Sonic The Hedgehog‘s first trailer has finally been released but not exactly to the response Paramount has hoped for. Many have responded to the movie with utter disgust with the main criticism being Sonic’s overall design. Many are claiming it to look creepy, unnatural and needlessly realistic for a character that is essentially a talking blue hedgehog. It has gotten so bad that many twitter artists have photo shopped images of Sonic looking more like how he does in the video games as opposed to how he does in the movie. The movie’s director, Jeff Fowler has responded to the criticism on twitter by stating that they will update the design of the character after the negative backlash.
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
This move is certainly an attempt to win over fans who were dissatisfied with the initial design of the character. While it is reassuring that the creators of this movie are acknowledge the problem at hand, this does however lead into new issues that may occur with the video game adaptation. Considering that the movie is expected to be released this November, many are wondering if they can fix this glaring issue in such a short amount of time. Some are claiming that it could potentially look worse if they want to turn around with this new design so quickly after the first trailer. Many are also stating that they should’ve had time to realize that this design might not be working for the film before adding extra needless work for the animators. Unless the project is delayed to a 2020 release date, some are skeptical of the quick turnaround for fixing the character, even if the people behind the film are acknowledging their mistake. Only time will tell if “The Blue Blur” will get a proper big screen imagining.
Sonic the Hedgehog is set to release November 8th 2019.