Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures took a swing and a miss by releasing the first trailer for its upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog flick. The response to that trailer was not great, with many people complaining about Sonic’s uncanny valley look. Fans of the blue blur criticized everything from Sonic’s vaguely human proportions to the way his teeth looked and the shape of his eyes.
There’s no denying that movie Sonic looked far different from video game Sonic and fans of the franchise were not pleased about that. After a few days of heavy criticism, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to announced that the VFX team would be tweaking Sonic’s design before the movie’s release, which was subsequently pushed back to February 14th, 2020.
Now, some six months later, we’re seeing the final result of Fowler’s decision to go back to the drawing board. Paramount released a new trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog today, showing off Sonic’s new design in the process. If you were disappointed by the hedgehog’s original design, then you’ll probably like what you see in this trailer.
While movie Sonic doesn’t look exactly like his video game counterpart, his new movie look does seem much more familiar. His eyes are bigger, for starters, and he’s got proportions that match those of classic Sonic better. The movie is still clearly aimed at children, so if you’re a lifelong Sonic fan, that’s something to keep in mind as you watch the trailer.
All in all, this trailer should be much more warmly received by Sonic fans than the original one was. Now that Sonic’s look has been locked in, Paramount will probably get its marketing machine rolling in a big way, so expect to see more trailers before long.