When the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ trailer came out earlier this week, it immediately set off an internet-wide case of odontophobia. While no re-imagining of a beloved childhood character will ever be without critics, CGI Sonic’s human-like teeth and general un-Sonic-like proportions really freaked people out.
Now Jeff Fowler, the movie’s director, is saying the team is actually going to redesign the character in light of all of the feedback.
“Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” Fowler tweeted Thursday afternoon. “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…”
Fowler ended his tweet with the admittedly clever tag “#gottafixitfast.”
CNN has reached out to Paramount to confirm the announcement.
Among the many, many teeth jokes following the trailer’s release, a few artists mocked up re-designs that they thought better represented the original Sonic’s cartoonish proportions and velocity-hungry eyes.
Now the question is, can Paramount Animation re-do an entire movie in a few months’ time? “Sonic the Hedgehog” is slated to hit theaters November 8th, which seems like a long way away. But CGI animation is hard work. In Fowler’s words, it looks like they’re gonna have to fix it fast.