The first Sonic the Hedgehog trailer has it all: a Coolio song, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, Fitbit and child abduction jokes, James Marsden working with another talking animal, Sonic aping Quicksilver’s bit. Actually, I take that back. It doesn’t have “all,” because where’s Knuckles? The producers must be saving him for the sequel, or the third act when he saves the day like Bill Murray in Space Jam. But the Sonic trailer does have human teeth on a hedgehog, which is a choice. (It also sounds like a folksy Southern expression. “You can put human teeth on a hedgehog, but you can’t have too many biscuits.”)
And this choice is causing a lot of teeth-based distress online.
Then again, it could have been worse.
Sonic the Hedgehog “follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski,” according to the official plot summary. “Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.” No offense to James Marsden, but Sonic would have a better shot at saving the world if he teamed up with Charmy Bee, or Big the Cat, or anyone but “Tom” and his actual-human teeth.