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Sonic the Hedgehog: The Official Movie Novelization is a paperback book for 8-12 year olds published by Penguin Young Readers Licenses. It is the novelization of the Sonic the Hedgehog film produced by Paramount Pictures.


Sonic the Hedgehog is not safe. Everyone is out to get him. The only person on his side is local cop Tom Wachowski. He just might be Sonic's only friend. Together they must recover Sonic's rings of power so he can return safely to his home planet. But to do that, they'll have to outrun the local conspiracy theorist, the US government, and the evil Dr. Robotnik and his army of robots. Fortunately for Sonic, outrunning people is what he does best.



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Differences between the book and movie

  • In the beginning of the book, Sonic and Dr. Robotnik share a small bit of dialogue during their battle that is not present in the beginning of the film.
  • Sonic's powers are explicitly referred to as chaos energy in the book. The echidna tribe is hunting him in order to harness his chaos energy and conquer the planet. The source of Sonic's power and the echidnas' motives are not revealed in the film.
  • In the book, the Mushroom Planet is described as a luscious green jungle filled with bright, colorful mushrooms, similar to Mushroom Hill Zone.
  • When Sonic was younger, the book tells readers that he witnessed Longclaw die before heading to Earth, whereas the movie implies that she stayed alive to fend off the echidnas.
  • During the scene where Tom first encounters Sonic, an extra scene is added in the book where he is waiting to open the door and wondering if the raccoons somehow managed to turn on the radio due to hearing Sonic talking.
  • In the movie, when Tom tries to ditch Sonic and the latter replies that he does not know where San Francisco is, Sonic tries to find San Francisco himself, only to end up in the Pacific Ocean. This scene does not happen in the book.
  • Before the bar fight in the book, Sonic starts the bar fight by kicking the "three-hundred-pound biker" instead of the biker approaching Sonic and Tom like in the movie.
  • The book features Sonic and Tom discussing Sonic's lightning powers and their connection to his emotions at the top of the Transamerica Pyramid. This exchange was planned to take place at Rachel's house in the film, but was cut.
  • Robotnik's machines are called "Botniks" in the book, and Sonic is the one who comes up with the term "Badnik". In the film, Robotnik's robots are not given an explicit name, though he himself nicknamed them "Badniks".
  • In the book, Sonic never gives Robotnik his nickname of "Eggman". Instead, he calls him "Robuttnik".
  • In the book, Agent Stone is the government official who visits Tom and Maddie at the end, and he gives them a government radio receiver instead of an Olive Garden card.
  • In the original film, the post-credits scene that features Miles "Tails" Prower is played after Dr. Robotnik's mid-credits scene on the Mushroom Planet. In the book, it is the other way around.
  • In the book, when Dr. Robotnik gives his monologue on the Mushroom Planet, his log is stated to be on its 45th day, whereas the film places the monologue on the 87th day.


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