Bring Home the Laughs and Lessons with Sonic the Hedgehog

Blue determined hedehog

The long-awaited Sonic the Hedgehog has finally made it to our living rooms! This little, blue-guy is taking you on an adventure full of plenty of silliness and laughs. The movie’s video game origins will get older adults excited about its nostalgia, and the humor in the movie brings everyone in the family together for a good time. And while Sonic may be an alien from another planet, he is also here to teach us some important lessons about what it means to be human too.

SONIC’S SEGA (AND INTERNET) ROOTS AMP UP THE NOSTALGIA

16 bit hedgehog running in grass with mountains in background

We can’t talk about how Sonic the Hedgehog came to be without bringing up Sega and the Internet. Sonic originated from the Sega Genesis games that first came onto the scene in the early 90s. Those who grew up playing the games will be excited to see that the movie pays homage to the video games with a number of references. For example, Sonic sports his signature red shoes from the game that help him go fast as he fights off the evil Robotnik (who also originated in the games). Sonic also collects the classic rings that OG gamers are familiar with, and even eats plenty of his favorite food from the game – hot dogs.

Check out even more references to the classic Sonic games that you don’t want to miss in this exclusive clip:

And while the video game originally inspired the film, the Internet also helped shape the movie in an unprecedented way. When the trailer first appeared online, the game fans weren’t exactly thrilled with how different Sonic looked from his beloved Sega roots. So they did what the Internet does best – made tons of memes roasting the design. And to everyone’s surprise, the studio took the criticism and gave Sonic the redesign everyone was asking for. Sonic finally got his signature large eyes, bigger teeth, and proportional body shape. From origins to completion, Sonic’s Sega fans had a hand in making the movie happen. That alone is a cool movie history moment to witness. And moving beyond the creation, the filmmakers just made a movie that’s just fun to watch for adults and kids thanks to the talent.

JIM CARREY KEEPS THE LAUGHS COMING

Jim Carrey stars as the infamous Eggman/Dr. Robotnik in the movie. We’ve seen Carrey in mostly over-the-top roles in movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber. In Sonic he takes his signature Carrey “out there”-ness down a bit and replaces it with tons of bad guy sass.

man in black standing by robots

As the epitome of evil, endlessly condescending genius, Carrey hits all the marks while keeping things lighthearted and funny. He is mean to literally everyone (except his precious robots of course) since they’re never smart enough to satisfy him. Everything he says is a quippy insult or a sassy remark that is witty enough for both adults and kids to appreciate. Of course, his signature look adds to his evil villain style too. His giant goggles and strong mustache give him a balance of commanding and ridiculous at the same time, making him the perfect villain for a lighthearted family adventure. We can’t help but see Tom and Jerry parallels watching the chase between Robotnik and Sonic throughout the movie and that’s just a blast to watch.

bald man with big goggles and moustache in mushroom land

But it’s not just the animation, talent, and humor that make Sonic the Hedgehog a great family movie. Sonic actually teaches us some worthwhile lessons about the importance of friendship too.  

WE ALL NEED SOMEBODY TO LEAN ON

blue animated hedgehog playing baseball

When we first meet Sonic, we quickly realize he spends a lot of time alone. Since he is an alien, he can’t be seen by any humans without risking his safety. So he’s forced to watch everyone from afar and find different ways to entertain himself. Through the movie, we see Sonic play ping pong by himself and even play baseball alone. He even spends his nights watching movies through the window of Tom’s house before they meet. And although this is fun at first, Sonic always comes to the same conclusion: he wishes he had a friend. Through the movie this theme comes back over and over – Sonic has spent years watching humanity be together, and his need for companionship on planet Earth is real. That’s why meeting Tom changes everything.

Tom is very reluctant to help Sonic at their first encounter. After all, Sonic a little alien stranger and Tom has plenty going on in his own life. But eventually, Tom agrees to take Sonic across the country, even with nothing to gain. Thanks to Tom’s willingness to be kind, the two grow close as they go on their journey and fight off Robotnik. As they face more hardships and get to know each other on their adventure, they start to develop a real friendship. Not only does this make Sonic happy, but this friendship even helps save their lives. And in the end, Tom gains an unexpected little hedgehog friend too.

blue hedgehog and man smiling at each other

So while Sonic is an alien from a different planet, he reminds us of some really important lessons in being human – help those in need, be kind, and remember that we all need somebody to lean on.

Ready to make Family Movie Night electric with Sonic? Check out these awesome games and activities that you can do before or after the movie!

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Tomorrow: Don’t miss our Trolls World Tour Red Carpet and #WalmartWatchParty Event!

