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Sonic the Hedgehog 2[b] is a 2022 action-adventure comedy film based on the video game series published by Sega, and the sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). Directed by Jeff Fowler and written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington, it stars Ben Schwartz reprising his role as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, alongside James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba and Jim Carrey. The film follows Sonic and Tails, who team up to find the Master Emerald before Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles the Echidna do, while also contending with the military organization G.U.N.


Following the success of the first film, Paramount Pictures announced the sequel in May 2020, with Fowler returning as director, while Casey and Josh Miller returned as writers, and Schwartz, Carrey and the rest of the cast reprised their roles. Filming took place from March to June 2021 in Vancouver and Hawaii.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was theatrically released in several markets on March 30, 2022, and in the United States on April 8, by Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy Group. The film received praise for its action sequences, performances, humor, and the animated characters, but criticism for its screenplay, runtime and pacing.[9] Many critics considered the film an improvement over its predecessor.[10] It has grossed over $399 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing video game film in the United States and the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2022. A third film and a spin-off series focusing on Knuckles are in development.


Eight months after defeating Doctor Robotnik and being adopted by Tom and Maddie Wachowski as their son,[c] Sonic the Hedgehog attempts to help the public as a vigilante to little success. Tom advises Sonic to remain patient for the day his powers will be needed before he and Maddie depart for her sister Rachel's wedding in Hawaii. Sonic plans to have fun while home alone but is attacked by Robotnik, who has returned with the help of Knuckles the Echidna. Knuckles desires to honor the legacy of his extinct tribe and demands the location of the legendary Master Emerald, an ancient relic that allows its possessor to bend reality to their will.


Sonic is rescued by Miles "Tails" Prower, a two-tailed fox who idolizes him and comes to warn him about Knuckles. Sonic convinces Tails to help him find the Master Emerald, while Robotnik reunites with his assistant Stone and, scheming to steal the emerald, offers to help Knuckles. Sonic and Tails follow clues on a map from Sonic's deceased guardian Longclaw to Siberia, where they find a compass within an old temple. Robotnik and Knuckles track them and pursue Sonic and Tails down a mountain. During an ensuing avalanche, Robotnik and Knuckles steal the compass. Tom rescues Sonic and Tails by using a ring to teleport them to the wedding.


Rachel's fiancé Randall and his wedding guests reveal themselves as undercover agents of the Guardian Units of Nations (G.U.N.) and capture Sonic, Tails, and Tom, who are then rescued by Maddie and a vengeful Rachel. Robotnik and Knuckles find an underwater temple containing the Master Emerald. Sonic goes to the temple and fights Knuckles while Robotnik uses the distraction to seize and fuse himself with the emerald, which implodes and sinks the temple. Sonic and Knuckles escape and agree to work together as Tails rescues them in a biplane.


In Green Hills, Robotnik uses his new abilities to create a giant robot resembling himself. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles work together to fight the robot and its accompanying drones and to reclaim the Master Emerald, but it shatters, splitting it into the seven Chaos Emeralds. Tom and Maddie rescue Sonic, who uses the Chaos Emeralds to transform into Super Sonic. He destroys the robot before dispersing the Emeralds and reverting to normal. Knuckles restores the Master Emerald from the remaining shards and agrees to safeguard it with Sonic and Tails. The three resume an idyllic life with the Wachowskis.


Stone infiltrates G.U.N. as they begin searching for Robotnik in the mech's rubble. An agent reports to G.U.N. Commander Walters that a 50-year-old file containing coordinates to a research facility, which houses Shadow the Hedgehog, has been uncovered.


Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog:

An anthropomorphic blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds and cannot swim. He wishes to use his powers for superheroics, but disregards the welfare of others in favor of his brash and irresponsible personality. Upon learning of his arch-enemy Dr. Robotnik's return and his search for the power of the legendary Master Emerald, Sonic resolves to stop him by teaming up with his new friend Tails, maturing into the hero he aspires to be in the process.[11][12]

Benjamin L. Valic reprises his role as young Sonic from the first film (via archival recordings), during some of Sonic's flashbacks.[13]

Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Miles "Tails" Prower:

An anthropomorphic yellow-orange fox who is haunted by memories of his village ostracizing him for his two tails, which allow him to fly. After finding inspiration in Sonic's bravery against Robotnik, he leaves his home planet for Earth to warn Sonic of Knuckles's presence and quickly becomes his friend. O'Shaughnessey is the only voice cast member from the Sonic the Hedgehog games to reprise her role for the film.[14][15]

