‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Getting Redesigned After Movie Trailer Backlash

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A couple of days ago the first trailer was released for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. It wasn’t well received.

There were plenty of complaints regarding the visual effects, the humour, the music, but it was the look of the film’s titular character that arguably received the most criticism. Everything from the video game character’s eyes to his weirdly human teeth were targeted, and fan redesigns were soon being shared on social media. Well, the filmmakers got the message.

In a rare move to make once the marketing is already underway, the character will now be undergoing a touch up in the lead up to the film’s release. Director Jeff Fowler, making his feature directorial debut after receiving an Oscar nomination for the animated short Gopher Broke, took to Twitter to announce the news.

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes,” Fowler posted. “It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”

Fowler also posted the hashtag #gottafixfast, not only a reference to the “Gotta go fast!” line being used in marketing, but a reference to the speed in which they’ll have to tweak the character (and, perhaps, other elements of the movie?) before the film begins its release rollout in November. There’s still a decent amount of time… unless there’s a lot they want to work on.

Sonic the Hedgehog, starring James Marsden, Jim Carrey (as villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik), Tika Sumpter, and Neal McDonough, with Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, opens in the US on November 8 and arrives in Australia on January 9, 2020.

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