Now this, this is a sacred image. If you’re new this to this channel, I basically have been obsessed with Sonic’s design over
the past two years. It started with a very authentic best design retrospective I made,
it was just my way of expressing my love for the character (specifically in the intro of
Sonic CD) and as I knew a movie was eventually coming, I thought it might be a topic that
gained some traction in the future… My prediction was most definitely correct, this still astounds
me. Following these videos I couldn’t predict how much of a turn Sonic would take for the
worst. He literally took a supersonic plummet into the deep fires of social media.
That’s no good. The movie leaks followed and they weren’t
looking too fresh, these were followed by an even bigger shock and one of the most horrific
reveals of a character redesign since well, Sonic Boom.
The movie looked horrendous straight off the bat purely because of Sonic’s ugly, humanoid,
teethy, gerbil, rat, Alvin the chipmunk’s style monstrosity of a character design, and
the internet did its thing, it exploded. MEMES, anger, redesigns, memes, anger, memes,
anger, redesigns, confusion, memes, anger, anger, anger, did I mention anger? Journalists
and YouTubers all over had a field day with this design… Me included. I’ve since had
a redesign myself as my head looked a bit like a rodent.
One film delay and an apology from the Film’s director later… And we had a promise of
a redesign on our hands… All Sonic fans rejoiced with a level of positivity that could
quite easily turn the other direction. Nobody wanted any more mistakes. Nobody wanted THIS.
Now it’s been quiet, but over the past month or so, leaks have started to come into the
public eye yet again. Two images appeared, both appearing to be
from promotional posters and press material in a similar way to the original leaks of
the bad design. I posted one of them on my community page and that was going to be as
far as I went. I thought these were massive improvements to the original and I was happy
to leave it there and wait for the trailer. But today whilst browsing twitter I saw this
new leak and it’s blown my mind. I simply have to talk about it straight away. I believe
it was discovered originally by the user @SnideyMcCoolGuy. This looks like another leaked bit of press
material, potentially it’s the design of a standee that you’d find at a cinema, there’s
no surrounding graphic and the picture and hashtag that supports it I think pretty much
confirms that. I’ve taken the liberties to make this render look a little bit more accurate
for the purpose of this video. Though forgive me as it’s not my er… fortay. Gonna cut
that bit out. Sonic has been returned to a much more traditional
look and key changes include: A shorter physique, his chest is the right
colour, he’s wearing gloves, thank god. His Trainers have been made incredibly Authentic
to the classic. And his eyes! While they are still separate entities… As opposed to classic
Sonic’s plate head of pupils, they are much bigger and far less harrowing than the previous
look that horrified us all. Overall his form is much more similar to his
classic look and feel, you can see the attitude and there is no doubt in my mind, that this
is Sonic the Hedgehog, presented in a semi realistic toon like way.
Also, the spines actually look really really good.
If this is real… And I really think it is… This design is absolutely excellent and I
can’t wait to see it in motion in a new trailer… I really hope it lives up to my new expectations.
In a way it really fuels the fire in this crazed fan theory that the original design
was a publicity stunt… Bad for the sake of being bad, because the amount of traction
that original trailer caused, negative or not, spread a massive amount of word about
the movie… But I still don’t personally believe that was intentional.
When I’ve mentioned this topic before, I’ve mentioned Tyson Hesse on many occasions. His
redesigns for the character have been great, and following the movie redesign announcement
it seems obvious that he’s had some kind of involvement.
I’m just gonna stick this side by side and if that’s not confirmation that he’s helped
on this movie… I don’t know what is. So that’s it from me… But what do you think
of the redesign? I’m sure many of you will still hate the blue arms… But let me know
in the comments below! Thanks for watching this video, it’s much
appreciated, check back soon for a Best character design retrospective on none other than Crash
Bandicoot! There are lots of other characters represented on the channel too as well as
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