On the heels of the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, Paramount has sent along 36 hi-res screengrabs from that trailer. For those who don’t know, the live-action/CGI adaptation of the long-running video game series stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic and has the blue hedgehog teaming up with a human, Tom (James Marsden), to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
Not to pit Sonic and Mario against each other (even though that is their corporate history), but I think Illumination is doing the right thing by making their Mario movie completely animated because here you see the pitfalls of trying to bridge CGI and live-action with a character who shouldn’t look realistic. I appreciate the design challenges they had to face in turning a character who started out as a 16-bit sprite into a fully-rendered visual, but there are just some really questionable choices like his human teeth, muscular legs, and sharp claws. I get that Sonic is difficult to translate to live-action, but I’m not sure they really quite nailed it.
Check out the trailer images below. Sonic the Hedgehog opens November 8th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog:
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.