AceShowbiz - Paramount Pictures has been relatively quiet about "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie after the first official glimpse of the title character was met with backlash from fans. Now, the first look at the character's full body has made its way out online in the form of leaked images.
Hamagami/Carroll, a marketing firm, recently posted several images on its website showing a full look at the character's redesign from head-to-toe. According to the website, it created packaging "for all of the licensed retail products within the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise."
"You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world who isn't familiar with SEGA's beloved IP, Sonic the Hedgehog," writes Hamagami/Carroll. "But global reverence does come with a unique price. In creating a licensing and packaging program to be used worldwide and to be applied against targeting multiple audience demographics, it was necessary to strike a balance between staying true to the Sonic brand, while appealing to a global audience, and differentiating from previous Sonic merchandise packaging."
The website, however, may have accidentally posted the images since it has taken down the images.
Fans, meanwhile, have quickly reacted to the first full look at the Sega mascot in the upcoming live-action movie and it's suffice to say that their opinions haven't changed. "This is the stuff of nightmares," one wrote on Twitter, while another added, "What in God's green earth is that!!!?"
"Holy s**t that's terrifying," someone else reacted. Many others expressed their disapproval with memes and gifs.
There are some others, though, who think it's not that bad. "Looks a lot better than most people seemed to expect. Honestly, I think it's gonna be a good film. !!!Emphasis on 'good'!!! Not great. Not amazing. Only good. There's no way this will be a masterpiece," one shared his thought.
Another agreed, writing, "Tbh i still have mixed feelings about the design but its better than i thoght it end up be. And i will give it a chance maybe in the movie he will look amazing because i heard the people working on the movie are talented and they have worked before on amazing movie titles."
"He doesn't looks as bad as I thought he would look, but still, that's not the Sonic that I know," someone else similarly added.
Another user offered a solution, "I appreciate that they went for realism, but it's an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog in sneakers. That's just gonna look stupid if you actually do it. The look they should've gone with was how Donald and Goofy looked in The Caribbean in Kingdom Hearts 3."
The movie's first teaser poster only showed the anthropomorphized hedgehog's silhouette, but it's enough to notice the differences. Fans took issue with the fact that the upcoming movie would make the character more human with a thin layer of fluffy fur, realistic sneakers and strangely-looking muscular legs. They also complained why the character doesn't wear his iconic white gloves.
"Sonic the Hedgehog" executive producer Tim Miller has explained why the altered design is necessary. "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 told IGN in December. "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 argued. "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."
The 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 live-action movie is slated for a November 8 release in the United States.