The ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Director Says They Will Change Sonic’s Design After Fan Outcry

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie just might be getting some last-minute edits thanks to the loud outcry of opposition from fans a few months ahead of the titular character’s film debut. The blue rodent in red hightop sneakers that loves to go fast is a video game mainstay, and he’s slated to make his CGI appearance in theaters on November 8th of this year. However, many fans have already had enough of Sonic’s look.

Here’s one of the latest posters for the movie, which gives you an idea for what Sonic will look like in the film.

The reaction to every bit of Sonic movie news has been critical at every turn. Fans did give positive reviews of Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, A.K.A Eggman, who looks like a compelling villain while also paying homage to the character from the games. Yet Sonic’s look has been derided since the very beginning, from back when it was just a look at his legs, to the decision to give him two eyes.

Those associated with the movie, including Ben Schwartz, who voices Sonic in the film, pleaded with fans to be patient. And as recently as two days ago, the studio released a new trailer for the movie with the same version of Sonic, worrying some of the game character’s biggest fans.

But on Thursday, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler tweeted that they would indeed be altering the character’s look for the movie. The message came with a #GottaFixFast hashtag, a clear sign that some major CGI changes will be made to the title role.

There’s no indication of what those changes may be, or how long it will take to make them happen. We’re less than six months out from the release on the film, and creating an entirely new model for a CGI movie’s main character isn’t easy. But it’s good to see that the people behind the film are listening to the fans and demonstrating how much they care about the movie. The outcry here was obviously enough to make some people in power take a second look at what they were making, and fans seem thrilled with the news.

Others already have some ideas for what their ideal Sonic looks like in the trailer’s style.

And, of course, there were a few jokes.

But all of this seems like good news unless you work at Paramount. In that case, hopefully, this means some overtime pay.