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The live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film is being delayed nearly three months to give the creative team more time to fix the CGI character after the widespread backlash to the original live-action design. It’ll now hit theaters on February 14th, 2020.

Director Jeff Fowler announced the new date on Twitter, a few weeks after he confirmed that the team would be redesigning Sonic following the initial debut of the design in the first trailer. Fowler’s tweet also included the hashtag “#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie,” hopefully to assuage fears that the visual effects teams would not be put through the wringer trying to fix the character in time for the original November release.

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Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.#novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie

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Whether or not three months extra is enough to fix the character is up in the air. As Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman (whose own film featured similar CGI character) noted to The Verge when the redesign was first announced, “it would be very difficult for us to redesign anything. We spent a year designing all the characters ahead of shooting so that we could get it all right. If we were off by an inch on Pikachu, [actor] Justice Smith’s performance would go right out the window. For us, it would have been impossible — but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes — they’re in a difficult spot.”

Without a better look into the Sonic the Hedgehog process, it’s not clear whether there are similar challenges here, but it sounds like Fowler and his team will have plenty to keep them busy in the coming months.

To say that fans were unhappy with the design of Sonic in the first trailer is a bit of an understatement, with complaints about the character’s differences from the original games and uncannily realistic proportions, among other things. Here’s hoping that the studio’s second shot at the design is a little more friendly.


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I mean, regardless of whether they get it right or not this time, it won't change the fact that the movie will suck. Good on them for trying though, I guess.

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You can fix Sonic but you can't fix that sense of humor. I commend the team in charge of the art direction for listening to feedback but there is a lot of stuff in there that can't be fixed with a Sonic remodeling.

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Jim Carry is still going to ruin this movie for me. He went from being one of my favorite comedy actors to non-stop political, demonizing anyone who he disagrees with through his grotesque art style.

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I mean, regardless of whether they get it right or not this time, it won't change the fact that the movie will suck. Good on them for trying though, I guess.

Yeah, I kind of feel like this whole controversy about Sonic's design has moved the conversation away from the fact that a movie is about more than just the design of the main character, and it will probably suck regardless. 

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Regardless, I'm in it for Jim Carrey so I guess this will make the movie more tolerable to watch !

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I actually support this and will be going to the cinema to see it, it's nice to see them taking feedback seriously, even if the film does still end up being awful in every other aspect, at least now we can say they gave a damn about something, lol...