The ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Director Says They Will Change Sonic’s Design After Fan Outcry

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie just might be getting some last-minute edits thanks to the loud outcry of opposition from fans a few months ahead of the titular character’s film debut. The blue rodent in red hightop sneakers that loves to go fast is a video game mainstay, and he’s slated to make his CGI appearance in theaters on November 8th of this year. However, many fans have already had enough of Sonic’s look.

Here’s one of the latest posters for the movie, which gives you an idea for what Sonic will look like in the film.

Gotta go FAST! Check out the new poster for Sonic The Hedgehog, in theatres this November! Watch the new trailer now:

— Sonic The Hedgehog (@SonicMovie) April 30, 2019

The reaction to every bit of Sonic movie news has been critical at every turn. Fans did give positive reviews of Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, A.K.A Eggman, who looks like a compelling villain while also paying homage to the character from the games. Yet Sonic’s look has been derided since the very beginning, from back when it was just a look at his legs, to the decision to give him two eyes.

Those associated with the movie, including Ben Schwartz, who voices Sonic in the film, pleaded with fans to be patient. And as recently as two days ago, the studio released a new trailer for the movie with the same version of Sonic, worrying some of the game character’s biggest fans.

But on Thursday, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler tweeted that they would indeed be altering the character’s look for the movie. The message came with a #GottaFixFast hashtag, a clear sign that some major CGI changes will be made to the title role.

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 🔧✌

— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019

There’s no indication of what those changes may be, or how long it will take to make them happen. We’re less than six months out from the release on the film, and creating an entirely new model for a CGI movie’s main character isn’t easy. But it’s good to see that the people behind the film are listening to the fans and demonstrating how much they care about the movie. The outcry here was obviously enough to make some people in power take a second look at what they were making, and fans seem thrilled with the news.

On top of that, your initial concerns were totally valid – the mono-eye in-game Sonic just wouldn't look right. I hope you don't completely scrap the design and just instead make tweaks to it based on general feedback. D:

— SquigglyDigg (@SquigglyDigg) May 2, 2019

We appreciate that you listen to the fans and take into account the observations, we see that you are making a great effort to make this movie come out the best possible.
Our best wishes!

— Sonic Team Argentina (@SonicTeamArg) May 2, 2019

Others already have some ideas for what their ideal Sonic looks like in the trailer’s style.

This is better

— Sanikyu (@Sanikyuu) May 2, 2019

And, of course, there were a few jokes.

Yes, thank you for casting an actual hedgehog.

— Andrew Husband (@AndrewHusband) May 2, 2019

But all of this seems like good news unless you work at Paramount. In that case, hopefully, this means some overtime pay.

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