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Sonic X: The Final Stand
Sonic X The Final Stand theatrical poster 2
Theatrical poster
Directed by Dana McFarland
Produced by Dana McFarland
Ted Lewis
Written by Ted Lewis
Starring Roger Craig Smith
Kate Higgins
Travis Willingham
Cindy Robinson
Kirk Thornton
Karen Strassman
Ben Linkin
Mike Pollock
Miranda Cosgrove
Music by Dana McFarland
Cinematography Norman J. Grossfield
Editing by Norman J. Grossfield
Production company Sega
Sonic Team
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates May 13, 2011
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $245 million
Box office $955.7 million

Sonic X: The Final Stand is a 2011 American animated film directed by Dana McFarland and distributed by 20th Century Fox, Sega and Sonic Team. The film, which is the fifth installment of the Sonic X film series is a sequel to Sonic X: Return to Soleanna and is followed by Sonic X: Life With Shadow. Roger Craig Smith and Kate Higgins are set to replace them instead and on for future games. The movie will be written by Michael Haigney and Ted Lewis. Animation begins on June 22, 2010. New characters Greg the Fox and Jessica will be voiced by Kevin Zegers and Miranda Cosgrove. And this is the only film in the film series that have new voice actors as one of the main characters.

Sonic X: The Final Stand was released worldwide on May 13, 2011, in regular, IMAX and 3D for the first time. Throughout its release, it was a critical success. With that tentpole, it lead it break multiple records at the box office including biggest midnight opening for an animated film and the fifth of all-time, the third biggest opening for a film released in May behind Spider-Man 3 and Iron Man 2, and was 9th biggest opening of all-time. So far, it rounds the top five for highest-grossing 2011 film worldwide, including fourth domestically. Also, it is the 41st highest-grossing film of all-time, and 2nd most succcessful animated film in history behind Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion) with $955 million. It held the record as the most successful film in the franchise for two years until it's seventh installment, Sonic X: The Final Chapter - Part 1 surprised it earning just under $960 million worldwide.

Plot

Greg the Fox enters the world. He attacked and steals the Chaos Emerald giving him power that can rule the world. Sonic the Hedgehog battle against him, but was too powerful to be defeated. Sonic must find a key that he can stop anyone who are trying to take over the world. Jet the Hawk and his Babylon Rogues teammates are nominated for a World Grand Prix determinating who will run around the world the fastest to win the race. Sonic and his friends are set to challenge with them all around the world to win. Meanwhile, Rouge the Bat must make her decision that who should she be with Knuckles the Echidna and Shadow the Hedgehog. When Knuckles and Shadow are arguing too much over Rouge, she decided to choose neither of them so that she can make them split up each other. Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit and Big the Cat reunited as Team Rose as they challenge against Sonic, Tails and Knuckles into the race. Rouge, however, has chosen to be working together with Shadow over Knuckles to win the race.

Meanwhile, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy learned that Greg had a sister named Jessica the Fox, and realized that they hated each other thinking that Jessica is framing him for getting into trouble. Meanwhile, Greg takes his revenge as the sibilings has split up and will never speak with each other again. They headed to Jessica's home to talk to her about her brother. While trying to get them back together, but she refused. Greg, now has all of the power of the Chaos Emerald, decided to create his army where he brings Raven Radix and King Lydio the Hedgehog, Sonic's previous nemesis to life setting to challenge with Sonic for the race to rule the world. Sonic, Tails and Knuckles were Team Sonic. Shadow, Rouge and Omega were Team Dark. Amy, Cream and Big were Team Rose. Espio, Charmy and Victor are Team Chaotix. Jet, Wave and Storm are Team Babylon. And finally, Greg, Raven and Lydio signed up known for Team Powerful. All six team will be racing around the world including Paris, London, Mexico and more. Jessica arrived to watch them race. A couple of teammates are cheating towards another teammate. Jessica realizes that she had a crush on Sonic as she helped him to win the race, which made Amy jealous.

With the race conclused, the entire time has made a huge tie, except for Team Powerful. Angry Greg has went out of control and has ruled the world, possession people from Station Square, and betraying both Raven and Lydio. They apologies to Sonic for trying to kill him. They all worked together to defeat Greg. As Jessica wishes him good luck, she also betrays him and set to help Greg to rule the world together after taking revenge of Sonic making fun of them both. Sonic, Shadow, Jet and Silver captures their super ability set to fight off against Greg and Jessica. Too powerful to defeat, the four used their most powerful superpower killing the Fox siblilings together and saved the world, and has the right to take control the world with the Chaos Emeralds.

