To celebrate the eagerly anticipated release Sonic The Hedgehog, the first live-action film based on the classic video game, we sat down with the film’s director and star to chat about bringing such an iconic character to the big screen.

Initially due for release last fall, Sonic went “under the CGI knife” over the holiday season to get an upgraded look ready for his debut and director Jeff Fowler tells us that the process was not only straightforward but allowed them to gauge just how much love for the character there was, and helped them get everything just right.

Schwartz, meanwhile, is the perfect casting for the blue hedgehog and told us about his love of the video game, his excitement for sharing it with the world and the Jim Carrey homages he managed to sneak into the film as a tribute to the legendary actor’s role as the evil Dr. Robotnik.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centres on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

You can watch the full interviews below:

Sonic The Hedgehog opens in cinemas on February 14th.