It’s amazing the difference a few months can make. Fans of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” video game are over the moon with excitement at the latest trailer for the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie. This time, it seems, the visual effects team finally got the character’s look right.
Reactions to the original trailer last spring ranged from perplexed to horrified as the internet sent an avalanche of memes to gawk at the blue hedgehog’s fur, eyes and most notably his human-looking teeth. The new trailer released Tuesday morning gave Sonic a slicker look and bigger eyes that more closely resemble the “mono-eye” sported by the video game character. And side by side shots of the same scene in both trailers show those teeth have been noticeably trimmed down.
“Sonic’s nightmare fuel teeth have truly been cancelled,” former Deadspin writer Drew Magary posted on Twitter.
“All is forgiven Paramount,” another Twitter user said. “I love how they basically tried to make Sonic look as adorable as possible.”
It is cute, and many online took the time to pay their respects to the animators for listening to online concerns and making a constructive change that should inspire people to see the film. Director Jeff Fowler in May vowed that he would fix the character design and then this morning thanked everyone for “your patience and support” in delivering the new trailer.
“I like how he seems like a hyperactive kid in the movie, it would have been insane to try and sell a childlike Sonic with the last design. Crazy how this design change adds so much more charm and personality,” a Twitter user posted.
“The Sonic Movie is a big PSA on how to listen to fans constructively,” another said. “They took a DOA design and turned it into something special. People saying they will see the movie, I myself am now very interested. All the positivity and hype, #1 trend wordwide [sic]. Doesn’t hurt to listen.”
“Sonic the Hedgehog” is directed by Jeff Fowler and also stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic alongside Jim Carrey and James Marsden. The film will be released by Paramount Pictures on Feb. 14, 2020. You can watch the new trailer above, and check out the fan reactions below.
Today is the DAY! Could not be more excited to share our new Sonic with you. THANK YOU for your patience and support. This wouldn't have been possible without the fans. #SonicMovie
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) November 12, 2019
Here it is! The new @SonicMovie trailer!!! I continue to be beyond excited and honored to voice this beautiful blue blur! A lot of incredibly talented people who care about this franchise very much have made such a fun movie coming at ya February 14th! #SonicMovie pic.twitter.com/CRizhboyvB
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) November 12, 2019
Sonic’s nightmare fuel teeth have truly been cancelledhttps://t.co/MeWLS9RrWl
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) November 12, 2019
— うみ (????´꒳`????) (@rave_love_0302) November 12, 2019
— ???????????????????? ❤️ (@kevinisheeereee) November 12, 2019
All is forgiven Paramount.
— JoeyWaggoner (Commissions CLOSED!) (@JW_Cartoonist) November 12, 2019
Old Sonic vs New Sonice..
— Chaos (@Chaosxsilencer) November 12, 2019
Me watching me watching the
the first sonic vs new one
— Matzzacre ???????? (@matzzacre) November 12, 2019
I like how he seems like a hyperactive kid in the movie, it would have been insane to try and sell a childlike Sonic with the last design. Crazy how this design change adds so much more charm and personality pic.twitter.com/plFPkbXn5f
— Ian Mutchler (@TheFantasticIan) November 12, 2019
The Sonic Movie is a big PSA on how to listen to fans constructively. They took a DOA design and turned it into something special. People saying they will see the movie, I myself am now very interested. All the positivity and hype, #1 trend wordwide.
Doesn't hurt to listen. pic.twitter.com/pMO88iPUWe
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) November 12, 2019
— Sam's Procrastination Station (@SamsProStation) November 12, 2019
— Eli Mckenzie???? (@iamelimckenzie) November 12, 2019
COWBOY SONIC pic.twitter.com/xc0B8N3JXx
— Captain Conker Diamond (@CaptainConkerD5) November 12, 2019
We cyberbullied them into redoing the #sonic character model and it worked?
(mad respect to the 3D artists, character riggers and animators) pic.twitter.com/aBdVfMzM83
— Syn | missing Arthur Morgan hours (@synistere) November 12, 2019