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1 hour ago, Meta77 said:

No worse than any other story told in a sonic game.  But I mean if you have some New York times best seller script by all means share it. People act as if sonic games have some deep perfect story and other interpretations are bad. Archie's comics early years must have been tough. No series sticks to the same tales

Well we can already tell this story is gonna inconsistent to the games just by the fact they have this whole "blue electricity thingy" about Sonic, and he apparently sheds his quills like crazy..2 things never ever mentioned in any game in any way whatsoever (probably because his game design DOESN'T ALLOW for him to shed quills, but who cares about details)...and they make a big deal out of both of these things in the movie so it can't be just some minor detail..

And I highly doubt Sonic is gonna have any real character development that shows how he became a hero because based on that trailer, he's like "I'm here to save your planet mah dude" right from the start. Maybe the trailer was just craply put together, but based on that trailer, he doesn't seem like an unlikely hero rising up to the task, seems like that's his goal/mission right from the start..

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Yea, that's disappointing. But that's what happens when they decided to go the kids movie route. They don't have deep arcs or any substantial character growth in these Alvin-type movies. I just hope they at least make a fun movie that families can enjoy. At least bring Sonic back into the limelight in a positive way. Because the design didn't do them any favors 

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So after accidentally ending up here again and seeing that my last post/reply was 19 pages back, I'll skip on the vast amount of bullshit and just go ahead ask: What's happened here since May 8?

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24 minutes ago, Apollo Chungus said:

Film got delayed to Feb 14 2020. You've missed nothing otherwise. 

Oh yeah, I did hear about that elsewhere but never bothered to come back here. 

Okay. 

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11 hours ago, Tarnish said:

And I highly doubt Sonic is gonna have any real character development that shows how he became a hero because based on that trailer, he's like "I'm here to save your planet mah dude" right from the start. Maybe the trailer was just craply put together, but based on that trailer, he doesn't seem like an unlikely hero rising up to the task, seems like that's his goal/mission right from the start..

Well, in the 1st game he dived right into saving the planet/animals XD That line was more like showing he is from a different planet and not native. If Sonic's game character is "a guy who loves adventure" it can easily include "saving the world" or "just stopping the injustice". And I'm not sure, but I don't think Sonic had any big character growth in the games. Yeah, he had it tough (werehog, Seven rings), but he still stayed the same. Or the change was minimal like by learning he has to say goodbye to some people (Chip, Elise).

The sneak peeks from the movie pre-screening shows there is development as both Tom and Sonic try to figure out where to go or what to do. We also don't know how much was before the "saving your planet" scene. Dr. Robotnik may not be the real threat, but just a guy getting in their way, ignoring or not knowing about the real danger. On the other hand, he may want to destroy the world and Sonic has to stop him.

What if something from Sonic's world got into the human's world? Maybe some ring (Red Star Ring?), or time and space setting that can cause both dimensions/planet to collide? 

11 hours ago, Tarnish said:

Well we can already tell this story is gonna inconsistent to the games

I have the feeling without many theories and deep analysis, the games are also inconsistent ^_^; The biggest example can be the moon after SA2. I remember especially with Unleashed people complained about how the moon looks fine. The official statement was like "you are just watching the part that is fine" or "the moon collapse to create a ball, just smaller". There are more examples, and some theories (while very correct and tieing the loose ends) makes people throw tantrums, attacking the theorist. Only because this theory is different from their own.

11 hours ago, Tarnish said:

(probably because his game design DOESN'T ALLOW for him to shed quills, but who cares about details)

Well, if we consider Game Sonic to have just a set number of thick quills, it makes shedding "impossible". I checked some 3D model where it seems he has 8 - 6 on the head, 2 on back, so let's go with it. So, if he has 8 quills, that means shedding one results in losing 1/8. Wouldn't that turn him almost bald? Boom Sonic actually addresses this in better detail. We don't see just the main ones, but smaller ones too. That is the base for thinking - the big quills are made of smaller quills/parts. The quills were turned into a cluster to keep the design fluid and simple. It's the same case with the mono-tooth thingy.

