Sonic the Hedgehog, the turbulent adaptation on the big screen of the popular sprinter Sega, has a magnificent credit sequence that is worth waiting for. A recap of the whole plot made in the 16-bit art of the Genesis game, the sequence revives Sonic in its original form and makes Jim Carrey's Robotnik a pixelated enemy. Oh, and there is a post-credit scene that you probably saw coming from a mile (s prower) in some way.
(Ed. Note: The rest of this publication contains important spoilers for Sonic the Hedgehog.)
After sending Dr. Robotnik through a portal to the Mushroom Hill Zone, Sonic and his friend Tom (James Marsden) settle back into their new life in Green Hills, Montana. Everything is rosy! But after the credits pass, we have one more chance, looking from the top of a mountain. A portal opens and surprise! – It's Sonic’s pal Tails, the fox with two tails. He leaves the ring open as Marty McFly in Back to the future 2, running to find Sonic to save the day from … something. Considering that we saw a pack of Knuckles-like echidnas chasing Sonic at the beginning of the movie, and Robotnik (now reflecting his madness of the games) is collecting the mushrooms he needs to escape the solitary confinement, the plot of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is in sight for now Sonic the Hedgehog 1 he calls it one day
Miles "Tails" Prower has been a pillar of the gaming franchise since 1992 Sonic 2, and became Sonic's escape plan thanks to two spongy tails that could turn like a helicopter. Sonic's film keeps those powers intact for future use in a sequel, but it doesn't take long to establish Tails as part of the larger universe. Everything seems possible in the movie world: Sonic grew up under the wing of a huge owl named Lockjaw, after all, but one has to wonder how a hedgehog and a fox became friends in an alien world where not even the echidnas They can get along. .
Tails, surprisingly, has a canonical background story in the Sonic games. As Al Nilsen, the former Marketing Director of Sega of America, tells Polygon, the character that started was the idea of Japanese developers, inspired by kitsune, the foxes of Japanese folklore. When Nilsen and his team learned about the little fox with two tails, his argument for sale to the American public became evident.
"We wanted to show you the proximity to Sonic and how Sonic's friend was," says Nilsen. "The character's appearance was a lot like saying Tails, & # 39; I want to be like Sonic & # 39; or & # 39; I'm a little boy & # 39; (the design gave us the ability to put) the marketing spin behind what the game designers have done. But they have to go together. You know, you can't go and now do something to them that isn't on the screen. "
There was a problem: designer Yasushi Yamaguchi and the Sega of Japan team really wanted to name their new fuzzball "Miles Prower". The Sega of America team had a hard time imagining that on a poster.
"While it was a nice pun on" miles per hour, "Nilsen recalls," it just didn't feel like a cold Name. Or something easy to remember.
Then Sega of America launched the Japanese team in an alternative: Tails. Because, as you see, it had two tails. The developers did not move. So they came and went from one place to another, neither side convinced the other why their name mattered more. The final solution was to use both. And to appease all the parties involved, Nilsen and his team wrote an intricate back story for Tails that would canonize his full name.
As printed in its entirety on Blake J. Harri Console wars, here is "The name change of Miles Monotail":
This is the story of Miles Monotail. Miles was your average four year old fox. He loved to play with his friends, but his friends were not really his friends. Every time they saw Miles, they laughed and made fun of him. Why? Well, Miles wasn't like all the other foxes. Miles Monotail had two tails. And as children tend to do when someone is different, they made fun of him. It didn't help that Miles sometimes tripped over his second tail and down the hill. Coordination was not one of Miles's virtues. Due to the bad time his friends gave him, Miles became very depressed.
One day he was walking with his head hanging down when a blur and a whistle crossed his path. There is only one person who could move so fast, and it is Sonic the Hedgehog. Miles thought Sonic was the greatest person in the world. Miles wishes he could be as great and coordinated as Sonic was. And, above all, I wanted to meet Sonic. This was his great opportunity. Miles took a deep breath and shouted: "SONIC!" The blur that was Sonic turned around and stopped in front of Miles. "You called?" Sonic said.
"Oh, Sonic, you're my hero," Miles exclaimed as he ran around Sonic. Well, you can guess what happened next: Miles stumbled on his second tail and fell. The tears came to his eyes.
"Hey, cheer up little friend. What's up?" Sonic said.
"Sonic, I want to be like you, but I'm a weirdo. I have two tails."
Sonic leaned toward Miles and said kindly, "You're not a freak. You're more special than anyone because you have something that everyone else doesn't have. And you can do things they can't. In any case, your friends should be jealous. of you.
"But I can't do anything special," Miles shouted.
"Oh, you can," said Sonic. "I'll show you. You're about to enter Sonic's special training camp."
Well, Miles couldn't be happier. His hero took him under his wing and began to teach Miles how to use his two tails to his advantage. He showed Miles how to wind his tails under his body so that it was like a very aerodynamic ball and could make Sonic's famous Supersonic Spin. Then, Sonic taught Miles how to use his two tails as a helicopter rotor so that Miles could fly. Even Sonic couldn't do that. Needless to say, Miles was ecstatic. He was special, and when his friends saw what Miles could do and what they couldn't do, they became very jealous, but also each of them wanted to become Miles's best friend. But Miles had a new best friend. Someone who believed in him. Someone who was his hero. And that friend was Sonic. Sonic was happy to help his friend gain new confidence and new skills.
Look, Miles, YOU'RE special because you have two tails. And for that, I will give you a very special nickname. From now on, I will call you Tails because you should always remember that you are special because you have two tails. "
From that day, Miles Monotail became known as Tails.
Nilsen says that Miles "Tails" Prower was as popular as Sonic after his introduction in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – and they knew it by 1-800-USA-SEGA. "(In marketing,) many of the immediate comments we got were from the Sega 800 line," he says. "The advisors of the game, listened to things and if something they did not like or something did not work, they were the first to go tell us." They only heard praise, so the rest was history.
Tails would become a playable character in Sonic games, get his own spin-off in the form of Tails Adventure, appear in the Sonic comic and two 90s Sonic cartoons, and appear in all subsequent incarnations through Sonic Mania. Now we have the high-flying buddy in Sonic the Hedgehog. But one question remains: what will be its name in the history of the film?