Sonic Creator Has One Problem with the Hedgehog’s Movie Redesign

The revamped design of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie's titular character has been generally well-received. The character's updated appearance was revealed in a new trailer, showcasing how the filmmakers abandoned the human-like teeth, calves and eyes and replaced them with the cartoon features that fans have become accustomed to over the decades.

Though most seem satisfied with the extraordinary efforts that the production team put into re-editing the CGI hero, Sonic creator Yuji Naka took issue with the fact that Paramount seems to want to deny the existence of the old look. In a series of tweets (translated by DualShockers), Naka wrote, "Sonic's new design for the movie is out. However, it seems they're making it as if the old design didn't exist, as the movie official account’s old tweets were deleted." He then added, "I wanted to see a special DVD version of the movie which used the old design. Too bad."

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In a follow-up tweet, Naka then revealed one issue he still had with Sonic's appearance. He wrote, "His eyes still aren't joined together, as expected. I can't help but feel weird about that one point." However, he went on to praise the general improvements to the character and concluded that he is looking forward to the film's release.

Naka introduced the blue speedster to the world in 1991 with the Genesis game, Sonic the Hedgehog. He went on to create a number of follow-up games and spinoffs that expanded on the cast of characters and each helped to make Sonic a video game icon.

Opening Feb. 14, director Jeff Fowler's Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, with James Marsden, Neal McDonald, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally and Natasha Rothwell.

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