- “Sonic the Hedgehog,” a new live-action movie starring the world’s most popular blue hedgehog, was scheduled to hit theaters this November.
- The first trailer for the movie with Sonic sparked major criticism on the internet over the way Sonic looked.
- The movie’s director, Jeff Fowler, responded with a vow to change Sonic’s look. “You aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen,” he wrote on Twitter.
- Now, the movie is being pushed back to 2020.
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After decades of appearances in video games, cartoons, plush figurines, and all other manner of merchandising, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own live-action film.
That film – titled “Sonic the Hedgehog” – was scheduled to arrive this November. But the first trailer for it landed earlier this year, and the reaction has been strong to say the least. Strongly negative, that is.
The issue mostly centers on the look of Sonic:
- Paramount Pictures
After years of cartoon depictions of the speedy blue hedgehog, the pseudo-real version of Sonic has some people freaking out. So much so, in fact, that the film’s director has vowed to change the look of Sonic ahead of the movie’s release. Moreover, the movie was just delayed to re-work Sonic’s look – it’s now scheduled to arrive on February 14, 2020.
Here’s the deal:
On April 30, the first trailer for the new “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie debuted.
Let’s be clear: The “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie looks very silly.
That isn’t intended as a knock – this is clearly a film aimed at younger audiences.
- It stars a snarky, anthropomorphized hedgehog who can run at nearly 800 mph.
- It features Jim Carrey as the bad guy, Dr. Robotnik, in what seems poised to be Carrey’s silliest role in years.
Though “Sonic the Hedgehog” started as a marquee video game on the Sega Genesis, the character has outgrown his retro gaming roots and become iconic across generations.
Here’s that trailer:
After the release of the trailer, “Sonic the Hedgehog” fans reacted negatively to the look of Sonic.
Gaming websites were particularly critical of the movie trailer.
Commenters on Twitter and Tumblr were similarly critical.
The backlash was swift, loud, and primarily from people who could be described as “very online” – folks who can get the attention of Sega and the film’s maker, Paramount.
Just days after the trailer was released, the film’s director said Sonic would be changed ahead of the film’s release.
Jeff Fowler, the “Sonic the Hedgehog” director, tweeted a message days after the trailer’s release intended to assuage concern over Sonic’s look.
“Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” he wrote. “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast.”
One artist on Twitter offered a pretty clear example of some changes that might make Sonic look less bizarrely human:
— Edward Pun (@EdwardPun1) April 30, 2019
And now, the movie is getting outright delayed — it’s set to arrive on February 14, 2020.
Sorry, Sonic superfans!
“Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, said in late May. He attached the hashtag “#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie” – a direct response to worries that re-working the look of Sonic would require absurdly hard work from the movie’s visual effects team.