Idris Elba as Knuckles the Echidna:

An anthropomorphic red echidna warrior with superhuman strength and a strong sense of honor. He is the sole survivor of the echidna tribe after they were wiped out by the owl tribe[12] and initially works with Robotnik to retrieve the Master Emerald, which the echidnas had forged but the owls had stolen, but defects to Sonic's faction after Robotnik betrays him. Elba prepared for the role by exploring the character's backstory and identity.[16] Director Jeff Fowler wanted the film's portrayal of Knuckles to be reminiscent of his early appearances, and said "his entire existence is about honor and about being a warrior", describing him as "a force of nature".[16]

Donna J. Fulks as Longclaw:

An anthropomorphic brown owl and Sonic's late mentor/caregiver who is seen in flashbacks and in a holographic message hidden in Sonic's map.


Live-action cast

Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik, a mad scientist and Sonic's arch-enemy who is often referred to as "Eggman". After escaping from the mushroom planet, Robotnik teams up with Knuckles to retaliate against Sonic and find the Master Emerald.[17]

James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of Green Hills, Montana and Sonic's adoptive father. He goes away to Hawaii with his wife to celebrate Rachel's marriage, leaving Sonic alone in his house.[18]

Tika Sumpter as Maddie Wachowski, Tom's wife and the local veterinarian of Green Hills who is also Sonic's adoptive mother. She goes to Hawaii with Tom to celebrate her sister's wedding.[18]

Natasha Rothwell as Rachel, Maddie's older sister who has an extreme dislike of Tom but pretends to make up with him for the sake of her wedding to Randall.[11]

Adam Pally as Wade Whipple, the deputy sheriff of Green Hills and Tom's friend. He becomes the acting sheriff of Green Hills with Tom away.[18]

Shemar Moore as Randall Handel, Rachel's fiancé who is an undercover G.U.N. agent.[19][20]

Lee Majdoub as Agent Stone, a former government agent and Robotnik's obsessively loyal assistant.[21]

Tom Butler as Commander Sam Walters, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now the founder and leader of the military organization G.U.N.[22]

Melody Nosipho Niemann as Jojo, Rachel's daughter and Maddie and Tom's niece who is now a pre-teen.

Sarah Surh as Faucet, an Mean Bean Coffee Café agent of G.U.N.



Development

By April 2020, Marsden had expressed his interest in a sequel featuring several characters from the video games, including Tails, who appeared in a mid-credits scene in the first film.[23] Director Jeff Fowler also expressed interest in developing a sequel that focused on Sonic and Tails' friendship and further developed Dr. Robotnik.[24] Later that month, Schwartz said that he felt it made sense for Paramount Pictures to not have announced a sequel by that point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also adding that he was interested in a sequel featuring Tails and a more game-accurate portrayal of Robotnik.[25] Later that month, Sonic the Hedgehog co-writer Pat Casey revealed that there had been talks about a sequel, though the film had not been greenlit by Paramount by that point.[26] He also said that Carrey was interested in wearing a fatsuit in a sequel to more closely resemble Robotnik's video game appearance.[26]


In May, Paramount Pictures confirmed that a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog was in development, with Fowler set to return as director alongside writers Casey and Josh Miller.[27] Neal H. Mortiz, Toby Ascher, and Toru Nakahara will produce the sequel, having previously co-produced the first film alongside Takeshi Ito, while Tim Miller, Hajime Satomi, and Haruki Satomi will return from the first film as executive producers.[27]


In December, it was confirmed by storyboard artist Fill Marc that artist Tyson Hesse, who redesigned Sonic for the first film, would be returning.[28] The film title was announced as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in February 2021.[29] In May, a synopsis of the story was released as Paramount submitted a copyright registration to the U.S. Copyright Office catalog.[12]


The film is inspired by the video games Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994), but is not a direct adaptation of either. Fowler described the film as "a melting pot" of ideas from several Sonic games.[30]


Casting

On January 27, 2020, Jim Carrey expressed interest in starring in a sequel, feeling that his character, the villain Dr. Robotnik, could be expanded in the sequel: "I wouldn't mind going to do another one because it was so much fun, first of all, and a real challenge to try to convince people that I have a triple-digit IQ... There is so much room, you know, Robotnik has not reached his apotheosis."[31] On March 6, 2020, Sonic the Hedgehog star James Marsden confirmed that he had signed on for multiple sequels.[32]


