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THAT Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer

In 2019, we should be getting a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. In principle, this is a good thing. The blue blazer has been part of video game history since the early 90’s. However when Paramount got ahold of Sonic, you’d have thought it’d have translated fairly easily. There’s an already well established cast, a simple but fun protagonist and lots of reference artwork… But yet, it still went wrong, didn’t it?

This isn’t me bashing on the film, so don’t worry, if you’re excited for the film then more power to you. I think I’d like to see it when it’s out, as I think there’s some small bit of promise behind it… But the first thing I noticed was the way Sonic looked. I’m definitely not the only one, as the internet got furious over the way the legendary hedgehog looked. This has become a massive point of contention, causing an early amount of backlash from fans.

All it took was a combination of realistic fur and a scarily human mouth, meaning that Sonic didn’t feel like the character we all knew and loved. As gamers, as fans and even as non-fans of the franchise, people spoke up and the studio listened. In an incredibly bold move, the director and writer for the film, Jeff Fowler, decided to put a statement out on Twitter. He said change would happen.

There’s not a whole lot to say on the situation that hasn’t already been said, but it’s a wild ride that I think everyone should know about. A lot of people are saying this is bad for the animators, due to overtime and there are arguments on both sides of the coin here. On the one hand, more work isn’t particularly great, but especially as the film is due to come out in November.

On the other hand though, if they get paid for overtime and get compensated well, then really this isn’t the only industry that deals with “crunch time”. Just look at the video game industry, which struggles big time with crunch time. It’s not good, but at least there’s something to compare this to – and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this late change will mean either big pay or a change to moments like this.

 

Without getting too much more involved with the in’s and out’s of the situation for animators and artists, this is a big change. I highly respect the decision, but I do hope it doesn’t affect the people working on this too much. Having said that, I’d like to say that the plot of the film doesn’t seem all that bad. It’s definitely along the lines of a typical Sonic the Hedgehog story – and I really enjoy the way Robotnik is being portrayed by Jim Carrey.

Over to you now – Do you think the situation the animators are in is a bad one? Do you think this is going to end up being a good film, following the initial feedback? Are you going to give this a pass or a watch? As ever, share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.

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7 responses

  1. Bandicoot Warrior

    I’m a big fan of the Sonic games so I will probs give this a watch and I think the Paramount and Sega listening to the fans and people has shown that they want the fans to enjoy this. Plus usually, SEGA rushes stuff out so it’s nice to see them go back and take time to get it right.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 5, 2019 at 8:11 am

    • Definitely right! I think a lot of it is down to the director. He seems to be relatively unknown, so he doesn’t really want a black mark against his name.

      I’m hoping this turns out good, as the story seems pretty much on point for a Sonic plot.

      Liked by 1 person

      May 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

      • Bandicoot Warrior

        What got me was Jim Carrey as Dr. Robonik 😜

        Liked by 1 person

        May 5, 2019 at 9:37 am

      • I am all for it. He actually shows off as a great villain, but Robotnik? I think this is gonna be a good test for him!

        Liked by 1 person

        May 5, 2019 at 9:41 am

      • Bandicoot Warrior

        It will be as he’s not done anything jokey like this since Kickass 2 so we will see

        Liked by 1 person

        May 5, 2019 at 9:42 am

  2. Fair play to the director for listening to feedback, as the character design looked hideous. Makes a change from other film makers who attack fans when they raise concerns with a movie.

    Redoing CGI will be very expensive though. That could be a real killer, as I can’t imagine Sonic doing too well at the box office.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 5, 2019 at 9:17 am

    • I’m super impressed by the directors commitment. Can’t get any more fan friendly than that.

      Yeah, everyone has been saying how bad it is for the animators and artists, but surely they’ll get some nice pay. Meanwhile, as you say, it’s hard to imagine the film doing well! Time will tell 😁

      Liked by 1 person

      May 5, 2019 at 9:33 am

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