Blue Core Studios has announced the world premiere of Eddie Lebron's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog fan film. After two years in the making, the blue blur will come to life in a mix of live-action and CG via a screening at MAGFest 11, which takes place January 3-6, 2013.
Unfortunately, voice actor Jaleel White—AKA Steve Urkel, who reprises his role as Sonic, made famous thanks to some of the various cartoon adaptations—will not be in attendance. Writer/director Eddie Lebron (Mega Man fan film) and the movie's producers, David S. Horowitz and Daniel Horowitz, will be, though, and they'll all be doing a Q&A after the screening.
Lebron and co. will also be showing some related bonus videos. The exact date and time of the Sonic fan film premiere will be announced once the MAGFest 11 schedule has been finalized. Here are some details from the Blue Core Studios page:
“Sonic” is a non-profit, 25 minute live-action short fan film based on the iconic blue hedgehog, featuring the voice of Jaleel White, returning to play the character which he first played in 1993. The film is written/directed by Eddie Lebron and produced by Blue Core Studios; known for their feature length "MegaMan" fan film that was released online May 2010.
The film serves as a prequel to the original 1991 classic with various new elements integrated from all of the known Sonic the Hedgehog mythologies. The film aims to establish a revised story; similarly to how Archie Comics did a new take on the character separate from the game's known canon. The short will feature a blend of both live-action and computer-generated sequences featuring many well known Sonic enemies, including his arch nemesis: Dr. Robotnik.
The film was financed out of pocket with the help of fan donations all across the world. Eddie Lebron, along with Blue Core Studios, hopes to explore greater avenues with this project once it's completed and released publicly.
Sonic was originally planned for a summer 2012 release, but was delayed for more polish and to avoid a rush. It now has an official release date of January 9, 2013. In case you missed it, here's the most recent trailer: