After months of CGI revamps due to fan backlash of the first trailer, Paramount Pictures has unveiled our first look at the redesigned Sonic in an all-new official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog tells the story of the world's speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
The original Sonic the Hedgehog design had human features which fans hated and promptly registered their disgust online. The human teeth, long legs, and weird eyes are all gone now and it appears that even the shoes have been overhauled. Sonic the Hedgehog was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 8th, but it was given a new release date of February 14th, 2020 due to the redesign. While some fans of the video game franchise were disappointed to see the release date get pushed back, many were excited that they were able to help create the change.
Planned for a worldwide release showcasing both live-action and CG animation elements, the feature film is the first time Sonic has been adapted for the big screen. Developing the project since its inception as a producer as well as a production house, MARZA Animation Planet Co., Ltd., owned by SEGA Group, will be joined by an assembly of high-profile talent.
Sonic the Hedgehog was first seen in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis. Since then, the character was inducted into the "World Video Game Hall of Fame" in 2016 at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Most recently, the popular franchise has seen two new hit releases in 2017, Sonic Mania™ and Sonic Forces™ (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC). Total sales of the series including both packaged and digital downloads count over 360 million units.
Sonic the Hedgehog is directed by Jeff Fowler, written by Pat Casey & Josh Miller and based on the Sega Video Game. Produced by Neal H. Moritz, p.g.a, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, Takeshi Ito, executive producers include Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, Masanao Maeda, Nan Morales and Tim Miller. The movie stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik.