It’s never a good when the trailer drops for your potentially blockbuster movie and it is met with major criticism and derision because of how a lead character looks.
And no, we’re not talking about Will Smith in “Aladdin.’
The backlash concerns the live-action Sonic The Hedgehog. Yeah, you heard us.
At issue from fans is that the iconic character from the SEGA video games has had a CGI makeover of epic proportions and people are not happy. Bottom line, moviemakers shouldn’t mess with characters that millions of people grew up with and played with for years and years.
The more-than-poor fan reaction also prompted prop bets on Bovada on how well or poorly the movie will do when it opens in November. Yeah, pretty sure the Paramount and SEGA marketing departments weren’t prepared to do damage control six months before tickets to “Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie when on sale.
Now the changes are going to take more time and the movie will now be released in February 2020.
“Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right. #novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie,’ Fowler tweeted.
The objections to Sonic’s movie-looks focuses on the fact the beloved character looks more human than hedgehog with thicker, longer legs, small eyes and perfect teeth. His general proportions are just off, disgruntled fans raged. Online criticism was swift and harsh, ranging from “The Godfather’ quotes to those outright saying the CGI artists should be charged with a crime:
“Look how they massacred my boy!’
“Who in the hell decided that this Should be what Sonic looks like? This is terrible.’
“This deserves jail time – period.’
“Huh … what is this blue rat supposed to be?
“Well, that #SonicTheHedgehog trailer is fucking weird. If I found him hiding in a shed I’d 100% kill him with a shovel and ask questions later.’
Many fans too have attempted to redesign the character themselves – some successfully and others with parodies that make the character look even worse.
Twitter was so chockfull of Sonic movie hate that the director decided he need to face the onslaught himself.
Fowler’s response was met with praise for his maturity, lack of defensiveness and willingness to make changes. Of course, the amount of change might be out of his hands.
The original budget for the film was $90 million and the “fix’ is likely going to be pricey – though no one is offering up a probably price tag. Between redesign and computer rendering – especially since he appears a majority of the film’s frames.
“This demonstrates the power of social media and the value it can bring to filmmakers and studios in terms of providing direct feedback from the fans who, at the end of the day, are the folks you ultimately want to please,’ Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, told USA Today. “I have to give the studio and director credit for running the cost benefit analysis and, for the good of the movie and the fans, making the changes,’ Dergarabedian said.
Adding insult to injury is that fact all the negative Sonic press is happening at the same time another gaming character hitting movie theaters today is getting high praise for its authenticity – Pikachu. “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,’ voiced by Ryan Reynolds, is expected to put a small dent into the box office draw of “Avengers: Endgame.’
Right now, with “Sonic the Hedgehog’ turning to fixers, it can only dream of such success.
You can get in on the action on how the movies will be received with three bets on Bovada, one regarding is fan-rating success on Rotten Tomatoes and two more on if will receive Razzie nominations or awards.
Sonic The Hedgehog – Tomatometer Rating
Over 15.5 -120
Under 15.5 -120
Will “Sonic The Hedgehog’ Win A Golden Razzie Award?
Will “Sonic The Hedgehog’ Be Nominated For A Golden Razzie Award?