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Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie



Charming story and elaborate anime visualizations.
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  • 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.

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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?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they think the filmmaker was trying to say. Do cartoons usually have messages? Does this one have a message?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 1998
DVD/Streaming 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


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, 14 years old Written byShelbling13 May 17, 2012

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: THE MOVIE - What parents need to know.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: THE MOVIE is a Japanese anime movie that was released in Japan in 1997 and released in America in 1998 WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW: This movie is extremely edgy for its current rating. Sonic and his friends are always in a fight with Dr. Robotnik and his machines. Guns and other types of weapons are shown being shot at Sonic. Such as; machine guns, big missiles, ect. A lot of adult content is shown is this movie. Things you wouldn't expect from a "Sonic The Hedgehog" type of deal. Here are all of the adult messages that are seen in the uncensored version. In one seen, Dr. Robotnik says to Sarah, "Once I take control of the Land of the Skies, we'll be the only ones left. Then we can live out the rest of our days, married." Then Sarah thinks about what it would be like to marry Dr. Robotnik. We see her and Robotnik, surrounded by little baby-robotniks, but Sarah is shown pregnant and breast feeding a baby. In another scene, Sonic and Tails are fighting Metal Robotnik and when Tails tells Sonic they need to leave, Sonic yells "Hey, Robotnik!" Metal Robotnik turns around and Sonic is seen holding up his middle finger at Metal while Tails just makes childish faces at Metal. In another scene, Sonic is fighting Metal Sonic and they both crash into Dr. Robotniks ship. Metal Sonic's head goes through the bottom surface. Sarah is shown, holding her dress down between her legs and is kicking Metal's head saying, "No! No! No! Don't come near me you pervert!" and at the time, Sonic lands on his crotch in the front of the ship and starts acting like a dork, trying to get rid of the pain. Near the end of the movie, Tails gets shot of the sky in his plane and starts to roll down hill yelling, "Ahhh! Somebody stop me!" A big snowball is formed and crashes into Sarah and Knuckles. Once they crash to the ground, and the mist fades, Knuckles is on the ground, and Tails is shown sitting in Sarah's lap, holding her breasts. Knuckles yells, "Tails! Get off!" Tails jumps off and Sarah holding her breasts looking confused. Then Tails says, "I'm so sorwy!" Knuckles then say, "I'd never thought you'd stoop that low! Overall, Sonic The Hedgehog: The Movie is a good/funny movie for the family. Personally, if you're concerned about whether or not you should make this a "Family Movie Night", go to Youtube and type in "Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie FULL" and you can watch the whole movie for free and see if you want to show it for a movie night. In my opinion, the only thing that I hate are the American voices. Sarah's voice is the most annoying to me. Sonic sounds like a cowboy with a nasal infection. Tails sounds like a girl with a clogged throat. Knuckles sounds like the only normal American citizen. Dr. Robotnik sounds Russian at some parts but then fades to an American. Everybody else is ok. If I were to score this movie on a scale from 1 - 10......I'd rate it a 7.9/10. Shelby Atkinson 5/17/12
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
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.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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