After Greg and Jessica's defeat, Rouge chose Shadow over Knuckles, but it will better if they can just be friends, where Tails and Cream were happy together. Sonic and Amy shared their kiss saying that he will always be together with her. Later, Sonic challenges with Jet into racing gear, where there is a shiny spark appeared into the sky.

Production

Development

Following by Sonic X: Curse of Raven Radix (2007), Sonic X: The Shadow Snow (2008), Sonic X: The Revenge of Sonic (2009) and Sonic X: Return to Soleanna (2010), Sonic X: Black Doom's Return and Sonic X: The Brand New Future is the original titles for the fifth film, which has been confirmed along with the fourth film, as it'll let the story continue for the way to kill King Lydio the Hedgehog, and nearly set a year after Silver's death, and Princess Elise will once again be seen into this film. The film is currently set to come out in summer 2011. On January 1, 2010, it was announced that the previous film will be the final film into the film series, while announcing for this film, it was reprounounced as a hoax, which means "There will be no Sonic X 5" from Fox, because of it ran out of ideas to make more films. Therefore, King Lydio the Hedgehog was revealed that he is killed at the end of Sonic X: Return to Soleanna, so Sonic and friends won't continue to destroy him to the next film.

But on May 26, 2010, it announced that 20th Century Fox is not done with the film series yet, because of them have other plans on making more movies about Sonic X movie sequels to help Sega to have its' successful charts. It announced to make more Sonic X sequels titled in Sonic X: The Black Knight, setting for July 29, 2011 release. Animation begins in summer 2010. The film will have effects from Sonic and the Black Knight. The film will have Knuckles, Shadow and Blaze as Amy's black knights, when Amy will be as Lady of the Lake.

Following the success of the film franchise, Sonic X: The Black Knight was originally going to be done from the game Sonic and the Black Knight with the same story, but seperate to do something differently for a much dramatic theme. The film tries to release it between April 29, 2011 and November 30, 2011, but gives it a July 29, 2011 release, in case that they try to release it for the same year since Sonic X: Return to Soleanna is released on June 4, 2010. Other release from previous film, Sonic X: Curse of Raven Radix was released May 30, 2007, Sonic X: The Shadow Snow was released on August 29, 2008 and Sonic X: The Revenge of Sonic was released on October 2, 2009. The movie will be written by Michael Haigney and Ted Lewis. Director and producer Dana McFarland will return as director like he did to the previous films.

On June 20, 2010, with the sixth and final film being cancelled, the film's title has changed to Sonic X: The Final Stand, to avoid the confusion from Sonic: The Black Knight, as of to become the final film instead. This film can also be titled for Sonic X: The Final Chapter.

The film's production budget will be $245 million, which made it the second most expensive animated film of all-time behind Disney's Tangled with $260 million.

Animation

Animation for the film begins on June 22, 2010. The film will indeed make changes than Sonic and the Black Knight. Nimune, the Lady of the Lake will instead bee called in Amy Rose, the Lady of the Lake. Knuckles the Echidna, Blaze the Cat, Shadow the Hedgehog, Silver the Hedgehog and Jet the Hawk, who were known for Sir Gawain (Knuckles), Sir Percival (Blaze), Sir Lancelot (Shadow), Sir Galahad (Silver) and Sir Lamorak (Jet). Miles "Tails" Prower, who is an original Blacksmith, who appears in a small role from the game, will be the defend of Amy.

Rather than using same ideas from Sonic: The Black Knight, it will have make a different setting where they were called by their same name instead of the other names from the game. There is also Rouge the Bat to appear as Rouge the Bat, god of the land. This met that she is trapsported by the Chaos Emerald and became god. Also, Sally Acorn will appear as Sally's army weher her castle lived underground.

Soundtrack

Main article: Sonic X: The Final Stand (soundtrack)

The Sonic X: The Final Stand Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released on May 10, 2011.

