Making a Successful Sonic Movie Prt 1
-Making a Successful Sonic Movie-
Part 1: History and Adaptations
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Sonic was from inception a mascot rival to Mario: a speedier, edgier version of the rival personality. According to his interviews with his Japanese creators he was built from a combination of traits tailored to make him appreciable from a design standpoint alone. His stance, and gestures were modeled after pop sensation Michael Jackson, his attitude was meant to reflect the can-do spirit of charismatic president Bill Clinton, even his shoes were colored red to invoke the universal symbol of joy: Santa Claus.
His first name was Mr. Needle Nose but an overseas publicity agent figured the name 'Sonic' had more sell.
Sonic's first game was nearly without a central plot, like most platform games of the time, which were more about diverse game, play then distinction due to story.
The original translated manual says this:
'Somewhere in the ocean lies a mysterious island not found on any ma
Making a Successful Sonic Movie Prt 2Making a Successful Sonic Movie Prt 23 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Some guidelines that a Sonic film might follow to provide a consistent thematic timbre.
1: The Theme of Versus
Sonic's story to my mind is composed, intentionally or not, out of two part conflicts of interest. Interestingly these contentions are parallels to each other and with a little tooling all feel fully associated and complimentary.
-The Mobians versus the Humans.
This should really be the central conflict even, more then the battle between Sonic and Robotnik, which really mirrors this conflict as well. The mobians and humans each have true grievances with each other, back stories defined by their choices and beliefs rather then some sort of simplified distinction of good and evil purely because of race. It's not only a racial contest but also one between factions of what each represents
-Nature versus Industry
Sonic has from the get go had a subtle context surrounding the juxtaposition of emotionless metal machines and vibrant but fragile natural creatures.
Guardians of the Galaxy: You Did it Right!I was recently accused of disliking all modern productions.Guardians of the Galaxy: You Did it Right!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Guardians of the Galaxy fits firmly not only into movies I've recently very much enjoyed, but perhaps alongside my favorite films of all time.
There is only one major complaint I have about Guardians and it's an odd one (this whole movie is odd in many ways). The opening scene, without spoilers mentioned, is COMPLETELY incongruous with the rest of the movie, has little baring on the plot except for some superficial details and largely pointless callbacks, and takes up far too much time.
But aside from that GREAT.
This movie has a massive reliance on computer animation and it knows how to use it. Every instance of space crafts, alien worlds, massive cities, strange buildings and creatures is so outlandish, detailed and imaginative you can't possibly recreate it without the use of special effects.
And this is one of this instances that as good as the effects work, props, costumes, and designs are the writing is what pushes
Sonic Freedom Fighters:HistorySonic Freedom Fighters:History7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Sonic: Freedom Fighters
Based on the television show Sonic the Hedgehog
And the Archie Comic
As well as the proposed show by Matthew Sullivan
Adaptation by Dan Oles
The events of Sonic Freedom Fighters truly begins in the deep past of future Earth. These occurrences in the show would be learned through flashbacks and historical recounts.
The Great Schism
Earth in the far future.
Mankind has reached a cultural peak and even animal life has evolved to a greater intelligence. Their crowing achievement was the rediscovery of an ancient civilization predating known humanity. This collection of green power stones seemed capable of harnessing and controlling elemental energies. Human society sought to contain and control these energies, but their erratic nature led to the power stones being nick named The Chaos Emeralds.
Then the alien Xorda arrived. Apparently the original civilization which discovered the chaos emeralds before man had used them for evil
Sonic FF Wrap UpSonic FF Wrap Up4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sonic Freedom Fighters Wrap Up
There comes a day when Dr. Robotnik, having finally gathered enough Chaos Emeralds to power his generators, executes his master plan a stratagem he has statistically proven impossible to overcome. Stage one is to send several autonomously powered Doom Bots to hover over Knothole Camp firing newly designed Robotization ray weapons.
The attack is devastating, destroying the camp and forcing what Freedom Fighters can escape to flee deeper inland.
