We've had some fun at Sonic The Hedgehog's expense over the past few months.
It started with the first Sonic The Hedgehog poster, which featured the titular speedster in an off-putting silhouette (our headline included the phrase "OH DEAR GOD WHY DOES SONIC LOOK LIKE THAT"). Shortly thereafter, another poster leaked, one that somehow managed to be even more upsetting than the previous poster. This led to a Photoshop contest where we tasked the Birth.Movies.Death. readership with creating their own horrifying Sonic The Hedgehog poster, and the results of that contest were...I mean, hoo boy, there was some gnarly stuff in there.
And then a funny thing happened: at this year's CinemaCon, we were shown two trailers for Sonic The Hedgehog, one focused on the film's animated hero (voiced by Ben Schwartz), and another focused on its villain, Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Both of those trailers were a lot of fun, and the assembled press seemed caught off-guard by how unexpectedly entertaining Jeff Fowler's movie looked. Sure, Sonic himself still looked weird as hell, but everything going around him seemed...not that bad? And there were some good jokes in there? Hey, we thought, maybe they pulled this thing off!
Which brings us to today.
Above is the first trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog. I'm going only by memory here, but it seems as though this trailer is something of a mish-mash comprised of the two trailers we saw at CinemaCon: you get some Sonic action, but you also get some Robotnik tomfoolery. Actually, you get a lot of Robotnik tomfoolery, with Jim Carrey turning in the kind of performance we haven't seen from him in quite some time (note: this is not a complaint!). It's not quite as successful as either of the trailers we were shown at CinemaCon, but the tone of the thing - eager to please, hyperactive, stuffed to the gills with eye candy - comes through loud and clear.
I dunno. From where I'm standing, this looks like a reasonably entertaining way to kill 90 minutes in a movie theater. Your mileage will, of course, vary, but I suspect you'll let me know where you stand in the comments below. Please do so now, and stay tuned for further Sonic The Hedgehog updates as they roll in.
Sonic The Hedgehog hits theaters on November 8th.