As Sonic Movie Opens in Chinese Theaters, Sonic Says “Follow COVID-19 Guidelines” in New Movie Posters

The Sonic movie finally opened in Chinese theaters today, more than five months after its originally scheduled date of February 28. The opening has been accompanied with a series of posters advertising COVID-19 guidelines, a stark reminder of how much the world has changed this year. Among the guidelines, Sonic asks people to wear a mask, not eat food, take their temperature, and social distance from others, including your own clones.

These images were posted to Twitter by Daniel Ahmad, who covers the Asian video game industry.

While the Sonic movie broke records for a video game movie in the west, delays in eastern markets caused by the pandemic have kept the movie from reaching the same worldwide numbers as Detective Pikachu. Be sure to check back to Sonic Stadium for news on the movie’s box office performance over the next few weeks!

 

Sonic Movie Writer isn’t Sure When Filming Will Start

Moviemaking can be difficult, especially in the middle of a pandemic. While answering a fan question on Instagram, Sonic movie writer Josh S. Miller said that he “wasn’t sure when filming would start,” and that the purely animated elements can be worked on first.

Filming in live action movies can be done much faster then CGI special effects, which take far longer to produce. The first Sonic movie’s principal filming took place over roughly a month, from mid-September to mid-October, with additional filming being completed later in October.

Stay tuned to Sonic Stadium for further developments on Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s production!

Sonic Movie Sequel Gets April 2022 Release Date

Amid the slew of movie delays being caused by the United States’ coronavirus spike, Paramount has dated Sonic’s return to theaters: April 8, 2022.

Nothing else is known about Sonic’s next film at the moment, although the people behind the movie have dropped some hints over the last few months.

CoroCoro Comics Publish 2000’s Sonic Manga For Free, For A Limited Time Only

If you’re as old as Dreadknux is (he’s turning 35 tomorrow!), you’ll remember that way, way back in 2002 Japanese manga book CoroCoro ran a series of Sonic the Hedgehog gag strips. We thought they’d be lost to time to all outside of Japan, but for a limited time CoroCoro has brought back the entire series for online users to read for free! Continue reading CoroCoro Comics Publish 2000’s Sonic Manga For Free, For A Limited Time Only

Amazon Giving Away Sonic Comics With the Sonic Movie

Best Buy isn’t the only retailer offering a special Sonic movie deal, as Amazon has a special deal of its own. Anyone who purchases any of the movie’s physical editions on the website between now and May 26 will also get three free digital Sonic comics from Comixology. Continue reading Amazon Giving Away Sonic Comics With the Sonic Movie

Check Out These Behind-the-Scenes Images of Sonic’s Movie CG Model

There’s more to movie special effects than what we see on screen, and CGW.jp, a Japanese website and magazine specializing in 3DCG and VFX coverage, has posted some behind-the-scenes images the Sonic movie’s CG model. Continue reading Check Out These Behind-the-Scenes Images of Sonic’s Movie CG Model

Celebrate International Dance Day With These Sonic Movie Workouts

Feeling a little energetic at home? Maybe you have kids running around that need something to do? Well, to celebrate the incoming release of the Sonic movie on DVD and Blu-ray, Paramount has created a set of Sonic-themed exercises that you can do in the comfort of your living room!
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TSS Interview: Winner of the Sonic Movie Xbox One X, Warner Loredo

As you might recall, earlier this month, Microsoft was giving away a Sonic movie-themed Xbox One X on their Twitter page. Well, on April 24th, the winner came forward. Warner Loredo, a Sonic fan by the Twitter handle Professor Crafter won the illustrious prize, and rather than resell it for a high price, he’s using it for it’s intended purpose and playing games on it. I got a hold of Warner and asked him a few questions. Continue reading TSS Interview: Winner of the Sonic Movie Xbox One X, Warner Loredo

You Can Rent the Sonic Movie at Redbox Now

US Sonic fans, take note! Despite the Sonic the Hedgehog movie not being available for purchase on DVD/Blu-Ray until May 19, you can rent a copy of the movie at Rebox kiosks right now! The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray, with the 4K version coming soon. Continue reading You Can Rent the Sonic Movie at Redbox Now

Sonic Movie Sequel Not in Development…Yet

Sonic the Hedgehog has been one of the few Hollywood success stories of 2020, breaking video game movie box office records and bringing in over $300 million before the coronavirus pandemic forced movie theaters worldwide to close. Despite this success, however, there are not currently plans for a sequel.

