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Is This the 'Sonic' Character's New Redesign?

Graphic artists "gotta go fast" to get Sonic the Hedgehog redesigned in time for the movie's 2020 release.

Published Jun 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 04:  A logo for the movie "Sonic the Hedgehog" is displayed during Paramount Pictures exclusive presentation during CinemaCon at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)
Claim:
An image shows a redesign of the character "Sonic" for an upcoming movie.

The design of the character "Sonic" in a live-action movie based on the video game was a source of substantial ridicule after Paramount Pictures released a trailer for "Sonic the Hedgehog" at the end of April 2019:

Fans were so disappointed with the appearance of Sonic that director Jeff Fowler announced that the character was going to be redesigned before the movie's release:

In June 2019, social media users started sharing a "leaked" image which supposedly showed Sonic's redesign:

This is not an official image released by Paramount Pictures of the revamped Sonic character. This image was actually created by artist Damir Martin. A watermark for Martin's website, damirgmartin.com can be seen in the bottom right-hand corner of the image.

Martin posted some additional images of this artwork on ArtStation.com and explained that his version was partly inspired by the logo for Sega, the video game company that created Sonic:

I might create a "making of" blog entry where I'll dive bit deeper behind creative decisions and share what I learned while I was making this character. For example, The ribbed suit design is not done by chance. It's inspired by "Sega" logo.

Just like the original Sonic, my version has gloves which are equipped with composite padding to help Sonic avoid injuries as he's blasting around at supersonic speeds. Movie version Sonic might be impervious to road rash, mine is not.

I had to sacrifice certain recognizable details to be able to move away from the cartoony original look and make it more physical and plausible. Shoes are completely redesigned and I shaped wording "Sonic" into the side of the sole for the heck of it :)

As of this writing, Paramount Pictures has not released any images or videos showing Sonic's new look. The movie was also delayed three months and is scheduled for release in February 2020.

Sources

Pulliam-Moore, Charles.   "You Can't Unsee the First Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer."     Gizmodo.   30 April 2019.

Whitten, Sarah.   "Sonic the Hedgehog’ Director Promises Sonic Redesign After Fan Backlash, But Changes Could Be Costly for Paramount."     CNBC.   3 May 2019.

Heater, Brian.   "Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Is Getting Delayed to Redesign the Title Character."     Tech Crunch.   24 May 2019.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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