the Hedgehog 2 You Might Have Missed

The second Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is absolutely jam-packed with references to the games and even a nod to one of Ben Schwartz’s previous shows, Parks and Recreation. In addition to these, there are a plethora of movie references and tropes featuring throughout the 2-hour run time. While some of these are very obvious (such as Officer Wade Whipple’s referral to Ghostbusters’ infamous candy Kaiju, The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man), some will only have been spotted by the most avid movie buffs!
Below are our 7 favourite subtle movie references in Sonic’s latest cinema outing…

Be warned – movie spoilers ahead!!!

Klaatu Barada Nikto!

Before Knuckles makes his appearance through the ring, Dr Robotnik welcomes the three nameless warriors with the very strange greetings of “Klaatu Barada Nikto!”. Classic sci-fi fans will know this as the famous phrase that originated in the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still – uttered to pacify the giant robot Gort and prevent him from destroying the world. Ironic considering the final act of the movie!

That Slide

Sonic sets about trashing the Wachowski household minutes after Tom and Maddie depart for Hawaii, starting with a slide into the living room with his back to the camera. Those with a keen knowledge of 80’s coming-of-age flicks will recognise this as a homage to the underwear dance scene from 1983’s Risky Business performed by a young Tom Cruise, in which Cruise’s character Joel has also just been left home alone in his parents’ house.

Witching Hour

Margaret Hamilton, the mother of Hamilton Meserve, plays the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz.”

When Robotnik returns to Earth at night and confronts Sonic in the Wachowski house he threatens Sonic, finishing his line with “…AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!”. The quote references the threat given by the Wicked Witch of the West to Dorothy in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. The threat is often used as a trope when a villain wants to prove how evil they are.

The name of the Wachowski family dog? Ozzy, of course.

Cast Away

Robotnik’s descent into complete madness when he is exiled to the Mushroom Planet is staved off when he creates a replica Agent Stone out of, well, a stone. This bears semblance to 2000’s Cast Away, in which Tom Hank’s character Chuck creates an inanimate companion, Wilson, from a flotsam Volleyball after being marooned on a remote uninhabited island.

“It’s derivative!”

Knuckles and Robotnik’s navigation through the Labyrinth Zone sees the two antagonists chased down corridor by a huge boulder. While this has most certainly become an adventure movie and video game trope, the idea originated in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones movie. The trope doesn’t go unnoticed by Robotnik, as he says “I refuse to die like this; it’s derivative!”

The 8th Wonder

During the fight between our heroes and the Death Egg Robot and shortly before the destruction of the biplane, Robotnik begins to mockingly swipe at Tails as he manoeuvres around the mechanical juggernaut. This is of course a tribute to the 1933 classic King Kong, in which the final scene sees the colossus batting away attacking Curtis Helldiver biplanes.

Home Run

The second Sonic movie ends where the first started in the Green Hills baseball field, with our protagonist getting his wish of having others to play with. After Knuckles’ “Power bump” that sees him hit a home run, a familiar horn riff plays as declares his conquering of the bases. Soundtrack enthusiasts will recognise this as the theme to 1983’s The Natural, Barry Levinson’s love letter to one of America’s favourite sports.

Have we missed any subtle movie references in Sonic 2? Let us know in the comments!

Sonic Movie 2 Available to Stream on Paramount Plus In May

For those who couldn’t make it to the cinema to see the second Sonic the Hedgehog movie (or those who can’t wait to see it again), you don’t have long to wait until it is available to stream!

Multiple sources including Games Radar have confirmed that Sonic 2 will be available to stream via Paramount Plus (at least in the US) from the 24th of May, just over 6 weeks since it’s State-side release.

There is currently no infomation as to when the movie will be available in other territories, but stay tuned for news as it comes!

Sonic Talk Podcast: Sonic 2 Movie Spoilercast Special

Everyone on Sonic Talk has finally seen Sonic 2, and we’ve brought our thoughts to the podcast alongside our guest and boss Dreadknux!