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Longclaw Flaps Into Sonic Forces Mobile

Sonic Forces’ mobile version has been all about brand synergy with the Sonic movie these last few months, and this latest event is no exception. “The Protector’s Return” event sees movie Sonic’s surrogate mom, Longclaw, debut in the game as a playable character. She will only be available for a limited time, and will come with a new item called “cyclone charge,” which can slow down other characters.

The event will run from today until May 15.

This Fan-Made Sonic Movie Costume is So Realistic He’s Doing TikTok Duets With Other Cosplayers

It’s a good thing that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released to cinemas back in February, before the coronavirus pandemic caused a total lockdown of many different cities and countries. Because we figure if Ben Schwartz’s blue blur and Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik had their face-off now, it’d probably go down on social media, or Skype or something. Continue reading This Fan-Made Sonic Movie Costume is So Realistic He’s Doing TikTok Duets With Other Cosplayers

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

Sonic Movie Director: Post-Credits Scene Was Planned Early On

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has seen a number of changes throughout its production – most notably the design of the blue blur himself. But don’t let that make you think that the film’s post-credit scene was a last-minute addition – Jeff Fowler has revealed in a recent interview that that scene was always intended to be included.

[Warning: Spoilers Within]

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Sonic Movie Released Early on UK Digital Store Fronts – Available Today

Surprise! Paramount Pictures has released the digital version of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie today in the UK. You can purchase the ‘cinematic experience’ from storefronts such as Apple iTunes and Amazon Video for £13.99. Continue reading Sonic Movie Released Early on UK Digital Store Fronts – Available Today

AFD 2020: New Sonic Movie Cut Reveals Prototype CG James Marsden, Releases Mid-May

The Sonic movie has only just been released in the US on digital platforms, but Paramount has announced that a special edition of the movie will be unleashed in mid-May featuring deleted scenes and options to see the film with the prototype CG Sonic and… a prototype CG James Marsden? Continue reading AFD 2020: New Sonic Movie Cut Reveals Prototype CG James Marsden, Releases Mid-May

The Sonic Movie Is Now Available For Purchase Digitally

Sonic the Hedgehog is available for purchase on all streaming services today, including iTunes, Prime Video and Vudu, for $19.99/£13.99.

The release includes special features such as the cut Baby Sonic clip we posted yesterday!

If you’d rather own this all physically, you’ll need to wait a little longer, as the blu-ray isn’t coming until May 19. If you do decide to wait, you’ll at least have the opportunity to get a steelbook edition! Check out the trailer, put together for the movie’s home release, below:

Deleted Scene Featuring Old Design Baby Sonic Toddles onto YouTube

As we know, the Sonic Movie went through a whirlwind of changes during it’s development, so much that it had to be significantly delayed to fix Sonic’s design. While we all got a clean look at the old design of teenaged Sonic, we only ever got to see the “redesigned” version of Baby Sonic… until now. Continue reading Deleted Scene Featuring Old Design Baby Sonic Toddles onto YouTube

Sonic Movie Special Features Will Include the Original Baby Sonic

Back in December, when we first reported baby Sonic, I wondered what kind of nightmare fuel had been in store for us with the original design. Well, it looks like we won’t have to wonder anymore, because the original baby Sonic will be in the movie’s special features! Continue reading Sonic Movie Special Features Will Include the Original Baby Sonic

Sonic Movie Gets 4K Steelbook Edition

In addition to the blu-ray version announced a few days ago, the Sonic movie will also be getting a steelbook edition. This version will come with the 4K, blu-ray, and digital versions of the movie in a metal case, along with a book titled “The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord.”

