Sonic The Hedgehog's redesign revealed in new movie trailer
Back in May, Paramount Pictures and Sega faced a backlash from retro gaming fans everywhere after they released the trailer for their new Sonic The Hedgehog movie.
The uproar from fans had nothing to do with Jim Carrey being cast as Dr. Robotnik or even the fact the overarching story that the trailer was teasing seemed pretty weak - oh no. It was all down to the simple fact that Sonic looked TERRIBLE.
Check out the original trailer below to see for yourselves:
Put simply, Sonic looked absolutely nothing like he does in any of the video games - resembling a blue version of the kid from Jumanji when he starts to turn into a monkey.
Fans of the popular gaming franchise took to Twitter to express their anger over the iconic blue hedgehog's appearance:
Even fan designs were better received than Paramount's initial design:
As a result of the backlash, the movie's director Jeff Fowler revealed that the movie studies have heard the criticism loud and clear, and that they will be pushing back the film's release date in order to redesign the hedgehog.
Fowler tweeted: "Thank you for the support. 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..."
Yes, Fowler stated that: "Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be" - and yet nobody from either of those companies looked at the final design and said, "Hang on, that looks nothing like Sonic".
And now, the new trailer is here! And not only does Sonic look better, but the movie also looks like something I actually want to spend my money on.
Check out the new and improved trailer below:
And fans on Twitter agreed - Paramount has saved Sonic:
I think we can all agree that we really don't mind the delay, but Sonic the Hedgehog will be released in UK and US cinemas on February 14, 2020. (I know what I'm doing on Valentine's Day.)