The initial reaction to the Sonic poster released a few months back raised a few eyebrows to say the least. But, things have been kicked up a notch since Paramount's advertising agency supposedly leaked promotional photos for their Sonic The Hedgehog movie. Like any film based on a beloved property or long standing franchise, it's ultimately going to have a fair share of defenders and naysayers. However, it looks like majority of fans are not too happy about Sonic's new design.
The general reaction has gotten to a point where it's become somewhat of an internet phenomenon. Check out the very best reactions to the new Sonic photos!
I thought the new design of Sonic for the movie make him look like a cereal mascot, so i placed him on a box, and he fits so well now... pic.twitter.com/Vr5xllLaRU— helixD (@its_helixD) March 5, 2019
Although there are only so many different ways to pose Sonic in a promo image, it's undeniable that the pose the film's promotional campaign ended up going with provides material for all kinds of parodies. Why even pose Sonic like this? Out of context, what is such a cheeky side smirk and a fist raised in the air supposed to tell us? Such an image could only lead itself to one thing - a cereal ad.
The greatest aspect of this edit is how seamless Sonic fits onto the cereal box cover. Fans are divided on Sonic's new look, but maybe they can agree that he makes a fun General Mills mascot.
At the very least, Sonic's new design is inspiring creativity around social media. Since a lot of fans are going all #notmyhedgehog across the internet, they have decided to take matters into their own hands. One way they've done this is by creating a challenge to "fix" Sonic. The idea into take the pre-existing images and photoshop them so that they look closer to Sonic's video game design. Their results have both been impressive and hilarious.
The joke just writes itself. For better or worse, what can be said about fan culture's disapproval towards something they hold so dear is that it takes on a life of its own. Sometimes it sheds light on people's irrational behavior, but other times it can turn into a source of harmless comedy for a lot of people to enjoy.
It's kind of amazing how so much of the disappointment surrounding Sonic's design has also become an internet sensation. That's the only way a photo of Sonic dressed as a female Sonic employee named Kiara could ever exist in the first place. After seeing this, Sonic should really consider doing a cross promotional campaign with Sonic.
An audience's reaction to their most beloved franchises can range anywhere from overly brutal to genuinely funny. Yet, what's nice is that not everything has to be soaked in irony. Even better is that it can inspire some truly talented fans to envision what their other favorite characters might look like. Enter Sonic's best friend, Tails. Although the character hasn't been definitively confirmed for the movie, it has nonetheless not stopped fans from using the Sonic photo as a means to create their own interpretation of Tails. The coolest part of this fan rendering is that it looks like it fits within what has already been revealed of the movie's aesthetic.
Another Sonic edit! This time I wanted to test the "separated eyes" concept the movie design has, so I only applied small changes to the eyes shape and nose. What do you guys think? #SonicMovie #SonicTheHedgehog pic.twitter.com/Y4sQilWxva— LadyGT【嬢子愛】 (@LadyGT_DA) March 6, 2019
One of the biggest complaints from fans is that Sonic's face looks different compared to his video game counterpart. Specifically, his eyes seem different. It's always interesting to see how the mileage varies with fan reactions. Thanks not wearing his signature helmet in Avengers: Infinity War? Fans shrug their shoulders. Sonic having wide set eyes? Sorry Sega, you've simply left you fans no choice but to riot. All jokes aside, there is a legitimate argument to be made about how seemingly small changes can alter a character's appearance.
This particular tweet attempts to give credence to such a notion. The photo shows how much more Sonic looks like his video game persona when hisses are slightly altered. Adapting popular franchises can be a tricky task. So, it's important for filmmakers find the right balance of what makes the fans happy while also changing enough for it to make sense for a movie.
Everyone keeps *sighing* about Sonic's look... If this is what he's going to look like, he looks Cute AF and I'm 100% about this. He's a hedgehog and looks... get this... like a hedgehog hahah pic.twitter.com/XKeR5Gxu87— Curiousjoi 💥 (@curiousjoi) March 5, 2019
Yes, it's always good to see people express their passionate opinion (even if it skews more negatively) about their favorite franchise. However, it's also nice to see someone voice a more positive take on a character. This user in particular is reminding everyone that we just need to relax a little bit. Is this Sonic design really all that bad? He's blue, wears red shoes, and looks like a hedgehog.
Admittedly, the positive outlook on Sonic's movie appearance is definitely the less popular opinion. But, this reaction is a helpful reminder to not always judge a book by its cover.
Find someone you know who hasn't yet seen the #SonicMovie design, but know who #SonicTheHedgehog is.— Dave Luty (@DaveLuty) March 6, 2019
Show them this and ask "if they know who it is?"
I tried it on my family just now and none of them guessed it was Sonic, my dad guessed Pokemon.
The design is really that bad. pic.twitter.com/8gqhdlYHaK
This might be a bold claim, but some users are claiming that this Sonic looks so off that people aren't even able to recognize the character.
Case in point, this user says that their own family confused Sonic for a Pokemon'. To e be fair, any other layman would most likely confuse on furry creature for another. However, this notion speaks to the larger idea that Sonic's movie design has been altered so much that people can't even recognize a well known character when they see one. People want Sonic the icon. They want to stan a legend.
The internet is often a bit too mean when responding to something they're passionate about. But, there's other times when it gives us a gift like Sonic Genie. The funniest part of this picture is how it completely encapsulates the communal aspect of fan culture. Recently, audiences got their first look at Will Smith's Genie. People's reactions were less than enthusiastic to the say the least. Sonic's new designs gotten very similar reactions. So much so that both characters have now resulted in an inside joke worthy of this photoshop crossover.
Although audiences won't get a chance to see Sonic in action until later this year, it still hasn't stopped them from forming some early impressions about the character design. Did we miss any other great reactions? Let us know in the comments!