The official trailer for the live action movie adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog dropped the other day at Sonic SXSW. Since then the internet’s collective brain has had a meltdown.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been on the cards for a while now. It was first announced by Sony Pictures way back in 2014, however Sony backed out in 2017 and the project was handed over to Paramount Pictures. In March of this year marketing materials were leaked containing images of the speedy blue hedgehog – causing widespread concern amongst fans regarding the film’s design choices.
Ben Schwartz, best known for his roles in Parks and Recreation and Bojack Horseman, is the voice of Sonic – with Jim Carrey taking on the role of Dr Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. The film’s vision of Sonic may look… interesting? But in contrast, Carrey looks amazing as Robotnik. He might not be the spitting image of the Dr Robotnik we all knew growing up, but his costume and acting are on point for the role of a self-important mad scientist. Besides, Jim Carrey’s unique and highly animated brand of barmy is always welcome.
The film’s plot appears to be an original narrative revealing the origin story of Sonic and Robotnik’s enmity, which has the potential to work in the film’s favour. Original characters come in the form of Major Bennington and Tom Wachowski, the Sheriff of Green Hills. Bennington is being played by Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers, Minority Report) whilst Westworld’s James Marsden is filling the role of Wachowski.
Since the trailer was released, Twitter has exploded in a mixture of horror and confusion – spawning an endless torrent of hilarious memes and scathing comments. In fact so much criticism was heaped on the trailer for Sonic’s appearance that it is now being changed.
In a tweet posted yesterday the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, took to twitter to try and appease upset fans and critics. In his post Fowler acknowledged that the voice of the community had spoken and that both Sega and Paramount were determined to get the character of Sonic right.
We cannot know to what extent the film will be reworked, presumably a new character model will be designed for Sonic but the original footage and motion capture will remain. Creepy Sonic aesthetics aside, the film has a lot going for it. The cast is solid and there are some nice little nods to the source material woven into the trailer that fans are sure to appreciate.
Sonic the Hedgehog is due to hit theatres November 2019.