Paramount Pictures has unveiled its first poster for the upcoming film Sonic The Hedgehog.
The live-action adaption of the fan-favorite blue hedgehog is set to release in 2019 and will depict ‘Sonic’ in a present-day world. Ben Schwartz will voice the iconic character, while Jim Carrey channels its nemesis ‘Doctor Robotnik’.
The film poster, which sees a silhouette of ‘Sonic’ wearing red sneakers, is not sitting well with some ‘Sonic’ fans, who have questioned why ‘Sonic’ has furry hair instead of its iconic spikes.
Speaking about the character’s furry look, executive producer Tim Miller explained that ‘Sonic’ would appear weirdly nude if he were designed to appear spikey inside the film, and would instead end up looking more like an otter. Miller said that the team considered fur from the get-go, as it allows ‘Sonic’ to integrate into the real world and appear more lifelike.
Miller also highlighted that for the live-action film adaption, ‘Sonic’ has two definite eyeballs as opposed to his traditional character design, which only sports one eye and two pupils. The decision, however, was a tough one for SEGA—the video game developer—to make.
The executive producer revealed that after numerous discussions, SEGA finally gave in. Miller promised that the team would only tweak what was necessary, while staying true to the other features of the original character design.
Another gripe that some internet users had was the rather defined legs of ‘Sonic’ inside the promotional material. Its buff lower limbs and aforementioned tweaked features went on to inspire comical memes, shown below.
The guys that brought you Deadpool & The Fast and the Furious are bringing SONIC THE HEDGEHOG to the big screen! #SonicMovie speeds into theatres Nov 2019.
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) December 10, 2018
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountUK) December 10, 2018
— ˗ˏˋ Kaiya ˊˎ˗ (@heyhiyakaiya) December 10, 2018
God the more I look at this the worse it gets.
Looks like his eyes are going to be ten sizes too small with a huge head.
Nose looks so small.
Why are his calves so well defined? Why does it creep me out?
Yet his hands so tiny?
This is worse than the fan art with his shoes off.
— TheHaddockbanker (@haddockbanker) December 10, 2018
— Prinnia ❄️ comedy anime gods, grant my ship please (@prinniapuff) December 10, 2018
Found who’s the actor playing sonic pic.twitter.com/5jSrx6wqHn
— Rick (@KickAssTakeNaps) December 10, 2018
since I cannot see his actual face, I just decided to draw it instead … pic.twitter.com/eAY2G5gBZH
— BONKS ??? (@BonkiHart) December 10, 2018
— Lazonian’s art (@TrueLazonian) December 10, 2018
Saw the new motion poster for the upcoming Sonic movie and edited it to see how I would’ve handled the “realistic Sonic” design they aimed for XD
Painted on Sonic’s signature shoes also and gave him fingerless gloves haha#sonicthehedgehogmovie #SonicMovie #SonicTheHedgehog #edit pic.twitter.com/zLtFoqJYY3
— TEAriffic (@_Flora_Tea_) December 10, 2018
We already saw this coming
>Ken Penders buff body type that makes him look like a Monkey
>Blue arms to make Chris Chan rage again
>Nike sponsored shoes
>Those jacked legs
>No eyeballs but just his Pupils
— Bits (@TheBitsZ) December 10, 2018
— Lykenlord (@lykos24) December 10, 2018
— Lucky Hit (@LuckyHitSeries) December 10, 2018
— James Lloyd (@thejamesdlloyd) December 10, 2018
— K7 (@K7Sniper) December 12, 2018
[via NME, opening image via Paramount UK]
— Gate (@countgate) December 10, 2018