Sonic The Hedgehog Redesign Delays Movie To 2020
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie's release date has been delayed to February 14, 2020. The film was originally set to be released this November, but following a negative reaction to the design of the titular character, which was showcased in the first trailer (watch it above), the movie has now been put back three months while he is reworked.
The news came via a tweet from director Jeff Fowler. The tweet reveals the new date, and states that the filmmakers are "taking a little more time to make Sonic just right." Check it out below:
Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie pic.twitter.com/gxhu9lhU76— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
The trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog was released in April. There was much criticism online about Sonic's appearance, and within a day Fowler had stated that the character would be redesigned ahead of the film's release. There was some concern that a complete Sonic redesign in short time would lead to rushed VFX work, but at least now the filmmakers have more time to get the design right.
Criticism for Sonic's design in the movie was aimed at pretty much every part of the speedy blue hedgehog. Much of the dislike seems to stem from the movie version's legs, torso, teeth, and eyes. The initial Sonic design in the movie made him appear uncannily human, which some fans have found unnerving.
Sonic is voiced by Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), with Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. Westworld's James Marsden will feature as a state trooper who catches onto Sonic's super speed.
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