Sonic the Hedgehog - 2020
Age-appropriateness: Mildly violent scenes with weaponized drones, bar brawls, and fist fights. A few crude jokes.
Overview: After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it. Centering around Sonic’s pursuit to combat his own loneliness, this story depicts a journey of how to make friends with people, even when you feel like you don’t have much in common.
Themes: protector, friendship, loneliness, pride, selflessness, bullying, traveling
The Quick 3
Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.
1. Loneliness. Do you ever feel lonely? What makes you feel that way?
Without any friends, Sonic felt lonely. He was afraid he’d be alone forever. But God is always with us! (Joshua 1:9)
2. Friendship. How easy is it for you to make new friends?
Sonic found it really hard to make new friends. He was very different than everyone around him.
3. Bullying. When was the last time you stood up to someone in order to protect a friend?
Sonic made a decision to use his power to protect his friends instead of using it to run away.
After The Movie Discussion Guide
Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.
1. Sonic could run 300 miles per hour. What would you do if you could run as fast as Sonic?
2. Tom protected Sonic throughout the story. Sonic describes him as a protector for all beings, big and small. God is like our protector. God is faithful, He loves you, and He can give us exactly what we need. In what ways does God protect you?
3. Sonic wanted friends really bad. He felt so lonely, having no one to hang out with. Have you ever felt this way? When do you feel lonely?
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4. Dr. Robotnik was arrogant, deceitful, and angry. He also proudly proclaims to have no friends. Romans 12:16 encourages us to “live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” What were some of the bad character traits you saw in Dr. Robotnik?
Minute By Minute Guide
Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.
:02 The owl, Longclaw, tells Sonic that whenever someone has great power, other people will always want to take it. She advises him to “never stop running” from danger. How often do you feel like you are running from danger? Is there anything you have that others want?
:09 Without any friends, Sonic is lonely. He’s afraid he’ll be alone forever. Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Did you realize that God is always with you? How does that make you feel?
:15 Sonic reacts to his loneliness by running so fast that he caused a power outage throughout the city. He looked like he was angry. What is an appropriate response to feeling lonely? Was Sonic’s response healthy? What could he have done instead?
:25 Tom sees Sonic for the first time, and he cannot believe it. It was unlike anything he’d ever seen before! The disciples felt a similar way when they saw Jesus after he had risen from his grave. One person, named Thomas, had trouble believing it was actually Jesus. After all, he knew Jesus died 3 days before. Jesus responds lovingly, giving him evidence that it was actually Him. Jesus eventually told Thomas, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (John 20:24-29). Have you ever seen anything that you found to be unbelievable?
:35 Sonic describes how his rings are how people travel between worlds. He wants to travel to different places, but he needs help to get there. Do you like traveling to different places? What’s the most fun about meeting people who are different than you?
:40 Dr. Robotnik described a story from his childhood when he was bullied. When was the last time you were bullied?
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:42 Sonic makes a “bucket list”. He writes down all of the things he wants to do while he’s on Earth. What are things, that you haven’t done yet, that you want to do while your on earth?
:50 Sonic adds “make a real friend” to his bucket list. When was the last time you tried to make a real friend? How did it go?
:54 Sonic asks Tom: “your home is perfect, and you’re leaving it...why?!”. Philippians 2:6-7 says, "Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being." Jesus left heaven, His perfect home, in order to come to Earth to complete His big plan to save people. Why do you think Jesus would leave heaven to do this?
1:10 Sonic says his rule includes expressing heartfelt emotions. He proceeds to apologize to Tom for being hard on him, because walking away from something you love must be painful. How often do you express heartfelt emotions? And have you ever had to walk away from something you loved?
1:22 Sonic decides to use his power not to run away anymore, but to protect his friends. When was the last time you stood up to someone in order to protect a friend?
1:27 Tom and Maddie made a home for Sonic; a new “cave” for him to live in. Did you realize Jesus is preparing a place, just for you, right now in heaven? "Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:1-3). What type of place do you think Jesus is preparing for you?