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Directed by James Fowler, Sonic the Hedgehog stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally and Jim Carrey

Opens in Philippine cinemas Sonic the Hedgehog in November 2019.

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    BUCKLE UP FOR THE TEASER TRAILER OF “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG”

     

    He’s a whole new speed of hero. Watch the new trailer for Paramount Pictures’ adventure comedy Sonic The Hedgehog, in Philippine cinemas this November.



    From the producer of The Fast and the Furious comes Sonic The Hedgehog, a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog.

     

    The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

     

    The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

     

    Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Use the hashtag #SonicMovie 

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    START YOUR ENGINE FOR THE NEW TRAILER OF 

    “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG”



     

    Gotta. Go. Fast! Check out the brand new trailer for Paramount Pictures’ adventure comedy Sonic The Hedgehog, in Philippine cinemas February 2020.


    Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.


    Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Use the hashtag #SonicMovie 

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    “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG” RACES TO PH CINEMAS THIS FEBRUARY

     

    The global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega crosses over to the big screen this February 19 with Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog, the live-action adventure comedy that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog from another world.  

    (Watch the film’s trailer at https://youtu.be/tJcmP6o3L_I.)

    The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of his new life on Earth with his newfound – and human – best friend Tom (James Marsden).  Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpteras Tom’s wife Maddie, and Ben Schwartz, as the voice of Sonic.

    It seems only right that the cast and filmmakers turning Sega’s landmark and enduring videogame franchise into a motion picture event include: 1) Jim Carrey, a comedy icon known for his rapid-fire onscreen antics; 2) Neal Moritz, the producer of the blockbuster motion picture series The Fast and the Furious; and 3) Jeff Fowler, a fast-rising, Academy Award-nominated director who has been a lifelong fan of Sonic the game.

    Moritz notes that he and his team were challenged to include in the film what fans of the game love about Sonic, while ensuring that it be accessible to those unfamiliar with the character.  While developing the project, he learned that the latter audience segment was smaller than he imagined.  “We discovered that more people are aware of Sonic than many other treasured pop culture icons, like Lego,” Moritz points out.  “People enjoy Sonic’s attitude and speed.”  

    Moritz continues, “The goal for our movie was to keep all that while adding some unexpected dimensions.  It’s a combination of what we love in movies – incredible action, comedy, and a lot of heart that comes from Sonic’s friendship with the human characters.”

    Adds executive producer Tim Miller, who previously helmed a film about another pop culture icon, Deadpool:  “This is the first time Sonic has been placed in a live-action world, which brings exciting new possibilities to what he can do and be.”

    Fowler’s relationship with Sonic began at age 13, when he was introduced to the game.  “I knew immediately that it and the character would change videogames forever,” he explains.  “Sonic’s attitude was unique and refreshing; I had never before experienced a personality like his.  He broke the fourth wall, which had never been done before in a game, and it provided a window into his personality.  Sonic behaved like a teenager, which was instantly relatable.  He has confidence, a sense of humor, and a mischievous quality.”

    Fowler wanted to ensure that he honored the spirit of the game and weave into the film elements that fans would recognize, including the golden rings, which provide a portal for Sonic to escape across space and time; his speed, of course; Sonic’s signature red shoes; and the energy emeralds that give him his abilities.

    Moritz notes that the film still delivers everything fans expect – and more.  “There’s a climactic sequence that sees Sonic and Robotnik in a chase that spans Paris, the Great Wall of China, and the Egyptian pyramids, before culminating back in Green Hills – in a matter of a minutes,” he teases.  “You’ve never seen anything like it before.”

    Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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    STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND: “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG” LANDS ON EARTH
     

    In Paramount Pictures’ live-action adventure comedy Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic is a little ball of super-energy and speed in, as he notes, an extremely handsome package.  

    Of course with that great power comes great power-hungry villains, and Sonic must make a narrow escape from his faraway planet, with the help of his protector and friend Longclaw and a magical golden ring, to a planet called Earth.  Longclaw’s final words of wisdom to her young charge, “Never stop running,” will always resonate with Sonic.

    Sonic makes himself right at home on our planet, living his best life and setting up a comfy and cozy mancave – make that, hedgehog cave – enjoying his favorite comic (“The Flash,” of course) and movie (Speed, duh) in the small town of Green Hills, Montana.  Using his supersonic speed, Sonic remains hidden from his human neighbors because he’s just too much for this world.  Yet, he’s always looking out for the townspeople, while longing for their companionship, especially that of town’s sheriff, Tom (James Marsden), whose affection for morning pastries has led Sonic to call him “Doughnut Lord,” and Tom’s wife, Maddie (Tika Sumpter), aka “Pretzel Lady” (for her impressive yoga practice).

