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Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2008 American science fiction/ action-adventure comedy film action film based on the video game of the same name. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action filming, was directed by Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Jeff Fowler, and released on November 14, 2008, by Paramount Pictures.

Upon release, the film had received positive reviews from critics and fans who praised its visuals, the performances, and its faithfulness to the source material.

Premise

After discovering a small team of animal heroes led by a blue, fast hedgehog (Sonic), a small-town police officer (Tom Wachowski) must help it defeat an evil genius (Dr. Eggman) who wants to do experiments on it.

Plot

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Cast

  • Tom Hanks as Thomas Michael "Tom" Wachowski, The sheriff of Green Hills who wishes to join the SFPD. He befriends Sonic, Amy, Tails, and Knuckles, and aids him in there quest to stop Robotnik.
  • Greg Cipes as Sonic the Hedgehog, a blue hedgehog that is gifted with superhuman speed, and the main protagonist of the movie.
  • Freddie Highmore as Tails, a yellow fox with two tails, hence his name. He has the ability to jet-propel himself with his tails, by spinning them around fastly, TBA.
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Production

Development

Development for a film adaptation based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video games began in 1993 during production of DIC Entertainment's television show Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Michealene Risley, the newly appointed consumer products director who helped green-light Adventures, negotiated with several Hollywood producers. Sega CEO Tom Kalinske, however, was wary of damaging the brand, citing the commercial and critical failures of the Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter films. Despite Kalinske's concerns, Sega was enthusiastic about a film adaptation. In August 1994, Sega struck a development deal with MGM and Trilogy Entertainment Group, with Pen Densham as the executive producer of the film.

MGM and Sega hired Richard Jefferies, an associate of Risley from her days at Marvel Comics, to write a film treatment. At the time, Sega was developing Sonic X-treme for its next console, the Sega Saturn, and asked Jefferies to feature the Saturn in the screenplay. Jefferies' treatment, entitled Sonic the Hedgehog: Wonders of the World, was submitted in May 1995. While the draft received a positive response among MGM and Sega executives, Shinobu Toyoda suggested Kalinske replace Robotnik with a meaner villain. MGM canceled the project after a failed attempt to revive the film at DreamWorks; Jeffries suggested that the film was scrapped as both Sega and MGM wanted a higher share of the profits, while Densham said it followed creative differences between Sega and Trilogy

In 2003, Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to produce and distribute a film based on Sonic the Hedgehog,

On June 10, 2004, a live-action animated film was announced as a joint venture between Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures, Steven Spielberg signed on to direct a film based on the video game series,

On January 7, 2005, it was revealed that directorial efforts had shifted from Spielberg to Robert Zemeckis, who had previously been hand-picked by Spielberg to direct the Back to the Future film franchise and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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Post-production

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Filming

On October 16, 2006, post-production and additional photography took place in October in New York, where Carrey shot his scenes

Filming took place in Vancouver, Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, TBA, California, and New York. The film shooting lasted an estimated 72 days, Principal photography began on August 13, 2006, and wrapped on May 2, 2007, the film's production budget was $130–175 million due to TBA, TBA, the massive scale of the sets, TBA And TBA although the actual figure was later reported to be $130 million

Visual effects and design

The visual effects are provided by ImageMovers, Industrial Light & Magic, Marza Animation Planet and Games Animation Inc

Originally, the designs from the film were meant to be nonfaithful to the original videogame series, and more realistic. However, they were not received well by TBA, and the creative team led by TBA that was developing the film's character designs decided to give them designs more faithful to the video games. The designs were changed to giving the Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles a more cartoony-like appearance with color fur and TBA. The new design for the Sonic and his friends was done by young newcomer artist TBA.

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Release

Sonic the Hedgehog was released on November 14, 2008. It was originally released with the 2008 short Keroppi: The Christmas Eve Gift, which is a remake of the Keroppi Christmas special of the same name, and directed by Ean Manley.

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Critical receptions

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Differences from the Original Video Game

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