Do you remember “Ugly Sonic”, the internet slang name for Paramount Pictures’ “realistic” version of Sega’s Blue Blur with weird human teeth? It was the original design for 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Live-action adaptation, a design quickly scrapped because Fans dragged this humanized Sonic to hell and back. While we got a much better design when the film hit theaters, Ugly Sonic has now reappeared in another film with these sly and mischievous leads Disney chipmunkChip and Dale.
That’s right, Ugly Sonic makes an appearance in Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, a live-action, computer-animated action-adventure comedy starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg as the furry duo, available now on Disney+. A la Who tricked Roger Rabbit?, the film is packed with cameo appearances from many famous cartoon characters. But none of these cameos surprised people like Ugly Sonic.
Ugly Sonic is something of a legend on the internet. That caused such a massive backlash it prompted sucker punch artist Edward Pun to “fix” Paramount Pictures’ horrid design., Sonic the Hedgehog Director Jeff Fowler delayed the film by a few months to actually bring the mascot back to the drawing board. What we got was a lot more consistent with Sonic’s existing design and a lot less human-like (and without those awful teeth), and it got later one of the better parts of the mostly fine motion picture action comedy. But Ugly Sonic lives on, so be warned: some minor spoilers for rescue driver are below.
Ugly Sonic appears in the film at a comic convention where he runs his own guest stand and sells merch like autographed photos of himself (lol). Referring to the backlash, he says those at the convention “will like me for who I am, not like last time the internet took one look at my human teeth and burned the place down.” Ugly Sonic even pretends to have landed a job on a reality TV show called Ugly Sonic, Uglier Crimes, where he is the FBI’s ride buddy. Sigh, ugly Sonic would be a cop.
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But I couldn’t believe the rumours. I had to see this terrible spectacle with my own eyes. So I fired up Disney+ and checked the New Releases section rescue driver, and fast-forwarded to the cameo that had people reeling in shock and disbelief. It’s not only true, my god, he has a…daddy body.
After signing something for some teenagers who walk away giggling, Sonic realizes with a touch of hilarity that he’s all too familiar with the jokes.
“Oh, they’re laughing at me. I know that,” says Ugly Sonic, voiced by comedian Tim Robinson. “You can’t hurt my feelings if I jumped in on the joke.”
Well, those jokes will probably never end now that Ugly Sonic has not only been immortalized in memes across the internet, but also in a Disney Movie.
I have to admit, but I feel bad for Ugly Sonic. I mean, he – and his father – were turned down in favor of the newer design seen in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and presumably the third film and live-action TV series in production, also. But who knows, maybe rescue driver will Ugly start Sonic’s career and end up getting his own movie after all?
As for Sonic’s games, Sega is remastering the first four series games for the compilation pack Sonic origins, which is cool. But what’s not cool is Sega is also removing all four standalone games from the digital stores in front origins Release on June 23rd. While you can get them for $40 Sonic origins Bundle, pretty soon you won’t be able to buy anymore Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 (& Knuckles) and Sonic CD individually. What a pity.
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