Sonic the Hedgehog (movie)

2020 film directed by Jeff Fowler

Sonic the Hedgehog is a movie based on the video game series of the same name by Sega. It is directed by Jeff Fowler.

Sonic the Hedgehog
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Directed byJeff Fowler
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Patrick Casey
  • Josh Miller
Music byJunkie XL
CinematographyStephen F. Windon
Edited byStacey Schroeder
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 14, 2020 (2020-02-14) (United States)
  •  2020 (2020-Japan)
  • United States
  • Japan
Budget$95 million[1]
Box office$319.7 million[2]

It was originally going to be released on November 8, 2019, but had been delayed because the design for Sonic was criticized by fans.[4] The movie was released on February 14, 2020. A sequel to the film titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is in development and will release on April 8, 2022.


The film begins with Sonic running away from Dr. Robotnik. The movie then rewinds to the beginning.

Sonic is shown running in Green Hill Zone, bringing back a flower to Longclaw, Sonic's guardian. Longclaw warns Sonic that somebody could have seen him, but Sonic doesn't believe her. It turns out she is right and multiple people had sawn him, and attack them for his speed. Longclaw gives Sonic her rings, and tells him that they can travel between dimensions, and that Sonic should use them if he is ever spotted. Sonic uses the ring and goes to another dimension. He tries to get back to his home realm, but the gateway closes before he could do so.

Ten years later, Sonic eventually finds his way into Earth. There, Tom Wackowski, on parking duty, is bored and is waiting for a car to speed. He finds a turtle, and his speed gun reads "0.01". Then, Sonic passes by, with his speed gun reading 296. He passes by again, this time his gun reads 300. The turtle is in the street, about to get run over when Sonic saves him, and brings him to a forest, and returns home.

Sonic tells the viewers his life, then accidentally drops his rings. He picks them up, and then tells us that if he gets spotted, he will have to migrate to a mushroom planet.

After watching a baseball game, that night, he plays baseball by himself, but realizes that he is alone and runs fast, accidentally causing a horrible power outage across the entire Pacific Coast. The government suggests Dr. Robotnik to figure this out.

Dr. Robotnik joins the investigation, insulting the workers. He uses his technology and one of his drones finds a blue hair left from Sonic. Robotnik identifies this as a "new species".



The first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released to YouTube on April 2019. However, on the video, it received many more dislikes than likes on the trailer. Many fans were concerned that the Sonic design in the trailer looked too human-like, which made it too creepy to them. Paramount had to delay production of the movie so that they could redesign Sonic.

In the second trailer, many fans were praised the new design of Sonic. Sonic now appears more similar to how he appears in the original Sonic games.


Box officeEdit

Sonic the Hedgehog has earned a total earning of $149 million in the United States and Canada, and $170.7 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $319.7 million.[13] It was the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2020.[14][15] It was also highest-grossing superhero film of the year, even more than any film made by Marvel Studios during the 2010s.[14][15]


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