Sonic returns looking less human and more like what the fans wanted from the beginning

The new trailer for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ has arrived, and it’s gone down a lot better than the first one released back in April. The star of the movie now actually looks like the character we know and love, rather than ‘Sonic the Humanoid’.
Sonic the Hedgehog redesigned
Sonic the Hedgehog has been redesigned for the upcoming ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie. Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sega

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game icon. He arrived on the scene 1991 and quickly became a favorite with gamers.

He’s been featured in games on all different platforms, from his origins as a Sega exclusive, to PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox.

Back in April we got our first peek at the character director Jeff Fowler and Paramount Pictures brought to life for the film. In case you’ve forgotten, you can watch it below.

Unfortunately, Sonic was brought to life a little too much. Immediately, fans picked up on the unusual approach taken towards Sonic’s character design, which can probably best be described as ‘lifelike’.

Sonic in the first trailer

Rather than sticking to Sonic’s appearance in the Sonic games, Jeff Fowler and his design team opted to create a true-to-life Sonic.

Sonic’s appearance has changed over the years as he’s migrated from console to console in various different games but, ultimately, he’s remained a cartoon character.

As a result, the original rendition of Sonic’s movie character didn’t quite sit right with most Sonic fans.

The original 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie character
The original character designed for the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie was a bit too ‘lifelike’. Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sega

In April’s trailer, Sonic clearly had human body proportions, with a long, slender torso and limbs.

He also had a human-like face, with small, wide-set eyes and distinctly human teeth. These features all combined to give the impression James Marsden was interacting with a human in a Sonic suit.

Jeff Fowler’s response

Negative feedback to the original Sonic character design came in thick and fast. But, rather than doubling down on his creation, Jeff Fowler promised to listen to the fans’ feedback.

As reported by Business Insider, Fowler quickly posted a response.

“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…,” he tweeted, just two days after the trailer was released online.

Sonic redesigned

Yesterday we got to see what Jeff Fowler and the team at Paramount Pictures have been working on for the past six months, and it’s a big improvement. Take a look at the new trailer below, and see how you think it compares to the original.

The most noticeable improvement is Sonic’s eyes. Sonic the video game character has large eyes which actually meet in the middle. While the redesigned movie character doesn’t have Sonic’s classic ‘mono-eye’, his eyes are now much larger.

He also has a redesigned body, which is now much closer to the ‘cartoonish’ torso found in the games.

Sonic the Hedgehog redesigned
Sonic now looks much more like the cartoon character we know. Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sega

Finally, the hyper-realistic fur and teeth seen in the first trailer have been swapped out. While a realistic fur-texture can help bring a cartoon character to life, it can also easily ruin the effect. if not used sparingly

While Sonic’s redesign has meant that the movie has missed its original release date of 8 November 2019 by a long shot, the new, improved version should finally hit cinemas on 14 February 2020.

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