There are few relationships as scary as that of a Sonic the Hedgehog fan and his Sega Genesis. As proof of this, a devoted sonic fan is attempting to create a feature-length fan film. The following is a trailer developed to raise capital for the film:
Some choice quotes about the film:
I’m planning on having 8 animators involved with this project including my lead animator; 2 keyframers, 2 tweeners, 2 background artists, and 2 CGI artists for the actual film. More people equals better the quality.
We are NOT at liberty at the moment, to reveal who is in the crew until either they give us permission to do so, or until you witness it in the end credits of the film. With that being said, rest assured that the crew is made out of some extremely talented individuals, all with something different to bring to the table. Devulging their names could cause further conflict ie spam, hate mail, and even death threats. This has happened in the past believe it or not. That type of animosity could jepordize and procrastinate its production. So please, respect their privacy and let them work in peace.
When asked if this film will be available for purchase, the creator replies:
NO. Absolutely NOT. Not only is it considered ILLEGAL, but we do not have SEGA’s endorsement, permission, or authorization to do so, and it is a clear violation of copyright laws. I am personally funding the movie from MY OWN savings and paychecks I recieve from my freelancing work. However, the movie will be downloadable FOR FREE to burn to DVD for PERSONAL USE ONLY, and we do NOT endorse copyright violation. Which means, NO RESALE OF ANY KIND or illegal distribution will be tolerated, and we are abundantly clear on this. Plus this project is no different than the Sonic fan material you see on Youtube or Newgrounds. The only difference is that it will have a higher production value.
Honestly, it is a real shame that so much time, money, and talent is going into something like this. I have always felt that creative energies should be spent on creating new, unique works instead of re-regurgitating someone elses creative efforts without their concent.
Note: Star Wars fan films don’t count. They have the full support of Lucas Film, and frankly. They just rock!
It is a shame to see so much work going into something that will never see the light of day. I’ve got a VERY good feeling that Sega Lawyers are going to be knocking on some doors.