First trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie drops, Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 12:43 PM

Having ignominiously delayed the Sonic the Hedgehog movie following savage fan feedback to the character design, the blue blur has resurfaced in a new trailer.

Now due in 2020, Sonic the Hedgehog's latest trailer features a drastically redesigned Sonic. hanging out with some generic cop man who decides to protect Sonic when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) comes a-calling. Robotnik wants to know the secret to Sonic's superfast speed, and he'll stop at nothing to get his mitts on it.

Anyway, I shan't ruin it all, you can check out the redesigned Sonic for yourself in the new trailer below:

It's better, a whole lot better. Sonic now actually looks pretty much how you'd expect him to in 3D, rather than some gross furry Adam Scott. He still looks factually worse than any real life hedgehog ever but Paramount Pictures and Sega have to take their victories where they can.

Following Sonic's redesign, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is now due to hit the big screen on February 14th, 2020.

UPDATE: 03-May-2019 - Sonic the Hedgehog to be redesigned following criticism of first movie trailer

The movie's already locked in for a November 2019 debut at cinemas across the globe, but Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler has now promised Sonic will be redesigned in time for the movie's launch.

Following some, er, intense fan criticism of how Sonic looks in the movie trailer, Fowler and Paramount Pictures are going to the drawing board with the character's design. 

"Thank you for the support. And the criticism," wrote Fowler on Twitter. "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..."

They must've been aware, surely, that Sonic himself look a terrifying, odd-legged, human-teethed monstrosity. To react to the criticism with a total redesign is almost unprecedented though, and perhaps a worrying sign of the power of outrage culture. One thing's for sure, the movie animators can kiss goodbye to their free time for the next six months. 

Original Story: 30-Apr-2019 - First trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie drops, Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik

After months of teasing, rumours, and cast leaks, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I’m talking about the first official trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog. Sorry, were you expecting something more momentous?

Ever since we got our first peek at how the blue blur would look in the live-action movie adaptation of Sonic, I think we’ve all been itching to see just how terrifying Paramount Pictures would be going with this. The answer is ‘extremely’. Set this evil on fire and dispose of it down your nearest volcano hole immediately. Seriously. He’s got proper human teeth and looks like when the kid becomes a monkey in Jumanji.

Our CGI rodent friend is being voiced by Ben Schwartz, although Sonic actually looks more like his Parks & Recreation co-star Adam Scott. James Marsden is Sonic’s buddy, Neal McDonough looks like he’s wondering where it all went wrong as he begs for Band of Brothers Season 2, and Jim Carrey, well, Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik of course. A slightly unusual-looking Robotnik but he comes good by the end of the trailer.

Right, enough talking, just wraps your eyes around this wild thing. You are unprepared.

From what we can piece together, Sonic has found his way to Earth and Dr. Robotnik is tasked with capturing the spiky prick. Take one look at Sonic and you'll probably be on Eggman's side. Anyway, somehow the fate of humanity swings in the balance, and Sonic will naturally be the one to save the day. Right at the end of the trailer, it seems Robotnik manages to find his way into Sonic’s world. Apart from that, who knows anymore.

Thankfully, Sonic the Hedgehog looks as if it's definitely going to be worth rubbernecking, even if it's probably not going to buck the trend of videogame movie adaptations. The trailer’s already generating its fair share of hate, although I mentally replaced Sonic with a superhero and it basically looks like a bog-standard Marvel movie. They seem to get a free pass but it looks a similar sort of deal.

Start saving up for the popcorn and hotdogs, Sonic the Hedgehog is due to cinemas in November 2019.

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11:05 Nov-14-2019

Not sure why the criticism. I just thought this was going to be a remake like crash bandicoot and spyro the dragon was . so thats what i thought. but i was wrong.

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19:31 Nov-14-2019

The old design is not Sonic. It's a hybrid rat that's already gone wrong.

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06:35 Nov-13-2019

Dare I say lads we might finally get a movie that breaks the video game movie curse!!!

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16:49 Nov-13-2019

im still gonna wait till it actually came

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19:44 Nov-13-2019

Don't get your hopes up lol

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07:24 Nov-14-2019

but they have Jim Carrey and he's awesome!!!! like hes a bad guy i wish i had in my own life say time out and have a cup of coffee with him !!! maybe get him to let me check out his rides? oh common you soft goofball

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03:02 Nov-17-2019

What are you talking about? "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" was awesome...

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01:58 Nov-13-2019

The new sonic looks like someone before meth and the old sonic looks like someone after meth....

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23:51 Nov-12-2019

Well... now I have to go see it. It's not often that people actually listen to their audience.

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19:51 Nov-12-2019

Wow what a difference,new look is great,the people spoke and something was done to fix a horrible mistake. Other studios should take note of this "cough" Disney "cough" Star wars

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11:07 Nov-14-2019

Those people should not be listened to lol, Star Wars is fine as it is (although they should chill out on the number of movies).

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19:48 Nov-12-2019

They actually listened

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15:24 Nov-12-2019

The Resdeign looks great now. something that us fans wanted for sure.

