Sonic the Hedgehog movie character design to be reworked

'The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes.'

Following endless criticism, memes and general horror at the reveal of the first Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, Director Jeff Fowler has announced they will be reworking the character design.

Posting on Twitter, Fowler said confirmed that Paramount & Sega would be working hard to redo Sonic’s character design for the movie after taking on board the criticism levelled at the trailer.

“Thank you for the support,” Fowler writes. “And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast”

The most interesting, and perhaps concerning point of note is that there’s no mention of the movie being pushed back. Given it’s set to come out in November, that’s an awful lot of CG work to be done by some poor animators who likely weren’t involved in the design to begin with. We’re hopeful the work will be conducted in a fair manner without overstretching staff in the run-up to release.

Fans have already offered their attempts at a Sonic redesign, largely choosing to make him less unsettlingly human, but we’ll have to wait and see what route the movie designers choose to take. Removing those terrifying lips and teeth would be a good start, but there’s an awful lot to be done to make him a more appealing character. Even with Sonic adjusted, we still have concerns for the quality of the movie but hey, it’s a start.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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