Fan power prevails – They fixed the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Fan power prevails – They fixed the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Reaction to the first trailer for Paramount Pictures’ Sonic The Hedgehog movie was overwhelmingly negative. So much so that production was pushed back three months for a complete character redesign.

The ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie should have debuted on our cinema screens last Friday. Scheduled for a November 8th release, the film was pushed back three months following an unprecedented backlash from fans in reaction to the first trailer. This wasn’t the Sonic we know and love from the video games, comics or cartoons. This was a nightmare. A man in a mascot costume. Small eyes and creepy human teeth, enough to send a shiver down the spine of even the most devout Sonic fan. In short, an absolute disaster.

Devastating news for Paramount Pictures and director, Jeff Fowler. All credit to the studio and Fowler though. They heard the feedback (it was deafening), acknowledged that fans were not happy and chose to fix the problems. A costly course of action that put production back by three months and involved a comprehensive redesign. It was worth it.

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A new trailer for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ restores our faith in all that’s good in the world with a character re-design that aims to please the film’s detractors.

Starring alongside the CGI Sonic is James Marsden who plays Tom Wachowski, a cop from the rural town of Green Hills. Forming an unlikely alliance, Sonic and Wachowski team up to ward off the evil Dr. Robotnik. Jim Carrey will play the antagonist and, despite not looking the Robotnik from the games, still looks pretty rad.

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is now expected in cinemas from February 14th. Valentines Day.

Will Harrison

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