Cast

  • Roger Craig Smith as Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Kate Higgins as Miles Prower
  • Travis Willingham as Knuckles the Echidna
  • Cindy Robinson as Amy Rose
  • Michelle Ruff as Cream the Rabbit
  • Oliver Wyman as Big the Cat
  • Michael Yurchak as Jet the Hawk
  • Kate Higgins as Wave the Swallow
  • Kent Hampton as Storm the Albatross
  • Kirk Thornton as Shadow the Hedgehog
  • Karen Strassman as Rouge the Bat
  • Vic Mignogna as E123 Omega
  • Troy Baker as Espio the Champlin
  • Keith Silverstein as Victor the Crocodille
  • Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Charmy Bee
  • Taylor Lautner as Greg the Fox
  • Ben Linkin as Lydio the Hedgehog
  • Ryan Drummond as Raven Radix
  • Tron Baker as Raven Radix
  • Derek Allen as Silver the Hedgehog
  • Mike Pollock as Dr. Eggman
  • Laura Bailey as Blaze the Cat
  • Miranda Cosgrove as Jessica the Fox

The main characters are being replaced by new voice actors, while Mike Pollock is the only actor that he can reprise his role. The new character's name was announced as Greg the Fox, and will be voiced by Kevin Zegers. Jane Hoop Elementary actor Ben Linkin will reprise his role as King Lydio the Hedgehog, and Lacey Chabert will reprise her role as Elise, but the character will not be seen in the film, and Chabert will not return for the fifth movie.

Raven Radix, who has died from third installment, Sonic X: The Revenge of Sonic will return and will be reprised by David Wills. Anthony Salerno will also reprise his role as Chip. Miranda Cosgrove will be playing as a new character Jessica in the film.

Marketing

The first look of the film was shown from the DVD release of Sonic X: Return to Soleanna. But just a day before it's release, the first look was leaked online. The film's teaser poster was released online, while a teaser trailer is set to release online on November 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm. The second trailer is originally scheduled for January 2011 release, but was pushed back in March.

Three posters of the film were released on January 10, 2011, showing Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower and Knuckles the Echidna. But with the 3D IMAX cancelled, the posters were officially revised.

Release

Sonic X: The Black Knight changed the film's title to Sonic X: The Final Stand to comare it to be the final film, as well as the film's plot summary. It picked a release date of a worldwide October 7, 2011 in the United States in both Real 3D and IMAX 3D for the first time. The previous film, Sonic X: Return to Soleanna is the only film to have an IMAX release of June 4, 2010. It will be avaliable in a Real D 3D and IMAX theaters. On July 8, 2010, the film's release date moved up from 2 days to May 11, 2011. Within that release, it was not said from 20th Century Fox that why they would move up the release date. Fox will explain till further notice. Fox, however, replaced it's original release date states a Friday opening will be better than a Wedneday opening.

With that being said, the film has some release date confirming difficulties; it tries to release it between April 29, 2011 and November 30, 2011, but gives it a July 29, 2011 release, in case that they try to release it for the same year since Sonic X: Return to Soleanna is released on June 4, 2010 to June 3, 2011, one year after that. But decided to release it in may like Sonic X: Curse of Raven Radix did, just three weeks before the same weekend of the film, in case to aviold competion against X-Men: First Class, where it sets for June 3, 2011 release. Also in that film, Ben Linkin also signs to appear in that film, lucky enough that two of the films are not going to be released on the same day.

Sonic X: The Final Stand promises that the film will have a 3D release to make it look very interest, and is going to be the first time releasing in 3D ever since the previous film is only released in regular and IMAX theaters, but not 3D. However, it was released in selected IMAX 3D theaters at all. With it, the film is sometimes yet to title as Sonic X: The Final Stand 3D meaning that the film is yet to be released in 3D, and 2D theaters will also be avaliable.

It was originally set to release on May 13, 2011, but on November 14, 2010, six months before the film's release, the film's release date was pushed back five months to October 7, 2011. But Fox later plans to give back the film's original release date, even though they don't want fans to wait five months longer. The film is going to be in 3D, but not IMAX 3D. It was originally going to be in IMAX 3D, but it was confirmed that it is set to release in only an 2D IMAX theaters, but Real D 3D will be included even though the film only shows of real 3D special effects.

On March 28, 2011, the film's MPPA rating is PG, for "violence, mild sequences and language", and was also nearly two hours long, making it the longest Sonic X film to date.

