It might not be “Super Mario Bros.,” but “Sonic the Hedgehog” is an iconic game of early home consoles. So, it’s not surprising there’s a movie version of the speedy blue hedgehog heading to theaters this summer. The movie stars Jim Carey, James Marsden, and Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic. The first full trailer landed on April 30. The only consensus on the preview seems to be mild horror.
The reasons for the horror vary. Previously, people had complained about the character design’s diversions from the original look, but the new horror is all about the decision to give Sonic human teeth. It’s… unsettling.
This strange new Sonic is tailor-made for memes, and they were out in full force on Tuesday. Here are some of the best memes and jokes about the speedy critter.
Sonic The Hedgehog has human teeth. That’s a thing that exists now. Cool cool.
just straightforwardly describing the sonic trailer is the best joke you can tell about it
James Marsden’s reaction to Sonic is all of our reactions to Sonic
why are Sonic the Hedgehog’s teeth better than mine
Detective Pikachu: good, cute, solves crimes
Sonic the Hedgehog: evil, upsetting, has human teeth and hands
[Dentist waiting room]
Me: [chanting] teeth, teeth-
Other patients: teeth, TEETH
Secretary: [pounding her clipboard] TEETH, TEETH, TEETH!
Sonic the Hedgehog CGI artists: [rendering furiously] TEEEEEEEEEEEEEETH
don’t worry i fixed the teeth
[Sonic the Hedgehog movie pitch meeting]
Jim Carrey: [chanting] teeth, teeth -
Director: teeth, TEETH
Paramount execs [pounding the table]: TEETH, TEETH, TEETH!
you nailed it sonic movie I don’t see any difference
Sonic looks like the kid that turns into a monkey in Jumanji #SonicMovie
I just can’t, lmao
WHY WOULD YOU GIVE HIM HUMAN TEETH
Those chompers weren’t necessarily the thing that jumped out as an oddity to everyone. Another common cause of puzzlement was the prominent, constant use of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
you’re all talking too much about the Sonic teeth and not enough about “Gangsta’s Paradise” playing through the full 2.5 minute trailer
I hope every digital upload of Gangsta’s Paradise is retroactively re-titled “Gangsta’s Paradise, featured in the Sonic The Hedgehog film”
1999: Sonic the Hedgehog is so cool
Me: We get a live action movie in 20 years
Me: Ace Ventura is Eggman
1999: no wait
Me: The first trailer is set to Gangsta’s Paradise
1999: hold up a minute
Me: The first thing he says is gOtTa gO fAsT
Coolio: “So I wrote Gangsta’s Paradise as a commentary on how gang life provides a false safe haven for minorities but also leads them into more misery due to often resulting in more turmoil.”
Movie producers: “Sonic is going to go really fast to this because he’s a gangsta.”
Wait a second. I’m rewatching the music video and how did I miss this!? I’m such a FOOL. pic.twitter.com/a8kYZ7tdjF
when the team behind the Sonic trailer decided to use Gangsta’s Paradise
It also spawned questions about alternate universes where the trailer is set to Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” or Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise.”
If the #SonicTheHedgehog trailer used Stevie Wonder’s Pastime Paradise, would it have been better?
…asking for no one anywhere.
I was today years old when I found out Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise samples Stevie Wonder’s Pastime Paradise. Thanks, Sonic.
The Sonic trailer makes the mistake of playing Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” and neglecting the origin of his sample, Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise”… which would have been a nice critique of selling a movie that markets nostalgia.
I’m not sure how comfortable I am with them using a parody of “Amish Paradise” in the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer.
The sad irony in all this is Coolio hated Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of Gangsta’s Paradise for making light of a song he took very seriously. And here we are now…Listening to his song…in a really bad #SonicMovie
Using “Gangstas Paradise” as the backing track for the sonic trailer was bold to a degree I was not aware one could reach
Like for a split second I wondered “will this end up being Amish paradise when the vocals hit” and which song is weirder
Here’s the full trailer for anyone who read all of the tweets above and thought, “Now, that’s my kind of movie.”