A certain blue hedgehog named Sonic has been one of the most recognizable video game characters for nearly three whole decades, and 2020 is the year he made his live-action debut on the big screen. It’s been a long time coming, but after watching Sonic the Hedgehog for yourself, you’ll quickly realize the wait was totally worth it. With all video game film adaptations, you can expect to see a ton of Easter eggs scattered throughout to appease longtime fans, and Sonic the Hedgehog fortunately has no shortage of them. To kick things off, here are some things you may not have known about the Sonic franchise:
- Sonic was originally codenamed Mr. Needlemouse (We’re not gonna complain about how this didn’t stick around)
- The original design of Sonic’s iconic red shoes was referenced using images of Santa Claus himself
- It took over eight months to design and complete the original Green Hill Zone level in the first game, which instantly became a classic
- The Chaos Emeralds first appeared as items in a bonus game. For the 29 years since, these rare gems have become an important gameplay element in all Sonic games
- Sonic also starred in his own animated series called Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which ran on TV for three seasons from 1993 to 1996
Moving on to Easter eggs in Sonic the Hedgehog… These points may be considered spoilers by some, so feel free to watch the movie first before reading any further. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s Spin Jump right to it!
- Sonic’s martial arts bandanna in the movie features a logo that resembles the iconic emblem from the start screens of classic Sonic games
- Crazy Carl’s drawing of Sonic paints him in the picture of Sanic, a popular Internet meme that continues to be making rounds today
- Collectible gold-colored Rings play an integral part throughout the movie, where fans can hear recognizable sound effects that result in losing them or picking them up
- The setting Green Hills, Montana, is a direct reference to the aforementioned Green Hill Zone level from the games
- Although Super Sonic doesn’t technically make an appearance, the phrase is uttered during Sonic’s brawl with his arch nemesis, Dr. Robotnik
- Actual Chaos Emeralds also don’t appear, but one of these mysterious gems can be seen drawn on Sonic’s map
- A double-tailed fox known as Miles “Tails” Prower (my personal fave Sonic character) makes a special appearance at the end of the film. Tails is Sonic’s best friend and made his debut in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 back in 1992. His screen time was brief, but we’re all for it if it’s any indication that a movie sequel could grace us down the line
In addition to the above, there are plenty more Easter eggs in Sonic the Hedgehog; check out the movie to see if you can spot them all! If you accomplish this impressive feat, you may very well deserve access to a never-ending supply of Rings — that is… only if Sonic’s open to the idea of sharing them.