This article contains opinion.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a popular video game character and anthropography hedgehog, who originally created as a rival to Mario, who is known for high speed. He has a large library of diverse games, divisive side characters and fans, hit-or-miss gameplay and an iconic design.
Paramount Studios, however, is hoping to add movie star to Sonic’s list of accomplishments, but it has not gotten the most positive responses to the movie trailer that dropped Tuesday.
The largest complaint Sonic fans and movie fans alike have is the redesign of Sonic himself, which has gotten mocked, insulted and edited by artists who believe they could do better hundreds of times all over social media.
Asher Rehn (freshman, English - writing studies) has liked the character of Sonic since his first experiences with “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games” for the Nintendo Wii and the classic-inspired breakout hit “Sonic Mania.” Rehn’s reaction to the design was a feeling of discomfort, as he felt the design was strange and too humanlike.
“Sonic in the games doesn’t have defined hips, but the movie’s body structure implies he has a defined crotch that is just sitting out in the open,” Rehn said. “I really wish he had gym shorts or something, oh my God.”
The humanlike body shape has already been discussed in the past, as fans reacted so strongly to the first unveiling of Sonic’s more muscular legs that the Sonic movie’s official Twitter responded with a taunting picture that had hyper realistic muscular legs and a sign that read, “Can’t a guy work out? Be back next year.”
Public reaction to the trailer has been positive in some respects, as most viewers enjoy Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Sonic’s archenemy, Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, and Eggman’s design and costume in the movie.
“I loved it,” Rehn said. “I liked the way you can see his character kind of degrade into the cartoonish Eggman. I love his over-the-top delivery because Eggman is insane.”
Rehn also admitted to liking the film’s version of Eggman’s red coat and mustache, which are briefly shown at the end of the trailer.
Overall, however, fans are not pleased with the movie trailer, especially in both Sonic’s design and the special effects overall, as well as the assumed plot and the currently-shown dialogue (other than Dr. Eggman’s dialogue).
In response to the online and public reaction to the trailer, Jeff Fowler, director of the upcoming “Sonic” film, tweeted Thursday.
“Thank you for the support,” he tweeted. “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...”
This tweet seems to spell the end for the controversial redesign of Sonic in the most recent trailer, and only time will tell what he will look like in the final product.