As of May 2011, Fandango reports that 1900 showtimes has sold out tickets for the film, leading it to break box office records such as opening to about $120 million in its opening weekend, putting Shrek the Third's record in danger for being the biggest weekend opening for an animated film.

Despite hatered of 3D, 2D tickets are being sold as much as 3D Tickets. This means that the film opened in as many 2D theaters than 3D theaters.

The film will play in 3,500 midnight theaters, with a couple of 3D and IMAX theatres. Nationwide domestically, the film opened in 4,205 theaters, the 2nd widest release ever for an animated film behind Shrek Forever After (4,359 theaters), within 2,539 3D theaters, and 250 IMAX theaters.

Home Media

The film was avaliable on a 2D and 3D Blu Ray Combo Pack on December 16, 2011 including an Extended Edition. Only on Blu Ray, it will feature a first look from Shadow the Hedgehog, known to be a teaser trailer for the film. It tops the DVD sales chart by selling 1,156,050 copies ($25,550,050) in its first weekend. It earned so far 3.2 million ($75,410,400) copies so far, bringing its worldwide total to $1,026,126,255.

Reaction

Critical Responses

Sonic X: The Final Stand has already gotten early reviews, and one of them are mixed. It rated a postive 92% from the Rotten Tomatoes based on 259 views, including an average score of 8.8/10, making it the highest rated film into the series after The Revenge of Sonic and Return to Soleanna. Metacritics gave an average score of 80/100 based on 47 views, giving it a positive review. The film also had mixed reviews on the "Top Critic" scoring 100% based on 200 reviews, with average score of 5.8 out of 10.

Variety gave the film a mixed review, stating it "The best one yet, but not included a racing theme." It also stated: "Sonic's voice sounded too different than the original from the last ones, and this film should have done way better than usual." The Times newspaper rated the film on a scale of a 3 out of 5. Entertainment Weekly Amanda Humphrey gave the film a C and also praised: "for what's something about drama, is something that audiences were expected to listen and watch to hear the whole thing for it. The movie is far as the best movie of 2011." Blogcritics praised: "Sonic X 5 is way better than the last movie. I mean... its' one of the best movie ever. Because, this has much of a darker experience and there a more action, and bit of a couple of romance. This is indeed the best animated movie ever saw. People were expected to see some kissing on big screen between Sonic and Amy, Tails and Cosmo, Knuckles and Rouge, Shadow and Rouge and Jet and Wave and a lot more coming. Kissing scenes might be the best one yet. That's why that it should be the best movie ever." '

Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers praised the film: "This movie is like taking you on an adventure. This is far as the best Sonic X movie of them all." Richard Stengel of Time magazine praised: "This is far as the best movie of 2010. Anyone has to watch this movie. Romance, actions, drama and sometimes comedy and more are being showing. I think that this might be a blockbuster hit for the summer." David Halberstam of New York magazine reviews the film when praising: "When it comes on watching so many animated movies of the franchise. Video game fans were seeming to enjoy them and asking Hollywood that they want to see more and more."

Box Office

Ending its theatrical run on September 22, 2011, Sonic X: The Final Stand made a total of $300,715,855, and $655,000,000 overseas, for a worldwide total of $955,715,855 worldwide. It made it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2011, highest-grossing 2011 animated film of the year. It was also the second highest-grossing animated film of all-time behind Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion).

The film opened to $214 million internationally, giving its worldwide total to $339.1 million, which made it the biggest opening worldwide for an animated film surprising Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs which made $218 million. It's international opening made it the fourth biggest of all-time. In IMAX, the film grossed $16 million worldwide, making it the biggest opening ever for an animated film and the third of all-time.

The Final Stand is also the 41st highest-grosser of all-time, and was the highest-grossing film in the Sonic X film franchise, until it was out taken by 2013 film, Sonic X: The Final Chapter - Part 1 with $957 million worldwide.

United States

Sonic X: The Final Stand broke a couple of new box office records. At midnight, it brought in $19.7 million becoming the biggest midnight opening for an animated film beating its' predesessor Sonic X: Return to Soleanna with $11.5 million, with $1.1 million from IMAX. It grossed $53.3 million on its opening day, making it the biggest single day gross for an animated film surprising Toy Story 3 with $41 million, as well as for the franchise surprising Return to Soleanna's $40 million. It was the 13th biggest opening day of all-time.

