The live-action/animated hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie, based on the long-running Sega videogame series, is still actually coming to the big screen. No longer in Sony's hands, it is now up to Paramount to bring fans' dreams to life… or crush them. That Paramount is keeping it a live-action/animation hybrid may be an ominous sign.
The movie has already generated some confused buzz with the announcement of Jim Carrey playing the role of Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman. Today, a teaser motion poster was rolled out, with our blue hero in shadow (no, it was Shadow). The result might strike a little fear into the hearts of Sonic fans. The tease features the in-shadow character with sort of human proportions, and a furry huge head.
Executive producer (and director of Deadpool) Tim Miller describes their approach to the character:
"[The fur] was always Stage 1 of adapting it to what the real world is and what a real animal would be like" … "It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It's part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature."
Producer Neal Moritz, and producer of Fast and the Furious franchise, commented on the movie version of Sonic's kicks:
"We looked at every different variation of what shoes he's worn and we're trying to pay homage to that and also make it current and present day in what we think a Sonic of today would wear."
Okay we hope we gave you time enough to brace yourselves. Here's the motion poster:
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So what do you think? It seems even the producers think even Sega wasn't completely happy with the look. Though we can't see them yet Miller says that the videogame company may not like the movie character's eyes:
"I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it" … "He’s not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world."
Here's the shaodowed Sonic image from the teaser so you can think about that and let your imagination fill it in…
We'll see if movie-goers are happy with the new Sonic quicker than previously announced when Sonic dashes into theaters November 8, 2019.