The blue blurs return

Sonic to get a new film release as well as a TV show.


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While Sonic’s main goal is speed, the speedruns for Sonic 2 can be as short as sub-14 minutes, which is accomplished by gamer SuPeRbOoMfAn.

Diego Trujillo-Hernandez, Staff Writer

For the longest time, the series “Sonic the Hedgehog” has been on a dry streak, with most of his games under performing either commercially or critically. However, this cannot be said about his TV/movie adaptations or stand-alone releases, with such things as “Sonic The Hedgehog” (2020) scoring very high scores from critics and getting $306.0 million at the box office, making way much more than its budget, being about $81 million.

Recently, there has been little news that there will be more of the blue blur on the silver screen or on our plasma screens. But out of the blue, there have been two soon-to-be releases. One of which being “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” being title dropped,to be released April 4 2022, with many viewers hoping theatres reopen for business so they can watch on the big screen. Just a few days before that, a trailer for the new Netflix show “Sonic Prime” set to be released in 2022.

Netflix kept a tight lip on what they intend for this new show but there are things that were hinted at. One of which is that it is going to be in a 3D animated style, reminiscent of the “Sonic Boom” T.V. show on Cartoon Network, which is both intriguing and terrifying, since while there are good shows in  3D, one of those being “The Garfield Show”. Oftentimes characters can come off as stiff, like Dora from Dora the Explorer waiting in silence for you to answer. 

The other key piece of information is that the voice actor (VA) for Sonic, Roger Craig Smith, leaving the role as the voice actor, as said on his Twitter, “Welp, 10 years was an amazing run… Much love to the fans who’ve been so kind,” as well as most other voice actors have left as well.  While sad, this gives an insight to what could be happening to the cast in the near future.

The only VAs staying on the main cast is Mike Pollock, who voices antagonist Robotnik, as he said on his Twitter, “You’ve not yet heard the last of me as Dr. Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog video games! Kindly prepare your ears accordingly…” Even though he didn’t egg people on, this will lead to new VAs needing to be found for the rest of the cast

Though behind massive hype, very little is truly known, such as plot, new characters, and returning characters. Though the themes of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, the game, not the film, could be speculated one can be sure there will be a strong emphasis on Sonic and Tails friendship. Though we have roughly a year to wait, there is no doubt that there will be promotional trailers or official statements on both products, since that will build hype and get new people interested.