It turns out Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t the only CG animal creation that underwent some visual tweaking following a first trailer backlash.
When the first trailer hit for the Tom Hooper-directed film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” this past July, it drew an immediate and intense online response. People were horrified, amused and mostly just wandering what the hell they were watching.
Part of the reason is the film had kept the film’s entire look under wraps throughout production and so that trailer was really a first glimpse at what the movie would look like. A big reaction was expected, but even the studio was probably shocked by how big a reaction it got.
Now, Empire spoke with Hooper about the reaction and he revealed that the looks were still being tweaked after that trailer:
“We’d only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects [in the trailer] were at quite an early stage. Possibly there were, in the extremity in some of the responses, some clues in how to keep evolving [the production]. When you watch the finished film, you’ll see that some of the designs of the cats have moved on since then, and certainly our understanding of how to use the technology to make them work has gone up, too.”
That would explain the recent trailer which showed some of the same shots from the first trailer but the designs of characters like Judi Dench’s Old Deuteronomy and Francesca Hayward’s Victoria have changed – both are now more cat-like with pointier ears, more fur and more stripes.
“Cats” opens in theaters on December 20th.