The Brief: Sonic The Hedgehog is now in theaters and has inspired a brand new set of Sonic movie memes.

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The much-anticipated Sonic The Hedgehog movie hit theaters on February 14, 2020, with some early showings the night before. In addition to the many that arose in anticipation of the film, Sonic The Hedgehog movie memes have been circulating online in reaction to the film’s debut.

The film, which stars Ben Schwarz as the voice of Sonic, Jim Carey as Dr. Robotnik, and James Marsten as Sonic’s human accomplice, received much criticism of the animation and portrayal of Sonic in its original trailer. Producers listened to this fan outcry, making significant changes to Sonic’s appearance. An updated version of the trailer was much better received with many fans praising the creators’ choice to heed their advice.

Sonic The Hedgehog movie memes range from references to the initial animation snafu, image macros made out of screenshots from the film and its trailers, jokes about its Valentine’s Day release, and more.

When you’re a bit above the film’s target demographic:

Me, an adult, seeing Sonic in theatre

Sonic Flossing

At two points in the film, Sonic does the dance move known as “the floss” or flossing, an unmistakably cringey (but potentially endearing) choice.

Baby Sonic

Scenes featuring Sonic as a baby reflect the animated character baby craze (Baby Yoda, Baby Nut, etc.) that seems to be all over film, TV, and advertising.

Baby sonic!!
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Valentine’s Day

The Sonic movie’s February 14th release date lends itself to memes about romantic Sonic dates and lonely solo-watching experiences.

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A Sonic-themed Valentine meme:

Flex tape and Sonic can mend the hole in your heart…

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New Sonic Meme Formats

Screenshots from the film are being used in Sonic The Hedgehog movie memes and in more general comedic contexts.

“Confidence! A fool’s substitute for intelligence.”

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“You mad?”

SONIC 2020!!!
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At the time of writing, Sonic The Hedgehog has been ranked with a 63% critics score and a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes from 116 and 696 reviews respectively.