AceShowbiz - Sonic the Hedgehog's new design has been unveiled in a new movie trailer altered after fans furiously mocked an ill-conceived earlier version.
The initial teaser for the film, which stars Jim Carrey as the computer-animated rodent's nemesis, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, was released in April, but devotees of the original SEGA console game expressed dismay at the character's looks, and the addition of human-like teeth in particular.
Following the controversy, Sonic's director Jeff Fowler, tweeted, "The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen," and a new, cartoonish version was revealed in a new trailer on Tuesday, November 12.
In the new trailer, Sonic's eyes have been enlarged, giving him a look closer to the original computer game character, while his teeth, though not totally removed, are far smaller, softened, and rounded.
"Sonic the Hedgehog" was originally due to debut in cinemas this month, but its release was pushed back to February to allow for the design changes.
Although fans are still skeptical about the new film, they are generally delighted with the changes.
One tweeted, "While I'm still not entirely thrilled about the Sonic Movie, that second trailer was miles better (pun intended) than the first. Yes the design looks better, but the music choice was more fitting, the jokes seemed more competent, and there were more nods to the games."
Another wrote that the original Sonic looked like, "something I might see in my nightmares," and that the new one was an improvement, but that they would probably avoid the movie because it looks, "really outdated and boring."