Just days after releasing the first official trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog,” the film’s director took to social media to provide some reassurance to fans criticizing Sonic’s appearance.
The trailer, which debuted on Tuesday, was widely criticized on Twitter, Reddit and other social platforms for its tone and the design of the titular character. Longtime fans of the blue hedgehog found the character’s facial features, including human-like teeth, and his body proportions to be inconsistent with the Sonic they grew up with in the ’90s.
Now director Jeff Fowler is saying “the message is loud and clear,” writing on Twitter: “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.”
It’s unclear exactly how Fowler plans to fix the character, especially considering the film is due out in theaters in November, less than six months away. Paramount Pictures and Blur Studios did not immediately comment. The filming budget for “Sonic” is estimated to be around $90 million, but going back and changing the CGI animation could be quite costly for the production company.