If the fur on Movie Sonic is weird, what has Modern Sonic? Bare skin? Fur? Super short quills all over his body? The real hedgehogs do have fur on their bodies (belly, legs, face,...) and the quills are a hair too. (From Wikipedia: Hedgehogs are easily recognized by their spines, which are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin. )

So, for Movie Sonic to have fur is actually okay, since real hedgehogs have fur "all over their body". He may just be able to turn his attack-quills hard. Also, hedgehogs shed their spines when they are turning adults, so the shedding is also correct for Movie Sonic. After all, his age is probably around 15-year-old.

You say "who cares about details"... so, why people cared and rioted for Modern Sonic having green eyes and a different shade of blue when he was first introduced? When I heard about Modern Sonic got the hatred for those two details, I had to knock on my forehead. Are Sonic fans so...? It's hard to find the right word.

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1 hour ago, Witto150 said:

Well, in the 1st game he dived right into saving the planet/animals XD That line was more like showing he is from a different planet and not native. If Sonic's game character is "a guy who loves adventure" it can easily include "saving the world" or "just stopping the injustice". And I'm not sure, but I don't think Sonic had any big character growth in the games.

Isn't the entire point of an origin story to show how a character turned out the way he/she turned out? Batman had an origin story...Superman had an origin story...Spider-man had an origin story...But with Sonic, I guess he was just born blue, fast and a hero...fascinating origin story I have to admit.

But if they have no interesting origin story to tell..what is the point of making the movie an origin story exactly?

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1 hour ago, Tarnish said:

Isn't the entire point of an origin story to show how a character turned out the way he/she turned out? Batman had an origin story...Superman had an origin story...Spider-man had an origin story...But with Sonic, I guess he was just born blue, fast and a hero...fascinating origin story I have to admit.

But if they have no interesting origin story to tell..what is the point of making the movie an origin story exactly?

I'm not the person who moans "It's Sonic movie about his origin, damn it! I don't want this!". I'm all for an origin story. (I'm sure I mentioned it in my previous posts too, maybe it got lost ^_^;) This type of story connects the past with the future. I meant to say - Sonic started as "developed" with not much to add. He still changed over the years, but if we look at the core and reasons why he is like this - we don't see many reasons for why.

Somebody said - "Sonic is just good and Eggman is just evil, and this status is fine. No need for some past or background" - style.

I guess we all have our preferences. Somebody is okay with Sonic just being pure good, somebody else would like to see how his path as a hero started. The problem is, no matter how good something is, people will still bash it when it doesn't reflect their vision perfectly.

I don't know if Dr. Robotnik's official past is original or interesting, but we have it as something to work with.

The Sonic Bible mentions about Sonic being orphan and raised by animals (I guess by the ones he is saving in games). The question is - How he turned into an orphan? If this movie has Sonic as an orphan, will we see why? It could be interesting. If he lost his parents to injustice, it shows more about his determination to help than just helping for the sake of being a good guy.

As it was mentioned, the movie has some character's growth moments, so let see how big and relevant to the story they are.

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8 minutes ago, Witto150 said:

I'm not the person who moans "It's Sonic movie about his origin, damn it! I don't want this!". I'm all for an origin story. (I'm sure I mentioned it in my previous posts too, maybe it got lost ^_^;) This type of story connects the past with the future. I meant to say - Sonic started as "developed" with not much to add. He still changed over the years, but if we look at the core and reasons why he is like this - we don't see many reasons for why.

Somebody said - "Sonic is just good and Eggman is just evil, and this status is fine. No need for some past or background" - style.

I guess we all have our preferences. Somebody is okay with Sonic just being pure good, somebody else would like to see how his path as a hero started. The problem is, no matter how good something is, people will still bash it when it doesn't reflect their vision perfectly.