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14:16 Nov-12-2019

I'm pumped. I grew up with Sonic so I'm so happy that they didn't run him under the bus :D

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14:09 Nov-12-2019

It looks so much better than before, as it should've been. I really appreciate the time and effort they took to repair the mistake

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12:45 May-04-2019

Oh my god stop putting that blue monster every time you talk about sonic. its so so creepy. blah

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15:32 May-04-2019

But that is Sonic.

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17:56 May-04-2019

Hybrid sonic. Like a mix an animal a human and a pokemon and dont know what else. Remind me a movie where a doctor mix humans together

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14:08 Nov-12-2019

It looks like the original, just say you don't like Sonic

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14:36 Nov-12-2019

I try to like Sonic but he makes it really hard for me every step of the way. I guess he's about as good as Tony the Tiger.

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17:09 Nov-13-2019

Dragos363 - that's the original comments from May, before the redesign.

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23:45 May-03-2019

It's like Sonic games haven't killed him enough already...

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23:41 May-03-2019

soo, to put this into context...This sonic-error can be compared to the upcomming disney movie Aladdin...well if they made genie black and not blue! How could they mess up this bad in the first place, like did nobody see this comming?

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00:49 May-04-2019

Maybe they did know how people would react and thought causing a controversy would be the only way to get people to pay attention to their marketing.

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22:30 May-03-2019

i feel that this will be even worser then doom annihilation.. which is sad

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01:12 May-04-2019

At least that one is direct-to-video...Sonic is getting a cinema release!

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18:16 May-03-2019

I wonder how much this will delay the movie by.

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22:12 May-03-2019

Maybe indefinitely? Although knowing they've spent over 150 million $, they'd probably won't.

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19:20 Nov-12-2019

It's confirmed to be coming out February 14th, I believe the original release date before the redesign got announced was some time this month

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15:31 May-03-2019

LOL, so it's gonna stop looking like a human furry in a bad suit and start looking more like Sonic?


The writing is still crap, though...

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15:34 May-03-2019

I did see someone knocked this up pretty easily. Seems a big improvement

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15:42 May-03-2019

Yeah, saw that one the other day too. It boggles my mind how a fan can quickly whip this up in Photoshop and end up with a much better rendition of the character than those who are supposed to do it in the first place.

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15:46 May-03-2019

Just noticed on their profile they're an artist at Sucker Punch so they're probably quite good it hah, but still it seems pretty obvious that's roughly how he should've looked

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01:22 May-04-2019

There were some other reworks by fans which focused the attention on the eyes, de-splitting them, etc.

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11:37 May-04-2019

The word "de-splitting" when referring to eyes sounds so fu*king horrible.

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14:01 May-02-2019

did anyone actually want this?

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21:44 May-02-2019

NO ONE wanted this

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08:48 May-03-2019

Poor logic...
Did people want the Terminator? Nope, but it was made and it's sequel too.
Did people want Dirty Harry? Nope, but it was amde and it's a classic now.
Like most amazing movies nobody wanted them, or thought about them except their creators... So yeah... -_-


What's whit this
"Nobody: " sh!t recently...

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12:49 May-03-2019

I gotta be honest, you're kinda retarded.

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14:33 May-03-2019

I didn't want this and now I do want this. I can see the logic.


And, congratulations on being the first person to compare Sonic the Hedgehog with Dirty Harry

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14:39 May-03-2019

I personally do not want ANY kind of live-action movies based on cartoons/animes/video-games/comics & etc.. but no one asks me :(


Joking aside, those movies at least were not an obvious copy/pasted cheap idea, that's the main issue

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14:45 May-03-2019

So what are you arguing, this is not only a needed movie, but it's going to be one of the all time movie classics?
Your "logic" is even worse.

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14:45 May-03-2019

You see, Terminator and Dirty Harry were made with artistic freedom and a story in mind, most importantly, they're original pieces of work which weren't cannibalizing a video game franchise for a quick buck and head turns.

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14:45 May-03-2019

Sonic the Hedgehog movie is just another detached and mindbogglingly stupid executive decision made to cash in on a beloved video game franchise with no understanding of any source material they're working on and zero originality.

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14:50 May-03-2019

I dunno, that's an original look for Sonic if ever I've seen it. The movie could end up good for all we know (ideally it's bad, I want to watch a bad Sonic movie, not a good one)

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14:54 May-03-2019

You do have a point I guess. But after all we've seen I really don't think it'll end up good and I don't think there's much doubt about it. I personally don't want to watch another bad VG movie as I've done so and it's a waste at this point

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14:59 May-03-2019

As long as it's not so average that it becomes incredibly boring (Assassin's Creed) then I'm cool. I want either godawful or great, ideally both.

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16:54 May-03-2019

To each his own I guess. Hope you have some fun with it when it releases.

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11:47 May-02-2019

Wow...that was damn bad...

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07:50 May-02-2019

i wonder will this be as bad as avatar last airbender tho (hall of fail live action crossovers)

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16:10 May-03-2019

the worst thing I ever watched couldn't even finish it
I am really glad I watched the animated series before watching that abomination

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09:13 May-01-2019

i like the how sonic meets his human protagonist and the dude screams as did every one that first saw sonic in the trailer :D

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08:23 May-01-2019

"Fail"

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