Paramount is preparing their press blitz for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog sequel. In a 30-second short video released yesterday, we see everyone’s favorite hyperspeed blue hedgehog squaring off against a certain red, nefarious echidna, but more importantly, we get to see Jim Carrey do his thing. Specifically, we see Carrey in character as the villainous Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik attacking Sonic with the aid of a colossal robot that seems to be built in the shape of…himself. Specifically, the robot looks an awful lot like Dr. Robotnik in the original games, which is to say, metallic and round. It is a nice little touch to a series that is shaping up to be a surprisingly fun adaptation of games whose primary plot can be summed up as “run fast, get rings, something something Chaos Emerald.” Check out the trailer here:
It also looks like Jim Carrey is in full force as Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as only he can be. While Carrey has spent many years now impressing critics and audiences with unexpected depth and sensitivity in movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Man on the Moon, he is bringing Ace Ventura: Pet Detective vibes here. Aside from being perfectly bald and sporting what can only be described as an electrifying mustache, Carrey introduces Knuckles the Echidna (to be silkily voiced by Idris Elba) as a secondary antagonist to Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by a returning Ben Schwartz). He also eats a giant bowl of popcorn while he watches the two duke it out, so that is about the level of restraint that we see from Carrey. But absurdly huge overacting and lack of any sensible form of acting has always been one of the actor’s greatest tools, at least in this mode of acting.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a comparatively unusual movie for Jim Carrey, in that it is a sequel. For many decades of being one of the biggest box office stars in the world, he was notorious for rarely taking on a sequel. Reportedly the experience of filming Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls soured him to sequels for years after. Of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, that did not stop film studios from trying to churn out Carrey-less sequels to some of his biggest films with largely horrific results. Son of the Mask largely destroyed any chance Jamie Kennedy had at becoming a leading man (and thus subjecting us all to his Experiment). The less said about Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, the better, while the best than can be said about Evan Almighty is that Steve Carrell looks good in a beard.
At the very least, Paramount seems to have learned from the disastrous ad campaign from the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie. While America seemed weirdly disturbed and obsessed with a hedgehog’s teeth from that one, the second one is looking pretty solid. We can certainly all just sit back and let Jim Carrey do his classic goofball thing.