The first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog by Paramount Studios hit the Internet just a couple days ago. Fans already had some misgivings from the moment the first piece of character art dropped, hinting at a Sonic design that was, at best, imaginative. Now, apparently the blue hedgehog is getting a redesign.
Few expected the electric-furred mutant featured in the trailer. The response went about as well as expected.
Social media websites were quick on the punishment. Goofy Sonic artwork and memes began springing up, as spats between critics and defenders on Twitter got heated. No matter your personal take on the design, the majority of the public had spoken.
And Sega and Paramount have taken note of the criticism. The studios have vowed to make Sonic right, even if that means redesigning the character. It’s a brazen approach, as the film is scheduled to release on November 8 — that’s six months from now. It’s indeed a hefty order. Still, director Jeff Fowler is resolved to getting it done.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. 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 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
Gotta Redesign Fast
Sonic the Hedgehog follows the eponymous blue hedgehog as he explores the world, frightening children with his creepy, furry legs. Ben Schwartz provides the voice of Sonic, who teams up with his terrified human captive Tom Wachowski (James Marsden).
The film also stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, in what is clearly a bid to add some mingling star power. Judging by the trailer, Carrey hasn’t so much become Sonic’s arch enemy as much as he has decided to cosplay as emo Joseph Stalin. The one shining hope is that at least Carrey will eventually resemble the portly antagonist during some point of the film.
Sonic the Hedgehog dashes into theaters on November 8. Note that this is still the scheduled time as of now. Whether or not Paramount is able to get changes through before the film makes its way into theaters is still unknown.
[Featured art credit: @NudeEskimo]
Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Writing about video games since 2005, Cam has also worked with GameSpot, GamesRadar, and PlayBoy.