Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog were absolutely appalled when a trailer for an upcoming CGI hybrid movie with the same name debuted back in April. With tiny eyes, human-like teeth, and strangely long legs, everyone’s favorite blue runner looked frightening. Following a tremendous amount of backlash, Paramount and Sega actually decided to delay the film in order to rework the character.
Now, fans are getting their first look at the redesigned Sonic. A new trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” just dropped. It only takes a few seconds to see that delaying the project was the right choice. Sonic looks like himself again—and fans couldn’t be happier.
When the original “Sonic” trailer released it instantly became the butt of a thousand jokes. Moreover, fans of the lovable character were dismayed that the first big-budget, live-action film featuring him would be an atrocity. Even so, Paramount and Sega’s decision to push the project back at the last minute came as a surprise.
The film’s director, Jeff Fowler, said at the time, “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.”
Despite his use of the #gottafixfast tag, the film has been significantly delayed while its animation teams worked on the refresh. Originally set to premiere on November 8, “Sonic the Hedgehog” won’t debut until February 14.
From head to toe, Sonic has a new look that is much more reminiscent of his traditional appearance. The most notable change is that his eyes are much larger—not a surprise for a Japanese video game character. He is also much fluffier now with fur (hair?) that gives him a cuter look than the oddly humanoid monstrosity from the previous trailer.
Really, all Sega and Paramount did is go back to the basics. It’s likely that the duo got a little too ambitious the first time around. In reality, fans don’t want a newly designed character; they want the one that they know and love to appear on the big screen.
Thankfully, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is looking a lot more promising. As mentioned, choosing to delay the project and redesign the character may have saved the movie from becoming a disaster in the likes of “Green Lantern.” However, it’s still extremely rare that a studio chooses to go back and rework things on such a large scale.
Though it might seem like a small matter to change how a character looks, in a movie that is a hybrid of CGI and live-action, it is nothing short of a nightmare. The teams behind the rework deserve massive props for not only appeasing fans but doing it in a relatively short amount of time.
There’s still no guarantee that “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be a good movie. Fans will certainly have strong opinions on its writing and storyline once it releases in February. However, the redesigned main character gives it a fighting chance of doing the franchise justice.
Check out the full trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” featuring the redesign below: