Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

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Charming story and elaborate anime visualizations.
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  • Review Date: October 31, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 60 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Cartoon characters fight one another with futuristic looking weaponry, but no one really gets hurt.

Sexy stuff

Sonic's love interest dresses in scanty attire. In one scene, she has a fantasy about being married to Dr. Robotnik, and imagines herself having had dozens of Robotnik's children.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see some violence and sexually stereotyped portrayals of women. Cartoon characters fight one another with futuristic looking weaponry, but no one really gets hurt. Sonic's love interest dresses in scanty attire. In one scene, she has a fantasy about being married to Dr. Robotnik, and imagines herself having had dozens of Robotnik's children.

What's the story?

Sonic the Hedgehog must save the Planet of Freedom from the plans of the evil Dr. Robotnik in this animated take on the video game character. Sonic the Hedgehog and his pal Tails are summoned by the President of the Land of the Sky. The president and his daughter Sara are being held hostage by Sonic's nemesis, Dr. Robotnik. It seems that an evil Metal Robotnik has taken over Dr. Robotnik's home, the city of Robotropolis, in the Land of Darkness. Metal Robotnik has sabotaged the city's robot generator, and if something isn't done about it soon, the entire Planet of Freedom will be blown up! Dr. Robotnik wants Sonic to rescue the planet. Sonic agrees, especially after Sara pledges her undying love to him if he succeeds. But once Sonic and Tails enter Robotropolis, they must fight Dr. Robotnik's creation Hyper Metal Sonic--a robot double programmed with Sonic's personality. If Hyper Metal Sonic wins, Dr. Robotnik will destroy the Land of the Sky.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The gleeful, anything-goes approach to Sonic's story is charming, and the elaborate visualizations of his futuristic, surreal, anime-ish world are impressive. It's the kind of world where a character named Old Man Owl breaks into laughing fits for no reason at all, and when the heroine cries, huge torrents of water spring from her eyes. It makes for fun, unpredictable viewing, but it's a type of humor that generally works better in a shorter format. At feature length, you begin to notice that the plot would benefit from a little more character development.

 

Nevertheless, kids should get plenty of enjoyment from this one. The characters are given suitably spastic voices to match the action. The filmmaking style is very similar to that of Pokémon videos, with fast cutting and characters prone to sudden (but humorous) mood swings. Teens may be outgrowing this sort of thing, but fans of Japan-imation will find enough virtues here to make it worth a look.

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 1998
DVD release date:September 7, 1999
Cast:Gary Dehan, Lainie Frasier, Martin Burke
Director:Kazunori Ikegami
Studio:A. D. Vision
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:60 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:Not Rated

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Teen, 14 years old Written byTrewy Johnson May 20, 2014

Nice

I think It will depend where you live. Because kids in Japan are exposed to stuff like this what can you do, but for America I would say wait for the teens.
Teen, 13 years old Written bygryro April 9, 2008

Sonic is here!

this action packed adventure is for all ages.
Kid, 12 years old January 13, 2013

silvonadux! YO!

This is an ok anime movie that I watched at least 3 times in my life. I did laugh at some points but tails kinda shouts when he gets ticked at sonic around the beginning (for people who can't stand the "H" word or the sentence "SHUT UP, TAILS!") but there is a fun little story and I just like anime so. . . You can watch this online if you can't find it on DVD.
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