Everybody is loving Sonic the Hedgehog’s new design for his upcoming movie. After receiving a scathing backlash over the movie’s original design of the iconic character, Paramount Pictures responded by completely redesigning the blue blur.
So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the studio for listening to fans and providing a more faithful representation of Sega’s mascot.
However, at least one person is not impressed by the studio’s decision to buckle under pressure. Actor Jim Carrey, who portrays Sonic’s archenemy Dr. Ivo Robotnik in the film, has voiced criticism at the redesign.
In an interview with the Sioux City Journal, Carrey said:
“I believe in auteurs. I believe in creatives. We do what we can do and then technology is going to have its way and people’s opinions are going to have their way. And who knows what it’s going to turn into? You just become their Frankenstein monster at some point, right?”
To be fair, he does have a point about the dangers of allowing a mob mentality to join forces with technology for the purpose of changing the artistic integrity of a project.
That being said, the original design of Sonic was a particularly special scenario. That version of Sonic was nightmare fuel. It was just downright awful.
Moreover, even the creatives behind the film, director Jeff Fowler and visual effects artist Tim Miller, were reportedly unhappy with the original design. They wanted it to be closer to the source material from the get-go. Studio interference is what gave us the mutant version. Paramount probably assumed if Sonic looked more realistic he would appeal to a wider audience not familiar with the video games.
To their credit, after seeing the negative response from fans and non-fans alike, they backed down and let the directors and visual effects team make the necessary adjustments. (Which were not cheap.)
Sonic the Hedgehog speeds into theaters on February 14, 2020.