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.

The Design Of Live-Action Sonic The Hedgehog Has Leaked And He Looks Seriously Cursed

Good grief, has Sonic been on pingers or something?!

We’re a few months away from the release of the live-action adaptation of Sonic The Hedgehog and so far reception has been mixed about how the titular hedgehog looks.

Having been accustomed to the stick-thin 3D renders of the Blue Blur over the years, fans have had a hard time accepting the fact that live-action Sonic is seriously swole and has the body of an Olympic athlete.

Well folks, the full character design of Sonic has now leaked and I have a feeling that his muscular legs will be the least of fans worries.

That’s because live-action Sonic looks like this:

Good freaking grief.

Ol’ mate looks like a cross between a furry and a bloke at a rave who’s been crackin’ on the pingers. I mean, just look at those creepy eyes. Those are not the eyes of someone who is in a good place.

But the worst offender is that brand personality slide because not only does this version of Sonic not pull off the salesperson look (or any look), it just reeks of the studio desperately telling fans “See! Sonic is cool! Honestly!”

Unsurprisingly, the internet has had quite the response to Sonic’s live-action design and not all of it is good.

If there’s any consolation about live-action Sonic, and boy did I have to dig deep for this, it would be that the character looks perfect for Ben Schwartz to go bonkers in voicing him.

After seeing Sonic’s design, I’m suddenly super worried about Jim Carrey’s take on Doctor Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik.

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