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Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (1996)

Sonikku za hejjihoggu (original title)
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What's blue and wears running shoes? Whoops! Ya missed him, as he's off to save the planet on a quest by the nefarious Dr. Robotnik, which turns out to be much of a trap. Smells fishy!

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Credited cast:
Martin Burke ...
Lainie Frasier ...
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Dr. Robotnik / President (voice)
Sascha Biesi ...
Sara (voice)
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Old Man Owl (voice) (as Charlie Campbell)
Gary Lipkowitz ...
Metal Sonic (voice) (as Gary Dehan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chafûrin ...
Old Man Owl (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
President (voice)
Mika Kanai ...
Sara (voice)
Masami Kikuchi ...
Yasunori Matsumoto ...
Hekiru Shiina ...
Akimitsu Takase ...
President's Aide (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi ...
Dr. Eggman (voice) (as Junpei Taniguchi)
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Storyline

Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekicks Tails and Knuckles the Echidna are determined to thwart a plan that would turn their Land of the Sky into the equivalent of The Land of Darkness, which lurks beneath the surface (and is obviously the former planet Earth). So they plow through to the center of the planet and the ancient city of Robotropolis (the former New York City?) to do righteous battle. The big question of the day is whether the usually evil Dr. Robotnik is telling the truth for once or sending the good guys into a trap. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Scrape Your Knuckles. Catch Some Tails.


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Release Date:

31 May 1996 (Japan)  »

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Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In terms of references to the games, the movie is based on game characters and setting styles set before the character redux introduced in Sonic Adventure (1998), such as Sonic the Hedgehog, 2, CD, 3, & Knuckles. Sonic CD is particularly relevant considering the appearance of Metal Sonic and certain dynamic running animations of Sonic resembling the intro of the same game. See more »

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When Sonic and Tails are fighting Metal Robotnik, he shoots glue at Tails' twin tails. Tails says he can't fly to help Sonic, but when he gets the piece of concrete to surf across the water, you can see that his tails are not glued together. See more »

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[Robotnik and Sara emerge from a damaged Metal Robotnik]
Robotnik: Sonic better enjoy his victory NOW, because, once he gets to Robotropolis, he will have to face something far more evil than Metal Robotnik!
[Sara lands a double axe handle attack on the back of Robotnik's head, knocking him out]
Sara: What do you mean, "Worse than Metal Robotnik"? Are you talking about yourself? You'd better keep your hands off my Sonic, or I'll never forgive you!
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The tagline........it hurts.
22 August 2010 | by (http://thexamtaroshowvault.blogspot.sg) – See all my reviews

Released in 1996 as two OVa episodes and edited together into a movie in 1999, Sonic the Hedgehog is a fun little animated outing for the light-speed blue hedgehog and his fox friend Tails. However, "fun" is all that this movie has going for it, especially when compared to other animated adaptations of Sonic that have graced TV screens over the years.

Its first most obvious flaw is its animation, which for all intents and purposes seems worse than some of the episodes in 1993's Sonic the Hedgehob TV series. It boggles the mind how an OVA, which is meant to have a higher animation budget than a TV show, can look worse than TV animation from years ago. The animation and artwork can only be classified as "lazy". For example, Tails no longer flies by spinning his tails like a helicopter. His tails disappear and in their a brown and white disc forms over his head which gives him the ability to levitate. Similarly, whenever Sonic runs, you do not see a blur of feet but a simple red ribbon-like object that is meant to represent his feet.(at times those said "feet" are not even attached to his body). A couple of scenes do stand out such as Black Eggman chasing sonic and tails through the streets of "EggmanLand" and some scenes involving Metal Sonic, they look really good. But overall, the artwork and coloring is flat and the characters lack a sense of fluidity. Some off-model art does creep in, possibly due to poor quality control.

Depending on one's expectations, the story could be seen as either a flaw or a boon. But either way, one cannot deny the childish nature of the story nor the absurdity the plot. Dr Eggman has kidnapped the president and his daughter in order to enlists the help of Sonic and Tails to destroy "Black Eggman" who has taken over his realm of EggmanLand. However, it is all a ruse to trick Sonic into being an unwilling subject in Dr Eggman's latest evil plot. One involving the might Metal Sonic. Sure the games were not exactly shining examples of good storytelling either, but an anime deserves to be compared to others of its kind. And sadly, it falls short in the comparison.

Most fatal flaw of all is the portrayal of the characters. Despite many claims of the superiority of the Japanese version over the English version, it does not do justice to the characters at all. THe character of Sonic has always been a smart mouth and a braggart, but in this movie he definitely crosses the line and comes across as a truly unlikable jerk. This impression is further amplified by the Japanese script which as a good bit of harsh language coming from both Sonic and Tails (tails screaming at Sonic to "Go to Hell" kinda kills the whole innocent perception of the character). As villains go, Dr Eggman is a complete idiot and the President's daughter, Sarah, is one of the most irritating damsels in distress in anime history.

Fans of the game, do check out the much superior Sonic the Hedgehog series from 1993(Known in fan circles as "Sonic satAM), or the Japanese version of Sonic X. This so called "movie" is not even worth the time to stream on youtube.


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