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Odds Favor Sonic the Hedgehog Winning a Golden Razzie

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Sonic The Hedgehog is expected to flop in his feature film debut. Photo by Paramount Pictures.
  • 1990’s video game character Sonic the Hedgehog has been revived, this time for the silver screen
  • Critics and fans alike have panned Sonic’s look in the film’s trailer
  • Even though it’s early in production on this film, you can already place bets on the film’s low Rotten Tomatoes score and likelihood of winning a Razzie

Brace yourselves, video game fans. We’ve got a hedgehog comin’ in hot. 1990’s Sega Genesis star Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own movie.

Nearly thirty years after the release of the iconic premiere Sonic video game, the blue, spiky-haired hedgehog is prepping his debut at movie theaters.

Many are wondering “Why now?” or “Why at all?” Sonic has been out of the limelight for so long, but like all pop culture institutions, is being revived as a throwback nostalgia piece aimed at driving Millennials to the theater.

What Will Sonic the Hedgehog’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Be?

What Will Sonic the Hedgehog‘s Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score Be? Odds at Bovada
Under 15.5 -200
Over 15.5 150

*Odds taken 05/09/19

Unfortunately, the opposite has happened. The weird movie trailer, released on April 30th, was instantly panned. Pretty much across the board, everyone hated the Sonic trailer.

People criticized Sonic’s human-esque teeth, shunning the character’s aesthetic as being too strange and jarring compared to the original form he appeared in when he debuted in 1991 in game form. The film’s producers have responded to the backlash by announcing they’re going to give Sonic a makeover before he hits theaters.

It’s pretty clear that Sonic the Hedgehog doesn’t stand much of a chance of doing well once it’s released.

Remember how much people hated the first trailer to 2015’s Jem and the Holograms? Even though that nostalgic film tried to bounce back from the backlash when the trailer first hit, there was no recovery– it was one of the biggest flops of recent history.

Sonic is likely to face the same, and regardless of the final product, critics will be going into theaters with their decisions already made about Sonic being a bad film.

Pick: Under 15.5 (-200)

Will Sonic the Hedgehog Be Nominated for a Golden Razzie?

Will Sonic the Hedgehog Be Nominated for a Golden Razzie? Odds at Bovada
Yes -250
No +170

The Golden Raspberry Awards, showcasing the worst in film every year (and held the evening before the Academy Awards) absolutely lives for films like Sonic the Hedgehog.

Make no mistake that, even though this film features a CGI-created character in Sonic, that the actor playing him (Ben Schwartz) will likely receive a nomination for Worst Actor at the ceremony.

The actor playing Sonic (Ben Schwartz) will likely receive a nomination for Worst Actor at the ceremony.

The Razzies adore lampooning bad films and celebrating how tremendous big flops fail, and given Sonic‘s likelihood to underperform at theaters, surely we will see the blue hedgehog’s name in a few categories.

Pick: Yes (-250)

Will Sonic the Hedgehog Win a Golden Razzie?

Will Sonic the Hedgehog Win a Golden Razzie? Odds at Bovada
Yes -130
No -110

But will he win any? I mean, the Razzies can get pretty weird.

Just last year, President Donald Trump won in the category of Worst Actor, Kellyanne Conway won Worst Supporting Actress, and Trump and his “Self Perpetuating Pettiness” won Worst Screen Combo.

Given the Razzies’ display of being able to nominate pretty much anyone or anything in any category they like, it’s pretty easy to see Sonic as fodder for the awards’ ceremony.

Maybe they’ll give Sonic and his weird teeth Worst Screen Combo. There’s also a chance the film will be “celebrated” in the Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel category.

Pick: Yes (-130)

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As an active entertainment aficionado, the former Editor-in-Chief for the Capilano Courier, JJ also co-founded Lords of Dogwood, a Vancouver-based entertainment site in 2013. His writing has been found in ION Magazine, the North Shore News, and The Strand.