…and one that we definitely don’t.
On the back of the news that director Jeff Fowler will be redesigning Sonic The Hedgehog in the upcoming Paramount movie, we decided it was time to take a look back at some classic Sonic designs that could be a could replacement for the movie’s, uh, somewhat controversial original.
Drawing from over 25 years of the blue blur – you can check out the complete visual history of Sonic in the slideshow below – here are our picks for how Sonic could be a little more palatable.
Sonic Adventure featured the first design overhaul of Sonic in the series, and the change was more practical than you might think.
Sonic Team art director Kazuykui Hoshino in the Sonic the Hedgehog art book said when they used their existing character designs, Sonic’s head was so big, it obscured the rest of his body – an issue in the new 3D perspective.
Sonic Adventure 2
Though a bit edgier and with more detailed shoes, Sonic Adventure 2’s Sonic remained relatively similar to the first. His talking animations vastly improved, making us think the Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (the GameCube port) Sonic was the first good render of “modern” Sonic.
Sonic The Hedgehog (2006)
Okay, yes, the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game had, uh, issues. But Sonic’s even edgier design (get it, because of his long as hell spikes?) could work in a movie.
Sonic Forces is the most recent Sonic game, and features both modern Sonic and the smaller, classic Sonic, much like Sonic Generations.
Sonic keeps his simpler shoes here, but his fur is actually textured – a detail we expect to see in the movie, regardless of where they decide to take his design.
Though we’ve focused a lot on the more modern design of Sonic, we’re not completely writing off Sonic’s classic design. You can see both striking the same pose for Sonic Generations.
However, because of the same reasons cited by Sonic Adventure’s art director, using a smaller, rounder, cuter Sonic model could be problematic, especially when trying to mesh him in with real people and scenery. Besides, over the years Sonic has gained the reputation of being quick-witted and snarky, which matches his more modern design that has been prominent in the games for 20 years now.
The Progressive Insurance Version of Sonic
This is a weird callback but we’re doing it anyway. Back in 2012, Progressive Insurance partnered with Sega to create a commercial featuring the blue hedgehog. The Sonic here isn’t exactly tall enough to be considered entirely modern, but he has that fur texture we expect to see, and is a decent mix of mostly modern with some classic inspiration. But, one thing is the same with all of these Sonics – his arms are naked. As they should be in the movie.
Oh, yeah, Sonic Boom’s design is a thing. Scratch all of Sonic’s previous designs. Just give him freakishly long legs and arms, a neckerchief, and wrap his shoes and gloves in toilet paper. Done, design fixed.
Sonic The Hedgehog comes out in 2019, hitting theaters on November 8th in the US, November 28th in Australia and December 26th in the UK. For more background on the live adaptation, here’s why IGN’s Brian Altano regretted making fun of the new Sonic trailer, and what other iconic video game characters would like with freakish, human-like teeth. Also, check out our full breakdown of everything you may have missed in the Sonic The Hedgehog trailer below.