The film's director promises via Twitter that changes to the character's design are "going to happen," adding the hashtag #GottaFixFast.
It's rare that fans complaining online about movies really accomplishes anything on the creative end, but that's proving not to be the case with the upcoming "Sonic the Hedgehog" film.
The latest brouhaha came after the full trailer was released and fans were horrified by his "creepy human" teeth and overall design. And this isn't the first time they've complained about the video game character's "live-action" look.
After a single poster was released several months back, fans criticized how muscular Sonic's legs were (the only part of him that was showing). They certainly looked slimmer in the trailer, but now everything else is proving problematic for fans.
All that noise was heard by the film's director Jeff Fowler, who took to Twitter on Thursday to assure fans that changes to Sonic's design are "going to happen." It might seem like a shocking move to make for a film slated to hit theaters this year, but as the character is totally CGI, it might be possible.
Thank you for the support. 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 🔧✌️
Further, fanboy crying and complaining online has been proven to sometimes have a negative impact on a film's box office -- though not always, as in the case of "Captain Marvel." In most cases, though, there is little a film's creators can do if early reactions to their film are bad.
But when it comes to special effects and CGI, well those can be tweaked just about right up to the release. And in this case, it's perhaps surprising that Fowler and his team couldn't have anticipated this exact complaint. The beef fans have is that the new Sonic has strayed way too far, in their eyes, from the character's original design.
Long limbs, short body, big head and eyes and ... well the jury is out on what his teeth should look like, apparently. He's never had sharp hedgehog teeth, but neither has he had human teeth this well-defined.
I get why everyone is freaking out about how Sonic looks in the trailer. It's because his teeth are not accurate to real hedgehogs.
It certainly doesn't help that "Detective Pikachu" is hitting theaters soon and it's characters look like virtually identical to their video game counterparts and live-action at the same time. On top of that, Sonic is one of the most recognizable and iconic characters and silhouettes in all of entertainment, so why mess with success?
The all-new, all-different "Sonic the Hedgehog" will hopefully still hit theaters in November 2019.