When the Sonic the Hedgehog movie began teasing the character’s design back in December, fans immediately felt skeptical even though the Blue Blur hadn’t been fully unveiled. Then, a full trailer for the flick hit the web towards the end of April that caused quite the stir. It was bad. Real bad. Now, to hopefully remedy it, Paramount has agreed to a Sonic movie delay, pushing it into next year.
News of the Sonic movie delay came directly from the project’s director, Jeff Fowler. Shortly after the now infamous trailer landed, Fowler was lambasted by fans for the design choices made for the iconic character.
There seemed to be essentially no one that like that way the character looked, which certainly didn’t bode well in regards to the movie being a financial success. Fowler later took to Twitter to confirm that he would work with the project’s VFX artists to redesign Sonic and get the hedgehog’s look correct.
Fowler stated on May 2nd, “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be…”
Changes of that scale to Sonic’s design will certainly required a lot of work – and time. Time that Fowler and his team don’t really have with the movie’s initial release date of November 8th. Thus, the Sonic movie delay into February which Fowler confirmed today, saying they’re “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.”:
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
Ben Schwartz, the comedian/actor voicing the titular character, posted Fowler’s confirmation of the Sonic movie delay to Instagram with a note stating “And… is that a GLOVE I SEE?!?!?” This further suggests that Fowler and his team are now fully invested in getting the character’s long standing looks correct.
Hopefully this story ends up having a happy ending. It certainly seems like Jeff Fowler and Paramount are determined to make it so. Sonic the Hedgehog now sprints into theaters on February 14th, 2020.