We're about a year away from the Sonic movie hitting theaters and early promotional materials have started to surface. The movie's first official poster features a more humanoid Sonic with fur and longer legs than we're used to seeing on the famous hedgehog. The reaction online has been harsh, to say the least, and recently some members of the Sonic Team have also expressed some concern.
SonicJPNews has compiled a series of quotes from various sources detailing the thoughts of former Sonic developers. This includes Sonic designer Naoto Ohshima, Sonic Unleashed character designer Gurihiru, Sonic Team writer Shiro Maekawa, and Sonic creator Yuji Naka. You can read their reactions below.
"Sonic is a fairy of hedgehog, so he doesn't need to be designed closer to a real hedgehog even in a live action. Mickey doesn't become a mouse in live action, does he? Because they are fairies who can live on when people believe in them." — Naoto Ohshima
"I've heard that Sonic movie was going to be a mixture of live action and animation, but I haven't expected this..." — Gurihiru
"Wooow, they made a totally unexpected arrangement there *rofl* " — Shiro Maekawa
"From the comments here, it looks like it's very badly received. I wonder if the movie is actually good when you watch it. I see many movies based on Anime or games are unpopular. I wonder why that happens..." — Yuji Naka
Reactions from former developers spanned from confusion to shock to laughter. Naka seems to be attempting to keep an optimistic mindset, but he's well aware that most of the world isn't doing the same. Here's hoping the movie proves us all wrong.