A new trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has given fans their first look at a redesigned Sonic after the first teaser met widespread criticism and derision on social media.
Released in April, the first trailer drew harsh criticism and raised eyebrows from Sonic fans who questioned why the anthropomorphic hedgehog had been given such human features, and why he barely resembled the character’s signature look.
The teeth and eyes were the focus of much online ire, and even his blue fur, a hallmark of SEGA’s mascot, had been muted towards a more ‘realistic’ hue.
The online drubbing didn’t go unnoticed by the film’s creative leads. Director Jeff Fowler tweeted earlier this year: “The message is loud and clear... you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen.”
Here’s what they came up with:
The new trailer presents a Sonic that is more identifiable to fans: a cartoon hedgehog with human features, action and quirks, rather than a person in hedgehog drag. The updated design rounds off Sonic’s features, ditches ultra-realistic textures for smoothed out flesh and a more virbant fur reminiscent of the video games.
The character was first seen as a two-dimensional 16-bit video game character, but as technology evolved, so did Sonic. Fleshed out in 3D, with more realistic fur, Sonic’s visual identity changed over the years, but always retained cartoony eyes and an animalian snout.
The Paramount Picture movie hits cinemas on 14 February 2020.