So, let’s talk about this ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ fiasco, shall we?
When the trailer for the “live action” Sonic adaptation dropped, people were excited to finally see the childhood hero in action. However, literal seconds later, a collective aura of disappointment took over when we saw … well … THAT. Don’t get me wrong, developing a character from an animated game into a working, believable CGI creation isn’t a simple task. But if you’re going to do it with something as iconic as the blue hedgehog loved by ’80s and ’90s kids worldwide, the devil really should be in the details. Fancy special effects and classic lines from the game (“Gotta go fast!”) will only get you so far with such a loyal and nostalgia-fueled audience.
(As of the time of the writing of this article, the trailer currently has twice as many dislikes as it does likes, ouch!)
It might be harsh to call the character of Sonic in the trailer “nightmare inducing,” but it’s a phrase people have been repeating over and over since the trailer dropped. Needless to say, it came as no surprise to me when the creators decided to announce a redesign of the main character in question. Between Sonic’s oddly long legs and his way too human-looking mouth, I’m hoping the redesign of the character will bring things back enough to turn creepy into classic and satisfy the large audience’s desire to see their longtime snarky hero on the big screen.
The decision to redevelop the character is setting back the film’s release date from November to mid-February, but honestly, a few months definitely can’t hurt in this case, right?
With the main issue of Sonic’s design being addressed, I can at least say that I am personally intrigued by the idea of Jim Carrey as Eggman. The classic villain has always been over-the-top and a true caricature. So for me, the offbeat actor really fits the idea of Eggman.
I’m also intrigued by the movie taking place in the Pacific Northwest region of the US. As a Washington state native, I’m hoping to see some familiar landmarks, even if they’re just in passing.
Other details and the film’s loyalty to the games still remains to be seen. For example, I’m dying to know if the movie is going to include plucky-sidekick Tails! The trailer didn’t reveal to us all of the things we can look forward to from the film yet, but at least we can rest easy (or maybe uneasy?) while we wait for the redesigned version of Sonic to hit the screen. The potential for sequels here has me hoping for the film to be successful, but for now, I’m siding with the masses and holding on tight to my skepticism.
What do you hope to see from the designers when the movie releases? Any particular plots or characters you hope the film brings to life? Do you think this will be a successful film and maybe become a series in the future? Let us know what you think!