There’s a moment in the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” where the iconic, speedy blue hedgehog looks in terror as he first comes in contact with James Marsden. That look has been speeding around the internet to describe how people are reacting to the teaser that dropped on Tuesday.
The CGI character design for the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog has not been received warmly online. Sonic’s look has been compared to Mike Myers in the live-action “The Cat in the Hat,” to the Woody Woodpecker live-action movie made for a fraction of the budget, or to that kid who turns into a werewolf in Robin Williams’ “Jumanji.”
“After watching that ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ trailer I would like to formally announce that I am no longer a furry,” comedian Daniel Howell said in a particularly brutal tweet.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” is based on the classic Sega video game character, as well as the many ’90s cartoons, about a speedy blue hedgehog who collects golden rings and fights the evil Dr. Robotnik. The family film directed by Jeff Fowler stars Marsden, Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
The film tripped at the gate back when we got our first look at the poster, when many people wondered why Sonic looks so muscular with otherwise human dimensions. Now that we’ve gotten a complete look at Sonic, the reactions haven’t gotten any kinder.
The new Sonic has individual strands of animated fur, a giant head, long, lanky legs, two far apart eyes that drastically differ from the classic mono-eye drawing of the video game character, and even human teeth. He also seems to be from another planet or world, he can open portals to other dimensions using rings like he’s Doctor Strange, and for some reason the whole trailer is scored to “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
“It’s amazing how we live in a world where animators can make Thanos look real … and then have Sonic look like this,” one user tweeted.
“You just KNOW they spent WEEKS fighting over whether or not to give Sonic an ass,” another said looking at a shot of Sonic from the rear.
See some of the reactions online below, and watch the first trailer here.
— Ryboflavin (@_ryboflavin_) April 30, 2019
Not invested in this, but there's a big contrast in quality between Sonic (main character – 'driving' the movie) and Bulbasaur from Detective Pikachu (secondary character). pic.twitter.com/1OzezkLXEc
— Jim Maxwell (@1jcmaxwell) April 30, 2019
The Sonic Movie is just a sequel to Hop or at the very least takes place in the same universe. You can’t convince me otherwise! pic.twitter.com/MRf8WggD3y
— Kayla O'Brien???????? (@nightwing_o) April 30, 2019
sonic looks amazing in this new trailer pic.twitter.com/Oym5lsgQN4
— nope (@LilNasX) April 30, 2019
Sonic the hedgehog looks promising pic.twitter.com/pkLtGkIqUd
— morgan sybert (@yeastybeastyUwU) April 30, 2019
WHY ARE HIS TEETH SO HUMAN pic.twitter.com/qanTExwjJI
— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) April 30, 2019
You just KNOW they spent WEEKS fighting over whether or not to give Sonic an ass. pic.twitter.com/u1PBJqBJZR
— Peach Saliva (@PeachSaliva) April 30, 2019
It’s amazing how we live in a world where animators can make Thanos look real…
…and then have Sonic look like this pic.twitter.com/JZcziumdbT
— ???? (@manieldad) April 30, 2019
sonic looks great pic.twitter.com/1SXNwDtgRc
— k austin collins (@melvillmatic) April 30, 2019
after watching that sonic the hedgehog trailer i would like to formally announce that i am no longer a furry
— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) April 30, 2019
Sonic the Hedgehog the Movie: What if we were back in the 90s but also, simultaneously, in hell
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) April 30, 2019
So how many people like the new Sonic look?
— Jacob™ (@yourloyalpal) April 30, 2019
Woody Woodpecker (2017) Budget: $10 million.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2019) Budget: $90 million. pic.twitter.com/G95jppsAPo
— Todd Stark (@ToddRobertStark) April 30, 2019
What i think about the new sonic for the sonic movie pic.twitter.com/C40gwXKzMX
— MorgieMango (@MangoMorgie) April 30, 2019
Sonic, please don't look at me like that. pic.twitter.com/Pk6jGFNCrK
— Kristi @ Finals and B99 (@HusbandoGoddess) April 30, 2019
The new Sonic movie looks great pic.twitter.com/95xPf97dli
— Gerburger (@QueerFeer) April 30, 2019
The live action Sonic trailer just took 15 years off my lifespan. pic.twitter.com/Ny7PvMSpIl
— Cole Brown (@ColeBrown2552) April 30, 2019
ME: Surely they’re gonna change how Sonic the Hedgehog looks before the trailer
SONIC: *looks the same in the trailer*
— Michael (@michaelcollado) April 30, 2019
I think Dr. Strange give the time stone to Sonic tbh, and he use rings to create portals. pic.twitter.com/J8jSjOqTF6
— Blue Vivacity (@BlueVivacity) April 30, 2019