With five different views, good discussion is guaranteed! But of course, with loads of people comes a lengthy discussion, as we dissect and debate the entirety of the movie and its characters in depth. So be sure to grab a snack and drink before hand, or save us for when you’ve got some chores or work to do! Either way, check us out below:

Sonic Forces His Way to #1 at Global Box Office, Scores $72 Million in US, $141 Million Worldwide

EDIT: Sonic 2’s final box office open numbers were released, and they beat the $71 million estimate, landing at $72 million. We’ve updated the article accordingly.

It’s official: Sonic 2 is a worldwide hit. After making $25.5 million in overseas markets a week ago, the movie has since made an additional $116.5 million as its opened across more countries including the US. This includes an estimated $72.1 million opening in the US, beating its predecessor’s opening by $14 million, giving Sonic 2 the biggest opening weekend of any video game movie in US history. This is also the biggest opening Jim Carrey has ever had.

So far, Sonic 2 has been matching or exceeding its predecessor in most markets, and it has easily beaten off what box office competition it had. What will really determine Sonic 2’s success is whether or not it has legs. The original movie managed to earn $319 million before theaters shut down. Despite that, Sonic 1 managed to become the top grossing video game movie in US history, earning $149 million. Sonic 2 has earned nearly half of that in its opening weekend. In order to become the highest grossing video game movie globally, it’ll need beat Detective Pikachu’s $434 million and Warcraft’s $439 million.

With Secrets of Dumbledore debuting this weekend and expecting a $50 million box office, its unlikely Sonic 2 will stay at #1 for multiple weeks like it did last time, but it doesn’t need to in order to break some records. Only time will tell how far Sonic 2 will go, but we’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

Source: Box Office Mojo

Jim Carrey ‘Probably’ Retiring From Acting After Sonic 2

No, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

In a March 31 interview with Access Hollywood, Jim Carrey revealed that he was likely retiring from acting after Sonic 2. When asked what his plans were after Sonic 2, Carrey said “Well, I’m retiring. Yeah, probably. I’m being fairly serious. It depends, if the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.”

So while Carrey does not rule out an eventual return to acting, it appears he’s ready to step away unless a really good script comes his way. He went on to elaborate on his decision, “I really like my quiet life, and I really like putting paint on canvas, and I really love my spiritual life, and I feel like – and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists – I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.”

You can find his answer starting at 4:20 in the interview:

Among other things, this does put his future in the Sonic movie franchise up in the air. Does this mean he won’t be back for Sonic 3? Will he be recast? Or will this end up meaning nothing and he’ll be back for further Sonic movie entries? Will Robotnik as a whole be written out?

It should be noted that, historically, Carrey rarely did sequels, making Sonic 2 something of an anomaly in his career. Whatever the case, Sonic 3 is coming in two years, so we’ll know the answer soon enough.

Sonic 2 Movie Pre-Quill Comic to Have Story Spearheaded by Jim Carrey

So, we’ve known about that Sonic 2 movie “Pre-quill” comic for a little while now, and the comic’s writer Keil Phegley has dropped a few new interesting details. The comic will have 40 pages with five stories focusing on different characters from the movie. Among those stories will be a Robotnik-centered one, featuring contributions by none other than character’s actor himself, Jim Carrey.

It is important to note that Phegley’s exact words for Carrey’s contribution was “spearheading.” Carrey does not have a writer’s credit in the comic solicitation.

The comic will hit comic stores on March 23rd for $6.99, and will feature art by Tracey Yardley!, Adam Bryce Thomas, and Evan Stanley. Quite an all-star time for a Sonic comic! It will feature stories set between the two movies. Check out the full solicitation below:

Catch up with Sonic and friends-if you can-in this exclusive prequel to 2022’s most anticipated family film! Life is good in Green Hills for Sonic the Hedgehog . . . maybe too good. He’s starting to get bored, and when Sonic gets bored, things become a lot less boring for everyone else-fast! Quicker than you can say “Chili Dog,” the Fastest Thing Alive is saving the day and causing all sorts of chaos along the way! Plus, new and returning characters starring in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 film take the lead in stories of their own!

In case you missed it last month, here’s the cover!

via Keil Phegley’s Twitter

Jakks Pacific Shows Off its Upcoming Sonic 2 Movie Toys

Jakks Pacific has unveiled its upcoming line of Sonic 2 movie toys on social media. Ever wanted to own a toy of the Tornado, or Jim Carrey Robnotnik? Well now you can!

