Sonic the Hedgehog Film Director Promises Changes to Widely Ridiculed Sonic Design

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Director Promises Changes to Widely Ridiculed Sonic Design

The director agrees: Sonic looks weird.

The live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie was officially revealed and I'm just going to cut to the chase: Sonic looks weird. The film's director Jeff Fowler has officially revealed today that after hearing the criticism online, there will be changes made to Sonic's appearance for the final version of the film.

"Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... and you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen," Fowler Tweeted. "Everyone at Paramound & Sega are fully committed to making this character the best he can be." Fowler ended his Tweet with the hashtag #GottaFixFast.

There was worry about Sonic's live-action look for the movie ever since a teaser poster showed the outline of live-action Sonic's shadow. The internet immediately saw Sonic's weirdly buff legs and strange proportions and reacted negatively.

That early negative reaction may have set the expectations for when Sonic's live-action form was officially unveiled in a trailer that was released earlier this week. As predicted, Sonic's overall look has much to be desired with him looking more humanoid than expected. I mean, look at his teeth.

Online artists have photoshopped and altered Sonic's look from the trailer to great success. Some interpretations of Sonic that look closer to his video game appearance, and don't lose the live-action qualities from the movie, were much better received than the official version of the character.

Sonic the Hedgehog is set to hit theaters on November 8, giving the film's producers about half a year to alter Sonic's live-action look. Don't change Jim Carrey's Doctor Eggman though, he's perfect.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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