Sega and Paramount Pictures have released the first teaser image for the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie, due to arrive next year – and, well, Sonic’s weirdly lithe new look will certainly be haunting my dreams tonight.
Inexplicably, the production team has opted to transform Sonic’s smooth, slightly rotund classic look, into something resembling an excessively hirsute human with a bulbous Sonic-shaped head and a punishing anaerobic fitness regime. Who is also blue. The overall effect, I’d argue, is more ‘limbering up for a sweaty night out down at the fetish bar’ than ‘endearing reimagining of a beloved video game character for a new family friendly movie franchise’.
Sonic’s teaser reveal comes via IGN, and is accompanied by a few words from executive producer Tim Miller. On the subject of Sonic’s top-to-toe fur makeover, Miller suggested, “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.”