'Sonic the Hedgehog' Director Vows to Change Character Design Following Fan Criticism

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<p>The original design of Sonic, with smaller eyes and lots of teeth, caused a huge backlash on social media and led to a three-month delay on the release date as filmmakers decided to rework the CGI.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>   |   Paramount Pictures
Gotta fix fast!

When Paramount revealed the first trailer for its upcoming film adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog video games on Tuesday, fans were a bit taken aback by the new design for the titular character. 

In lieu of the cartoonish dimensions seen on the character in the games, the film's version was a more "realistic" take on the speedy hedgehog. Across social media, fans criticized Sonic's new look and it seems that the film's director, Jeff Fowler, has taken notice of his audience. 

"Thank you for the support. And the criticism," an account believed to be Fowler's tweeted on Thursday. "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... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast"

Given that Sonic is the central character in the film (Ben Schwartz voices the sprightly rodent while James Marsden and Jim Carrey also star in live-action roles), updating the visual designs for a feature slated to release on Nov. 8 would be a Herculean task.