The filmmakers behind the upcoming live-action hybrid movie ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ made an unprecedented move last spring. They pushed back the project from Paramount’s future release schedule in order to have time to re-design Sonic’s character, after a massive fan backlash over the character’s design.
The followers of the adventures of the iconic blue hedgehog, harshly criticized the human characteristics and attributes that had been endowed with the classic character gobbler of gold coins. The most censored aspects were the human teeth, the calf muscles, the short spikes and, above all, the small eyes .
For this reason, those responsible for the film decided to listen to all the criticism and rethink Sonic’s drawing for the future program.
What does the producer say?
The executive producer of the film, Tim Miller, has made some statements to Variety, where he has explained why the decision to re-design Sonic was so important : “This is a franchise, and it has to be cool.”
Tim Miller also added that both he and the director, Jeff Fowl, were on the side of the fans.. According to his statements, he was clear that it was very important to listen to the fans and followers, since they are one of the most important parts of the project. In addition, he also commented that it was managed correctly to take into account the voice of the fans and to listen to them correctly.
While the new screening of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ has been rescheduled, which will be released on Valentine’s Day next 2020, Miller believes that this change will not be a problem and that the film will pay off .
He was also asked if he had seen the new designs, to which the producer said, “ Actually, yes. And I think the fans will be delighted .”
Little similarity in the first design | Paramount Pictures
What will the new Sonic be like?
Since the first trailer for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ was released, the design of the main character did not fit in with the fans and followers . Despite having signature blue hair and red shoes, he just didn’t feel like he was the same character that gamers of the classic video game knew.
After further inspection and review of the design, it appeared that part of the problem was Sonic’s eyes . These were not large like the ones the hedgehog has had both on television and in video games. Later it was also identified that the teeth were another problem.
The new Sonic has not yet been made public and it is not clear what the new design will be, but according to the producer, the redesign focuses especially on the character’s facial features.
Details of the movie
The movie will focus on the story of a sheriff of a small town, who, helped by Sonic, will try to escape from the government and avoid the end of the world.
The cast of main actors that is part of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, will be Ben Schwartz, who will put the voice of Sonic the hedgehog, Jim Carrey, who will play the villainous role of the film and James Marsden, as the newly appointed sheriff. They will also be joined by Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough and Adam Pally.
- You can also read: Sonic: The movie premieres its first trailer.
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