Always on the search for those ever-elusive “so bad it’s great” films.
By now you’ve probably seen the downright frightening trailer for the upcoming CGI-fest Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic created an insane amount of online backlash. Paramount Studios recently revealed the titular character’s design in the recent full length trailer and… nobody liked it. NOBODY.
I take that back. In the entirety of the internet, I’m sure there’s at least one person who fell in love with the abomination that is CGI Sonic 2019 and discovered a brand new Uncanny Valley fetish. The thing is, people saw this coming a mile away when the studio released or “leaked” a promotional silhouette of Sonic the Hedgehog a couple months ago:
If you’ve ever seen Sonic or played any of the games, it’s clear as day that even in this stylized, shadowed version of Sonic the Hedgehog is hardly like his source material.
The internet reacted in kind, with memes and jokes and “hot takes” that snowballed. Fowler came out and said they will redesign Sonic to the more familiar appearance. The film has a potential release date of November 8, 2019. That gives the animators just six months to completely overhaul the character design and plug it into the finished film.
To me, it seems like a band-aid on a compound fracture that’s broken the skin; there’s a lot more wrong with the Sonic trailer than just the visual design of Sonic.
Sure the internet is known for overreacting to everything, but this trailer got literally everything wrong. Some people online have speculated that this was an elaborate PR stunt in order to drum up interest and talk.
As they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Paramount has millions of eyes watching Sonic now. They’re eager and curious about what is for sure to be a mediocre film at best.