The new revamped trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog reveals the redesign of the main character fans were hoping for. If things had gone according to plan, the big-screen adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog would currently be playing in cinemas worldwide. However, after the Sonic trailer dropped on April 30, the internet erupted in bafflement and hilarity. For some reason, Sonic had been given a fresh new look. One of the most instantly recognizable characters in video game history was now unrecognizable and kind of horrifying to look at.
Even Sega was unhappy with the new Sonic, with the film's executive producer, Tim Miller, saying they were not "entirely happy" with the choices made. The reactions were so negative that Paramount took the unusual step of delaying the film to February 14, 2020, to give the filmmakers time to completely redesign Sonic.
Now, the newest Sonic the Hedgehog trailer has revealed the redesign, and fans seem far more optimistic about this redo of Sonic and friends. We see more of the Green Hill Zone and overall there’s a decidedly more Sonic-esque feel to things. Of course, the biggest and most welcome change comes with the character redesign. Finally, Sonic the Hedgehog now actually looks like Sonic the Hedgehog, and one moment in particular highlights the improvement.
The One Scene That Shows The Key Differences in Sonic's Redesign
The first glimpse of Sonic’s face as James Marsden’s character shines a torch at him revealed the new Sonic to the world, and people were either confused or downright scared. Everything about it seemed just wrong: The two separate eyes with human-like irises; the tiny mouth packed full of human teeth; the vaguely uncanny valley quality to its scream; the white furry human hands. The production team admitted that they wanted to create a more realistic version of Sonic with a humanlike physique so that he would feel more at home in our world. However, that reasonable demand overlooked how utterly unreal Sonic, a blue hedgehog who runs at the speed of light while wearing trainers and talks like a skater boy, actually is. You can't bring photo-realistic effects to something that completely challenges our mental ideas of the real. It's one of the reasons Disney has faced so much criticism for their increasing reliance of hyper-detailed CGI that craves realism over creativity.
That moment appears in the new Sonic the Hedgehog trailer with the redesigned Sonic, perhaps a deliberate choice on the studio’s part to give viewers a chance to get a fully detailed side-by-side comparison between the two. It certainly benefits the movie and offers a moment of true celebration for the animators who must have worked tirelessly on a complete character redo over these past seven months. The redesign thankfully leans more into the inherently cartoonish nature of Sonic. The features are larger and less concerned with appearing human. The eyes are bigger, his teeth are less noticeable, and even the fur seems softer and less abrasive. Sonic now wears gloves too, and his body bears more resemblance to the silhouette of the later games, where he is taller and less stocky.
Overall, it’s safe to say that the Sonic redesign was a success. Moreover, it fits more with Ben Schwartz’s voice for the character. The comedian was always a great choice to play Sonic thanks to his hyper-giddy persona and fast-flying approach to jokes, but his voice coming out of the original design’s mouth just didn’t work. Everything feels like a better fit simply because Sonic now looks as fans want him to. Whether or not Sonic the Hedgehog will be a success remains to be seen, but at least this one glaring issue has been put to rest.