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Fan criticism leads to delay for Sonic movie

Published on: 28th May 2019

A backlash followed the release of the first trailer as fans were unhappy about the design of the iconic blue hedgehog.

Paramount Pictures is pushing its Sonic the Hedgehog movie back three months, from 8th November to Valentine’s Day. The delay follows fan criticism over the appearance and design of the blue hedgehog, particularly his teeth and lean legs.

Director Jeff Fowler tweeted that it was “taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.”

Earlier this month, Jeff took to Twitter to address the backlash following the trailer release. “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes,” he tweeted. “It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega is fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast.”

Ben Schwartz voices Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey plays Sonic’s nemesis Doctor Robotnik, alongside James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough and Adam Pally. In the film, a small-town sheriff assists Sonic as he attempts to escape the government.

The project, based on the Sega video game franchise, had been in the works at Sony, but Paramount picked up the project last year when the studio let its film rights lapse. Sega launched the Sonic game in 1991 and has sold more than 360m copies to date, including both packaged and digital games on consoles, tablets and mobile

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