Earlier this week Paramount Pictures released the “first look” for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and reactions were pretty negative, to say the least. It didn’t help matters that a second, just as bad poster was released a couple of days later.
The issue is that the teaser posters have yet to truly show what Sonic is going to look like, but the images we’ve seen so far have a lot of fans concerned. In response to the backlash, one of the film’s writer, Patrick Casey, took to Twitter.
— Patrick Casey (@Pat_Kc) December 11, 2018
Oh. Ok Patrick, I guess we’ll all just “relax”. I’m glad that’s resolved now.
While this may imply the redesign doesn’t look as bad as the internet is making it out to be, the issue is that we just don’t know for sure yet. That being said, Yuji Naka, a main programmer of multiple Sonic games, including the original, took to Twitter as well to express his own concern. The following is a rough translation of Naka’s tweet.
“From the comments here, it looks like it’s very badly received. I wonder if the movie is actually good when you watch it. I see many movies based on Anime or games are unpopular. I wonder why that happens…”
So we have one creative telling our concerns are understandable and another telling us to bluntly “relax”. Sure, we should wait for a full reveal before getting all riled up over a redesigned video game icon, but this is 2018 man, the age of information and technology! So, obviously, that isn’t going to happen.