The first motion poster for the Sonic the Hedgehog film promises "a whole new speed of hero."
The film follows Sonic as he ends up on Earth, and must adjust to the surprising world around him. While Sonic has been a presence in video games for more than 25 years, and has appeared numerous times in animated form, this will be the first feature-length film based on the popular video game character.
The motion poster shared doesn’t reveal everything about Sonic, but does highlight some changes to his design, including tweaking his classic sneakers and drawing attention to the character’s fur, which has drawn flak online.
“It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing," executive producer Tim Miller (Deadpool) told IGN. “It was always, for us, fur -- and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature.”
One of the defining elements of the character (his ridiculous speed) still plays a major role in the film, Miller explained. "We had some time to figure out the speed: What it looks like, what it feels like for a character to do that and how it relates to our world... It’s finding the visual language and figuring out how it’s going to evolve over time.”
Set for release on Nov. 8, 2019, Sonic the Hedgehog stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, with James Marsden, Neal McDonough, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally and Natasha Rothwell.