Crazy First Trailer for 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Live-Action Hybrid Movie

Jim Carrey at Cinema Con 2019 Paramount

Double take: Many were quick to compare Sonic to another upcoming live-action video game movie: Detective Pikachu.

The cast includes Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) voicing Sonic, Jim Carrey playing the villainous Dr. Robotnik and James Marsden (Westworld) as Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of Green Hills.

Paramount Pictures has unveiled a brand new poster for its live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Glimpses of Vancouver Island can be seen in the trailer, including what appears to be a chase scene filmed on Highway 19A near Bowser. 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.

The trailer shows Sonic, voiced by "Parks and Recreation" star Ben Schwartz, racing through forests and taking out the entire US energy grid while sprinting along the highway.

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Strangely, much of the trailer is backed by the early 90s hip-hop track Gangsters Paradise.

Sonic The Hedgehog will release in the U.S. on November 8.

The trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog finally dropped. Indeed, watching this zany new footage, it's hard not to be reminded of the live-action 2017 Woody Woodpecker movie, or even the 2011 Easter Bunny film Hop, complete with James Marsden as the straight man sidekick. While we're not exactly sure how the creative geniuses behind this film will recreate the beloved video game character, what we do know is there will be a combination of a few production and post-production techniques. It seems like we're going to get a kind of Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner situation, and I'm guessing Robotnik's eventual hair loss and increasingly bushy, frazzled mustache will come about through that dynamic, which could be fun if the deliberate zaniness doesn't get grating.

@JeremySmiles took to Twitter to toss in their two cents, with one writing: "me: the sonic trailer will be bad, ' adding 'me when the sonic trailer is bad" with a shocked reaction image.

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