The upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie, which has every indication of being a wild and upsetting CGI fever dream, has been delayed until next year, so that the producers can figure out what the hell to do about the design of the main character.
When the first trailer for the movie arrived at the beginning of May, the internet was positively flummoxed as to what it had just witnessed, and why those responsible gave Sonic such muscular calves and a full mouth of disturbing human teeth.
The trailer was so universally mocked that, in the days after its release, director Jeff Fowler acknowledged that he and studio Paramount were aware of the criticism, and that they would be going back in, to tweak some of the uglier design choices.
“The message is loud and clear,” he said at the time, in a message to fans. “You aren’t happy with the design and you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount and Sega [is] fully committed to making this character the BEST he can.”
That process clearly must be taking longer than expected, as earlier today, director Fowler took to Twitter again to say that the filmmakers are “taking a little more time to make Sonic just right.” The delay now means that the film will be out in February of 2020.
— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 24, 2019
In case you missed it, here’s the original Sonic trailer, featuring a bizarre turn from Jim Carrey and a soundtrack of Coolio‘s ‘Gangsa’s Paradise‘, because sure: