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The Live-Action "Sonic" Movie's Release Is Being Delayed So They Can Redesign The Character's Look

When the film's first trailer dropped last month, angry fans criticized Sonic's design — and his humanlike teeth.

Posted on May 24, 2019, at 12:25 p.m. ET

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*Offset voice* Y'all won.

The director of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie has announced the film's release is being delayed in order to redesign the character's controversial look.

In late April, after fans expressed dissatisfaction with the iconic video game character's appearance in the movie's trailer, the director had vowed to make it right.

On Friday, director Jeff Fowler tweeted, "Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right."

Fowler's tweet included a photo with a new release date. The film will make its debut on Feb. 14, 2020, instead of this coming November, as originally planned.

Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right. #novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie

As you may recall, angry fans roundly criticized the character's appearance overall, but many were particularly horrified by Sonic's teeth, which some said were too humanlike.

The whole thing ballooned into a mini internet meme/drama, and people mocked the studio's failed attempt with their own takes on Sonic.

Loving the new Sonic redesign #sonicthemovie

Some took their job very seriously, giving the character actual hedgehog teeth, which didn't look so great either.

"Sonic should have hedgehog teeth" *opens Photoshop* *closes Photoshop* Through scientific testing, I have officially concluded that while human teeth maybe aren't the best. Hedgehog teeth DEFINITELY aren't it.

A professional designer, Edward Pun, took it upon himself to give fans what they really wanted: a Sonic character that was actually true to the original in terms of his appearance. And the internet rejoiced.

Left is original screenshot. Right is my rework to make #Sonic more stylized.

Though the movie has been moved back a few months, Fowler is demonstrating that he's "fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be...," as he promised earlier this month.

Thank you for the support. And the criticism. 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... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️

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