The line-up includes plushies, action figures, the aforementioned Tornado biplane, and Sonic on some sort of skateboard type thing, complete with a giant ring. All of the action figures include some sort of accessory as well. Sonic and Knuckles both have snowboards, while Dr. Robotnik has one of his egg robots and a…coffee cup. Tails, most interestingly, appears to have some sort of gun. Check out the toys below:

These toys will launch in the spring, likely around the same time as the movie’s release on April 8. What are your thoughts on these toys? Tell us in the comments below!

Credit to Josiahblaze for sending this into our Discord newstips!

via Twitter

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer Debuts at The Game Awards

Nearly seven months since it wrapped filming, Sonic 2’s trailer has finally arrived, debuting at The Game Awards. The 2-minute-18-second trailer gives us our first taste of what’s in store for Sonic’s big screen debut.

The trailer has got a lot to offer. There are plenty of references to the games, such as Sonic Adventure. The Master Emerald and its shrine is here, along with the Tornado, Tails, and of course, our first look at Knuckles the Echidna.

Watch it below!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 features Ben Schwartz as Sonic, Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Tails, Idris Elba as Knuckles, and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. It will debut in the US on April 8, 2022.

Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik Goes Airbourne On Sonic 2 Movie Set

Following on from the flurry of movie news this week, Radio Station Jack 96.9 Vancouver has spotted the Ace Ventura actor, complete with bald head, suspended over the town of Fort Langley, currently dressed as the Sonic Movie town Green Hills.


We can only guess as to what might be happening in this scene…but we sure can’t wait to find out!

Stay tuned for more Sonic 2 movie news!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Officially Begins Filming Today

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeffrey Fowler announced via twitter that the movie was officially moving into production today. Back in January Fowler confirmed that the movie would begin filming this month. Filming will be taking place in both Vancouver and Hawaii. You can check out Fowler’s tweet below:

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is due for release in theaters on April 8, 2022.

RUMOUR: Jason Momoa Offered Role Of Knuckles for 2nd Sonic Movie

It has been reported by The Illuminerdi that Jason Momoa, known for playing DC’s movie incarnation of Aquaman, has been offered the voice acting role to play Knuckles the Echidna in the second the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, due for release in 2022.

While it is currently unknown if Momoa has accepted the role (it was previously rumoured the role had been offered to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) we look forward to seeing if the high profile actor accepts the job.

As always, stay tuned to TSS for more movie updates as they come!

Source: The Illuminerdi

Jim Carrey Wins Award for “Best Villain”

And the award for ‘Best Villain in a Movie’ goes to… Jim Carrey! In the inaugural, “Critic’s Choice Super” awards, (which focuses more on superhero and action movies rather than dramas), Mr. Carrey won the award for his comical portrayal of Dr. Robotnik. He beat out other actors such as Kathrine Langford, Martin Short and J.K. Simmons.

Continue reading Jim Carrey Wins Award for “Best Villain”

Sonic Movie Writer discusses Sequel ideas, Tails is their Nick Fury, Jim Carrey in a Fatsuit

The Sonic Move made huge waves from it’s announcement all the way up to it’s release in theaters, and with two stingers at the end (and a few other mysteries left unsolved) fans of all ages are asking questions about the sequel.

Continue reading Sonic Movie Writer discusses Sequel ideas, Tails is their Nick Fury, Jim Carrey in a Fatsuit

TSS Review: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

The Sonic Stadium sped its way down to the premiere fan screening of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie in London late last month, for a chance to catch the film in its entirety before general release on Friday, 14th of February 2020!

Continue reading TSS Review: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Several Sonic movie cast interviews hit the web

With just over two weeks before release, the Sonic movie promotion train is at full speed.  Several different media outlets are already interviewing the cast about the film. So let’s check out some of these interviews to see if we can find any juicy details on the upcoming flick!

BackstageOL did a sitdown interview with Ben Schwartz and James Marsden.

Jake Hamilton’s gift of speedy gab is almost as fast as Sonic’s feet. Here he is with Ben Schwartz and James Marsden.

