Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik and his plans for world domination.
Full Certification

  Animal Action

Poster for Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Certification: Full Certification

Throughout the film, there is a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the opening scene where we see a turtle crossing a road, and Sonic swoops it up, saving it from being hit by a car, no traffic was allowed during filming. Before the turtle was placed on the highway pavement, the pavement was cooled down with ice water. The path to be walked by the turtle did not have any hazards and was checked by the handlers and myself. The turtle walked an A to B trajectory.

When we see the duck with her ducklings crossing the road, this scene was shot on green screen in a studio. The trainer was present and the ducks did an A to B in studio.

In the scene where we see two raccoons digging in the trash, the garbage cans that the raccoons were to be in were made safe and secure with input of the trainers. Prior to shooting, trainers brought the raccoons to set in their carriers. The crew stood behind a fence during filming. Trainers placed food on the garbage cans and opened the carriers. The raccoons ate the food while they filmed the scene.

In the scene where we see the raccoon run out of the doggy door, the raccoon was released by the handler. The raccoon was released by one trainer from Kennel A to the right of the dog door and walked approximately 6 feet to the dog door. The other trainer called the raccoon using a buzzer and food. The raccoon went through the dog door and entered Kennel B. The trainer then closed the door of the kennel.