Earlier this week, on April 30 to be exact, American film studio Paramount Pictures, via their YouTube channel, uploaded the official trailer for upcoming adventure comedy film Sonic The Hedgehog based on the video game franchise of the same name to vast disapproval by the internet. Just look at the likes to dislikes discrepancy for the three-minute trailer. Over half a million dislikes, in just four days, compared to just under 295,000 likes. The online outcry particularly centered on the titular hedgehog’s appearance and human-like teeth, have not gone unnoticed by the staff. Especially the film’s first time director.
Jeff Fowler took to Twitter only three days after the trailer’s release to reassure fans that changes are coming:
Along with Sonic being Fowler’s directorial debut, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film as writer and director of the short animated film 2004 short Gopher Broke.
While this will be Sonic’s debut on the big screen, Sonic’s official debut came in 1991 with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog by Japanese developer and publisher Sega for the Sega Genesis serving as a rival mascot to Nintendo’s Mario. Throughout the 90s he did a fairly decent job. As for how Sonic fared at the turn of the millennium, its best to leave that in the past.
“Gotta go fast” is the catchphrase best associated with the blue hedgehog and to get the fans back on their side, they will have to do just like the hashtag used by Fowler and “Gotta fix fast.” Sonic The Hedgehog is slated for release November 8, 2019.
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