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Sonic the Hedgehog movie contains some surprising Smash references

Published: 22/Jan/2020 23:41

by Dustin Steiner

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The upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie seems to be taking some visual cues from Sonic’s foray into Super Smash Bros. 

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has had a turbulent road to blaze down as it ran towards theaters. The movie was due out in 2019, but thanks to a disastrous reveal of his CGI counterpart, the movie was delayed until 2020.

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It looks like, as pointed out on YouTube by Gamexplain, some of the hedgehog’s animators and artists took some visual cues from Sonic’s appearance in Smash.

It’s extremely unlikely (as Gamexplain suggests in their meme-ridden sketch after revealing the link), that Sakurai had anything to do with Sonic’s retooling at the behest of fans.

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However, it’s fun to think about Smash’s influence in the minds of animators and modelers as they looked to revitalize the character’s poorly received initial concept.

It’s an almost blink and you miss it pose in the most recent trailer, but at 00:17, you can see the speed demon strike a pose that seems to have been copied right from his Smash Ultimate render.

Sonic striking a familiar pose mid-jump.

This is further supported by a recent poster featuring his redesign, which seems to be modeled after Sonic’s Smash for Wii U render:

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While it’s entirely possible this is a massive coincidence, it does seem like these poses have been at least used as a point of reference for artists working on the film.

This practice has also been done in other mediums, though in reverse. As an example, Dragonball FighterZ famously pulls poses directly from the anime and manga in an effort to keep the game as faithful as possible.

Given how virtuously the response to the character’s not-so faithful original design, this could be just what the doctor (Robotnik) ordered.

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Future reveals insane custom Chevrolet truck

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:00

by Kieran Bicknell

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Rapper Future has had an incredible career spanning over several decades. In that time, he’s risen through the ranks to become a household name in the rap/hip-hop genres. Now, he’s revealed the latest addition to his garage in the form of this crazy one-off Chevrolet Blazer.

Future – real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – is an American rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia. In his time as a musician, he has amassed a number of awards and released several critically-acclaimed albums and tracks.

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With a car collection including Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, he has now revealed his latest addition.

Standing out from his collection of ‘typical’ exotic cars, Future has now taken delivery of his custom-commissioned Chevrolet K5 Blazer truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

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Future Custom K5 Blazer
Instagram: @hre_wheels
Future commissioned the custom truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

Future’s new Ringbrothers Chevy K5 Blazer

This fully-restored, one-off build looks absolutely incredible and will stand out among Future’s other ‘stock’ cars. Finished in British Racing Green, this is a color that was not available from factory, and was used only for his personal build.

The exterior has been left mostly stock other than the color change, but the front headlights have been upgraded to LED units. Not only have the headlights been changed, but also the wheels – the stock items being replaced by a set of 18″ gold HRE wheels.

Inside, the car has been completely re-trimmed in brown leather, with a number of embossed logos throughout. The factory analog dials have been refreshed, but a 10″ touchscreen has been fitted to the dash. This is coupled to an uprated JL audio system – a key upgrade for a musician such as Future.

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Future unveiled the truck on his Instagram:

Underneath the hood is the biggest upgrade to the car – a complete engine and transmission swap. The stock motor has been ditched for a 6.2l LS3 V8, coupled to an uprated GM automatic transmission. With 430hp on tap, Future will have plenty of fun driving this custom truck around.

RingBrothers co-owner Mike Ring is justifiably proud of the result: “We’re humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this.”

“We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It’s an honor we don’t take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We’re glad Future appreciates that.”

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