    After watching a local baseball game, Sonic takes to the field alone and plays all the positions himself.  It’s an incredible display of super-speed and super-fun, but it leaves Sonic feeling even lonelier, and he works out his feelings in an electrifying and turbo-charged run, which leaves the area without power.  The sudden and widespread outage draws the attention of the military and C.I.A., which enlists the unconventional – i.e. maniacal – mega-genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), to track down the source of the energy surge.

    For Jim Carrey, Robotnik provided the opportunity to return to his legendary film comedy roots and, he says, “hit that absurd energy that people really love – and the vibe of films like Ace Ventura: Private Eye, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber.  Playing Robotnik, I just let the floodgates open!”

    Meanwhile, Sonic and Tom finally cross paths after the sheriff finds Sonic rummaging through his shed and accidentally shoots him with a tranquilizer gun.  But it’s not long before Sonic shares his secret with Tom and the two become thick as thieves and embark on a road trip to retrieve Sonic’s magical golden rings, now resting atop San Francisco’s towering Transamerica Building.  

    Says James Marsden:  “Tom finds meaning, not to mention an epic and unforgettable adventure, in being a friend to this creature.”

    Naturally, Robotnik is in hot pursuit, looking to capture Sonic and harness his powers for – what else? – nothing less than control of the entire world … and universe.

    In Philippine cinemas February 19, Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 

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    JIM CARREY IS DR. ROBOTNIK, THE DRONE KING IN

     “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG”

     

    Comedy superstar Jim Carrey plays Dr. Robotnik, the Drone King (and Wannabe Master of the Universe) in Paramount Pictures’ live-action adventure comedy Sonic the Hedgehog (in Philippine cinemas February 19).

    (Watch the film’s new spot at https://youtu.be/s_VpVLzXny0.)

    Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog from another world.  The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of his new life on Earth with his newfound – and human – best friend Tom (James Marsden).  Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

    For Jim Carrey, Robotnik provided the opportunity to return to his legendary film comedy roots and, he says, “hit that absurd energy that people really love – and the vibe of films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber.  Playing Robotnik, I just let the floodgates open!”  

    The actor was delighted to take on the challenge of playing the not-so-good doctor. “The wonderful thing about Robotnik is that he’s not only the smartest man in the room, he’s the smartest man on the planet – a madman with an I.Q. over 300,” Carrey states.  “He represents pure intelligence that’s been screwed up by ego and has moved into the realm of spiritual stupidity.  Robotnik was never loved or nurtured, so he hates the world because he feels it had abandoned him.  Robotnik wants to be the warden of a mechanized prison that controls the universe.  It was wonderful to physicalize that evil and act as if there’s always a spotlight on him.”

    That physicality crescendos with a wild, edgy dance sequence in which Robotnik celebrates his relentless pursuit of Sonic and what he sees as the inevitable capture and harnessing of the creature’s unlimited power.  It’s set to the song “Where Evil Grows” from the Canadian band Poppy Family.  “I grew up with that song,” says the native Canadian, “and it’s perfect for Robotnik.

    “I had so much fun with that, and with the entire film,” Carrey adds.  “I got to play with weird and wonderful gizmos in Robotnik’s lab and fly around in his spaceship, on a crane.”  He also admits to having great affection for his on-screen nemesis: “Sonic represents the power of innocence and play.  He’s a pure soul who’s loving his life because there’s always fun to be had, which is also my philosophy.  I wake up every day and do what I’m passionate about.”

    Director Jeff Fowler, having developed a great affection for the character at an early age, was thrilled to have Carrey aboard.  “Reimagining Robotnik was a little tricky because in the game he’s, well, not the most grounded figure.   Jim and I found a way to make Robotnik more modern and believable, while still being bigger than life.  Jim really helped shape Robotnik, through his vocalizations and movements.  I am so grateful for his input and creativity.  Jim is smart, funny, and completely original.  He made the character his own.”

    Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 

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    Most recently seen as Teddy Flood in HBO’s critically acclaimed sci-fi series, Westworld, James Marsden (Cyclops in the X-Men films) now stars in Paramount Pictures’ live-action adventure comedy Sonic the Hedgehog, in Philippine cinemas February 19.

    Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog from another world.  The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of his new life on Earth with his newfound – and human – best friend Tom (James Marsden).  Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

    Sonic’s attempts to fit into his new life on Earth encompass his first friendship with one of its residents:  Green Hills sheriff “Doughnut Lord,” better known to everyone else as Tom.  Sonic views the sleepy town as paradise – “the greatest place on Earth” – but Tom, says James Marsden, “yearns to make more of an impact than just escorting a family of ducks across the street, though he does have great affection for the townspeople.”

