The movie version of Sonic the Hedgehog has been redesigned and looks a million miles better than before, but why did it take so long?
The live-action movie trend is a popular one right now. Disney has been the company capitalizing on the hype for the most part, but other studios have taken a piece of the pie too. Pokémon got in on the fun via the very popular Detective Pikachu earlier this year. Plus, Sega and Paramount will offer up a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie on February 14, 2020.
Sonic the Hedgehog was actually supposed to have been released this month. However, backlash from fans when the first trailer hit six months ago forced the movie's creators to take a step back. The issue fans had with the trailer was Sonic's design. It's understandable that turning an animated character into something suitable to appear in a live-action movie is hard, but it seemed as if real-life Sonic's creators hadn't even tried.
The movie should've already been hitting theaters but, instead, all we have is a new trailer. The good news is that the Sonic redesign is complete, and the tweaked blue hedgehog looks much more like the one we know and love from the video games. We still have one big question that has been left unanswered, though: why did it take so long?
Sonic isn't played by a little guy in a costume, although that probably would have gone over better with fans than the original design. That means no reshoots were required, just changes to the CGI hedgehog. What's more, the VFX designer who worked on the movie has revealed the new Sonic is actually the old one. That's right, the better looking Sonic was passed over in favor of the weird one with muscular legs.
The process of unwelcome Sonic being replaced with better-looking Sonic taking six months might well remain a mystery forever. Truth be told, even if it had taken twice as long, we'd still have welcomed the change. Paramount could have doubled down, ignored the complaints, and gone ahead with the movie as planned. Perhaps it took these past six months to change other parts of the movie because let's be honest, Sonic design aside, it still doesn't look like it's going to be all that great.