It’s a time for celebration in the Sonic fandom as Paramount pictures announced they’ve taken all the fan feedback, Sonic redesign ideas (and some good-natured roasting) to heart and will be changing Sonic’s character model for the new movie that was announced to release on November 8th of this year. This kind of announcement is welcome news since the majority of Sonic fans thought the original character concept was born from the depths of the darkest part of the uncanny valley. The strange “man-hog” with Slenderman-like proportions set the internet on fire, and not in a good way. Even now there’s a debate to be had as to whether the change was necessary, but I’m of the opinion that if it’s good for Sonic fans, it’s good for the movie. Bringing the look of the character closer to the classic will make sure that there’s no confusion, and better yet no nightmares. Seriously, the original trailer is haunting.
Paramount did receive a small amount of unreasonable criticism before and after their announcement in the usual social media networks, but overall the response to the redesign has been positive. There is some concern for the team handling the visual effects and 3d animation for the film since it’s so close to release. They’re going to have to put a lot of work in to change so much in a few short months, and even then if the script is bad all that effort may end up being wasted. I’m hopeful that the redesign is a sign of how much they respect the source material. Some people won’t be happy no matter what Paramount does, but the movie is being marketed toward the fans and fans are rallying behind the studio now that the redesign has been confirmed. The people making the biggest stink about Paramount Studios “bending the knee” to “toxic fans” were most likely never going to pay money to see it in the first place.
It should be pretty obvious by now to see what camp I’m in. I grew up with Sonic, and I have fond memories of playing everything from the OG “Sonic the Hedgehog” to the obscure “Dr. Robotniks Mean Bean Machine”. Sonic is an iconic character from the 16-bit era, and part of the reason for that is his original design. I am a bit biased of course, it was my childhood, and while I’ve grown up and my tastes have changed, I still have a soft spot for the “Blue Blur”. I think it was a wise decision for Paramount to redesign Sonic. It keeps the fandom from feeling alienated, it gives the movie good press and grabs attention and most importantly it won’t give 4-year-olds night terrors. What do you think? Was this a good move on Paramount’s part? Did you like the original design? Let us know in the comments.