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Director pledges to redesign Sonic the Hedgehog in upcoming movie

Was this pre-planned?

Director pledges to redesign Sonic the Hedgehog for upcoming movie

Director pledges to redesign Sonic the Hedgehog in upcoming movie

The trailer for 2019's Sonic The Hedgehog movie was a disaster, prompting outrage from the franchise's fandom for one simple reason; Sonic didn't look like Sonic. 

In response to the fan backlash against the trailer, Jeff Fowler, the film's director promised to redesign the character, stating that "Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be". At this time, it is unknown what Sonic's new design will look like, but hopefully it will look a lot more like the Sonic we know from his videogame outings, rather than a fuzzy member of the blue man group.    

What's concerning is that Sonic's original trailer placed the film's release in November 2019, with Fowler mentioning using the "gottafixfast" hashtag to describe his plans for a Sonic redesign. Redesigning Sonic will require the film's animators to rework every scene in the movie with features Sonic, which is no small task, making it possible that Sonic's design changes will result in harsh working conditions for animation staff, assuming that the film isn't delayed. 

Another possibility is that Sonic's redesign was already planned, with the film's first official trailer baiting the internet with a controversial character design to garner more media attention. The film's Sonic design has been leaked before, and those leaks had already garnered a lot of community hatred, something which should have made the film team aware for their mistakes long before now. 

As it stands, most fans are agreed that they dislike Sonic's current design and are mostly happy with Jim Carrey's interpretation of Dr Eggman. Perhaps a Sonic redesign will make the film more appealing to cinemagoers, though that remains to be seen. 


With Detective Pikachu releasing later this month, we can see a prime example of how to bring animated characters into a live-action environment while staying true to their original designs. Perhaps the team behind the Sonic movie will be able to learn from that. 

You can join the discussion on Sonic the Hedgehog's upcoming movie redesign on the OC3D Forums

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03-05-2019, 08:56:28

Warchild
Saw the trailer, looks like it could be a fun family movie. Jim Carrie of course will make it successful. However that Sonic design... good lord. It's even creepy to see the human like dentals :SQuote

03-05-2019, 09:00:15

Wraith
Keep it Cannon and don't take liberties with character designs, it's that simple.Quote

03-05-2019, 09:34:51

Fetchez La Vache
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
Keep it Cannon and don't take liberties with character designs, it's that simple.
No, just no. By this (absurd) logic we would still have to have an Adam West style Batman. An updated character design doesn't have to equal bad character design, they are not the same thing.Quote

03-05-2019, 09:59:17

Wraith
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Originally Posted by Fetchez La Vache View Post
No, just no. By this (absurd) logic we would still have to have an Adam West style Batman. An updated character design doesn't have to equal bad character design, they are not the same thing.
That's not 100% is it, DC comics have changed Batmans appearance throughout issues, that is reflected in TV and movies but the Films still remain true to the character. Same goes for Dredd, Superman, Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, Spiderman (I know Marvel but still) and Spawn.

What Paramount Animation have done is changed Sonics stature and styling it's simply not the same character we've all come to know and love. It'd be like changing Mario from a short chubby plumber into a 6 foot electrician, the fans are going to go nuts.

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net...vie-design.jpgQuote

03-05-2019, 10:34:11

Fetchez La Vache
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Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
That's not 100% is it, DC comics have changed Batmans appearance throughout issues, that is reflected in TV and movies but the Films still remain true to the character. Same goes for Dredd, Superman, Catwoman, Penguin, Joker, Spiderman (I know Marvel but still) and Spawn.

What Paramount Animation have done is changed Sonics stature and styling it's simply not the same character we've all come to know and love. It'd be like changing Mario from a short chubby plumber into a 6 foot electrician, the fans are going to go nuts.

https://www.playstationlifestyle.net...vie-design.jpg
If you think the Danny Canon/Sly Stallone Dredd and, Halle Berry Catwomen and nipple suited George Clooney Batman are "true to their characters" then I have a bridge to sell you. The phrase "true to their characters is ultimately meaningless too. The characters can be whatever the writers/studios want them to be, they own them fans don't. Sonic to me is completely silent foot tapping figer wagging 2D cartoon, to my kids he is a slightly obnoxios 3D rendered teen that shouts "chilli dogs!"

This isn't just on Paramount animation, Sega will have signed off the design at every point which makes this "Cannon." Terrible cannon admittedly quite how they have managed to make him simultaniously too large an too small at the same time is quite a feat.

This change will ultimately fall on the poor animation and VFX guys who will have to do an incredible amount of extra work because of the poor decision making of the director and a backlash from what is a small subset of the films overall audience.Quote
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