What’s the latest update on Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie? Today the world saw its first glimpse at the movie rendering of the title character, but is there a way to unsee it?
Take it in, people. It’s a spindly figure with realistically proportioned arms and legs, covered in fur from head to toe. It looks very much like some guy wearing a giant Sonic head (but we’re assured it is not).
The image was exclusively revealed by IGN, which also published an interview with the executive producer of the film, Tim Miller. Miller seemed to be going into apology mode before the image was even released.
When grilled about the fact that Sonic’s spikes are covered in fur (just like a real hedgehog?) Miller stammered out “It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature.”
We would argue, and so would many others, that there’s no possible way to render Sonic as a “real creature” without significantly changing his appearance, to the point where he’d be unrecognizable as Sonic. For one thing, he’s got one giant visor-shaped mono-eyeball where both his pupils rest. What are you gonna do about THAT, Miller?
“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,” Miller said. “He’s not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world.”
Sonic is currently appearing on the big screen — in his proper form — in Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet. It’s a brief cameo, but it may be as good as Sonic fans will ever get. The movie is due out November 8, 2019.