RECAP — Did Hollywood get Sonic right the second time?

Myah Elliott
Story by Myah Elliott • CBC Kids News • Published 2019-11-15 16:01

The popular video game character got a movie makeover, again

You gotta go fast and check out Sonic the Hedgehog’s new look.

This week, Sonic 2.0 was revealed in an updated trailer for the movie, Sonic the Hedgehog, which is coming out next year.

It’s based on the popular character for the Sega Genesis gaming system.

Sonic’s new face is blowing up online and it was one of the topics that sparked debate on RECAP this week.

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New Sonic, who dis?

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie got quite the glow-up this week.

A new face and trailer seem to have pleased his many loyal fans.


The love and approval from hedgehog fans wasn’t always the case.

Back in May of 2019, Sonic was at the centre of an intense Twitter storm after the film’s first trailer dropped.

But why was a speedy, blue hedgehog causing so much drama?

The first trailer for the new Sonic movie was met with lots of hate and even fear, based on the hedgehog’s looks.

According to some fans, the Sonic that they were used to seeing from video games was totally destroyed by bad computer-generated imagery, or CGI.

He looked a lot like a human hedgehog hybrid of horror — with teeth, fur and a pretty scary face.

The negative response was so intense that Paramount Pictures, the film company behind the movie, went back to the drawing board. Literally.

Fans have their say, or should they?

The film’s director, Jeff Fowler, took to Twitter to face the backlash.

Just compare the difference in the two versions.

The movie is set to be released on Feb. 14, 2020, and be on the lookout for a familiar face.

Canadian funny man Jim Carrey will be playing Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Eggman.

But maybe it was time for a makeover…

Sonic’s design hasn’t changed much since he first sped onto the scene in 1991.

Sonic, the video game character, is known for his super speed, blue fur, and ability to collect golden rings. (Charly Triballeau/AFP)

Will you go and see the new and improved Sonic, or do you think that fan input has gone too far, too fast?

Tune into RECAP and rehash this old versus new Sonic debate!

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About the Contributor

Myah Elliott
Myah Elliott
RECAP Host
Myah Elliott is an aspiring content creator on YouTube and the host of RECAP — a weekly roundup of buzzed-about news and pop culture powered by CBC Kids News. She loves movies and music and she’s definitely on #TeamDrake. You won’t catch Myah relaxing too often because she loves to keep busy with school, work, thrifting and checking out new places with friends.