The Sonic movie is getting an early digital release this month

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In response to movie theater closures across the US and UK, Paramount is releasing Sonic the Hedgehog digitally on March 31, with a Blu-Ray and 4K physical release arriving May 19.

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Sonic the Hedgehog released in theaters on February 14, and while that might seem like eons ago, it's only been about six weeks. It might not need saying, but the Sonic movie is just one of dozens of movies or TV shows affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As the threat of community spread continues to cause business owners and local governments to encourage at-home viewing, releases are going digital earlier than usual, and productions are screeching to a halt.

In general, the Sonic movie has exceeded its audience's expectations. Total Film's review called it "a relic of the ’90s in more ways than one," offering "frenetic fun for younger viewers, and in Jim Carrey’s preposterous Robotnik an enjoyable shot of nostalgia for adults." If the early design for the titular hedgehog scared you off, it sounds like it wasn't an indicator of an entirely offensive movie.

If you're looking for a family-friendly respite from everything right now, here's how to watch Frozen 2 for free on Disney Plus. Disney released Frozen 2 on digital platforms months ahead of schedule to help make staying inside all day just a bit easier.

It can be hard to keep track of what's been postponed, canceled, or released early. Save yourself the hassle and check out our list of every movie and TV show delayed, and every movie released early due to the coronavirus.

Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.