“Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler has announced a new release date for the movie in a tweet, much to the relief of netizens who have been campaigning against the animation of the classic Sonic character. The film, which was set for release in November this year, will now be slated for 14 February 2020 instead.
Attached with an image of Sonic holding up a sign stating the new release date, Fowler’s tweet said the team is “taking a little more time to make Sonic just right”. On 2 May, Fowler had thanked netizens for the criticism and said that everyone at Paramount Pictures and Sega are fully committed to making the character the best it can be. “The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen,” he added.
Since the official trailer broke in late April, the animation in the movie has been widely penalised for steering too far away from the original Sonic fans grew up with in the 90s, and missing out on several iconic traits of character. Applauding the move as a wise choice to give animators sufficient time to make the corrections, fans have also noted that the Sonic character in the image Fowler shared is wearing a glove, a jarring absence which has previously been called out.
The action taken to appease netizens appears to achieve its aim, with one fan calling it a bold but honourable move. However, he expressed hopes that the fixes live up to the expectations instead of doing just the minimum of putting on “big gloves and shoes”.
Meanwhile, many others have also chimed in with fan art to suggest what the new character design could look like.