Many people remember the outrage that the first Sonic trailer caused by showing a weird mutant with horrible teeth and human-like body proportions. Fans were not pleased with all and started to talk about boycotting the movie that seemingly did not respect the original design of the video game character that millions of people all over the world love and remember very well. Such drastic changes were definitely not welcomed.
The studio decided to make some big changes and even announced that they are postponing the film to make sure that the design of the character is up to par with high expectations for the film. The director said that he will try to make sure that the titular character looks really good. A couple of months later, we all saw the result and it was great. The movie was praised by both critics and audiences for its original story and great execution of action scenes. It was also a financially successful video game movie — something that we all gave up on years ago.
The new design of the main character was completely redone. The final version of Sonic looks exactly how it looked in video games from SEGA. Making it look a little bit more cartoonish and slightly more akin to what gamers were used to was the right decision that manifested itself both in terms of critical acclaim and box office.
It is a very rare occasion for a studio to actually listen to the feedback and change the direction on the fly to answer the requests of the fandom. This time, it happened and it definitely made a difference. Sonic The Hedgehog was a massive hit.
One of several people who actually did not like the initial design conceived by the CGI team for the movie was the voice of the titular character Ben Schwartz. He said that he was impressed by the passionate response from the fans. The decision of the director to overhaul the design of the character and make him look cartoonish was a welcomed one. Schwartz said that he always imagined the character closer to what was created after the fan backlash.
He also noted that the team and he himself wanted to make the character real and make him a part of the reality. However, the initial design failed to translate this idea to the screen and convince the audience that it was the right approach, to begin with. Sonic in the trailer looked nothing like the character of the game and definitely had an uncanny valley feel to it.
It was something that Ben Schwartz also felt but couldn’t put into words until seeing the final result of the reimagining process.
Now, sequels are a hot topic for many video game fans. We bet SEGA is currently browsing its catalog of intellectual properties and searches for characters to make it into movies. We all understand that the coronavirus outbreak will definitely force many movies to be postponed and the production of the sequel won’t start until next year. However, it is great to finally have a video-game-movie-related topic to talk about. A topic that is not discussing how bad the movie was but how great it would be to have a sequel that manages to capture the magic of the first installment.