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Poster for ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie sparks memes

Gotta go fast and far away from this nightmare fuel.


Joseph Knoop

Internet Culture

Published Dec 10, 2018   Updated May 20, 2021, 11:46 pm CDT

Last month, we saw realistic (and somewhat terrifying) versions of our favorite animated Pokémon characters in the trailer for the upcoming Detective Pikachu film. Now we’re about to find out what Sonic the Hedgehog will look like in a new live-action film. 

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IGN revealed the first look at the 2019 Sonic the Hedgehog film today. There isn’t much to see—just a poster with a silhouette of the Sega character ready to sprint into action—but it was enough to spark jokes and memes.

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Those familiar with Sonic’s overall look might notice some subtle, offputting differences between the video game character and the version that appears in the poster, including a surprisingly toned musculature and a face that looks a bit angular.

Fans were quick to point out these differences.

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For some fans, it’s all about Sonic’s body shape. Like a lot of cartoon or video game characters, many of Sonic’s features are exaggerated or minimized in order to accentuate certain aspects of his body and attitude.

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Of course, plenty of people can’t help but compare this poster to the trailer for Detective Pikachu

Even Japanese fans are being forced to confront Sonic’s weird little body.

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There’s also the eyes. In the games and cartoons, Sonic typically has one big eye-hole that bridges over his nose. It’s the kind of silly anime-esque thing you’d expect, but it works, and one imagines it makes it easier to animate his expressions. Judging from the live-action movie poster, though, Sonic’s eyes might be smaller.

The whole eye thing calls to mind the haunted Sonic video game creepypasta from last year, where the hedgehog’s eyes were glazed over with bloodlust.

Even in IGN’s first look at the movie, executive producer Tim Miller (who also directed Deadpool) said the eyes were one of the hardest things to nail down.

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“I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it,” Miller said to IGN. “He’s not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world.”

Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on November 8, 2019 in the United States, November 28 in Australia, and December 6 in the U.K.

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2018, 11:54 am CST