    Tom, with the support of his wife Maddie, is preparing to join the San Francisco police force.  “Tom is a good guy with a strict moral code, so it’s bittersweet for Maddie and him to leave Green Hills.  But it’s something he feels he has to do,” Marsden shares.  

    When Tom and Sonic finally meet, Tom begins to understand that Sonic may be the real answer to his search for a purpose.  “Something about Sonic makes Tom feel like he has to take care of him,” Marsden notes.  “Their friendship says a lot about both of them.  Tom and Sonic both want to belong to something and be accepted for who they are and not where they come from.  Tom finds meaning, not to mention an epic and unforgettable adventure, in being a friend to this creature.”

    Director Jeff Fowler adds, “Sonic is an outsider looking in, and Tom is an insider looking out.  That puts them on a kind of collision course, which leads to their embarking on a big and life-changing journey.”

    Marsden concludes that “Sonic represents the young person in all of us.  Kids will love the fun and adventure, and their parents will enjoy the sharp humor, heart, and of course, the big set pieces.  It’s the best of all worlds and a fun ride for everyone.”   

    Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Connect with #SonicMovie and tag uipmoviesph.

     

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    COMIC ACTOR BEN SCHWARTZ IS THE VOICE OF “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG”

     

    Comic actor Ben Schwartz (Turbo, Runner Runner) portrays the voice of the titular character in Paramount Pictures’ live-action adventure comedy Sonic the Hedgehog (in Philippine cinemas February 19).

    Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog from another world.  The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of his new life on Earth with his newfound – and human – best friend Tom (James Marsden).  Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

    The casting of Schwartz to portray Sonic is a Hollywood story in itself.  “We love Ben’s work and hired him to be a kind of proof-of-concept voice for Sonic during the development of the project,” producer Neal H. Moritz recalls.  “As we neared production and began testing other actors, none measured up to what Ben had done.  He provided so many terrific variations of Sonic’s vocalizations in a given scene.  Like director Jeff Fowler, he’s one of the biggest fans of Sonic and the game I’ve ever met.”

    “Well, I was excited just being part of the concept process.  I guess it went well enough, so I got to portray Sonic in the movie,” Schwartz interjects.

    Co-actor James Marsden counts himself among Schwartz’s many fans:  “Ben has a mischievous, childlike quality that’s perfect for Sonic, and he brings that in a very human way.”

    Given Schwartz’s affinity for the iconic figure, it comes as no surprise that he made the most of an intensive and extensive period of “research” for the film.  “Like any good Method actor, I enjoy immersing myself in the role I’m playing, so I played the Sonic videogame … a lot,” he says with a knowing smile.  

    But he didn’t stop there. “I spent a lot of time hanging around with and hugging hedgehogs.  It cost a lot of extra time and money, but it was worth it, right?” Schwartz jokes.

    The “prep” paid off.  “I wanted it to feel like Sonic was a kid with lots of energy,” Schwartz explains.  “Sonic is really excited about learning things the first time and about being on Earth, so he always speaks with super-charged power and optimism.”

    Schwartz was ecstatic when the ever-energetic Carrey joined the project.  “I – and so many others – learned about comedy from Jim,” he says.  Dumb and Dumber is my favorite movie of all time.  He’s a legend!  The work Jim has done in Sonic the Hedgehog captures the energy of those early movies of his, and it’s exciting to see him reinvent and play with that kind of comedy again.”  

    Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 

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    TRUE BLUE HERO: “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG” A HIT WITH FANS AND CRITICS!

     

    One of the first success stories of the year, the live-action adventure comedy Sonic the Hedgehog surpassed everyone’s expectations when it opened at No.1 in North America with a resounding $70 million during its first four days in theaters.


    Exit polls confirm that Sonic the Hedgehog is a hit with fans as it garnered an “A” Cinemascore and 94% Audience Score in Rotten Tomatoes.  

    Critics at Rotten Tomatoes also gave the family film a 64% Fresh Rating, with the consensus:  “Fittingly fleet and frequently fun, Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game-inspired adventure the whole family can enjoy -- and a fine excuse for Jim Carrey to tap into the manic energy that launched his career.”

    Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog from another world.  The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of his new life on Earth with his newfound – and human – best friend Tom (James Marsden).  Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.

    In its review of the film, The New York Post writes, “the movie is a lot better than it deserves to be. You'll actually care about what happens to the prickly blue dude, even if you never cared about getting to zone seven.”

    For its part, The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as a “light-hearted fun unlikely to offend anyone.”

    “In the end,” concludes The Washington Post, "Sonic is quippy without being mean, and sweet without being sappy, making this a trip that's well worth taking.”



    Now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, Sonic the Hedgehog is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/.  Connect with #SonicMovie and tag uipmoviesph.

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