Trolls World Tour is premiering tomorrow, and you are invited to join us from your living rooms for a special watch party and red carpet pre-show event! Pre-order your rental of Trolls World Tour today and get $5 Vudu credit.

We roll out the red carpet pre-show tomorrow, April 10th at 5:30PM ET/2:30PM PT. Join us on Twitter to rock out with @Walmart, @VuduFans, and special guests!

We’ll have interviews with Kenan Thompson – that’s right, Tiny Diamond himself – as well as director Walt Dohrn! We’ll also have colorful activities, cool trivia and more for the entire family to enjoy!

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Right after the Red Carpet event, join the #WalmartWatchParty at 6:00PM ET/3:00PM PT. To join, just hit play on your copy of Trolls World Tour right at 6PM ET/3P PT so you’re synced with everyone at the party. Then use #WalmartWatchParty to join the Twitter conversation, share your reactions, follow along with trivia, and see what other fun surprises we have in store!

To join the red carpet event and #WalmartWatchParty, just do the following:

1. Pre-order your rental of Trolls World Tour today and receive a $5 Vudu credit (via email in 48 hours).

2. Follow @Walmart and @VuduFans on Twitter

3. Join us on 4/10 at 5:30PM ET for the virtual Red Carpet event, then stick around to join the viewing party and watch Trolls World Tour with us at 6:00PM ET.

4. Use #WalmartWatchParty to join the live conversation and fun!

Be sure to check in with us on Twitter throughout the day today and tomorrow for some exciting Trolls surprises to get us pumped for the premiere. We can’t wait to see you there!

JOIN OUR TROLLS WORLD TOUR RED CARPET EVENT AND VIEWING PARTY!

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The bubbly little characters you fell in love with are back. And we’re rolling out the red carpet for them – and you too! You’re invited to our Trolls World Tour Red Carpet event and #WalmartWatchParty on April 10th at 5:30PM ET/2:30PM PT!

Join the party as we get a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, and have a whole lot of fun with activities, trivia, and BIG surprises!

Trolls World Tour Red Carpet Event

Bring the whole family to our Trolls World Tour Virtual Carpet event on Twitter! Join Walmart, Vudu, and a few of our friends as we start the colorful show at 5:30PM ET on Friday, April 10th.

Throughout the event we’ll check in with some family influencers to see the way they rock out to the Trolls World Tour Premiere. We’ll have movie trivia galore, favorite character talk of course, and much more. A full family afternoon of fun awaits, so don’t be late!

Trolls World Tour Viewing Party

Viewing parties let you interact with other people in real-time while everyone watches the movie.

You can join the watch party right after the red carpet event on Twitter. Get Trolls World Tour and be sure to press play on the movie at exactly 6:00PM ET so you’re synced and following along with the conversation, the trivia, and surprises!

To take part in the conversation at the party, simply use the hashtag #WalmartWatchParty. Rock out with Walmart, Vudu, and other special guests. Share your reactions, favorite scenes, and have a blast!

How do I join?

1. Rent Trolls World Tour. Pre-order your rental now, and get a $5 Vudu credit in your email within 48 hours.

2. Follow @Walmart and @VuduFans on Twitter.

3. Visit Walmart’s Twitter page on 4/10 at 5:30PM ET for our virtual Red Carpet event, and then watch Trolls World Tour with us at 6:00PM ET afterwards.

4. Join the live conversation with #WalmartWatchParty

Come for the Message, Stay for the Music

Trolls World Tour takes us to a ton of fun, different places without ever having to step outside of our living rooms. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return as Poppy and Branch, and they’re finding out that the world isn’t as small as they thought. The little trolls suddenly discover that they are just a single part of six different troll tribes, and everything changes.

Each of these tribes embodies a different music genre: Rock, Pop, Classical, Techno, Country and Funk. And the Queen of Rock, played by Rachel Bloom, wants there to be only Rock music, so she’s determined to do everything to make that happen. It’s up to Poppy, Branch and their friends to stop her and make sure all the trolls are unified and harmonized.

Diverse trolls on stage

The movie has some good positive messages for little ones too. The trolls representing each music genre might look and sound very different, but they are all represented equally. And throughout the movie, we find out that they are all important in their own delightfully unique ways. Plus, this means that whether you’re a country lover, a hard rock fan, or anything in between – there’s something here for you and everybody else in the family too.

The star-studded cast behind this diverse group sure helps amp up the music too. The film stars the musically accomplished Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani and more. So grab some popcorn, get the family together, and good luck not dancing in your seats. Trolls World Tour might be just the Lisa Frank glitter explosion of fun you need in your life right now.