Everything You Need to Know Before Taking Your Kids to See ‘Sonic 2’

Wondering if Sonic 2 is scary for young kids? We went as a family to see the movie and are happy to share our spoiler-free review.

My kids are much bigger fans of Sonic the Hedgehog than I am. When we first saw the trailer for the sequel I gave it a thumbs down not having seen (or cared to see) the first movie. But a few months ago we all suddenly became fans of the movie franchise after my son discovered a Sonic game. The nostalgia hit me, we found the movie, and well, the rest is history.

The good news is we didn’t have to wait two years for the sequel, just a couple of months. Fans of the 2020 Sonic film will be delighted to see the return of all their favorite characters in this action-packed continuation. There are a few subplots to the story with various henchmen and side villains. While it does take away from the main point of the story, it still adds humor and it wasn’t too hard for my kids to follow. 

Lots of easy-to-digest messages about learning to be a hero, a friend, honesty and trust, and what it means to be a family… Yea, a lot of lessons smushed into one story. But if you’re going to be watching it over and over again (as I know my kids will) I imagine more bits will sink in each time. 

Interracial couple in Sonic 2 standing at a bar
Paramount Pictures and Sega

I love the diversity in the film, the interracial couple and Tom being a deputy obviously resonates with our family. And I can’t complain about a cameo appearance from Shemar Moore. Idris Elba voicing Knuckles was also a pleasant surprise and Maddie and her sister Rachel steal the show during a whole vacation wedding scene. 

Sonic 2 boasts a fun soundtrack and lots of laughs throughout the film and of course Jim Carrey steals the show with yet another fantastic performance and an even bigger ‘stache. He’s the villain we can’t help but enjoy, which can make him a little less scary than other bad guys. 

Speaking of scary…

Is ‘Sonic 2’ Scary for Kids?

Is Sonic 2 scary for kids
Knuckles (Idris Elba) and Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

Our 3-year-old Lee Lee (will be 4 this summer) loves movies but doesn’t have a lot of experience in theaters. She’s mostly grown up during a pandemic so aside from Encanto, this is the only other recent movie she’s seen in theaters. There are plenty of action scenes, some moments of peril and lots and lots of loud booms and fighting. The action starts pretty quick and is dark for a moment and I think that’s what caught Lee Lee off guard. It’s also intensified being in a large, dark, loud theater. She climbed into my lap and never went back to her seat. She never cried though or asked for me to cover her eyes. She’s a brave 3-year-old though with big siblings.

If your young one is afraid of loud noises or surprises (there are a couple of jumpy thrills), it may be better to wait to watch this one at home. Fans of the original Sonic should have no problems though there seems to be much more action and fighting in this one (which delighted by 9-year-old son). 

Is sonic 2 scary: Dr. Robotnik
Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America

Parents should also know there are a few swear words like “A-hole” “Oh my God,” “We’re screwed” and Dr. Robotnik does use hints of swearing for instance “Piece of shiitake.”

Ok, enough about my thoughts, here’s my kids’ review.

Kids’ ‘Sonic 2’ Review

Jayda is 11, Ty is 9, and Lee Lee is 3

What did you think of Sonic 2?

Jayda: I thought it was a good movie, good for the whole family. 

Ty: I liked it. It’s my favorite movie. 

Lee Lee: I liked it because I like it. 

Why did you like it so much?

Jayda: I think it’s a good version of the game. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. 

Ty: I liked the fight scenes and I was glad that it was earlier than I thought. 

Sonic charges up with power
Paramount Pictures and Sega

What was the funniest part to you? 

Jayda: The fart part. 

Ty: The wedding scene. And Sonic is pretty funny. He had funny nicknames for people. 

Lee Lee: The farting part.

What was your favorite part? 

Ty: When they work together against the bad guy. 

Jayda: The whole wedding scene. It was so funny.

Would you recommend it to your friends? 

Ty: It depends, if they liked the first Sonic I think they’ll like the second one. If you didn’t like the first one you wouldn’t like the second one, but if they didn’t like the first or second one then they would be crazy. 

Jayda: Same withTy, it depends if they like the first one. 

Sonic flies on an airplane and tries to hang on
Paramount Pictures and Sega of America

What message do you think the movie was trying to get across?

Jayda: You don’t have to be embarrassed of who you are. And treat people how you want to be treated.  

Ty: If someone is mean to you you could be nice to them. When people think you do something weird, ignore them and just think you think it’s cool. 

Who was your favorite character?

Jayda: Sonic and Rachel. 

Ty: Sonic, and then Tailes, and then Knuckles, and then Tom and then Maddie.

Lee Lee: Sonic because he’s so funny. 

Who would you recommend this movie to? 

Jayda: People who loved Sonic. 

Ty: People who like Sonic the movie and game.

Do you think it’s for older kids? 

Jayda: All ages. 

Ty: At least 4.

Did you think it was scary?

Jim Carrey and Knuckles (Idris Elba) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega
Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America

Jayda: No.

Ty: No, but my sister did. Maybe she was scared of being alone in the house in the dark and then she has to fight them.

Lee Lee: It was scary when he was in the dark.

Would you want to watch it again? 

Jayda: Yea. 

Ty: Yes. Four more times. Just kidding. Six or four. Or as many times as we want. 

Lee Lee: Yes. 

How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently? 

Knuckles running in Sonic 2

Jayda: This more than Turning Red for sure. I liked this more than the first Sonic.

Ty: Favorite movie. Of anything, I would rank this more. Turning Red is like a zero compared to this. It’s so boring compared to Sonic 2. I liked this a little bit more than the first Sonic. 

How many stars would you give it?

Ty: 5 out of 5 stars. 10 out of 10.

Jayda: 4 Stars. 9 out of 10. 

Is it worth going to the movies to see?

Ty: Go to the movie theater like two times, and then watch it again when it comes out at home. 

Jayda: I’d say wait. But if you go to the theaters then take the whole family, it’s good for family movie night. 

There you have it.  Personally I’d give the movie about 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed it and thought it was very good, I’ll gladly watch it with my kids a couple more times, but it’s not one I’d watch by myself. Though Ty is completely disappointed in my saying this, Turning Red is more my speed. Even still, the end credit scene leaves the story open and had out kids jumping in their seats for a potential sequel with yet another character they can’t wait to see on the big screen and I can’t wait to watch it with them.

Sonic 2 speeds into theaters March 8th, 2022.

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