The first official trailer for the Sonic The Hedgehog live-action movie has arrived and it is pretty much exactly what we were expecting.
Disney has been capitalizing on the live-action hype in a major way, and Pokémon is about to follow in its footsteps via Detective Pikachu. However, what we really want to know more about is Sega's offering later this year. That's right, this November, a live-action Sonic The Hedgehog movie will be hitting theaters.
Very little has been revealed to us about the movie to date. What's even worse is the little we have been shown does not look promising. The live-action version of Sonic looks like something from our worst nightmares. Those muscular legs. What appears to be bright blue fur rather than spines. We'd love to not dwell on it but we kind of have to since the very first trailer for the movie has officially arrived.
As you can see, there is an awful lot to unpack here. Let's start with the obvious, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. An image of Carrey as Eggman leaked this week. Fans were not impressed at the lack of effort. However, there is a silver lining here. If you watched the trailer all the way to the end, you will have seen that at some point in the movie, Carrey becomes the Robotnik we all know and love. Well, not love, but you get what we mean.
That little snippet is one of the aspects of the trailer that raises the biggest question of all. It implies that Sonic is from another planet. Now, we never assumed that the Oil Ocean and Chemical Plant Zones were somewhere hear on Earth, but we never thought of the iconic hedgehog being from another planet. Judging by that last shot of Robotnik, it would seem that we will be paying a visit to Sonic's home planet/dimension during the movie.
As you can imagine, the trailer and hence the movie has not been received well. Sonic's human legs were enough to drive the franchise's fans into a frenzy so a full look at what doesn't look like a very good feature-length movie might incite riots in some parts of the world. As we mentioned, it had its good moments, such as the hat tip to the Sega Genesis, but overall, there is definitely work to be done.