Sonic the Hedgehog’s creator is disappointed by the character’s new live-action look. The famed blue hedgehog got his start in 1991, when Sega was trying to find a comparable persona to challenge the supremacy of Nintendo’s Mario. The character took off in a hurry, blazing with supersonic speed through a litany of titles over the years and earning its own dedicated following.
Whether or not Sonic the Hedgehog has attained the same degree of fame and instant recognizability as Nintendo’s Mario is certainly debatable. That being said, with an official live-action adaptation of Sonic on its way from Paramount, fans certainly have a thing or two to say about the speedy blue hedgehog’s current appearance. Though the recently released image of Sonic has since been removed from the internet by Paramount, the damage appears to have been done, with many fans making their feelings known over the extensive changes.
The fans aren’t the only ones expressing their dismay over the look of Paramount’s live-action Sonic the Hedgehog, either. Variety has reported that the head of the original team responsible for creating the popular character, Yuji Naka, has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on Sonic’s appearance. Though the tweet is entirely in Japanese, the uncertainty of Naka’s words survives even the most rudimentary of translations, as he asked, “Is this a ‘Sonic’ movie?” Before stating, “I feel that it is important to look at the whole body visual of Sonic and head, body, and stomach. Did you not get a little more balance?” You can check out the full tweet below:
このソニックの全身ビジュアル見ると頭身とお腹の丸さって大事な気がします。もう少しバランス取れなかったのでしょうかねえ https://t.co/6RpIEsYa12— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) March 5, 2019
Getting a character as popular as Sonic the Hedgehog right is quite possibly one of the most important (and all too often overlooked) aspects of a live-action adaptation. Fans have been dealing with this character for years - even decades in some cases, and as such, there are going to be a lot of expectations for Paramount to deliver accordingly. So far what's been seen of Sonic isn’t hitting the mark for many, and when even one of the character’s original creators speaks up to throw shade on Paramount’s progress thus far, it’s hard not to think that changes are needed at once. If there's a silver lining in all this, however, it’s the possibility that the image surfacing was a strategic move on the part of Paramount. Naka also mentioned this possibility in his tweet, with the idea being that the studio wanted to gauge public opinion on what they had thus far, before advancing further with the project.
If Paramount is indeed testing the waters with this quite frankly strange looking Sonic, then fans can rest easy. The negative attention the image has garnered both online and through word of mouth has literally sped its way to the top by now, allowing Paramount executives and the film’s creators to think things through. If, on the other hand, nothing comes from this current bad first impression, the prognosis for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film could be a less than favorable one.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) release date: Feb 14, 2020