Sonic The Hedgehog Has Been Redesigned After Fans Complain

Fans of the SEGA video game classic Sonic The Hedgehog were excited this week when they were given their first look at the live-action re-imagining of the pacey blue guy, as the trailer dropped for the upcoming movie.

But not everyone was too impressed, with many slating the CGI design of the film's main character. You had one job, guys.

Well, the film's director Jeff Fowler has now announced that they are going back to the drawing board and will return with a better looking Sonic.

In a tweet, he apologised to fans, writing: "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."

And looking at the reaction following the trailer's release, it's no surprise he's been so willing to make changes.

As soon as it dropped, critics took to social media to poke fun at the fairly bizarre appearance of the iconic gaming character.

Picking on Sonic's teeth and nose, one person wrote: "Sonic looks like the kid that turns into a monkey in Jumanji #SonicMovie."

Another perplexed fan really lost it and just put: "teeth.... teeth.... teeth teeth teeth TEETH TEETH TEETH TEETH TEETH TEETH TEETH TEETH!"

Artist Edward Pun decided to go one further and fixed the problems he saw, giving Sonic a better proportioned pair of legs.

The director has confirmed Sonic will be redesigned after online criticism. Credit: Paramount Pictures
The director has confirmed Sonic will be redesigned after online criticism. Credit: Paramount Pictures

The film will star Jim Carrey as the evil Dr Robotnik, as well as Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz as the voice of the eponymous ring-collecting hedgehog.

It looks absolutely bonkers. But maybe that's exactly what we should expect of a film based on a video game about a lightning-fast, blue-quilled hedgehog whose existence comes under threat thanks to the diabolical machinations of a sinister scientist.

Following a coin-jingling sound that should be familiar to any fan of 16-bit SEGA classics, the trailer opens with a police car waiting at the road side, before a blue-coloured blur zooms by. "What the...?" asks the cop at the wheel, as his speed gun appears to be going off the scale.

Then we get our first look at the initial design of Sonic himself, doing some stretches in the middle of a deserted highway. "Gotta go fast," he says in a voiceover, before racing away and appearing to break the sound barrier.

Next it cuts to a meeting of military bigwigs, claiming a surge has knocked out power in the Pacific north-west of the US. "We just need someone who can figure out exactly what we're dealing with," announces the most senior-looking fella. Enter Dr Robotnik... Well, we can all guess what happens from that point on.

Let's hope they manage to iron out the few teething problems and come back with a Sonic that will please everyone.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

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