Finally, on Mama’s Geeky, several kids get to talk to the whole cast. Jim Carrey gets deep on Robotnik.


Sonic Movie Producer on Redesign: “Fans Will Be Pleased”

Sonic the Hedgehog movie producer Tim Miller has spoken out about his experience regarding the backlash of Sonic’s intial movie design, and hints at his opinion of the redesign via Variety.

Continue reading Sonic Movie Producer on Redesign: “Fans Will Be Pleased”

The Spin: Why Sonic’s Movie Design (Probably) Shouldn’t Change

To say it has been a tumultuous week in the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom is something of an understatement, with the first movie trailer seeing release and receiving a less than favourable reception (at time of writing, dislikes outweighed likes by 2-to-1 on YouTube). Continue reading The Spin: Why Sonic’s Movie Design (Probably) Shouldn’t Change

Sonic Talk Emergency Podcast: Movie Trailer Panic

We didn’t want to wait until the end of the month to talk about this one. Recorded the day after the trailer’s release, Jason, Alex and Chris discuss their opinions on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer. We may have seen leaked images early, but we weren’t going to pass judgement until we saw the hedgehog in motion. Well we did and…..it’s even worse than we thought. Join us and listen to what we thought of Sonic, James Marsden, Jim Carrey and more.

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BREAKING: First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer and Poster Unveiled!

Stop the presses! The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has finally been revealed to the public. With all the commotion surrounding the film – with trailer details published in advance by the press and Jim Carrey’s look as Eggman being leaked, curiosity and anticipation for what the ‘Real Life Sonic’ will look like has hit an all-time high. Check out the trailer below. Continue reading BREAKING: First Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer and Poster Unveiled!

UPDATED: Still of Sonic Movie’s Robotnik leaked, trailer incoming

We may finally be getting our first look at the Sonic movie today! Earlier, SEGAbits posted an image of Jim Carrey’s Robotnik that is supposedly from the movie’s first trailer. SEGAbits also said that the trailer could hit as early as tomorrow. Continue reading UPDATED: Still of Sonic Movie’s Robotnik leaked, trailer incoming

7 Facts We Learned About the Sonic Movie From CinemaCon

Although we, the dwellers of the internet, are yet to see any footage from the up-and-coming Sonic the Hedgehog movie starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey, twitter has been buzzing with news coming from those attending the event and the two teaser-trailers shown there.

Here are the most important pieces of information we have learned from CinemaCon so far! Continue reading 7 Facts We Learned About the Sonic Movie From CinemaCon

Alita: Battle Angel Composer Junkie XL Is Scoring Sonic Movie Soundtrack

The list of big names working on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, due for release this year, just got bigger!

Dutch musician Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) is currently scoring the live action hybrid film.

Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel Composer Junkie XL Is Scoring Sonic Movie Soundtrack

Jim Carrey Name-Drops Sonic Movie As He’s Getting Kicked Out of the Golden Globes

The annual Golden Globes ceremony took place over the weekend in the US, and it was pretty meme-worthy for a number of reasons – largely because of the jokes fired out by hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh. But we weren’t expecting one of the jokes to involve Jim Carrey and the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Continue reading Jim Carrey Name-Drops Sonic Movie As He’s Getting Kicked Out of the Golden Globes

Jim Carrey In Talks To Play Eggman In The Sonic Movie

With the Sonic Movie now under Paramount’s control and development beginning very soon, more details regarding it’s casting are slowly leaking out.

Many fans have speculated for months as to if the cast would be the current voice actors, or would celebrities be put into the series iconic roles?

Well according to a sources at Deadline, we might have an indication as to the answer of that, it seems that the role of Eggman for the Sonic Movie has yet to be cast, however, one name in the negotiations for the role is Jim Carrey!

Yes you read that right, Jim Carrey, famous for his roles in Ace Ventura, The Mask and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is currently in talks to play Sonic’s nemesis in the Sonic Movie.

We’ll update this with more information as we get it.

Source: Deadline

UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter Writer Borys Kit is claiming that Carrey will be a live action actor and not a CG/Voice Role.