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Sonic The Hedgehog's Delay Is Good For The Film But It Sets A Bad Precedent

The backlash towards the blue blur's design could have an impact on future films.

The design for live-action Sonic the Hedgehog has been received, uh, quite poorly to put it nicely, so much so that the filmmakers decided to go back to the drawing board for a total revamp on the blue blur’s weirdly swole look.

While this news of a redesign for Sonic was well-received, it did bring up the question of whether Sonic The Hedgehog will be delayed given the amount of time needed to redo the character.

Well we got our answer and it’s not that surprising at all. Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to announce that Sonic will now be delayed until February 14, 2020 in order to given the team enough time to “make Sonic just right.”

While the extra time will likely benefit the film in this case judging by all the positive responses to the delay’s announcement, it does set a worrying precedent going forward in regards to filmmaking and fan pressure.

With the team behind Sonic capitulating to demands that the titular hedgehog be redesigned, it unwillingly handed over an enormous amount of power to the fans. Whether this decision will turn out for better for worse remains to be seen, but the fact is that fans will now be empowered to put pressure on filmmakers and force them to cave into their demands whenever things don’t seem to go their way.

Not only will this remove any creative freedom filmmakers have in expressing their vision, it will make them vulnerable to people acting in bad faith and to studio suits who don’t want their cash cow to stop giving milk. While there are those who have actual constructive criticism to offer, there will be trolls out there whose sole purpose is to ruin everything for everyone and separating which is which is difficult.

James Mangold has expressed his concerns in the past regarding how fans are being more and more emboldened to put pressure on filmmakers and how this will end up scaring creative people away from interesting franchise movies, resulting in a vicious negative feedback loop between creator and consumer.

Here’s hoping that Sonic is a one-off incident and nothing more comes out of it because we’re dipping our toes into worrying waters right now and no one will emerge as the “winner” if it continues.

Live-Action Sonic The Hedgehog Will Be Redesigned To Not Be Nightmare Fuel And These Are The Best Ideas

There are some truly creative minds out there.

If we were to sum up the general consensus on the design of live-action Sonic the Hedgehog in two words, it would be “nightmare fuel.”

From the smaller-than-expected eyes and weirdly muscular body to his cursed teeth, almost everything is off with this version of the blue blur. When the best thing you can say about Sonic’s design is, “well, at least he’s blue,” then you have a problem.

After copping wave after wave of fan complaints, Jeff Fowler, director of the upcoming live-action Sonic The Hedgehog film, revealed on Twitter that the creative team has heard all your feedback and will redesign the character.

Unsurprisingly, this announcement has been well-received by Sonic fans everywhere though it does bring up a couple of big talking points, like how redesigning the main character of a CGI film like Sonic this late into production is basically unheard of, not to mention the precedent this sets with studios kowtowing to fan demands (which is a story for another day).

But look, that’s not the main thing people are thinking of right now. With Sonic getting a makeover, the question on everyone’s mind is, “what will he look like now?”

Well it just so happens that a heap of fans have their own ideas on live-action Sonic’s design and weren’t afraid to share them to Fowler on Twitter. To be honest, a lot of them actually look pretty damn good so the film’s creative team will certainly have a lot of reference points.

In the spirit of all the new designs being shared by fans, the GOAT team also put together our own idea for what Sonic should look like.

Presenting… Sonicolas Cage!

Beautiful, isn’t it?

We’re sorry but not sorry.

Here's Why Live-Action Sonic The Hedgehog Is Almost Certainly A Mass Baby Murderer

Between this and Sonic's teeth, this movie is far more cooked than we initially expected.

Now that we’ve had time to process the first trailer for the upcoming live-action Sonic The Hedgehog film, we’ve come to three conclusions.

Firstly, Jim Carrey’s take on Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Robotnik, is giving us weird vibes and not in a good way. Not only are Carrey’s over-the-top antics a bit much but the character looks nothing like his video game counterpart, though word is that he eventually turns into the egg-shaped villain we all know and love.

Secondly, whoever came up with the idea to give Sonic teeth needs to rethink every priority they have in their life. Seriously, it’s the stuff of nightmares.

And lastly, this live-action version of Sonic is almost certainly a mass baby murderer. Okay, bear with us here, this will make sense.

Don’t be fooled by those innocent eyes and those teeth.

After rewatching the trailer one too many times, some poor soul on Reddit asked themselves the question, “I wonder how many newborn babies Sonic accidentally killed in that trailer”, before doing the math on it.

Now this is a very important question because we can’t have something like Sonic gracing our screens if he is going around accidentally killing babies, no matter how fluffy and swole he is. So without further ado, here is our own very serious GOAT investigation into how many babies Sonic sent to the grim reaper in the trailer.

Firstly, it’s established in the trailer that Sonic triggered an EMP that knocked out all the electronics in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. According to various sources, that region has a population of about 15 million, which translates to about 4.5 to 5% of the total population in the United States (which is around 327.2 million).

Based on stats from 2015 and 2017, about 3.9 million babies were born in the US. Taking an average of those two years gives us a total of 3,916,999 babies. Since 15% of the population is in the Pacific Northwest, that gives us an estimated 179,569 babies born every year in that region.

Now here’s where we need to make some big assumptions. According to Bliss and the BBC, anywhere between 1 in 7 to 1 in 10 newborn babies in the UK require a neonatal unit. Let’s assume these statistics translates over the US and let’s also split the difference and round up to say 1 in 9 babies to make the math easier.

1 in 9 babies in the Pacific Northwest region gives us 19,952 babies that require neonatal units. Now Bliss states that the average stay at the neonatal clinic is one week, meaning that about 384 babies are staying at these clinics at any given time.

In conclusion, when Sonic triggered that EMP blast in the trailer, he may have inadvertently sent 384 babies to the pearly gates, making him a mass baby murderer. Literally.

Look, we get that Sonic wants to go fast all the time but perhaps slow down just a bit for the sake of the children. But hey, at least it’s still not as bad as the blue blur’s teeth.

Between the accidental infanticide and those disturbing pearly whites, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is turning out to be a lot more cooked than we initially expected.

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