Someone needs to make up their mind. Fandom was basically unanimous in April when the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ trailer was released, showing a more human-proportioned lead CGI character. Among those voicing his (mild) displeasure was the co-creator of the ‘Sonic’ video game, Yuji Naka, who wrote at the time, “The power of sonic fans is amazing. It is good to go in a good direction. Thank you so much for loving Sonic.”
Director Jeff Fowler and Paramount Pictures went back to the drawing board and redesigned Sonic to look more like the original video game character, and the new trailer has been released with this new design, but it seems that Naka is not happy with that either! But it seems he can’t decide whether he wants the movie translation to look exactly like the video game version, or completely different.
First, he expressed lament at the removal of the first movie design and expressed a desire to see that version on the home video release. (Translation courtesy of Dual Shockers, via Heroic Hollywood):
“Sonic’s new design for the movie is out. However, it seems they’re making it as if the old design didn’t exist, as the movie official account’s old tweets were deleted. I wanted to see a special DVD version of the movie which used the old design. Too bad.”
But then he seemingly complains again that even this redesign isn’t accurate enough to the game character because he has two separate eyes:
“This is the new trailer with Sonic’s new design. The design is much more Sonic-like now that he’s wearing gloves. However, his eyes still aren’t joined together, as expected. I can’t help but feel weird about that one point. But I’m looking forward to the movie’s release.”
It’s possible something was lost in translation, but it certainly seems as though Naka doesn’t quite know how to feel about the movie.
What’s your opinion?
‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is now scheduled to open on February 14, 2020.