SONIC THE HEDGEHOG new trailer – the title character is re-designed… Jim Carrey is not

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG new trailer – the title character is re-designed… Jim Carrey is not

In my younger days, I was a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. The SEGA Genesis video game was one of the most intense and addictive of its time. It seems only natural that Hollywood would try to make a big screen version of the character. For years a SONIC THE HEDGEHOG movie has been talked about, but now it’s finally here, but the initial result was… kinda weird. The first trailer met with horrible backlash from fans, extremely negative reactions mostly due to the lead character’s design. Gone were the cartoon-ish big eyes, big shoes and overall cuteness. They made him look more “human”, and the end result was not pretty. After the trailer landed with a thud, the studio decided to pull the film from its original November release date, and re-design the character and essentially redo the film… at least the CGI Sonic parts. Today we get our first look at that adjustment, and it looks considerably better. Originally I asked the question, who is this for? Kids? Do kids like Jim Carrey, or even know who he is? I’m sure someone at Paramount Pictures thought Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic was inspired casting, but in the trailer it just sounds bland and awkward, like a voice you’d hear in any TV commercial. You’ve got poor James Marsden and Tika Sumpter in there trying their best, but this mostly feels like a late-90s or early 2000s kind of family film. The newer trailer IS better than what we originally saw, but it still feels a bit off somehow. Check it out for yourself and tell us in the comments below.

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG opens February 14, 2020

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.