First 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Poster Sparks Internet Mockery for Muscular Legs
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Many Twitter users ridicule the appearance of the anthropomorphized hedgehog in the upcoming live-action movie, which looks different from his classic design.

AceShowbiz - "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie doesn't get much love from internet users after revealing the design of its titular character in its first teaser poster. The anthropomorphized hedgehog is only featured in silhouette in the newly-released image, but it's enough to notice the distinct design from the character's usual appearance in the video game series.

Except for his iconic spiny head, the Sega mascot's body is altered to make him look more human. He is now covered in a thin layer of fluffy fur, sports realistic sneakers and has strangely-looking muscular legs. He also ditches his iconic white gloves.

Explaining the altered design, "Sonic the Hedgehog" executive producer Tim Miller says that the changes are necessary to match the live-action setting. "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," he tells IGN.

He reveals that there are more changes to come and Sega itself isn't particularly fond of the design of the eyes. "I don't think Sega was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, 'It's going to look weird if we don't do this,' " Miller shares. "But everything is a discussion, and that's kind of the goal, which is to only change what's necessary and stay true to the rest of it."

Despite the explanation, fans are clearly disappointed with the design of the hedgehog in the upcoming movie. One cynically tweets, "wow, the new design of Sonic is really faithful to the original games."

Someone else imagines how horrified the character would look like once Paramount Pictures unveils the full design.

Another compares it to Nintendo's brilliant idea for the upcoming Pokemon movie, "Pokemon Detective Pikachu".

Another laments the hardship of being a Sonic fan. "Why is being a Sonic fan so, so difficult," the said Twitter user weighs in.

Someone else similarly adds, "Being a Sonic the Hedgehog fan is tough. It's a masterclass in masochism."

"Sonic the Hedgehog" movie has tapped Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic. James Marsden will play a human character named Tom Wachowski, the newly appointed sheriff of Green Hills who befriends Sonic and aids him in his quest to stop Dr. Robotnik. Tika Sumpter is cast as Tom's wife, while Jim Carrey is taking the role of Dr. Robotnik, who is described as a brilliant but insane scientist and inventor plotting world domination.

Jeff Fowler serves as director with the script written by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller and Oren Uziel. The movie is set for U.S. release on November 15, 2019.

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