"DISGUSTING!" was the bold reaction that I got from my two boys six months ago, after we watched the initial trailer for Paramount Picture's Sonic the Hedgehog. To say my tween and teen gamers and fans of the iconic Sega character were disappointed in his lack-luster appearance is an understatement. Clearly, they weren't alone in this sentiment as true-blue fans from all over emphatically voiced their disapproving opinions on social media which forced the studio and the film's director, Jeff Rowler to come up with a redesign and push back the release date.
While attending the Geekly Retreat (an exclusive 4-day event for select entertainment writers) and touring The Paramount Studio lot my fellow creatives and I had the exclusive opportunity to preview the trailer before anyone else in the world.
When you look at the differences, you can see that some serious changes were needed to convince Sonic lovers that they were now looking at the real deal. The stakes are much higher when you're trying to recreate an extremely popular childhood character like Sonic.
"Where are his gloves, why does he look like a fuzzball and did they have to make him so tall?" were just some of the questions my completely distraught kids had asked. Real talk, it was like the end of the world was near.
The spacing and size of his eyes were another big standout that once fixed helped him look way more life himself. I guess I hadn't paid close enough attention the first time around because I didn't realize he wasn't wearing real gloves.
Of course, my mini sneakerheads even commented on Sonic's need for a fresh pair of kicks "He needs something clean, not no Reeboks!". I cracked up .... but I do love a fresh white pair of classics. Can you tell from the update pic above what type of sneakers he's rockin'?
I happened to catch the buzz on twitter about a collaboration between the Sonic the Hedgehog brand and a sneaker powerhouse that I'm personally really excited for. It was really the only label I rocked through college, running across town from undergrad classes to my sales job at FAO Schwarz.
When you watch the video you best believe that I'm pretty hyped because honestly, what other pair would allow you to move as swiftly through these NYC streets and past epic levels of video game danger and destruction.
We didn't dig in too heavy on the other actors in the film but I must say that the casting for the role of Dr. Robotnik was an interesting choice. I might not have envisioned the comedic genius that is Jim Carrey for the part but I can't wait to see him back on the big screen. The last kid-friendly movie I recall loving him in was the adorably funny Mr. Poppers Penguins and now he's returned as Sonic's, goat milk - latte loving, wildly offbeat dancing, arch-nemesis who's of course-plotting to take over the world.
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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.
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