In April of 2019 a trailer was released for a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and…it didn’t go over very well. It seemed almost intentionally retro with its Gangsta’s Paradise licensing and Jim Carrey in oldschool over-the-top mode, but the real sin was the morphing of Sonic into a “realistic” half-man, half-porcupine crime against nature.
But then something happened that you rarely see in Hollywood: the director listened to the complaints. Jeff Fowler announced that the visual effects team would be reassembled and would revise Sonic to give him a proper, traditional look. This required a delay of multiple months: the film was originally targeted for November 8, but will now be released this coming February.
To refresh your memory, here is the horrific blue-hued man-gerbil that consumers saw last spring:
And this is the upgraded, less eyeball scarring, true to the original and almost plushie-worthy version revealed today:
The eyes are still separated, but it’s almost unnoticeable. This time, they did the right thing and hired on Sonic fan turned consultant Tyson Hesse:
Honored to have been brought in to lead the design on the new Movie Sonic. Working with Jeff and the modelers, riggers, texture/fur artists and animators in LA, London, and Vancouver was a thrill I'll never forget. #SonicMovie pic.twitter.com/HhcVIxAhXB
— Tyson Hesse (@tyson_hesse) November 12, 2019
And here’s the trailer we should have gotten in the first place. Sonic’s wisecracky attitude is in full force here:
Maybe we should have also demanded that they go back and CG Carrey’s body to make it egg-shaped. Oh well, no time for that now. Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, James Marsden as sheriff Tom Wachowski, and Adam Pally as his co-worker. It opens Valentine’s Day.