The Sonic the Hedgehog movie's redesigned protagonist appears to have been revealed.
His new look seems to be a heck of a lot closer to the speedy blue mammal you know from the games, after an early trailer promoted a vocal backlash from fans. Physical advertisements for the movie that show Sonic with a much less frighteningly human head have been spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter users. In fact, if you didn't look too close, you might think it was just an extra-furry version of Modern Sonic.
Here's a wider picture of the allegedly leaked redesigned #SonicMovie standee image. Source is also unconfirmed. #SonicNews pic.twitter.com/fdS1KbBleUNovember 6, 2019
The original movie design for Sonic the Hedgehog gave him an upsettingly human-looking face (and teeth), giving him the overall effect of being a muscular child in a furry blue onesie. The redesign restores his skinny limbs, his white gloves, and his trademark lopsided smirk. It almost gives him back his old connected goggle eyes, though it doesn't go quite that far into cartoon territory. The biggest remaining difference from the game version now, aside from having individually rendered fur/quills, is that his arms are still blue.
No official announcements have been made about Sonic's new look so far, aside from the movie's producer saying that "the fans have a voice in this too", but the appearance in that leak lines up with another one spotted in October.
at this point its going to spread like wildfire, i posted the image to the public first and i didn't take a photo. pic.twitter.com/U1OHewhdp5October 27, 2019
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie was originally due to hit theaters this week, but it was delayed because of the overwhelmingly negative response fans had for the original design. It looks like fans are much more pleased with the new version, so hopefully the movie as a whole will be similarly well received when it hits theaters on February 14, 2020.
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