The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer Is Bizarre and Wrong, but You Must Watch It

The Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer Is Bizarre and Wrong, but You Must Watch It

You took a wrong turn at Green Hill Zone and stumbled into a gangsta's paradise, baby.

We get through life by not thinking about the horrific inevitabilities that will eventually befall everything we know and love. E.g., "The people I care about will die someday," "The Earth will be charred to a cinder by a gradually-expanding Sun," and "The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie will eventually drop." Well, Fate has come to collect on one of those inevitabilities. The first trailer for Sonic is here.

I'm not sure how to classify the content contained on this 2:46 reel. I'm going with somewhere in the "freaky to medium-boring" range. Before I watched the trailer, I didn't think I'd be bothered by Sonic having two eyes. Now that I've seen it, I'd like to apologize to you all. I'm terrified. But beyond Sonic's eyes, spindly harvestman legs, and teeth, there isn't much about the trailer that sticks out to me. Sonic is seemingly an alien whose presence is stressing out the military, and shenanigans ensue when he tries to save the world from Dr. Eggman.

Speaking of, Jim Carrey is apparently all-in as Sonic's eternal rival, even if he's just reprising his '90s performances as Ace Ventura, The Mask, The Riddler, et al. It's not really how I envisioned Eggman to look or act in a movie, but I can't deny the man is having fun. He might wind up being Sonic the Hedgehog's secret weapon.

Sonic's live-action movie had a rough go of things even before this trailer dropped. From teaser posters with creepy silhouettes to a yawn-inducing concept to one of Sonic's creators asking "What gives?", Sonic's had a hard time selling his film. Given social media's baffled reaction to the first trailer, Sonic needs to revise his sales pitch. He has a little time: Sonic the Hedgehog is out in November.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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