This will be exclusive to Best Buy, and scheduled to release at the same time as the standard blu ray edition on May 19.

Sonic Becomes Highest Grossing Video Game Movie in US, Makes $300 Million Worldwide

The Sonic movie broke another record last weekend, making $145 million and becoming the highest grossing video game movie in the United States. This just barely places it ahead of Detective Pikachu’s $144 million U.S. total.

In terms of overall box office, Sonic is still substantially behind Detective Pikachu. It passed $300 million last weekend, putting it well behind Detective Pikachu’s $433 million. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Sonic movie’s release dates in both China and Japan have been delayed, with a new release date still undecided. Detective Pikachu made over $120 million across these two regions last year.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forcing millions to self-quarantine, and with the movie hitting digital on demand services at the end of the month, this will obviously be our last box office update for awhile. All things considered, not a bad run for a movie many thought would be a disaster last year!

via Box Office Mojo

You Can Buy Sonic’s Shoes Now! But It’ll Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

While Sonic’s iconic shoes have technically been available before, they’ve never been true athletic sneakers that the hedgehog himself would actually wear while trotting around South Island… or San Francisco. However, thanks to a collaboration between PUMA and The Shoe Surgeon, you could potentially own a pair of Sonic’s trademark slick kicks from the movie!

Continue reading You Can Buy Sonic’s Shoes Now! But It’ll Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

Sonic Went Super in Early Movie Drafts, Director Confirms

Movies will often go through significant changes during production, with scripts typically going through drastic changes before the final direction is eventually settled upon. So it should come as no surprise that the Sonic movie went through some changes beyond its infamous redesign and the unused lizard villain leaked a few weeks ago. At one point, the movie was actually set to feature chaos emeralds and Super Sonic.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, Sonic movie director Jeffrey Fowler confirmed that Super Sonic and the chaos emeralds were considered, but ultimately cut for the sake of simplicity.

“It didn’t make sense to obviously bring in the Super Sonic thing just yet. I mean, there were very early versions of the script and the outlines where… because we knew that’s something that’s very important in the fan mythology, or the mythology that fans love. And Chaos Emeralds are definitely a huge part, even going back to the first game in ’91, and it was definitely something that we were kind of trying to see. Like, ‘Does it make sense to include one of these?’”

Ultimately, Fowler wanted to focus the movie on Sonic and Robotnik’s origins.

“But again, just going back to what I said about the simplicity of it and just for the sake of just really starting from the simplest version and not trying to do too much, it just felt like, ‘Let’s just… let’s do the origins as Sonic and Robotnik and try to nail those characters before we potentially would open it up to some of these elements from the games that fans know and love.’”

These comments appear to raise the likelihood of either or both the Chaos Emeralds and Super Sonic appearing in a sequel. Now that we know that Super Sonic was at one point slated for this movie, that leaves one very important question:

What did Super Sonic look like when movie Sonic still had more human proportions and freaky teeth? Will we ever find out? Do we even want to know?

via Comicbook.com

Sonic Blasts to the Top of the Box Office for 2nd Week, Grosses Over $200 Mil Worldwide

Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog just keeps rushing past the competition, scoring the top box office spot worldwide for a second week in a row. Paramount recently reported that Sonic made another $26 million this weekend, which helped the movie steal the top box office spot away from its closest competition, Fox’s Call of the Wild. This brings the total US gross to $106.6 million.

Sonic has also continued to do well overseas, where it earned another $38.3 million, bringing it’s total international gross to $96.5 million. This came as Sonic opened in an additional 16 markets, bringing it to a total of 56 markets worldwide. Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog has now made $203.1 million worldwide.