Sadly Bunnie Rabbot, Antoine Décolleté, and Kit the cub are among the victims to be Robotisized from the air; Bunnie and Antoine taken when both refused to leave the other's side after Antoine broke his ankle and Kit captured for going back to rescue both.
Sally's general Bruin loses his life in the follow up attack by human soldiers Robotnik has been training to do what his Swatbots cannot. His final action is to rush the line giving the others a chance to escape.
The Robotisized a
Kid's Movies: No Thought Required?My recent rant on The Lego Movie let me in on a trend of thought I find a little disturbing, but I can understand in retrospect.Kid's Movies: No Thought Required?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Kid's movies are, by their nature, not to be taken seriously.
This seems to encompass any and all considerations of deeper meaning in any film defined, or suspected to be defined as, entertainment for children.
The assumptions arising from this position are a little disturbing to me.
1: Kids don't think about what they watch, and shouldn't be expected to try.
2: All apparent messages in movies are untrue, unintended, or carelessly misleading.
Other then this, what conclusion can I come to here?
Are there any other times when not thinking somehow makes up for the deficiencies in a product?
If someone served you lousy food, would you decide it was worth the price because it wasn't even intentionally good? And more to the point, would you give lousy food to a kid because they don't know the difference between good and bad food anywa
Character: What You Are in the DarkAnother of my musings on storytelling, characters and such inbound.Character: What You Are in the Dark3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am less then a passionate devotee of a lot of modern day storytelling mediums/stories in general. The reason being I'm recently coming to understand is that there's very rarely a combination of good elements in one production. It tends to be 60/40 in terms of character development, atmosphere, plot, writing, metaphorical depth...etc.
Consider all the times you may have seen a fairly recent film and come away thinking 'Well, the action was great but the characters were boring' or 'It was really deep and meaningful...I think, but nothing really happened' or 'There was lots of character development, it's too bad the plot was so simple and dull'. It seems like the filmmakers/writers/game designers poured their hearts and souls into exactly one aspect of a production, leaving the others undernourished.
Now I realize that maybe some elements don't bother you as much as they do me. I get a massive kick out of overanalyzing
On Dark AdaptationsKilling Dreams or Nurturing Them?On Dark Adaptations4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
I've been accused in several instances now of ruining or killing childhoods through my proposed reimaginings of classic shows and franchises as well as my interest in 'darker' versions of the same. It's a concern that has dogged me for some time as I try to strike a balance between darkening and deepening a concept without destroying the fundamental enjoyment of it or making it morbid.
Here I'll try to describe my thoughts on the matter, why I make reimaginings the way I do, and why I feel I'm attempting to nurture dreams, not kill them.
This is not meant as an attack and I'll alter it if I learn otherwise, but this is my explanation for now.
1: My Stories are still Dreams
When I reimagine Sonic say or when I support wholeheartedly American McGee's reimagining of Alice in Wonderland this is because these tales are still essentially dreams. Regardless of how dark a story becomes it remains quintessentially a dream; a looking glass land to inspire the im
Sonic Freedom Fighters: PlotSonic Freedom Fighters: Plot6 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Sonic Freedom Fighters
Based on the television show Sonic the Hedgehog
The Archie and UK comics
The Video games by Sega
And the proposed show by Matthew Sullivan (Mysterious Animator X)
Adaptation by Dan Oles and Sam Boettner
The Golden Age and The Xorda Invasion
(Known to Mobians as The Great Disaster)
Centuries in the future, mankind reached a peak of invention and culture. The crowning achievement of this era of advancement was ironically the discovery of a previously unknown civilization buried in the depths of the earth, one with technology the likes of which humans had never known. The most powerful of these devices were seven individually colored gemstones, which combined had the power to harness an unknown but unlimited force. Without scientific basis the force became known colloquially as chaos and the gemstones the chaos emeralds. Once a means was found to channel this power its energies led to a golden age in which wars for resources were forgot