So yeah, that Sonic movie’s everyone dreadin-er, I mean, anticipating? A teaser trailer/poster for Paramount’s adaption came out the other day, and boy, people aren’t having it. Not that twenty years of an unbelievably mismanaged property would inspire confidence into the dreaded game-movie adaption, but with a second poster spotted in a theater, they’re…well, as they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words:
apparently a poster for Sonic The Hedgehog movie pic.twitter.com/WUrBpN7pOr
— Wario64 (@Wario64) December 12, 2018
“Sonic wuz here,” indeed. From the unnaturally toned, human-esque legs to the teaser video‘s inaccurate ring sound, the internet’s certainly been picking apart these nebulous ads with bemused horror. Personally speaking, I like to think I’m a “wait and see” kinda guy, but I admit not even an IGN interview with the film’s producers grants me much hope. Producer Neal Mortiz and Executive Producer Tim Miller discuss how they adapted a CGI Sonic into a real-life setting in presenting realistic his fur, modern shoes, and non-cartoonish eyes. Apparently, SEGA wasn’t entirely happy with that last one, although our only hint is a bulging pupil from the first poster.
Regardless, let’s not forget how the internet’s gone to town:
look at what happens when you brighten sonic's face on the Sonic the Hedgehog poster pic.twitter.com/UV78cLMWj9
— Steve Zaragoza of The Valleyfolk (@stevezaragoza) December 10, 2018
I’m trying to work out how they even got to Movie Sonic from Normal Sonic
And my conclusion is – inhaling absolutely shedloads of glue, it’s the only logical explanation pic.twitter.com/qfcaK5HFeH
— Tracker Christmas Blast (@Tracker_TD) December 10, 2018
— Kati Knitt (@KatiKnitt) December 12, 2018
— Brachy [Commissions Closed] (@BrachyZoid) December 12, 2018
We apologize for any use of eye bleach, but it doesn’t end there: believe it or not, Sonic developers ranging all the way back to the original Sonic the Hedgehog have commented on the initial poster and its negative reaction. GoNintendo has collected translations from a Japanese Sonic fan, but here’s a translation from our friends at Source Gaming for Yuji Naka, former Sonic Team head and co-creator of Sonic.
Translation: Judging from the comments this is being received quite poorly. Maybe it's the kind of thing that'll look better once you actually see it. Making live action movies based off of anime or manga is really hard. I wonder why it turns out this way. https://t.co/YUcDsivlfH
— Source Gaming (@AllSourceGaming) December 12, 2018
He’s got a point there. Other Sonic-involved staff had similar misgivings: Sonic’s designer Naoto Oshima disapproves of the realistic direction, Sonic Unleashed character designers Gurihiru — a two-artist team — expressed apprehension, and writer/designer Shiro Maekawa simply laughed at the design/the ensuing reaction. We should note this tweet by designer/producer Shun Nakamura has been interpreted as speechlessness, but as seen in a later tweet, he appears to be looking forward the film’s release.
Regardless, members of the film’s staff have spoken out since the teaser’s arrival, namely writer Patrick Casey and storyboard artist Douglas Olsen. Note the juxtaposition in response.
Interesting seeing fans hate on the idea of hybrid CGI/live action films as though Alvin and the Chipmunks was the only such movie ever made and Guardians of the Galaxy never happened
— Patrick Casey (@Pat_Kc) June 10, 2018
What a doozy — what can we possibly expect from this movie? Will it be so bad it’s good, or defy all odds and be a runaway success with both fans and SEGA alike? Can Ben Schwarz and Jim Carrey respectively bring Sonic and Dr. Eggman to life? All this and more will be revealed upon the film’s release next November, but in the meantime, let us know what you think of this craziness in the comments below!