The Jim Carrey star vehicle, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” will no longer be getting its coveted November release and will instead come three months later, in February 2020, due to the initial backlash the trailer received online.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie based on the popular Sega game from the 90’s will now be going for the Valentine’s Day market on February 14, 2020, in order for the special effects department to give the iconic quick-footed blue hedgehog a new look.
“When Paramount revealed the first trailer for its upcoming film adaptation of the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ video games on Tuesday, fans were a bit taken aback by the new design for the titular character,” reported THR earlier this month. “In lieu of the cartoonish dimensions seen on the character in the games, the film’s version was a more ‘realistic’ take on the speedy hedgehog. Across social media, fans criticized Sonic’s new look and it seems that the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, has taken notice of his audience.”
On Friday, director Jeff Fowler announced that the move to make Sonic “just right” will take a little more time than expected. “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” Fowler tweeted.
Shortly after the trailer dropped online earlier this month, social media trolls immediately scolded the look and design of Sonic, arguing he either looked too animated or he did not match the video game character’s image, such as his bizarrely human teeth.
“Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” Fowler tweeted on May 2. “The message is loud and clear … you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”
While the titular character will be getting a makeover, Jim Carrey, who plays the famed villain Dr. Robotnik, will be the same. Reactions to his portrayal of the character in the trailer did not exactly sit well with audiences. Allegra Frank of Vox said Paramount made a big mistake by using Carrey’s performance as the selling point as opposed to Sonic himself.
Jim Carrey inhabits the role and turns the villain into, essentially, a throwback Jim Carrey character — think very loud and very hammy.
The result is that Sonic the Hedgehog doesn’t look like a Sonic movie at all; instead, the first trailer seems to promise a Jim Carrey comedy. And from the looks of things so far, not a very funny one.
What’s even more strange to a lifelong Sonic fan like me is that Sonic the Hedgehog seems a lot more concerned with Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik than it does with its title character. Carrey gets closest to eliciting any laughs from the trailer, which even ends on a shot of him donning an approximation of his character’s iconic look from the video games. The reveal of Sonic himself feels far less exciting — because, it seems, Sonic the Hedgehog is Jim Carrey’s world, and we’re just living in it.
Of course, Jim Carrey’s box office potential has taken a major hit in recent years. His last outing, “Dark Crimes,” got a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and went straight to video. He has since been spending his free time creating mean-spirited political cartoons about conservatives, such as this grotesque one, which shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey being aborted in the womb.