I was just watching Eddie Labron’s Sonic. (Which is embedded below for anyone who hasn’t seen it or wants to watch it again.) For those of you that don’t know, it’s a short fan film that Labron originally created to, as he says, “show how a Sonic the Hedgehog film, in a live action environment, can be executed.” It is very well done with some decent CGI action. Jaleel White even reprises his role from the 90’s cartoons as the voice of Sonic. The film also features cameos from different internet personalities. It is definitely worth a watch for any Sonic fan.
Anyway, it really got me thinking. The film combines all of the different universes of Sonic into one seamless story. If you think about it, Sonic was somewhat rebooted when Sonic Adventure was released. Not only did it change the appearance of the characters, but it debunked everything that everyone outside of Japan ever knew Sonic to be at the time. The Sonic mythology we know today is the way it always has been in Japan for the most part. We never thought of Tails as the technical type prior to 1999. Yeah, he could fly an airplane, but other than that, he was just a tag-along kid that idolized Sonic. And now, post Dreamcast era, Tails’s technical prowess rivals Robotnik–I mean, EGGMAN’s.
And what about that? Robotnik’s is now called Eggman? SEGA knew that one would be hard to swallow, so they slowly pushed it upon us. First there was Sonic Adventure, where he was still Dr. Robotnik, but Sonic mockingly called him Eggman due to his round shape. And then every game after that, he is referring to himself as Eggman. He even goes as far as creating a theme park called Eggman Land and proclaiming his own legion as the Eggman Empire. So if you really think about it, Sonic has already been rebooted at least once. Maybe another is just what the franchise needs.