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Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (Sonic The Movie for short, also known simply as the Sonic Anime or Sonic OVA) is a two-part OVA based on everyone's favorite blue hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog.The anime features Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Dr. Robotnik (Dr. Eggman in Japan), Metal Sonic, and a few supporting characters, such as the human Sara. This Sonic anime was made in 1996, where, in its native Japan, it was simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグSonikku Za Hejjihoggu), also known as Sonic OVA and its two 30-minute episodes ("Journey to Robotnikland" and "Sonic vs. Metal Sonic") were released over two VHS tapes. ADV Films dubbed it to English, and released both episodes edited together as a direct-to-video film in North America on September 8, 1999 as Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
The story follows a giant mecha (known as Dark Eggman in the Japanese dub and Metal Robotnik in English) who appears in Ivo Robotnik (Dr. Robotnik's) utopian city of Robotnikland (called Robotropolis in English dub as a tie-in with Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series) and banishes the doctor. The mecha takes control of Robotnik's robotic army, to lure Sonic, Tails and Knuckles into the evil dimension the Land of Darkness. Once there, the blue blur defeats the mecha, who turns out to be Robotnik himself who lured Sonic to his base in order to copy his DNA for his new robot Hyper Metal Sonic, an evil Sonic-shaped robot who shares his memories and feelings, and essentially lives the same life as Sonic himself.