The Video For the Sonic Movie’s Theme Song is Kinda Dope

Wiz Khalifa and friends deliver a tribute to Sonic history.

We’re only a few weeks away from the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, so that’s about right for the obligatory “song by big name to play during the credits” to come out, and this time it comes in the form of “Speed Me Up” by Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, and Sueco the Child. It’s not Crush 40, but we’ll take it.

The song is exactly the kind of thing that will probably grow on me eventually, but I’m still in the “trying to find things to latch on to” stage between the kind of deflated melody and the cute references to the Sonic franchise (Tails gets a shoutout in Lil Yachty’s verse, for instance). But while the song is not doing a whole lot for me yet, the music video is a pretty fun trip through Sonic memory lane. It has Wiz Khalifa and co. gathered around a TV playing the original Sonic the Hedgehog on a Sega Genesis, only to be transferred into Sonic’s world via his weird, cross-dimension teleporting ring powers he has in the movie. This means we get some visual callbacks to the 1991 game, as well as recreations of scenes from the movie in that style. Of course there’s some cheesy shots of the movie in there as well, and at one point Ty Dolla $ign is just chilling in Dr. Robotnik’s (played by Jim Carrey) computer monitor, but that’s standard fair for a music video tied to a movie.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to theaters on February 14 and stars Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz as Sonic as he attempts to adjust to a life on Earth after transporting himself there using his dimension jumping abilities he now has, apparently. He’s found by a cop portrayed by James Marden, and the two diametrically opposed individuals go on wacky adventures together as they try to avoid Carrey’s Robotnik.

Since its original unveiling in April of 2019 the movie’s seen its fair share of controversies, primarily tied to its original design of the blue blur, which was uh, hard to look at for some people. After the internet imploded about it, the movie was delayed three months and Sonic remade to look more along the lines of how the character has typically been seen in his games, which was almost immediately followed by the shutting down of the animation studio responsible for it.

Will it all be worth it? No, because no individual work is worth this treatment of workers, including but not limited to uprooting their lives and careers. But will it make the movie better? To be determined because the movie’s quality is hard to parse at this point with only a couple of trailers, but it will at least mean it will be less awful to look at.

Also, let the record show I didn’t stop listening to “Speed Me Up” the entire time I was writing this, so I think it only took like 20 minutes to grow on me.