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There were many problems to dissect, from the questionable decision to shift the setting to the real world to the inclusion of the Coolio song star Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, but the visuals of the famous blue hedgehog himself were less than stellar.Everything just looked weird, from the human-esque eyes to the lanky body shape, to the choice to give Sonic fur, to the unnerving mouth full of teeth. you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be...Not only did it veer heavily into the uncanny valley, it didn’t look all that much like the instantly recognizable design of Sonic that fans have been familiar with for decades. you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be..."Thank you for the support. #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019has not been moved to accommodate what will inevitably be major changes (the movie is still scheduled for a November 9 release).It didn’t take long for fans and artists to offer their alternative designs, most of which more readily adhered to the classic style from the games, while the internet mostly had fun with memes and reaction videos."Thank you for the support. While it is admirable that Fowler and his team want to satisfy the fans and it’s always good to see a major studio admit when they’ve screwed up - and the character's co-creator thanked them for the effort - this ignores both the realities of the business and the collateral damage such a U-turn will inevitably cause.It probably took many months or possibly years of collaborations to get to that final product (which in and of itself is somewhat baffling to think about).Even with a solid foundation, a redo will be a tough job for Paramount and the multiple effects studios working on this. The original games have him as a smaller, more deliberately cutesy figure, while later stories, particularly ones in 3D, have him leaner, taller and more “cool," playing up the idea of him as a sarcastic teenager.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA's Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.
With the increasing regularity of drastic re-shoots for major titles, it is now a normal part of the business to hear about VFX teams working round the clock to get every detail finished in time for the premiere.Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to write: "Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right." His post added that the movie would now hit theatres on February 14 2020, although it was originally scheduled to be released in the US on November 8 2019. But the decisions made about Sonic's appearance were previously defended by executive producer Tim Miller, who said his look was adapted for the "real world".Fowler has certainly been aware of the online criticism of Sonic's portrayal, and earlier this month he promised changes would be made. "It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing," Miller said.The first trailer for Paramount’s adaptation of the iconic video game franchise arrived in a flurry of skepticism that was always going to be tough to overcome.What audiences saw didn’t exactly delight them, and if the filmmakers were hoping to reverse the project’s status as a meme, it failed miserably.