Sonic the Hedgehog gets a digital makeover in the new trailer for the film based on the hit Sega videogame series.
The live-action film, originally set for release on Nov. 8, was pushed back three months to Feb. 14, 2020, after online outcry over the look of the title character in the first trailer for the film that dropped last spring. Fans of the video game were highly critical of the speedy blue hedgehog’s fur, his eyes and most notably his human-looking teeth — which seem much less distracting in the new footage.
The new trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” offers more details about the plot, in which Sonic, the world’s speediest hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz), and his new best human friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the mustachioed, latte-loving evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. (He prefers that latte with steamed Austrian goat milk, by the way.)
Jeff Fowler, who directed the film from a script by Pat Casey & Josh Miller, was quick to tamp down the online blowback last May in announcing a delay for the film. “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes,” Fowler tweeted. “It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”
The film was produced by by Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara and Takeshi Ito. Executive producers include Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, Masanao Maeda, Nan Morales and Tim Miller.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” speeds into theaters on Feb. 14, 2020.
Watch the trailer above.