When last month’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer dropped, fans and outside observers immediately took issue with the titular hedgehog’s eerie hyper-realistic appearance. That’s without counting the Blue Blur’s creators and Takashi Iizuka. Soon after the trailer’s premiere, director Jeff Fowler addressed the criticism on Twitter and announced they would go back to the drawing board. That brings us to today, as Fowler announced the movie’s delay to February 14, 2020.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
Sonic the Hedgehog movie: Weighing the good against the bad
With the surprise goodwill towards ‘hog and animators alike, I’m starting to consider actually seeing the movie.
Going so far as to say I’m hopeful might be a bit of a stretch. Video game-based films historically struggle to be decent at best, with the “curse” of awful adaptations finally being broken by Pokémon: Detective Pikachu just two weeks ago. Origin story aside, the Sonic movie’s premise also recycles an overused and tired Hollywood formula. We’re talking titular, hyper-real CGI “aliens” (umbrella term) juxtaposed by live action “Wow, what if X was in our world?” hijinks with celebrity co-stars: The Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Hop (also starring James Marsden, funnily enough)…
That said, there are things the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is getting right. Fans quickly accepted Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation, Dewey in DuckTales) as the hedgehog’s new voice for the film, and there probably isn’t a better casting choice for Doctor Eggman than the comically manic Jim Carrey. While Sonic’s design was universally panned, they’re wisely redesigning him to be more palatable to the eye. Will the new look be closer to his iconic design, or a middle ground with what came before? Time will tell if the delay will pay off.
Have recent developments changed your mind on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie? Are you gonna sit this one out, or will you invite that special someone to see it with you on Valentine’s Day? Share your thoughts in the comments below!