Sonic’s international numbers are likely to improve as the movie comes to new markets over the next month, including large markets like China and Japan. Sonic is scheduled to open in Japan on March 27, while the movie’s Chinese opening date is uncertain due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Sonic Games are on Sale Everywhere!

In what’s no doubt a way to capitalize on the success and hype of the recently released Sonic Movie, SEGA is offering massive discounts on Sonic games across various digital platforms. In some cases, the games are 50% or even 75% off their regular market price!

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The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Scene LOADED With Easter Eggs! [Movie Spoiler]

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has a whole heap of references to the franchise (and even a famous meme!), but one very brief moment in the film is jam-packed with Sonic the Hedgehog lore. Did you catch it? WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

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Old Sonic Movie Concept Features Unused Villain, Sonic Fighting With Chris Evans

Early movie concept art can be pretty weird and cool, and it should surprise no one that this is especially true for the Sonic movie. Twitter user Marx Pan came across some concept art from early 2018 on Chinese microblogging website Weibo.

Created by Weibo users Xu Tianhua Thx and Jin Xiaoyu for Blur Studios, one of the movie’s special effects houses, the concept art showcases a never before seen lizard villain and Sonic getting into a bar fight with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who was apparently the actor Jeffrey Fowler wanted early on.

This concept art appears to confirm a detail found in the movie’s copyright, which mentioned a lizard villain wanting to use Sonic’s power to take over the universe.

You can check the images out on the Xu Tianhua’s page, or look at them below:

Sonic Rings Up $3 Million in Thursday Previews, Projected to Make $55 Million Over the Weekend

It looks like Paramount and SEGA may have a hit on their hands, if Sonic the Hedgehog’s Thursday night preview haul and latest United States box office projections are any indication. Sonic the Hedgehog made $3 million Thursday night, with the latest projections now putting the movie’s US President’s Day weekend haul (which includes Monday) at $55 million.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s three day projections, which only count Friday through Sunday, have the movie making $47.5 million. If this happens, it would be the third highest opening weekend for any video game movie, only bested by 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47.7 million) and last year’s Detective Pikachu ($54.7 Million).

With these kinds of numbers, Sonic the Hedgehog is now set to make back well over half of it’s estimated $81-$95 million budget just from its U.S. opening. It’s still possible for the movie to fall short of these expectations, or exceed them. It could also potentially bomb internationally. Barring either of these events, Sonic the Hedgehog is going to make Paramount some money.

via Deadline

Sonic the Hedgehog Scores a 64% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

With 91 reviews in, Sonic the Hedgehog is currently looking to be a winner with critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently holding a 64% rating, a clear majority of critics have given the movie a thumbs up! It should be noted that Rotten Tomatoes percentages are averages of scores, but instead the percentage of critics who either liked or hated the movie.

With less than one hundred reviews, Sonic the Hedgehog’s RT percentage is likely to continue fluctuating over the next few weeks, as hundreds of critics weigh in. It’s unlikely to reach Rotten Tomatoes “certified fresh” rating (which requires a 75% rating), and it could still fall below the 60% threshold and enter “rotten” territory. But, at the very least, critics don’t see it as the dumpster fire some were expecting. It’ll also certainly score better then the Mario movie did.

While Rotten Tomatoes has the most comprehensive collection of reviews, it’s worth noting how the movie is doing by other metrics. The movie currently holds a 93% from Rotten Tomatoes’ verified audience reviews (which must be connected to a ticket purchase). On Metacritic, the movie currently holds a 47, a “mixed or average” score, with 35 reviews.

Did you read our review? What do you think of its critical reception? What do you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments below!

Build Your Own Movie Sonic at Build-a-Bear Stores

Build-a-bear, the online and brick-and-mortar store dedicated to stuffing and dressing quality plush toys has just released its new Sonic the Hedgehog Movie plush line, and… it looks familiar. Continue reading Build Your Own Movie Sonic at Build-a-Bear Stores