In 2019, we should be getting a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. In principle, this is a good thing. The blue blazer has been part of video game history since the early 90’s. However when Paramount got ahold of Sonic, you’d have thought it’d have translated fairly easily. There’s an already well established cast, a simple but fun protagonist and lots of reference artwork… But yet, it still went wrong, didn’t it?
This isn’t me bashing on the film, so don’t worry, if you’re excited for the film then more power to you. I think I’d like to see it when it’s out, as I think there’s some small bit of promise behind it… But the first thing I noticed was the way Sonic looked. I’m definitely not the only one, as the internet got furious over the way the legendary hedgehog looked. This has become a massive point of contention, causing an early amount of backlash from fans.
All it took was a combination of realistic fur and a scarily human mouth, meaning that Sonic didn’t feel like the character we all knew and loved. As gamers, as fans and even as non-fans of the franchise, people spoke up and the studio listened. In an incredibly bold move, the director and writer for the film, Jeff Fowler, decided to put a statement out on Twitter. He said change would happen.
There’s not a whole lot to say on the situation that hasn’t already been said, but it’s a wild ride that I think everyone should know about. A lot of people are saying this is bad for the animators, due to overtime and there are arguments on both sides of the coin here. On the one hand, more work isn’t particularly great, but especially as the film is due to come out in November.
On the other hand though, if they get paid for overtime and get compensated well, then really this isn’t the only industry that deals with “crunch time”. Just look at the video game industry, which struggles big time with crunch time. It’s not good, but at least there’s something to compare this to – and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this late change will mean either big pay or a change to moments like this.
Without getting too much more involved with the in’s and out’s of the situation for animators and artists, this is a big change. I highly respect the decision, but I do hope it doesn’t affect the people working on this too much. Having said that, I’d like to say that the plot of the film doesn’t seem all that bad. It’s definitely along the lines of a typical Sonic the Hedgehog story – and I really enjoy the way Robotnik is being portrayed by Jim Carrey.
Over to you now – Do you think the situation the animators are in is a bad one? Do you think this is going to end up being a good film, following the initial feedback? Are you going to give this a pass or a watch? As ever, share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.