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The ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ live-action redesign is a marked improvement

After complaints from fans, the filmmakers totally overhauled Sonics weirdly realistic design.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 12, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 11:13 pm CDT

Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the weirder movie controversies this year. When the first trailer came out in April, Sonic fans were so disgusted by the character’s weirdly “realistic” CGI design that Sonic’s human-looking teeth became a meme unto themselves. Paramount Pictures decided to delay the film a few months and redo Sonic to look more like his cartoonish origins, and now they’ve unveiled the new version.

The new and improved Sonic is a lot more stylized and, crucially, doesn’t seem to have a mouth full of photorealistic teeth. Fans reacted positively to the character’s redesign on Twitter.

Naturally, the new trailer also gave the internet more material for Sonic memes.

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Co-starring Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and James Marsden as Sonic’s human friend, Sonic the Hedgehog comes out on Feb. 14, 2020. It bears very little resemblance to its video game inspiration, but then again, Detective Pikachu was also pretty different from most people’s experience of Pokémon, and it was still a hit.

You can watch the newly designed Sonic in the trailer below.


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*First Published: Nov 12, 2019, 9:01 am CST