I don't know if Dr. Robotnik's official past is original or interesting, but we have it as something to work with.

The Sonic Bible mentions about Sonic being orphan and raised by animals (I guess by the ones he is saving in games). The question is - How he turned into an orphan? If this movie has Sonic as an orphan, will we see why? It could be interesting. If he lost his parents to injustice, it shows more about his determination to help than just helping for the sake of being a good guy.

As it was mentioned, the movie has some character's growth moments, so let see how big and relevant to the story they are.

As it stands so far, the movie is half-assing everything if you ask me:
- Wants to be a Sonic movie, but doesn't commits to even have the aesthetic of the games, going for the bare minimum of ties to the source material.
- Wants to be an origin story, but seems like it'll portray the characters as they have been for decades, aka without showing much 'origins' at all.

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1 minute ago, Tarnish said:

Wants to be a Sonic movie, but doesn't commits to even have the aesthetic of the games, going for the bare minimum of ties to the source material.

How do we know from a few minutes? There is plenty of Easter Eggs. Do they not count? Why bother with them then? Sonic is like the wind, everchanging. If he wouldn't, we would have nothing but pixel games with classic Sonic, barely any story (only simple ones), and hardly any other cast except for the main core. After all, Sonic's got new friends after turning Modern where the 3D allowed for longer and more complex games with dialogues and voice acting.

Would it be good? Perhaps. But think of it this way - If people stayed the same, we would stay on the trees 😉 Everything changes. Sonic is a character that has to move forward and not by just running.

3 minutes ago, Tarnish said:

but seems like it'll portray the characters as they have been for decades,

As you said, "seems" doesn't equal "for sure". I read another comment from a person who saw an early screening and they said it was a very enjoyable ride. Is he telling the truth? Was there any early screening? Yes? No? What proofs we have? I guess just their word.

But if what they say is true, why are we worried? Yeah, 100 people can't guarantee 1 M will like it like them. But doesn't it show something?

Let's say, your sibling saw this early screening and told you it's a great movie. Would you trust them with the hatred around you and you being pessimistic?

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1 hour ago, Witto150 said:

How do we know from a few minutes?

Are you kidding me right now? Just look at them. They're barely alike.

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It's pretty plain to see they haven't committed to any faithfulness to Sonic's aesthetic, in fact they've only really done the bare minimum required to convince somebody that they're they same character. Adding inconsequential easter eggs to it doesn't really make up for that - it's at best a bandaid designed to distract you from the fact that they could have done a lot better and are perfectly aware of the fact that they could.

1 hour ago, Witto150 said:

Sonic is like the wind, everchanging.

Just because a complete lack of consistency is expected from Sonic as a character (and frankly I'd argue whether even that is true) doesn't mean it's a particularly good model for developing any kind of entertainment media. You might see it as keeping a formula from going stale, but the truth is closer to keeping it from developing far enough to achieve actual greatness - the only thing this baseless rhetoric ever actually achieved was throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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2 hours ago, Witto150 said:

There is plenty of Easter Eggs. Do they not count? Why bother with them then?

You'll have to ask the creators why they thought using the source material, the thing the entire movie is supposedly based on, as Easters Eggs was a better choice than using the source material to it's fullest potential.

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3 hours ago, Witto150 said:

Sonic is like the wind, everchanging. If he wouldn't, we would have nothing but pixel games with classic Sonic, barely any story (only simple ones), and hardly any other cast except for the main core.

Why don't we just ask Sonic Team how constantly reinventing the wheel simply because they can works out.

No, people like consistency. People didn't just like Mania because it was Classic Sonic, they liked it because 1) It was good 2) It builds off a formula that's proven to work.

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While a trailer under five minutes long can't convey an entire movie's contents, I can and will criticize it for not showing some of the best a movie has to offer--or if what we saw is the best, I don't care to see the worst!  At least one of the following is true: The movie is bad or the trailer is bad.  Whoever was in charge of this has very little grasp of what makes Sonic appealing to its core demographic, as evidenced by how we only get little glimpses of Robotnik looking like himself and never hear him called that in the trailer, and very little else of what's in the games.  I don't want to be told there are "Easter Eggs"; I want to be shown.

