Sony has announced that they are making a “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie. This movie, based on the classic best-selling Sega Genesis videogame, sounds like a cool idea except for one very scary addition to the news. “Sonic the Hedgehog” will actually be a live-action movie. It sounds like they won’t have someone dressed up in a giant hedgehog costume, though, as they plan to make it a live-action/CG hybrid film. In today’s filmmaking world, that sounds like a chance to use motion capture.
While there are some live-action/CG hybrid films that are great, such as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” there are just as many that are not, such as the “Alvin and the Chipmunk” movies. However, this looks like a new trend, as there is also a “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” hybrid movie coming as well. For those who ever played the game or saw the old animated television show, which still plays on Netflix, Sonic is a fast footed hedgehog that is battling the evil Dr. Eggman, who wants to take over the world.
Here is a look at some of the most notable live-action/CG hybrid films.
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was the movie that changed everything. Robert Zemeckis has spent his entire career breaking down walls and this movie was where he started his love affair with pushing the limits of cinema. The movie stars Bob Hoskins as Eddie, a human private detective in the real world. In this movie, there is also a Toontown that bears a similarity to golden age cartoons. Eddie is called into Toontown to investigate the murder of a beloved toon and interacts with the cartoon characters throughout the movie.
While “Roger Rabbit” was the movie that created the new art form, “Space Jam” might have been the movie that killed it. Yes, “Space Jam” was a financial success, debuting at No. 1 and making over $200 million, but it is really only a cult classic for fans of Bugs Bunny or Michael Jordan. Unlike “Roger Rabbit,” this movie used popular cartoon characters in the Looney Tunes world of Bugs Bunny and then had them interact with Michael Jordan and a number of other basketball stars. Aliens try to take over the world of the Looney Tunes characters to make them work in his amusement park. To save themselves, they have to win a basketball game against NBA stars brainwashed to play for the aliens. Michael Jordan saves the day.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks”
Many years ago, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” were three of the most beloved cartoon characters in the world, not only the star of TV shows and animated movies, but also singing artists. Their Christmas album still remains one of the most popular holiday albums in music history. In 2007, Fox brought the Chipmunks back in a live-action/CG hybrid movie. Jason Lee stars as David Seville, a struggling musician who meets the Chipmunks and writes songs for them to perform as they become stars. While the first movie was entertaining, it received two sequels to diminishing returns.