It’s potentially the understatement of the century to say the initial trailer for the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie sent Twitter spinning in horror.
And much like the oft-impaled blue hedgehog himself, the movie has hit a hard reset; redesigning the character who evoked such a sense of dread among fans of the classic Sega hero.
Check out the new trailer for yourself below, Sonic’s new big eyes and feel that sweet rush of relief:
Fortunately, director Jeff Fowler listened to pleas for a redesign, and opted to push the film back from its original November release date.
Taking to Twitter, Fowler reassured fans Sonic would be getting a revamp:
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen.
Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast
Now the hard work has paid off, with a newly released trailer revealing a far more faithful – and watchable – version of everyone’s favourite speedy hedgehog.
Be gone creepy Sonic of yore:
Taking to Twitter ahead of the trailer’s release, Fowler revealed his excitement about showing fans the fruit of the – far, far more appealing – redesign:
Today is the DAY! Could not be more excited to share our new Sonic with you. THANK YOU for your patience and support. This wouldn’t have been possible without the fans. #SonicMovie
Fans have rushed to express their gratitude to Fowler, delighted that their opinions had been listened to and respected. And Sonic 2.0 has been received with open arms.
One person applauded:
Wow…he doesn’t look like he’s wearing a fursuit!
He’s adorable! This is so much better! THANK YOU
Today is the DAY! Could not be more excited to share our new Sonic with you. THANK YOU for your patience and support. This wouldn't have been possible without the fans. #SonicMovie
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) November 12, 2019
According to the IMDb description:
A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.
If you want to relive the nightmare of the originally rendered Sonic:
Ben Schwartz will star as Sonic the Hedgehog, while Jim Carrey will play the dastardly Dr. Robotnik. The cast also includes James Marsden, Neal McDonald, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally and Natasha Rothwell.
Sonic the Hedgehog will come zooming into UK cinemas February 14, 2020.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.