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10 minutes ago, Scritch the Cat said:

 I don't want to be told there are "Easter Eggs"; I want to be shown.

Easter eggs. That reminds me of Thunderbirds the live-action movie again. I remember making a post about it ages ago. There was an easter egg in it. In the TV show, close ups of a character pressing a button or pulling a trigger use live-action hands (I don't get how people are weirded out by that), but in the live-action film, there is one time a close up of a button being pushed was done with a puppet hand. That was eh.

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33 minutes ago, Scritch the Cat said:

I don't want to be told there are "Easter Eggs"; I want to be shown.

Can I just say claiming "BUT WE HAVE EASTER EGGS!" is not exactly the strongest answer to give to the "Why does this movie look absolutely nothing like the source material?" question?

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3 minutes ago, Tarnish said:

Can I just say claiming "BUT WE HAVE EASTER EGGS!" is not exactly the strongest answer to give to the "Why does this movie look absolutely nothing like the source material?" question?

Agreed. They say easter eggs, do they?

Let's take bets on whether the word "egg" will appear in the film, one way or another. That would be an easter egg.

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Paramount's marketing team really doesn't know what they are doing.

Back in December they tried to do the whole self depricating bit, by retweeting memes on the movie's twitter account. Then the account went dead for three months. Trailer, now dead again. Still lists November 2019 as the release date. Didn't even bother to retweet Fowler's announcement of a design change or the new release date.

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29 minutes ago, BaronGrackle said:

Agreed. They say easter eggs, do they?

Let's take bets on whether the word "egg" will appear in the film, one way or another. That would be an easter egg.

They could have an animal shelter scene or something where there's a fox and echidna in the background and be like "SEE THOSE? AREN'T THOSE THE BEST EASTER EGGS EVER?" for all we know.

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11 minutes ago, Tarnish said:

They could have an animal shelter scene or something where there's a fox and echidna in the background and be like "SEE THOSE? AREN'T THOSE THE BEST EASTER EGGS EVER?" for all we know.

. . .

That would actually be pretty cool, in my opinion.

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13 hours ago, Tarnish said:

Isn't the entire point of an origin story to show how a character turned out the way he/she turned out? Batman had an origin story...Superman had an origin story...Spider-man had an origin story...But with Sonic, I guess he was just born blue, fast and a hero...fascinating origin story I have to admit.

But if they have no interesting origin story to tell..what is the point of making the movie an origin story exactly?

Well, that was a plus about Archie and Fleetway (and Underground). Despite the weird points they made (Sonic's dad is a robot!) the origin stories still exist.

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As an origin story, this film seems ill-equipped to establish the characters as they are in the games.  Robotnik/Eggman is supposed to have motives beyond just wanting to stop Sonic; it's really Sonic who's supposed to try to stop him.  The backstory they wrote, with Sonic having convenient world-warping abilities and electrical powers that cause EMP blasts, rests on factors that aren't even in the games.  They're taking things out that are near and dear to the brand identity, and adding things in that make it something else entirely; something with so much weight as to potentially hold it back from becoming what people want.

Oh, and before anyone says something like "Adaptations that change things up are valid; just look at Into the Spider-verse", do bear in mind the real circumstances behind that.  Both in graphic novels and movies, the more zany takes on the mythology were added only after the core version was well-established.  Before the first Raimi movie came out, Spider-Man may have been a broadly identifiable cultural icon, but I'm guessing most people didn't know his origin story or much about his enemies.  We got that and the short-lived "Amazing" reboot to retell his origin; only after those did they try to go wild with things like Peni Parker and Spider-Ham.  You need to do a conservative version of the story in any medium before you can do a subversive version in the same medium; that may not be an objective truth, but it is the way that series actually happened.  

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