Yuji Naka is one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and former lead programmer of the original Sonic Team. Safe to say, he was instrumental in the creation of the beloved Sega mascot. But considering Naka is no longer at Sega now, he probably doesn't have a lot of say in the development of the live-action Sonic movie. This could explain his perplexed tweets.
After the news of Sonic's live-action appearance broke earlier today, Naka took to Twitter to tweet, "これがソニックの映画なんですかね" which roughly translates to, "Is this a Sonic movie?" Yes it is, Mr. Naka. Yes, it is.
Naka Tweeted twice more on the appearance of live-action Sonic. In one of them, Naka appears to be giving some pointers on Sonic's design, and suggests that Sonic's head, body, and stomach became a bit more balanced. I noted that Sonic's thighs seemed to have been toned down after the initial reveal.
In the third tweet, Naka appears to speculate that the reveal was an intentional leak by the marketing company. The word "shocking" also appears in the translated text, though that may be overstating Naka's true feelings. Or maybe not? We're certainly feeling pretty shocked.
Naka hasn't worked on a Sonic game since 2006 when he left Sega to form his own video game company Prope. In 2018 Naka left Prope to work at Square Enix but hasn't announced any new games. Meanwhile, Sega is working with Paramount Animations on the live-action Sonic movie. Ben Schwartz is voicing a CGI version of Sonic, who interacts with real humans, including Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik.
Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled to be in theaters on November 8, 2019.