On January 26, 2021, Tika Sumpter announced that she would reprise her role as Maddie Wachowski.[33] In February 2021, it was announced that Jason Momoa was in talks for the role of Knuckles the Echidna.[34] In March 2021, it was announced that Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey would reprise their roles as Sonic and Robotnik respectively.[18][17] That same month, it was confirmed that Adam Pally would reprise his role as Wade Whipple.[18] In April 2021, James Marsden was confirmed to return as Tom Wachowski.[18][17] On June 16, 2021, it was announced that Shemar Moore had joined the cast in an undisclosed role, it was later confirmed that he would play Randall, Rachel's fiancé.[19][35] On August 10, 2021, it was announced that Idris Elba had officially joined the cast as the voice of Knuckles the Echidna.[11] That same month, it was confirmed that Natasha Rothwell would reprise her role as Rachel.[11] On September 29, 2021, it was announced that Lee Majdoub would reprise his role as Agent Stone.[21] On December 7, 2021, Colleen O'Shaughnessey announced she would return to voice Miles "Tails" Prower.[15] On January 23, 2022, it was announced that Tom Butler and Elfina Luk would reprise their roles as Commander Walters and the Secretary of Homeland Security.[22]


Filming

In December 2020, it was reported that the BC Film Commission had listed that the production of the film would occur from March 15 to May 10, 2021, under the working title Emerald Hill, a reference to the opening zone in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 video game.[36] In January 2021, Tika Sumpter revealed that the film would shoot in both Vancouver and Hawaii.[33]


Principal photography began in Vancouver on March 15, 2021, with Brandon Trost serving as cinematographer.[18] As a way to show his gratitude to the crew, Carrey held a raffle on May 7 in order to give away a Chevrolet Blazer; the car was eventually given to a grip.[37] Filming in Vancouver concluded on May 12, 2021.[38] Filming wrapped in Hawaii on June 25, 2021.[39]


Visual effects and animation

Visual effects and animation for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was provided by Sega's Marza Animation Planet and Moving Picture Company, after previously working on the first film.[40] John Whittington was announced as co-screenwriter on August 10, 2021.[11] Additionally, DNEG also provided the visual effects for the mushroom planet and the cockpit of the robot, giving it a total of 185 shots used in the film from the studio.[41]


Music

Main article: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (soundtrack)

On December 8, 2021, Tom Holkenborg, who composed the first film, was announced to be returning to compose the film's score.[42] The film was supported by a single titled "Stars in the Sky", the only original song recorded for the film, by American musician Kid Cudi.[43] The soundtrack album was released by Paramount Music on April 8, 2022.[44]


Marketing

The teaser poster was revealed on December 7, 2021.[45] The next day, the first trailer was released at The Game Awards 2021.[46] The trailer includes a reworked version of Masato Nakamura's "Emerald Hill Zone" music from the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 video game.[47] Fans reacted very positively, with Elba as Knuckles attracting particular praise. Reviewers noted the difference in reaction compared to the first film's initial trailer that was released on April 30, 2019.[48][49]


During the week before Super Bowl LVI, Paramount released four TV spots showcasing new footage and the reveal of the Giant Eggman Robot.[50] A special TV spot aired during Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022.[51] The theatrical release poster excluded O'Shaughnessey's name, leading to fan outcry.[52] The international poster, released shortly thereafter, included her name as well as Sumpter's on the upper billing block.[53] The second and final trailer was released on March 14, 2022.[54] Another poster was also revealed, resembling the North American boxart for the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 video game.[55]


Paramount spent less than $18 million on television spots promoting the film in the U.S., which generated 717 million impressions.[56] The Mill helped do the visuals for the Happy Meal advertisements.[57]


Release

On March 1, 2022, Paramount cancelled the film's Russian release in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[58][59] On March 14, when tickets went on sale for the United States, an early access screening dubbed a "Fan Event" was announced for April 6.[60]


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was first theatrically released by Paramount Pictures in several international markets, including France and the Netherlands on March 30, 2022[61][62] and the United Kingdom on April 1, 2022.[63] The film held its world premiere at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles on April 5, 2022.[64] It was released in the United States on April 8, 2022




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