I was a huge critic of the entire existience of this film. I felt it was needless, and would just be an excuse to hurt the brand further. That the character, though beloved by some of us here, had lost his modern relevance and was best regulated to getting a few game releases here and there while eternally being doomed to live in Mario's shadow after a harsh gaming culture war from the late 90s and early 2000s. Kids and modern gamers literally have no reason to care about Sonic anymore, so it's just best when we do get the few titles we want every once in awhile and enjoy them when they're of quality. But there was a single moment that proved how oh-so-very wrong I was. Spoiler When Tails appeared at the end, all the little kids in our audience shouted his name and got more excited than I'd seen young kids get any time even in bigger IPs like Star Wars, Transformers, and even the Marvel stuff. Sure, the general audience loved the cameo, but for that ever so brief moment I went back to my own childhood where seeing Tails pop up in the games and cartoons was my favorite thing, and flying around as him in Sonic 3 was my dream video game character. I truly didn't expect that reaction from young kids now, who aren't even supposed to know much about Sonic anymore. The movie was enjoyable on its own merits, but that proves to me we do need a Sonic 2 AND 3 (& Knuckles) in theaters.