The figure, who was first introduced as Sega’s mascot with the first video game in 1991, will eventually star in his own movie this autumn. The live-action/CGI hybrid, which stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic’s voice, sees the speedster pair up with police detective Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) in an effort to counter the schemes of the nefarious Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey). There was anticipation that Sonic might be able to break the recent trend of poor game adaptations.
The reactions to the character’s “live-action” appearance, however, show that Sonic the Hedgehog has been generating mixed-to-negative talk for a time. Even Yuji Naka, the man who created Sonic, was dissatisfied with the outcome, but some were prepared to hold their judgement until they saw the first teaser. Unfortunately, the initial theatre preview had little effect on the debate around the movie; one criticism, in particular, focused on a particularly puzzling musical selection.
The famous rap song “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, which was included on the musician’s 1995 album Gangsta’s Paradise, is playing throughout the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer. One of the finest songs ever recorded, it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Solo Rap Performance. The song “Gangsta’s Paradise” was featured on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack.