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God of War art director puts his spin on Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles

A trio of great art!

God of War art director Raf Grassetti has turned his attention away from the Smash Bros. series to focus a bit more on Sonic and his friends. His latest round of artwork features Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, all of which are inspired by the Sonic the Hedgehog movie design. I'd say he really nailed the style!

Sonic the Hedgehog actress Tika Sumpter says "fans got it right" with Sonic redesign requests, thanks fans with special artwork

We sure did!

Tika Sumpter plays the love interest of James Marsden in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and she couldn't be happier with the support the film is getting. Sumpter took to Instagram to share kind words with fans, and also show off a great bit of custom art!

TMZ also spoke with Sumpter in a quick interview, in which Sumpter says the fans asking for a SOnic redesign had the right idea.

I think this one...the fans got it right. I'm so happy Paramount listened, and they helped us make what we are today, which is $70 million out the box, which is rare nowadays.

Find out how two vastly different Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons aired at the same time in the 90s

Mystery solved

All the way back in 1993, you couldn't find a hotter character than Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGA had created a monster license in just two years, and everyone was scrambling to get a piece of the pie. That includes TV executives who were looking for their next hit.

Those who grew up in the 90s no doubt remember that there was not one, but two Sonic cartoons at the same time. There was the slapstick Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, alongside the darker Sonic the Hedgehog. These two shows started airing juts two weeks apart from one another, and many have wondered how that came to be. Today we finally get our answer.

DIC Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs, Robby London, talked to Polygon to explain how everything went down. DIC originally wanted to to have Sonic the Hedgehog air on a network an in syndication at the same time. ABC was interested in Sonic the Hedgehog, but Mark Pedowitz, former Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Contracts at ABC, shot down the idea of syndication. He said the show would either air on their network or in syndication, but not both.

London was eager to find a way around this issue, which is what lead to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. London figured that as long as the two shows were wildly different, no one would confuse them for one another, and the idea for syndication would be more palatable. The idea was taken back to ABC, and the network decided to go along with it.

Unfortunately, neither series garnered much in the way of popularity. Sonic the Hedgehog only ran for 26 episodes, while Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog fared better at 65. As we all know, Sonic would have many, many more cartoon adaptations as the years rolled on, and continues to dabble with animation to this day. While the original Sonic cartoons may not have set the world on fire, they were certainly an important stepping stone to where Sonic is today.

Sonic the Hedgehog director thanks fans for a record-breaking weekend

We did it!

Sonic the Hedgehog is now the video game-to-movie adaptation with the biggest opening weekend domestically, and director Jeff Fowler couldn't be happier. Fowler took to Twitter to share some kind words with fans on the achievement, which you can read above. From an absolutely disastrous reveal trailer to a record-breaking weekend...it's sure been one heck of a wild ride for the Blue Blur!

Sonic the Hedgehog movie co-writer talks about who he'd like to see in a sequel

Who would you like to see?

Sonic the Hedgehog co-writer Josh Miller has some ideas for who he'd like to see in a sequel to the movie. He's got a pick for a classic character, as well as someone else you might not expect! Check out his thoughts in the clip above.

Thanks to Operationgamer17 for the heads up!

Sonic the Hedgehog movie concept art shows Chris Evans back-to-back with Sonic, and an unused lizard villain

Sonic and America's Ass

Back before James Marsden landed the lead human role in Sonic the Hedgehog, numerous actors were under consideration. A piece of concept art from Blur Studio's Xu Tianhua Thx and Jin Xiaoyu shows that director Jeff Folwer had another vision of who could take the lead.

Yes, that really is Chris Evans standing back to back with Sonic. We're not sure if discussions with Evans even happened, but Fowler clearly saw him as a leading man in the movie. I have to admit, going from Captain America to a buddy position with Sonic would seem like a bit of a downgrade, but I wouldn't enjoy it any less!

Along with that, concept art was discovered showcasing a lizard villain that doesn't make the cut in the movie. Hopefully some new details on this character pop up in the near future. It would be interesting to see what the original plan was for this guy!

Sonic the Hedgehog estimated to make over $100 million worldwide in its first weekend, Ben Schwartz comments on success, Jim Carrey discusses Sonic's redesign

Sonic, Sonic, Sonic!

It has been one wild ride for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. From a reveal trailer that ended up receiving the full ire of the internet to a redesign that was widely praised, the movie certainly had its ups and downs. Things seem to have taken a permanent switch towards the positive though, as box office estimates are showing a great haul for the movie's opening weekend.

While there's still plenty of time left for the weekend cash to roll in, estimates right now are putting the movie at over $100 million in worldwide revenue for the opening weekend. This was bolstered by what should be a $60+ million opening in the states, which is a far cry from the $20-$30 million estimates that some sites were predicting.

Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic, shared his thoughts on the movie's success on Twitter, which you can find below.

We also have comment from Jim Carrey on the movie. Carrey has once again spoken about the fan reaction to the initial Sonic design, and then subsequent decision to redesign the character. Carrey originally shared statements that showed him a bit uneasy about listening to fan backlash, but his recent comments to Fox News showcase a change of heart.

"I think it turned out to be a great thing. I think It turned out to be a co-op where everybody was in on the creation. I think everybody felt good about it ultimately because [director] Jeff Fowler [had] no ego involved at all. He just went, 'These people grew up with it, and it's important to them that we get it right.' And I think it was just a much better movie because of it."

Sonic the Hedgehog director says the future is looking "VERY bright"

Sonic 2?

Jeff Fowler, director of Sonic the Hedgehog, seems to be quite happy with how the movie is doing. Yesterday we learned that it's on-track outpace the opening of Detective Pikachu, the current video game-to-movie record holder. Late on the opening day of the film, Fowler took to Twitter to share the following comment.

What... a... DAY!!! No words can describe the appreciation I'm feeling right now. You've taken this little blue hedgehog to EPIC heights. We never could have done it without the FANS... THANK YOU for your LOVE and SUPPORT. The future is VERY bright for the BLUE BLUR

There have been many questions about a potential sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog. While nothing is concrete yet, it does seem this strong opening weekend could pave the way easily.

SEGA running Sonic eShop sale until Feb. 28th, 2020

RUNNING until February 28th

Likely done to capitalize on the success of the Sonic movie, SEGA is hosting an eShop sale across all Nintendo platforms for many Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is also included in the sale, which the blue blur makes a cameo appearance. Check out all the updated prices below, lasting until February 28th, 2020 at 8:59AM PT/11:59AM ET.

Switch

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – $39.99 (was $59.99)
SEGA Ages Sonic the Hedgehog – $3.99 (was $7.99)
Sonic Forces – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Mania – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Team Sonic Racing – $19.99 (was $39.99)

3DS

3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99 (was $5.99)
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99 (was $5.99)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Wii U

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Sonic The Hedgehog movie sets box-office record for game-to-film adaptation, passing Detective Pikachu's debut with a $64.3M 4-day estimate

Things are looking blue for Pikachu

Tickets for Sonic The Hedgehog are selling out FAST! According to Deadline, the film is estimated to have received a 3-day grossing of $53.99M and a 4-day of $64.3M. This gives our blue friend the record for best video game movie adaptation opening. For comparison, Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures' Detective Pikachu earned $58M at its debut in May 2019.

Paramount's estimates are slightly lower ($50M 3-day and $60M 4-day), but still takes the record over Pokemon either way.

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