When the first trailer for the “Sonic The Hedgehog” film was released in late April, the discussion quickly became only about one thing – Sonic’s design, or rather his redesign for the film (pictured above).
Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of the famed SEGA video game series had been under scrutiny ever since the studio began marketing the film – keeping the titular character’s face hidden. The changes to the design that they did show – from sprinter-sized massive thighs to fur color alterations of the arms and torso – were met with criticism.
Then came the trailer and the face was revealed to much horror. The character’s signature massive eyes were replaced by something much smaller, wider apart and stranger, while his mouth and human teeth seemed downright strange. The backlash was so fast and so loud, the film’s director Jeff Fowler took to social media in very early May to confirm they planned to redesign Sonic to something much more akin to his game incarnation.
Now, around six months on, what appears to be a first look at the redesign has been spotted in the wild. A few weeks ago some very close-up artwork leaked online but no-one was quite sure if it was real or not. Today pictures from an undisclosed movie theater have gone online at the Tails Channel Twitter account and matches the earlier redesign pic but in a more real-world context.
The outlet says: “The image originated from a private Twitter group chat that eventually ended up on a public Discord. After some time, it ended up on Twitter, and the rest was history.”
From the look the entire design has been changed to be more like the games – the long legs, strange eyes and teeth are gone and the shoes are also now much closer to the game. It’s still a blurry distance photo, and one that’s unconfirmed by the studio, so we’re still going to have to await an official poster or clip reveal.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 8th, but it was given a new release date of February 14th 2020 due to the redesign. That suggests a trailer should arrive in the next few weeks.
Jim Carrey stars as the villainous Dr. Robotnik alongside James Marsden, Ben Schwartz (as Sonic), Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough and Adam Pally.
— Tails' Channel – Celebrating 11 Years! (@TailsChannel) October 27, 2019