The new Sonic the Hedgehog trailer is finally here, having dropped on Tuesday boasting a brand new Sonic that's way more reminiscent of the original video game and animated character.
The redesigned blue speedster looks a lot further from the shockingly crappy attempt at humanization, featuring bigger eyes and less ridiculous teeth. Paramount gained some major points with fans on two fronts, having taken note of the backlash and going back to the drawing board and actually giving fans the Sonic they want.
The character's original creator and former leader of the Sonic team, Yuji Naka, has had his say on the new hedgehog and it appears that he still wants to see how things would have played out with the first depiction.
Naka took to Twitter to comment on the new trailer and redesign and, per a translation provided by Dualshockers, suggested that there should be a special DVD version starring the taller character whose very existence could probably amount to blasphemy.
映画ソニックの新しいデザイン出て来ましたね。しかし、前のツイート消してるようですが、前のは無かったことにするんでしょうか？前のデザインのままのもDVDとかで見たかったのに残念ですね。 https://t.co/XhmfNmr4EI— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) November 12, 2019
映画ソニックの新しいデザインのトレーラーですね。手袋をつけてくれたのでだいぶソニックっぽくなりましたが、やっぱり目は繋がらないんですね。どうも違和感を感じてしまいますね。でも、映画の公開が楽しみですね。 https://t.co/C8EwuiJg2m— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) November 12, 2019
“Sonic’s new design for the movie is out. However, it seems they’re making it as if the old design didn’t exist, as the movie official account’s old tweets were deleted," he wrote. "I wanted to see a special DVD version of the movie which used the old design. Too bad.
“This is the new trailer with Sonic’s new design. The design is much more Sonic-like now that he’s wearing gloves. However, his eyes still aren’t joined together, as expected. I can’t help but feel weird about that one point. But I’m looking forward to the movie’s release.”
We're not sure anyone else would want to see the initial Sonic design throughout an entire movie - the trailer was painful enough - but Naka's thinking way outside of the box here.
Fans seem to be very pleased with the film's creators taking their advice and the reviews on social media have been overwhelmingly positive.
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
Director Jeff Fowler has also taken to Twitter, thanking fans for their patience and support.
"Could not be more excited to share our new Sonic with you," he declared. "THANK YOU for your patience and support. This wouldn't have been possible without the fans."
The movie will hit theaters on February 14, 2020. Everyone's going to watch it now.