Sonic Mania Animation Director Helped Redesign Sonic’s Film Look

While fans are used to a Sonic with big, adorable eyes and numerous other recognizable features, the Sonic fans got originally was anything but cute.

The original Sonic The Hedgehog movie trailer received very poor reception, mainly on the count of a disappointing Sonic design. While fans are used to a Sonic with big, adorable eyes and numerous other recognizable features, the Sonic fans got in the first movie trailer was far less cute - with small eyes and overall less adherence to the Sonic fans are familiar with from the original 2D titles and the later 3D titles.

Now, the Blu Blur y gotten a well-received redesign, and it turns out it this redesign got some help from a person very familiar with the franchise.

Broadly, Sega and Paramount had overseen the original design of Sonic the Hedgehog. However, once criticism hit it, it was decided that Sonic needed a redesign. As such, the studios hired the animation director of cutscenes in Sonic Mania and the director of Sonic Mania Adventures, Tyson Hesse, to lead the redesign of Sonic in the movie.

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Hesse recently posted to Twitter about his work on the movie. His tweet can be seen below:

"Honored to have been brought in to lead the design on the new Movie Sonic," writes Hesse. "Working with Jeff and the modelers, riggers, texture/fur artists and animators in LA, London, and Vancouver was a thrill I'll never forget."

Interestingly, as pointed out by VG247, Hesse had posted to Twitter at the time of the first trailer's release his own design of Sonic in the movie.

As can be seen above, the Sonic design from the new trailer is quite identical to the design above. As such, Hesse's above design combined with his prior experience with the Sonic series is likely what led to his hiring for the redesign of Sonic in the upcoming movie.

Frankly, according to most, Hesse's redesign of Sonic is quite superior to the original design. Not only is it more faithful to the Sonic that has been around for years, but it is simply a bit more charming than the design from the original trailer. Some, such as Sonic Team's former leader Yuji Naka, would still prefer the original design, or would at least be more curious about it. In the end, Hesse's redesign might be for the better due to its devotion to the widely known Sonic design.

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