From being one of the most complained about trailers online, a lot of hype is now building around the release of Sonic the Hedgehog. The movie is set to come out next month, and Fandango has released a new clip of Sonic talking with James Marsden’s Tom.
While Sonic does seem all-powerful with his speed and whatnot, this scene gives us some good insight on why he needs to keep Tom around. The deal is, Sonic doesn’t know his way around the world, so no matter how fast he goes, he still needs Tom to give him the proper direction.
I have to say, the humor for Sonic is actually pretty great, and I’m sure kids are going to love him. Now fans are curious if we would get this same kind of positive reaction if Paramount just kept to their original design for Sonic. It was certainly a good move for the film to be delayed and settle for this more marketable look for the character.
Catch Sonic the Hedgehog when he speeds into theaters this coming Feb. 14.
IGN premiered the first poster, a brief motion poster, for the live-action/animated hybrid arriving in 2019, and early reactions have pegged Sonic’s as weirdly muscular if not all too much like a human wearing Sonic’s massive head.“Weird flex BUT OKAY,” one user said on IGN’s Instagram.” “Why does Sonic have knees and elbows,” another questioned
“Parks & Recreation” star Ben Schwartz provides the voice for Sonic and stars opposite James Marsden and Jim Carrey as the live-action humans in the film. Jeff Fowler directs the video game movie, and “Fast & Furious” producer Neal Moritz is producing along with “Deadpool’s” Tim Miller executive producing. Fowler, Moritz, and Miller defended some of their character’s design choices speaking with IGN, including the decision to give Sonic fur.
“That was always Stage 1 of adapting it to what the real world is and what a real animal would be like,” Miller said. “It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing. It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature.”
“He’s not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world,” Miller added about another decision to give Sonic two eyes, even though in the course of the game, his two dimensional character is typically only ever seen with one.