Our First Look at the SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Movie Comes in the Form of a Motion Poster
Thanks to IGN, we have our first look at the new Sonic The Hedgehog movie that is coming from Paramount Pictures, and it comes in the form of a motion poster that you can enjoy.
Check out the motion poster below that teases the blue hedgehog’s updated look. We also have some new details to share with you about the film!
Sonic’s new story is said to be “a bit of a fish -- or hedgehog -- out of water” kind of story. The hedgehog, who will be voiced by Ben Schwartz, “finds himself in our present-day world, wherein he develops a relationship with James Marsden's Tom Wachowski and also finds himself at odds with Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik. As expected, mayhem ensues.”
The report says that the creative team behind the film wanted to go with a “more realistic take on Sonic -- down to his updated new kicks -- than the more cartoony version we've seen in the past.” They are using Seth MacFarlane’s Ted as their inspiration.
When talking about the character’s fur, executive producer Tim Miller (Deadpool) said:
“That was always Stage 1 of adapting it to what the real world is and what a real animal would be like. 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.”
Producer Neal Moritz (The Fast and the Furious franchise) went on to talk about Sonic’s shoes, saying:
"We looked at every different variation of what shoes he's worn and we're trying to pay homage to that and also make it current and present day in what we think a Sonic of today would wear,"
It’s explained that the most challenging part of bringing this updated version of Sonic to life was the eyes. In regards to that, Miller said:
“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.”
Miller went on to talk about figuring out how Sonic’s speed will be visualized in the movie saying:
“The first thing you need to do is put limits on it. If you can do anything, nothing is special. For me, it’s always about keeping it grounded and keeping it realistic. We had some time to figure out the speed: What it looks like, what it feels like for a character to do that and how it relates to our world. It took a little trial and error, but that’s animation in figuring out what the effect looks like and what it does to the rest of the world around it. The speed changes over time because he evolves, because he can’t do everything at the beginning of the movie. It’s finding the visual language and figuring out how it’s going to evolve over time.”
The speed is teased in the motion poster, but there’s going to be so much more too it than that. Moritz explained:
"Obviously the poster can only show so much. … That's a hint at what we're hoping to accomplish, but I think people are going to see things they've probably never seen before in trying to represent speed in this movie. We've worked so closely with the people at SEGA who are kind of the gatekeepers of Sonic to make sure we're lockstep. We're trying to make something that's for today that fans of different versions will love as well.”
It was also revealed that part of the story will not take place on Earth, and Moritz added:
"I think the audience can expect to find some Easter eggs. We don't want to reveal any of that stuff, but I think there will be some very exciting things that fans of Sonic will get to see in this movie."
This movie could end up being a lot of fun. I hope that it turns out to be good! I love Sonic! We’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the film when we end up seeing a first real trailer. But this motion poster is a fun little tease.
Sonic The Hedgehog will hit theaters on November 8th, 2019.