"Sonic The Hedgehog" Movie Looks Promising After the Sonic Makeover
Sat, April 17, 2021

"Sonic The Hedgehog" Movie Looks Promising After the Sonic Makeover

“Sonic the Hedgehog” live-action movie has released its trailer with Sonic looking way better than the previous version. / Photo by: AntMan3001 via Flickr

 

Months after encountering a not-so-positive reaction from the public because of the horrendous CGI rendering of its main character, the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” live-action movie has released its trailer with Sonic looking way better than the previous version.

The Backlash

CinemaBlend, an online entertainment site that reports on movies, television, video games, and pop culture, discussed how the first trailer disappointed a lot of fans of the Sega video game character because of how weird Sonic looked, with his creepy full set of human teeth and long legs. As a result of the nearly universal criticism of the character’s design, director Jeff Fowler announced recently that his team would be going back to the drawing board, pushing back the movie’s release to February 14, 2020 instead of three months earlier. 

It is reported by The Verge, an American technology news and media network operated by Vox Media, that Paramount Pictures has finally released a new trailer for the movie, and Sonic definitely looks a lot better than before. The biggest visual changes were Sonic’s eyes, which were evidently a lot bigger and definitely more lovably cartoonish and his body was far less elongated. The animation team also took care of those weird teeth, not showing in their full glory anymore and only making a brief appearance in the new trailer.

Diehard and casual fans were unanimous in their praise for the new improved Sonic as he now much closer resembles the character that they have known and loved through the years. Paramount Pictures should be lauded for their quick action on the negative feedback from fans, exerting effort to correct what was wrong with their product instead of pushing through with it just to make it to the movie’s original release date. Of course, with all the backlash the original preview has received, it was looking like the company would have had a box-office flop in their hands had they not make the necessary changes.

The Remake

Aside from the fact that the new trailer of “Sonic the Hedgehog” sported a better (and more familiar) looking Sonic, it also brought forth a truly entertaining vibe that has made people become more interested to watch the movie. The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, also mentioned that the trailer also teased some fun characters played by some of the most popular actors in Hollywood, foremost of which was Jim Carrey in the lead villain role of Dr. Robotnik (Doctor Eggman in the video game). He’s a mad scientist who is plotting for world domination and is fixed on capturing Sonic for his personal pleasure. Carrey sure looked good filling the shoes of the dastardly doctor.

There were also more references to the video game, like the loop-the-loop scene at the beginning and the familiar sound effects and soundtrack. Fans surely took notice and have taken to social media to express their joy of seeing their beloved video game character alive in the big screen with all the familiar details from the game thrown in for good measure. 

Fans have known Sonic the Hedgehog as a little cool and a little silly. And most importantly, he is also a fun character, which the trailer perfectly captured. Some are hoping that the movie itself will not be similar to another video-game-inspired movie, 1993’s Super Mario Bros., which not only bombed at the box office but was universally panned for its generally low quality (acting, effects, and story). If the trailer alone is our gauge, it is safe to assume that Paramount has got a winner in its hands.

The Cast and Characters

The voice of Sonic is performed by Ben Schwartz. The actor is best known for playing Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on the classic American TV series “Parks and Recreation.” GameSpot, a video gaming website, mentioned that Schwartz also voiced Rutabaga Rabbitowitz in some episodes of “BoJack Horseman” on Netflix, and he also appeared in the movies “Night School” and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.” 

“Sonic the Hedgehog” also features James Marsden, who will play the role of Tom Wachowski, a small-town sheriff, who ends up being Sonic’s ally. Also in the cast are Tika Sumpter as Annie and Adam Pally as Billy, a cop and Tom’s friend. 

 

James Marsden will play the role of Tom Wachowski, a small-town sheriff, who ends up being Sonic’s ally. / Photo by: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

 

The Plot

The movie starts with the arrival of Sonic on Earth. This causes a massive power outage, and it catches the attention of the US government. Authorities decide to employ the evil scientist and soon Sonic’s archenemy, Doctor Robotnik, to hunt the blue hedgehog down. When Officer Tom Wachowski finds Sonic in the small town of Green Hills, he helps him avoid capture and collect the franchise’s iconic rings. 

The other characters of the games such as Miles “Tails” Prower and Knuckles the Echidna are not yet reported to be a lock to appear in the movie, but producer Neil Moritz has stated that there will be Easter eggs that fans have to watch for in the movie.