Is that... hair?
Paramount has unveiled the first poster for the new Sonic The Hedgehog film, and fans are divided.
The live-action adaptation of the iconic cartoon blue hedgehog is due to be released in late 2019 and will transplant Sonic to present-day world. Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz will voice Sonic, with Jim Carrey bringing his nemesis Doctor Robotnik to life.
The poster shows a silhouette of a muscular, furry Sonic wearing red trainers. Check out the teaser poster below.
As soon as the image dropped, fans took to social media to question why Sonic appears to have hair rather than spikes, why his legs are so defined and whether the film will be as dark as the poster implies.
One fan spoke for many when they tweeted: “I don’t even want to know what tails [Sonic’s sidekick] would look like”.
Executive producer Tim Miller spoke to IGN about the new look Sonic, explaining the decision to make him furry. “It would be weird and it would feel like he was running around nude if he was some sort of otter-like thing.
“It was always, for us, fur, and we never considered anything different. It’s part of what integrates him into the real world and makes him a real creature.”
Miller also touched on the thorny topic of Sonic’s eyes. Traditionally, he has one eye with two pupils but the new film has Sonic with two definite eyeballs. A decision that SEGA, the video game developer behind the original game, found difficult.
“I don’t think SEGA was entirely happy with the eye decision, but these sorts of things you go, ‘It’s going to look weird if we don’t do this.’ But everything is a discussion, and that’s kind of the goal, which is to only change what’s necessary and stay true to the rest of it.
“He’s not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don’t think that’s the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world.”
The eye issue was also the subject of a heated discussion online. Some people were curious, others were simply aghast.
Sonic The Hedgehog is set to be released on November 8 2019 in the US and December 26 2019 in the UK.