Happy Anniversary everyone! I’m aware I’m late, but damn it, anniversaries only come but one a year. So, once again we are looking at a Sonic movie, but this one isn’t fan made, this was an actual movie financed by Sega. This is Sonic The Hedgehog: The Movie or Sonic OVA in Japan.
The movie was essentially a commercial for Sonic CD, at least when the movie was first made, Sonic OVA never got a release outside of Japan until 1996, three years after Sonic CD was released. When the film first came out, I had never heard of it, mainly because at that time, the PlayStation was out for a year now, and I was more into Crash Bandicoot. It wasn’t until late 2001 that I finally saw it on Starz, and when I first saw, I liked it, but does it hold up now?
The movie opens with Dr. Robotnik creating (Hyper) Metal Sonic, who is still in the process of collecting the life data from its counterpart. Meanwhile, Sonic the Hedgehog is relaxing outside his home, while Tails tries out his new jet-powered Bodyboard. While relaxing, Sonic saves Old Man Owl, who seems to have a message for them, from the President. When the President’s message comes telling Sonic to come to his office. Once there, they find out that Doctor Robotnik has kidnapped the President and his daughter to get Sonic to take care of a problem: a giant mecha appeared named Metal Robotnik in Doctor Robotnik’s utopian city of Robotropolis and exiles the doctor and sabotages the Robot Generator, which will explode in less than a day. He asks Sonic to head the Land of Darkness to stop it. Once there, they encounter Metal Robotnik, who tries to stop them from reaching the generator. Knuckles joins the fray and saves them both, and all three team up to destroy the mecha, who turns out to be Robotnik himself who lured Sonic to his base to copy his memories, personalities, and knowledge for his new robot, Metal Sonic, a robot modeled after Sonic who shares his memories and feelings, and essentially lives the same life as Sonic himself. This episode ends with the three heading to the generator, where trouble awaits them.
Knuckles goes off to fend off the enemy robots while Sonic and Tails try to stop the generator. They eventually reach the generator, but now have to overcome a conveyor belt and a timer. Knuckles comes back in the nick of time, but when Sonic pulls the lever, his life data is retrieved by Robotnik.
The crumbling husk of the mecha crashes through the floor, and a badly beaten Metal Robotnik warps to the trio’s location. The robot crumbles, revealing Robotnik and Sara in the cockpit. Knuckles falsely accuses Sara of being part of his scheme, and in reply she starts bawling and points the finger of blame at Robotnik, which he does not deny. He shows Sonic Metal, and the two get into a fight. Metal wins, and Tails and Knuckles go back to the Land of the Sky, where Tails learns that Metal is out to destroy the planet by digging into the ice caps that hold the Land of the Sky together, allowing lava to emerge and melt the ice. Sonic wakes up in Green Lake City, and thinks about Metal knowing everything he does, or has done. Returning to the Presidential Palace, Sonic hears all about the ice cap dilemma from a conversation between the President and Knuckles.
Sonic, Tails and Knuckles go to the ice caps, where Sara is being captive by Robotnik for marriage at the North Pole (his main goal is to destroy the Land of the Sky, leaving only he and Sara to rule Planet Freedom). Sonic encounters Metal, and the two have a long rematch. Tails corrupts Metal’s data with the navigation watch Robotnik gave him before, and Sonic is able to critically damage him. In the process, the President arrives and is trapped in his aircraft. Metal saves the President and Sonic realizes that Metal does have emotions, as he was programmed with Sonic’s personality and thoughts. Metal gets blown into a crack and falls down into a sub-glacial volcano, where Sonic tries to save him by lowering himself down and getting Metal to grab his hand to pull him out, but Metal pushes Sonic’s hand away and tells him that “There is only one Sonic” before he is destroyed by the rising magma. After Robotnik states he still has Sonic’s DNA on CD and can re-build Metal, one of his missiles from the fight returns, blowing up the disc containing Sonic’s DNA. Afterward, Knuckles hits Sonic on the head (as Sonic stepped on Knuckles’ head by accident during the fight) and the two chase each other. Everyone is seen following behind Sonic before he races off.
After all these years, I can safely say this movie has not really held up, but it’s not a bad movie. First, I love soundtrack to the movie, I thought the techno-esque music was a pretty good fit, and the film’s main theme Look-a-like was very catchy. The animation was also very well done, all of the characters’ movements were very well animated. The sequence with Sonic and Tails traveling to Robotropolis was one of the best moments in the film. Really the only bad thing that talk about is the voice acting, I’m guessing this was a non-union production, as I’ve never heard of most of the voice actors in this movie, and their acting ranges from OK to bad, in fact I referenced one of the more infamous lines in the movie i the header. The were also some very questionable moments in the movie, in one scene Sonic flips off Metal Robotnik, Tails (accidentally) gropes Sara, and during the climax, Robotnik daydreams about Sara breastfeeding their brood of egg-shaped children, you know for kids! Overall, it’s OK, it has some problems but, I still enjoyed it.
RANK: 3 out of 5
Next time, Girl Meets World recaps return.