Can the first trailer for ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ turn around a largely negative first reaction from fans?
At the end of last year we got our very first look at Sonic the Hedgehog. That is, Sonic from the forthcoming movie based on SEGA’s iconic character. The overwhelming response wouldn’t have been what Paramount Pictures would have wanted. Criticism came in thick and fast, mainly for the way that Sonic looks. Human like proportions with a mascot head sums up the general consensus.
Now we have a first trailer and clearer look at the titular character, is it any better? In a word? No. SEGA’s sassy, lovable blue hedgehog looks plain weird. And for good reason. We’ve had almost thirty years of conditioning in video games, comics and animation that dictates how Sonic should look. So why the departure from the classic aesthetic for the movie?
Executive Producer, Tim Miller (Famous for directing Deadpool) and Producer, Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious) explained in an interview with IGN the reasoning behind many of their design choices. But ultimately it comes down to fitting Sonic into a real-world setting. The film is largely live-action with Sonic brought to life through CGI.
In the interview Miller says “I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it.”
It doesn’t feel like that statement is strictly true when you watch the trailer.
It would be easy to highlight everything wrong with this first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog. There’s plenty to pick holes in after all. But I like a challenge, so what are the positives?
Firstly, we’re getting a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Not necessarily the one we wanted, but it’s happening. The kid in a bag joke was pretty funny. Oh! And Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik (Doctor Eggman) at the end looks pretty rad…
… that’s it.
Who am I kidding? Everything about this trailer looks terrible to me, someone whose formative years were spent playing Sonic on the Mega Drive. The kids will probably love it, and that’s probably the best thing about it.
Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled for a November 8th release in North America and December 26th for the UK. Other regions should check IMDB. Or forget that the film is coming out at all. Either way.