So I'm pretty sure people online have already seen the teaser for the live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie.
...if you haven't, you might want to get brought up to speed.
To sum up the internet:
The Sonic movie seems to have had a rough production. Negativity began with the first teaser poster, hinting that the live action movie would feature a tweaked design.
Even with other poster leaks showing the design in a better light, any hope went up when the trailer dropped earlier this week.
...Yeah, I'm not one for this. I understand they're trying to make it look realistic, but one rare occasions it has never really worked out well when taking cartoon characters and bringing them into the real world. Remember Garfield and the Smurfs?
(shivers) It's even more jarring when the Sega games actually had Sonic interfering with humans and never tweaked the design, but then again I have no clue how much influence they have with the movie. Either way, word of mouth got so loud Paramount, who is distributing the film, and the film's director Jeff Fowler, decided changes would have to be made to the film.
So, that's a good sign, right? ...sure?
The extent of how much the design is going to be changed is unknown. It could be minor changes with the eyes, the animators trying to make Sonic more cartoony, or they might overhaul and do the design more closer to the cartoon. Anything's possible, and with that means the production may effect the film's original November release date. Even then, reshoots have already happened. Jim Carrey's appearance matching more to the game at the end of the trailer was apparently from reshoots made from an earlier test screening.
Even if they do overhaul the design, I don't think that'll help the film nor the studio. The film's premise will still be Sonic coming to our world to save it from destruction or something, Dr. Robotnik working with the government to stop him and I'm guessing setting up the two's rivalry, it feels very straight forward. And that's odd, especially how insane the Sonic games can get. Redoing the animation and rendering will probably add more to the budget, as well as new promotional material for a new release date depending on these edits.
And I'm not angry at anyone who did the design. Clearly the studio was fine with it, Sega had to have been for it to get green lit, I'm not going to be angry over animators who are doing their jobs, and I can see how someone would think this design would work for bringing it to the real world. I mean it's freaky looking at some spots, but other moments does look...decent...
...I'm in a minority on thinking that, aren't I?
Look, maybe this is for the better, maybe the film we get might be very entertaining, but so far Sonic the Hedgehog is going fast into production overhaul, and we can only hope for the best...or worst.