Not only is the Sonic the Hedgehog movie screening here two months after it airs in the United States, but for some reason people in Victoria and Queensland will get to see Sonic before the rest of the country.
The unusual detail was announced to media earlier this morning by Paramount Pictures, the production company behind the CGI/live-action remake of the classic SEGA series. Sonic was already delayed into 2020 following the fan reaction to Sonic’s design, which also allayed concerns that the visual effects team would be forced to crunch on the redesign.
Australians will be able to see Sonic from April 2, but only if you’re in Queensland and Victoria. The movie will air in the rest of the country from April 9, and it’s not really clear why. Update: As badger noted in the comments — and Daniel on Twitter — the delay is likely due to the Australian school holidays, and the difference in the school calendar for each state.
Kotaku Australia has contacted Paramount Pictures for comment, asking why the two eastern states have got a headstart on the rest of the country. It’s also not explained why Australians have to deal with almost two months of potential internet spoilers — Sonic launches in the US, England, Canada and Ireland on February 14.
Paramount Pictures had yet to respond by the time of writing, but this story will be updated with a statement if one is supplied. Until then, please enjoy the trailer all over again, as well as a reminder of that time SEGA and ABC tried (and failed) to get Sonic on the big screen in the ’90s.