Sonic The Hedgehog Redesign Will Please Fans, Says Producer Tim Miller

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 12, 2019

"Look, I was with fans and so was [director] Jeff [Fowler]", Miller said.

Right from the first teaser poster for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, fans were feeling uncomfortable. He's a good man. The backlash prompted Paramount to announce the character would be resigned and push back the release date of Sonic Hedgehog to grant animators enough time to complete their work. Big screen adaptations of nostalgic properties like Sonic are no strangers to keyboard critics, but the film's executive producer Tim Miller explained to Variety why the decision to redesign was an important one. Sonic the Hedgehog was ultimately delayed as a result of the backlash, so the gaming hero's appearance could be redesigned. "There's a right way to listen".

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Miller said he thinks the movie delay will be worth it and when asked if he's seen any of the new designs, he responded, "in fact I have". Since Sonic is a piece of animation inside of the mostly live-action world of Jim Carrey's villainous Doctor Robotnik and Sonic's law enforcement sidekick (James Marsden), the new design should slide right in, with its new animation still fitting in with Ben Schwartz's voicework. "I think the fans will be pleased", said Miller. Fans immediately flooded social media to complain - not about the flick itself, but about the title character's design, which featured such bizarrely human traits as ripped calves and, well, teeth that simply can't be unseen. Here's a recent example: when the first pictures of Bill Skarsgård as the new Pennywise the Clown in It hit the web, the reaction was highly negative. "He'd already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there". But a door has been opened now, and there's no way to close it.

Sonic the Hedgehog opens February 14, 2020.

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