Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Comes Home with a New Short Replacing Idris Elba

Ben Schwartz reprises his role as Sonic, though.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is coming to digital stores tomorrow, May 24, but even if you’ve already seen the live-action sequel in theaters, the digital version will come with something new, and a little bit different: an animated short starting Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles.

The short, titled Sonic Drone Home, will feature the blue blur and his newfound buddies after the events of the movie. Entertainment Tonight has a short clip of the trio facing what seems to be a drone once controlled by Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik. But those with keen ears will notice that Ben Schwartz is the only voice actor that reprises their film role in the short. Idris Elba, who plays Knuckles in the film, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey, who plays Tails, aren’t the voices coming out of the echidna and fox’s mouths. All that aside, the short looks like a fun take on the Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles’ dynamic, which was at the heart of the movie that came to theaters last month.

Check out the preview below:

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If you’re a person who likes physical media, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is set to release on blu-ray on August 9. A third movie is in the works, and given the cliffhanger the second ends on, I’m pretty stoked to see where the movies go, as they’re starting to lean harder into the video game elements that were pretty absent in the first movie. But before we get to that, there’s a Paramount+ series focusing on Knuckles in the works, with Elba confirmed to return to the role.

For more on Sonic the Hedgehog 2, check out Fanbyte’s review.

Update: Now that the short is out, we can confirm through watching our own copy and seeing the credits, Tails and Knuckles are voiced by Alicyn Packard (Jibanya in Yo-kai Watch) and Fred Tatasciore (Soldier: 76 in Overwatch, Saren in Mass Effect) respectively. As for why the roles were recast for the short, it’s most likely that budget for Sonic Drone Home wasn’t as high to accommodate its production size. Thus, someone like Elba might not have been in the bonus feature’s budget. At any rate, he’ll be returning to the role in the future, so this seems like a footnote on the live-action iteration’s story.