‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Tries Again: Does the Redesign Work Now?

Please allow him to reintroduce himself: “I’m Sonic, a little super ball of energy in an extremely handsome package,” the titular alien says in the new trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

That package looks a lot different than it did in a trailer that was released back in April. After a huge online backlash over Sonic’s creepily humanlike appearance, the film’s release date was delayed by three months while the character was redrawn. “The message is loud and clear,” tweeted director Jeff Fowler. “You aren’t happy with the design & you want changes.”

Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️

Sonic 2.0 looks more like he did in the original 1991 Sega video game, with larger eyes, fewer teeth, a less pointed nose, creamier fur and a more compact body. The new trailer gives less screen time to Jim Carrey’s mustachioed villain, Dr. Robotnik, while emphasizing the bromance between Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) and his human friend Tom (James Marsden).

The clip features the speedy Sonic playing baseball and pingpong with himself and suggests a jokey version of “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” as military forces pursue the space creature. Of course, he eludes them, leading Dr. Robotnik to exclaim, “Oh, give me a big fat break!”

Paramount hopes fans won’t have the same reaction when “Sonic the Hedgehog” hits theaters on Feb. 14.

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