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Let's address the main subject regarding this movie it's not Oscar-winning by any the imagination nor should it be treated as such. But, it is an enjoyable adaptation of Sega's mascot and for nearly under an hour it keeps the audiences attention with a very campy animated movie but has high Stakes to it and knows not to take itself too seriously which unfortunately is a huge worrying trend in not only animation but also live action these days.
There have been those that have marked on the quality of the animation and the animation palette that the movie has with it's dark tones and raw 90s anime feel that it has to be considering when cycling tales travel to the land of Darkness which that it's own right sounds somewhat generic enough but I didn't write the the script for it I am merely commenting on it.
The dark Pallet Town actually suits where they're going to with regards to their destination and trying to take out what they believe to be a generator that will explode should they not reach it in time.
The writing is very simplistic in the sense of Sonic and Tails are given a set specific mission from doctor Robotnik and they have to go about and as I mentioned just above shutdown the generator before it causes a cataclysmic event that will take out the land of Darkness and the land of the sky which in turn would spell Annihilation for the whole planet freedom.
That was the thing that kind of caught me off guard where it was Planet freedom and not planet Mobius like it had been for so many iterations in comics and the Western release of the Sonic games on Genesis Megadrive master system game gear and mega CD and by extension by the time 99 when this was released in the Western world you would have the Sega Saturn that would just recently been phased out and the advent of the Sega Dreamcast introduction that arrived on the Western world particularly in America for September 9.99. which would look like on a date description 9. 9. 99.
I'll give us a good credit on their part for clever marketing to put it out on that specific date and it was actually the second form of Sonic the Hedgehog animation to be released that year in order to hype up the release of Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast because earlier that year in spring of 1999 UK and the rest of Europe were introduced to Sonic Underground the third deep animated series this time seeing Sonic team up with his two siblings Sonia and manic as they referred as they form a resistance and rock band group known as Sonic Underground.
And I can't believe I'm going to say this but I think Sonic Underground was the better offering for Sonic animation compared to the sonic anime movie. But that's not to say that the anime movie was terrible. no far from it.
It's just that DiC had a much better track record with regards to writing voice direction and getting the best voice actors possible for the required roles and Jaleel white has been the go-to the Hedgehog since 1993 when he starred in not only the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog but also the companion show that would air at the weekends simply referred to as Sonic the Hedgehog also known as Sat-AM.
But unfortunately with ADV films they sort Martin Burke has the voice as the titular character and he could not have been more poorly chosen. The problem with Burke is that he sounds like a really corny cowboy. Now let me just stay out right that I have nothing against cowboys because one of my favourite movies is Back to the Future Part III and that was a Western but it's just the way that Burke was given the vocal Direction and the lines of what of what the studio asked him to do with Sonic. It was just executed poorly.
As for Tails is voice actress for the movie do not even get me started on Lainie Frasier. Again at this comes back to Vocal Direction on the studios part and they made tales sound like a 6 year young with a nasal head cold now having somebody who has a nasal ailment is irritating enough for the person who has it and for the people who have to listen to it. But each time Tails spoke was just like nails on a chalkboard.
Bill wise on the other hand I had no problem with as the role as knuckles the Echidna. He had that right level of 90s anime voice acting that we kind of expected from that decade but at the same time he was is OK to listen to.
Edwin Neal as Dr Robotnik I think he was the only voice actor that was perfectly chosen because when you think doctor you think of somebody who has a lot of charisma and weight and is full of himself and Edwin nailed this to perfection even to the point when Sonic is asking what the whole plan is and he just simply had to thank you Sonic I will in this very arrogant charm for lack of a better word.
That's about it for characters. The music on the other hand I can highly praise from Dusk until dawn because it has that type of sound that I actually like from 90s anime whether it be from something like ghost in the Shell, dragon Ball Z, and to maybe even Tenchi Muyo, which I honestly feel is a very underrated anime.
I'm particularly fond of the closing track from the movie look alike. There's something about that particular ending track that there's something philosophic and mysterious about it and I like that.
All in all can I recommend Sonic the Hedgehog the anime? Honestly if you're a die-hard and I think you're going to like this despite some of the discrepancies and imperfections that it has but again if your true die-hard fan passed this. However if you're a casual fan that's not even a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog then this might not be your cup of tea. But if you just happen to like anime in general and have a curious interest in Sonic the Hedgehog then by all means give this a look. Because it deserves that at the very least.
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