The film approxamately made a total of $124.7 million in its opening weekend. Previous broke a new record for biggest debut of 2011 (until Jane Hoop Elementary: The Final Rush - Part 2 surpassed it), the foruth biggest debut of that year after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Final Rush - Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. It also broke other new records including biggest opening for video game film beating Return to Soleanna's $105 million, animated film beating Shrek the Third's $122 million, 20th Century Fox film beating Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith's $108 million, for the franchise beating Return to Soleanna's $105 million, and of 2011 previously beating Scooby-Doo! The Movie's $55 million, as well as the first film to open $100 million+ since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 back in November 2010. However, it was the third biggest May opening of all-time behind Spider-Man 3's $151 million and Iron Man 2's $128 million. It was also the seventh biggest opening of all-time. It hold record for biggest opening weekend for animated film for two years until the release of Sonic X: The Final Chapter - Part 1 with $125.1 million.

In its second weekend, the film fell 58 percent, making it the heaviest drop for a Sonic X film. Taking in $51 million falling behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($90.1 million), gives it a total of $214.2 million, surprising Return to Soleanna on becoming the fastest film for the film series to pass $200 million. It was also the first film of 2011 to pass $200 million. It was also the fifth Sonic X film to pass that mark. The film grossed $291,455,955 in total as of July 5, 2011, making it the highest-grossing film domestically in the franchise since Return to Soleanna ($290,725,458). On June 2011, the film become the highest-grossing film domestically of 2011, which was later replaced by Transformers: Dark of the Moon which grossed $302 million.

With a total to $300 million, it became the highest-grossing video game adaptation, highest-grossing 2011 animated film, seventh highest-grossing animated film of all-time, sixth highest-grossing 3D film and highest-grossing film in the franchise.

International

Sonic X: The Final Stand became the highest-grossing film overseas for an animated film surprising Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Also, it is eighth highest-grossing film overall, and fifth of 2011 behind Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Final Rush - Part 2, On Stranger Tides and Dark of the Moon.

In Japan, Sonic X 5 debuts very strong with $12.5 million, beating Sonic X 3 to become the highest weekend opening for an animated movie that debuts in Japan. It even did better than the previous film that made just $75.5 million. In France, it debuts at number one with $19.5 million on it's opening weekend, becoming the biggest opening ever of 2011. In Spain, Sonic X 5 brokes a new record for biggest opening ever for an animated film taking in $6.2 million surprising Toy Story 3 which made $5 million. It also have the biggest opening of 2011. In Sweden, Sonic X 5 debuts at number one and had the biggest opening ever of 2011 with $1.51 million. It brought in a total of $2.6 million.

In Mexico, it became the largest opening ever for animated movie with $11,607,300, and second of all-time behind Spider-Man with $12 million. The record is broken by Toy Story 3 as largest opening ever for animated movie. It became the fouth highest-grossing movie of all-time with $33,533,030 behind Ice Age 3 ($39 million), Avatar ($44 million) and Toy Story 3 ($59 million), and the third for animated movie behind Ice Age 3 and Toy Story 3. In Australia, it grossed over $17,523,200, becoming the biggest opening ever for animated movie. It than became the highest-grossing movie in total with $45 million beating Toy Story 3 ($42 million). It is the fourth of all-time behind Jane Hoop Elementary: The Final Rush - Part 1 ($85 million), Jane Hoop Elementary: Turbo of Catland ($90 million) and Avatar ($95 million).

The film opens in the UK on May 11, 2011, and made record $8 million on opening day for animated film. It grossed a stunning £13.8 million in its opening weekend, ranking in #1 at the box office. This has topped Scooby-Doo! The Movie (£11.7 million)for becoming the biggest opening for a 2011 film ever. It also became the third biggest opening ever for an animated film behind Toy Story 3 (£21 million) and Shrek 2 (£16 million). So far, the film made £61 million, making it the highest-grossing film of 2011, and surprised Sonic X: The Revenge of Sonic to become the highest-grossing film in the franchise.

Awards

Award Category/Recipient(s) Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Summer Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Animated Movie Voice (Ben Linkin) Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Animated Movie Voice (Taylor Lautner) Nominated
2011 Scream Awards Best 3D Movie Pending

See also

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External links

  • Sonic X: The Final Stand at the Internet Movie Database
  • Sonic X: The Final Stand at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Sonic X: The Final Stand at Box Office Mojo

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