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After a 'loud, clear' backlash, Sonic the Hedgehog got a major redesign for his upcoming film — here's how he looks now

Ben Gilbert , Business Insider US
 Nov 14, 2019, 06:53 AM
Old Sonic (left) and new Sonic (right).
Sega/Paramount Pictures
  • "Sonic the Hedgehog," a new live-action movie starring the world's most popular blue hedgehog, was scheduled to hit theaters this November.
  • The first trailer for the movie sparked major criticism on the internet over the way Sonic looked.
  • The movie's director, Jeff Fowler, responded with a vow to change Sonic's look. "You aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen," he wrote on Twitter.
  • After a major redesign, the latest trailer for "Sonic the Hedgehog" reveals a much more cartoonish Sonic - he no longer has humanoid teeth, and he's got his characteristic white gloves on.
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After decades of appearances in video games, cartoons, plush figurines, and all other manner of merchandising, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own live-action film.

That film - titled "Sonic the Hedgehog" - was scheduled to arrive this November. But the first trailer for it landed earlier this year, and the reaction was strong to say the least. Strongly negative, that is.

The issue mostly centered on the look of Sonic:

Horrifying! Why does he have teeth?!

After years of cartoon depictions of the speedy blue hedgehog, the pseudo-real version of Sonic had some people freaking out. So much so, in fact, that the film's director vowed to change the look of Sonic ahead of the movie's release.

Moreover, the movie was delayed to re-work Sonic's look - it's now scheduled to arrive on February 14, 2020.

Now, six months later, we've got a new trailer with a much, much less weird-looking Sonic.

No teeth! More cartoony! And he's got gloves!
Paramount Pictures/Sega

Take a look at the latest trailer for "Sonic the Hedgehog" right here:

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