Live Action Sonic is Scary, But That Could Be Fixed

Well, everyone, if you’ve been following news on the live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie, then you’ll know that the trailer has been released on Youtube, and it’s…um… It’s…interesting?…

The most notable thing about the trailer is Sonic’s appearance, which is horrifying, to say the least. Not only is pretty much everyone online disturbed by his realistic, human teeth, but he just doesn’t look like the speedy blue hedgehog we all know, with his human-like body and other altered proportions.

Aside from Sonic’s nightmare-inducing new look, I have to agree with others on the Internet who have commented on the trailer’s generic storyline and unfunny jokes. In all honesty, the trailer almost looks like it was for a fan made movie that was somehow lucky enough to include Jim Carrey.

Speaking of Jim Carrey…yep, he’s still the best thing about this movie so far, despite not looking anything like the character he’s meant to portray. And that’s also taking into consideration the fact that he’s not funny in the trailer. (I’m not blaming him; he just clearly doesn’t have a very good script to work with.) Hands down, the best part of the trailer is the final few seconds where we see a far more accurate representation of a live action Dr. Robotnik.

I have a strong feeling that Carrey’s only going to really look like Robotnik towards the very end of the movie (possibly even a post-credits scene), which is a shame because that’s the only part of the trailer that I really look forward to seeing in the full movie.

Despite the Sonic movie looking as bad as I expected, and so much more, there are two additional positives (aside from Jim Carrey, I mean) that I can take away from this. For one thing, I’m still pretty interested to see the movie (provided it becomes available on Netflix) just to experience it in its full, terrible glory. I get a kick out of bad movies, so this might be pretty entertaining.

Secondly, the movie’s director promises to fix Sonic’s design thanks to all the backlash it received. And I gotta say, I really respect the fact that this guy is taking everyone’s criticism so well. With that in mind, we can only hope that Paramount really does make good on their promise to fix Sonic’s appearance and that the current design is remembered only as a distant nightmare.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Sonic movie trailer, dear readers. Does Sonic’s appearance scare you as much as he does me? What do you think of Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Dr. Robotnik? And do you think Paramount will really fix Sonic’s design or will we still ultimately end up disappointed with the famous blue hedgehog’s live action appearance? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Image used is Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Promo Art

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m sceptical… Wearing my tinfoil hat for a moment I can’t see how they can redesign Sonic and meet their release date, unless this trailer was a joke to spark interest. There is no way Sonic can be redesigned, animated, and re-rendered in the time they have until release. Unless they had some sort of backup already

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      I have to admit that I, too, am doubtful that they will be able to fix Sonic by the release date. Either they’re going to need additional time or Sonic’s not going to end up that much different from what we’re seeing now. Also, considering they thought the original design of Sonic was acceptable, I’ve got a feeling the next version’s not going to look so good no matter how much time they have.

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  2. darthtimon says:

    It’s pretty amazing as to how far off the mark they managed to be with Sonic, and not just with the look of the character (though that’s the most obvious error). As we know, the games have created a world involving animals being trapped in robotic suits, beautiful and varied environments, some amazing machinery thanks to Robotnik, and several friends/rivals to Sonic himself. All of this is out the window to set things in our world, and I wish they’d been brave enough to try and tackle Sonic’s world.

    At the same time, we have Detective Pikachu, giving us a world that appears to be quite faithful to the one the games created. Why couldn’t Paramount have done likewise?

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      Yeah, Paramount had a perfect example of how to do a video game movie right based on Detective Pikachu, so they have no excuse for messing up this badly. The only resemblance to the Sonic franchise is a nightmarish live action version of the main character and a guy with a mustache trying very hard to be the main villain. Of course, seeing as how frightening Sonic turned out, maybe we’re lucky characters like Tails and Knuckles didn’t make it into the movie…?

      In short, the only reason I can think of for the Sonic movie to turn out so poorly in comparison to Detective Pikachu is because Paramount was just being lazy and hoping they’d make money just because Sonic the Hedgehog is in the title.

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  3. Krystallina says:

    The thing that seems silly is that fan reaction wasn’t good when they released the original poster, follow up posters, and all those images that got leaked. I understand companies can’t (and shouldn’t) respond to every Internet outrage, but they should have started putting 1 and 1 together and gotten 2 considering Detective Pikachu wasn’t getting that kind of negative feedback.

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      I totally agree. It certainly seems like Paramount thought we would like Sonic’s live action look once we gave him a chance in the trailer…and we didn’t. They should have really anticipated the Internet’s reaction to the trailer and just started fixing him right from the start.

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