By Emma Dykstra
Popular Sega video game character, Sonic the Hedgehog, has gotten a major facelift since the first movie trailer premiered in April.
Following major public outcry from fans of the famous blue hedgehog, Paramount and Sega promptly delayed the November 2019 release date to February 2020 to allow for time to redesign and revamp the visuals for the film.
Visually, a number of fans found the original design entirely unappealing and off from the original design from the 1991 game. Sonic’s initial film design featured small eyes and an uncannily shaped body, but the feature that was most offensive to fans seemed to be the titular hedgehog’s human-like teeth.
Back in April, Twitter critiqued the teeth that did not fit on Sega’s mascot.
“WHY ARE HIS TEETH SO HUMAN” cried Twitter user @runwithskizzers.
The director of the film, Jeff Fowler, announced on Twitter in April following criticism that the fan’s disdain had been heard.
“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…” Fowler wrote in a Twitter post.
This promise rang true, as the updated trailer was released Nov. 12, featuring a completely redesigned Sonic model. The redesign features a more expressive model, better resembling the beloved Sega game character from the ‘90s.
“It’s a lot less human, which makes me completely okay with it,” said Sophia Truskolski, 18, of Grand Rapids. “It’s closer to the game, which I think more people will like.”
The original design sat somewhere in the “uncanny valley,” a relationship between an object and how eerily human it looks. The original design evoked negative emotions in the audience.
This prompted the team to overhaul the progress already made on the film in order to make the character more cuddly and pleasant to look at.
The film is set to release on Feb. 14, 2020, featuring the talents of Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic and Jim Carrey as the villainous Doctor Eggman.