The live-action Knuckles spin-off series is scheduled to premiere on Paramount+ on April 26, 2024. This 6-episode series will bridge the gap between the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 films, and thanks to a new interview, we know that it required an absolute ton of special effects work.

Just like the first and second Sonic the Hedgehog movies, Knuckles uses computer graphics to bring Knuckles to life. Obviously, VFX artists also had a host of other elements to create for the show, and Knuckles showrunner Toby Ascher revealed to GamesRadar that more special effects work went into this TV show than the original Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

“We shot it back-to-back with Sonic 3. It’s the exact same animation quality. It’s actually bigger than Sonic 1 from a VFX standpoint. We have 300 more shots in Knuckles than Sonic 1. It’s a TV show but feels and plays out like a big extra movie.”

[Knuckles showrunner Toby Ascher]

The new live-action series will follow Knuckles (Idris Elba) on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade (Adam Pally) as his protégé and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior.

Each episode of Knuckles will be roughly one hour, giving fans of the echidna plenty to dive into. It’ll no doubt be interesting to see how this series leaves things as we lead into Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which is set to arrive Dec. 20th, 2024.

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