‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ trailer reveals the character’s horrifying human teeth

We have our first trailer for the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie and reactions have been mixed at best. The downvotes on YouTube are approximately equal to the upvotes, a surprising phenomenon for a trailer that should be primarily attracting people who are predisposed to be excited about the film.

By comparison, the trailer for Pokémon Detective Pikachu currently has 1.4 million upvotes and only 67,000 downvotes.

Chief among the many complaints for the Sonic movie’s trailer is the odd use of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” and Sonic’s terrifying mouthful of human teeth. Look at these teeth!

This is all that much sadder when you think about Sonic’s history. In the early 1990s, Sega desperately needed a new character to compete with Nintendo’s Mario. The game itself had to be similar enough that kids would know how to play it, but different enough to stand out. Sonic fit the bill perfectly and was a huge success. The original 1991 game’s focus on speed felt like a revelation at the time. Sonic zipped through levels at a pace that made 12-year-old hearts race and saved Sega’s butt at a time when Nintendo’s dominance seemed all absolute.

So maybe the most surprising thing about the new live-action Sonic movie is that it took this long to come out. Perhaps Sega was still frightened by the disastrous 1993 live-action Super Mario Brothers film, which, even after the rosy glow of nostalgia set in, still sits at a dismal 28% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

But given the excitement over Detective Pikachu, the time seems ripe to set Sonic free to play in the human world.

Unfortunately, the trailer shows a movie that seems to rely on every cliché we’ve come to expect from these kinds of films, right down to the “frozen time” segment that we already saw used in its perfected form during X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Ultimately, horrifying human teeth aside, the real problem with the trailer is that it fails to do what the original 1991 game did so well: Give us something new to be excited about.

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David Britton

David Britton

David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.