After backlash, Sonic the Hedgehog director vows to alter character’s design

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

The internet kicked up a huge stink over the last few days after seeing the first trailer for Paramount Pictures' live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film, and with good reason – the beloved Sega mascot's character design in the movie is a blue nightmare.

From his ghastly human teeth to his oddly buff legs and small feet, the film version of the speedy video game hedgehog barely resembles the character we all know and like (let's be honest, 'love' is a bit strong for Sonic). 

Well, pat yourselves on the back, internet, because you've won – Paramount and the film's director, Jeff Fowler, have heard your concerns and have vowed to alter the character's design in time for the film's release. 

Fowler took to Twitter to assure fans that he and the studio will do whatever it takes to make sure the movie version of Sonic does justice to the character.

While this is undeniably a win for fans and will surely result in a better film in the long run, we do feel sorry for the film's animators, who'll probably have to work their butts off in order to get Sonic the Hedgehog ready in time for its November 8 release. That said, at least Sonic won't look like this anymore...

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.