Twitter Is Not Here for Sonic the Hedgehog’s Weird Body Design
Guys ... what am I looking at here?
Ever since the first images of Sonic the Hedgehog were released, we’ve had questions. The beloved SEGA character, who will star in his own live-action movie, is a 3D CGI creation that has left fans somewhat concerned. First, there were the images of his super-jacked legs that raised some eyebrows.
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apparently a poster for Sonic The Hedgehog movie pic.twitter.com/WUrBpN7pOr
— Wario64 (@Wario64) December 12, 2018
There was also some confusion around his humanoid body shape, with some fans wondering why Sonic was looking so swole. Is Sonic supposed to be sexy? What are these weird feelings? I don’t want them.
Paramount and SEGA seem to have taken some notes from the initial fan reactions by redesigning Sonic to be less muscular … but still unsettlingly anthropomorphic. Advertising agency Hamagami/Carroll, Inc. has leaked the branding deck for the film, which was quickly removed after the internet caught wind of it. Here’s a look at the latest Sonic design:
— Tails’ Channel – #SonicMovie News & Updates (@TailsChannel) March 4, 2019
I don’t know, guys; this Sonic is creeping me out. Is it the full frontal nudity save for the sneakers? Is it the unsettling murdery grin? All I know is I don’t like it, and it seems like Twitter shares my feelings:
here I put a pair of GLASSY REAL HUMAN EYES on Sonic, did this fix it
is he better now, did I solve it y/n
(actually it doesn’t look that different, does it) pic.twitter.com/BdaGrSSoar
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 5, 2019
They made Sonic the Hedgehog look like the mascot for a disease in a pharmaceutical ad pic.twitter.com/RG1u8KOQjV
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) March 4, 2019
— Greg Hahn (@ItsGregHahn) March 4, 2019
So this is what Sonic looks like… pic.twitter.com/j17c7x796l
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) March 5, 2019
— Jonah Lobe (@Jonahlobe) March 5, 2019
Sonic the Hedgehog now looks like a Youth Pastor saying “the fastest way to Heaven is with a purity ring!” pic.twitter.com/uzcDJiw20Z
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) March 4, 2019
— Tannith (@TannithArt) March 5, 2019
Not even the most obvious design choices went right!
IT WASN’T THAT HARD
IT REALLY WASN’T THAT HARD
YOU ALREADY HAD A DEAL WITH NIKE pic.twitter.com/XXwiIzsrt7
— Alex Ventrella (@indigorush101) March 5, 2019
Even Sonic’s creator, Yuji Naka, isn’t feeling the redesign. Naka tweeted, “Is this a Sonic movie? I feel that it is important to look at the whole body visual of Sonic and head body and stomach. Did you not get a little more balance?”
— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) March 5, 2019
We’ll have to wait and see if the design gets any more tweaks before the film is released. Honestly, I’m not expecting a lot from this film given the dismal history of video game movies. Not even the casting of Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Sonic can get me excited. Schwartz will also be joined by James Marsden and Jim Carrey, who plays the villainous Eggman.
Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters Nov. 8, 2019. Are you excited or skeeved out by the new character design?
(via Polygon, image: Sega)
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