“Gotta go fast!” Says Sonic in the first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. That’s the message to the VFX team having to redesign the titular character too.
They released a teaser image of Sonic, people hated it. They were like, trust us, we’re making the best possible Sonic movie – here’s a trailer. And the people unanimously rose as one and asserted – NOPE!
Finally the filmmakers got the message, Sonic looks plain weird and that’s not what fans want. Director, Jeff Fowler, took to social media with a humble message:
“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… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast“.
All credit to him, it can’t be easy to take your lead character back to the drawing board so far into the production process. The film was originally due to premiere in cinemas in just six months, this November 8th in the UK.
That release date has, for obvious reasons, now been pushed back by three month to February 2020. Director, Fowler, once again took to twitter to reveal the news.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
His use of the hashtag #novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie is a nod to the team of VFX artists tasked with re-designing and re-rendering Sonic back into the film. To complete the work by November seemed impossible. Is an extra three months enough time to finish the job? Gotta go fast!