You’ve stared at the poster, now take in the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 2! And there’s quite a lot to take in…

As well as catching up with our speedy blue friend, we – and Sonic – get to meet Tails (AKA Miles Prower – geddit?), Robotnik/Eggman (they’ve given him his canon title now) is back from his banishment to the planet of the mushies, and he has a new co-conspirator in Knuckles the Echidna (voiced by Idris Elba).

Returning to the fray for the movie are Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally and Ben Schwartz (as the voice of Sonic). It’s also been confirmed that Colleen O’Shaughnessey is voicing Tails, as she does in other versions of Sonic.

Jeff Fowler returns to the director’s chair, and the same pair of writers – Pat Casey and Josh Miller – are joined by Josh Whittington (The LEGO Batman Movie).

Here’s the official blurb thingy: “Months later after defeating Dr. Robotnik and banishing him to a planet full of mushrooms, Sonic is ready for more freedom, as Tom and Maddie agree to let him stay home while they go on vacation. However, Dr. Robotnik, now known as Dr. Eggman, returns from the mushroom planet with a new partner, Knuckles, in search of an emerald that can give the power to build and destroy civilisations. Now, Sonic and his newfound friend Tails embark on a journey to find the emerald before it falls into Robotnik’s hands.”

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is scheduled to arrive in Australian cinemas on March 31, 2022 – check it out:

Sonic the Hedgehog at JB Hi-Fi.