It’s a good day to be a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and fans are rejoicing at the new look for the Blue Blur.
guys if the Sonic the Hedgehog movie could pull itself together by the end of 2019, YOU CAN TOO!!!! pic.twitter.com/quNpRgrmgn
— hannah 💖 (@pyrefIy) November 12, 2019
Even at a casual glance, the difference is striking. Gone is the uncanny valley design that was unveiled earlier this year. His fur is brighter, as are his eyes. He no longer has realistic human teeth. His face looks closer to that of the Sonic we’ve seen in the games.
it was not just the eyes, the teeth on the original look too human, not cartoonish as the final version. Because, you know, hedgehogs don't have human teeth.
— La Vanidad y El Nihilismo (@reinablancomg) November 12, 2019
This marks something of a first for movies, as we haven’t seen a studio change the design of a character before release based on fan backlash before.
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
However, all is not perfect. With this reveal, something has been made clear. The animators are effectively going to have to work on every scene Sonic is featured in again. All of it. However, some fans have made it clear that they understand and are willing to wait things out if this movie were to get delayed a few months because of this development.
I seriously don't know how you're going to change the design and meet the launch window, but good luck, and honestly, if this delays the movie, WE WILL UNDERSTAND. We want this movie to be good, we want Sonic to look good, please take the criticisms to heart and make this great!
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) May 2, 2019
We will see how this movie develops as time goes on.