Sonic the Hedgehog speeding onto movie screens

Sega’s speedy blue video game mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, is going to star in his own movie. The film, produced in collaboration between Sony, 22 Jump Street Producer Neal Moritz, and Japanese company Marza Animation Planet, will combine live action and computer animation to tell Sonic’s story.

The movie will technically be Sonic’s second — the first was cobbled together from two Japanese anime episodes and released straight-to-video in the US in 1999. The mascot’s popularity peaked in that decade, when as the star of much-loved games on Sega’s Master System and Genesis consoles, he competed against Mario for cultural penetration. As Japanese company Sega pulled away from the hardware market after the release of its Dreamcast, Sonic’s…

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