Jim Carrey on ‘Sonic’ Redesign Forced by Fans: ‘It’s Either Going to Be a Good Thing or a Bad Thing’

TCA 2019: Film adaptation of video game was delayed after fans complained about titular character’s CGI design

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Jim Carrey isn’t sure if the fan-forced redesign of Sonic for the live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie is a “going to be a good thing or a bad thing.”

“I don’t know quite how I feel about the audience being in on the creation of it, while it’s happening,” Carrey, who stars as Doctor Robotnik in the upcoming film, said on Friday during the Television Critics Association press tour. Carrey was on hand to promote “Kidding,” his Showtime series.

“We’ll have to see what that entails,” he continued. “Sometimes you find that the collective consciousness decides it wants something and then when it gets it, it goes, ‘OK, I don’t want it.’”

The live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie was delayed by three months so that visual effects artists could make adjustments to Sonic’s character. Fans of the video game character were highly critical of the speedy blue hedgehog’s fur, his eyes, and most notably, his human-looking teeth.

Carrey wasn’t sure if fans should hold this much sway over the creative process while the movie is still in production.

“You become a Frankenstein’s monster at some point right?” he said, adding that the re-worked character won’t mean he has to do reshoots. “I don’t really concern myself with things once I did my thing. I’m not super concerned about it. It’s gonna happen how it happens. It’s either going to be a good thing or a bad thing.”

Sonic, as seen in the first trailer for the film, 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 human teeth. Fans compared it to everything ranging from the live-action “The Cat in the Hat” to Woody Woodpecker to the kid who turns into a werewolf in “Jumanji.”

Many others did their own quick drawings that could easily help correct it, and others put it up side by side with the stellar live-action creatures seen in “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.”

It will now open Feb. 14, 2020 after being originally slated to be released Nov. 8 of this year.