MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Arriving exclusively in cinemas across the Philippines on March 30, Paramount Pictures’ SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 will take audiences of all ages around the globe on an adventure where nothing less than the fate of the world is at stake. The film is rich with spectacle, comedy, action, adventure, and exotic locations – everything you love about Sonic and his universe.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 builds upon the fun and heart of the first film, based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, which centers on the infamously brash and bright blue hedgehog from another world.
The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when the villainous Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.
From the filmmakers behind the mega-hits THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and DEADPOOL, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Lee Majdoub, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.
The first film’s worldwide success was the culmination of a long journey, for which the filmmakers are grateful. “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 1 kept everything fans loved about the games while adding unexpected dimensions,” says producer Neal H. Moritz. “The film franchise is a combination of what we love in movies – incredible action, comedy, and a lot of heart that comes with Sonic’s continuing friendships with his human pals, and a new character introduced in this sequel.”
For director Jeff Fowler, the acclaim and love for the first film from around the world were more than rewarding. “It was the greatest feeling imaginable,” Fowler remembers. “It was an unforgettable experience to see audiences fall in love with the characters, and to have the film be such a great time for families and fans.”
Of course, that meant the new film had to be bigger – “in so many ways,” Fowler continues. “The action is bigger, as is the humor and heart. And audiences will connect with Sonic in an even bigger way. He’s such a relatable figure in his search for friendship while trying to understand his purpose. What is he supposed to be doing with his incredible powers? But as with all heroes, Sonic doesn’t choose his moment; the moment chooses him.”
Fowler is also looking for audiences to invest in the journeys of the characters new to the film franchise. “You want the audience to fall in love with Tails and Knuckles the same way they fell for Sonic in the first film,” he concludes.