Hope the makers of the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie are as fast as the flick’s fuzzy blue hero. Sega and Paramount Pictures dropped
a deuce the first trailer for the film on Tuesday and boy, what a dumpster fire! Director Jeff Fowler and the other powers-that-be must have suspected that this might be the case, seeing as how the first bit of promo art, released in December, had already been criticized because Sonic appeared to have human proportions, including long, muscular legs, but with a giant cartoonish noggin. But those gripes were mild compared to the barrage of hate flung at the trailer. In all fairness, internet fans have a tendency to be overly-reactive and instantly hate everything, but in this case, the overwhelming majority agreed that this looked like garbage.
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In a rare showing of humility, a Hollywood director has admitted to goofing up. AND it’s not too late! Fowler took to Twitter to inform fans that their complaints had been heard and that he and his team were going in to redesign the titular Hedgehog before the film’s release. (Luckily, they have until November.)
Here’s what Fowler wrote:
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… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019
This follows a similar overhaul for ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ after fans reacted negatively to the lead character’s cartoonishly large eyes in the earlier trailers. By the time the film opened, the character (played by Rosa Salazar) had been noticeably refined to look less extreme.
I just hope this doesn’t set a precedent, that if the internet screams loudly enough, creators will modify all of their work just to make people happy.
The new and improved (we hope) ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, directed by Jeff Fowler, stars Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally, Tika Sumpter, and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic. It opens in theaters on November 8, 2019.