Can we talk about the NEW Sonic trailer for a moment? A while ago the trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie came out. You know the one. Boy, oh boy, what garbage was that. We listed ten things that were so very wrong about it in may 2019. But guess what! The collective indignation of millions (‘loud and clear backlash’) was not only heard, but actually used. Hurray. We can say that the new trailer, including the new design of Sonic himself, is quite the improvement.
Maybe it’s good to read the first blog about the Sonic trailer. The first was jam-packed with revealing details and story threads. This one is about the same, in that aspect, and then some. Although we have the feeling we have seen the movie already, it’s not as overwhelming this time around.
It’s about six months later now, so let’s take a look at ten things they changed for the better!
1 Sonic himself
His design started out as a creepy-looking cheap knock-off of the Sonic we all know and love. People rebelled. Some artists posted their version of how a more accurate CG-Sonic might look and we think the designers over at Paramount took a leaf out of their book. This version isn’t as scary and annoying anymore.
2 The music
Remember when they choose Coolio’s Gangsta’s paradise for some unexplicable reason? Nobody got it. And now it’s gone. Instead we hear a collage of other, more appropriate songs, among which the music from the original game. Way to go, guys, thìs is how you awaken nostalgia. When Tom and Sonic have to am-scray, the Ramones-song ‘Hey oh, let’s go’ is heard. It all just fits better.
3 Jim Carrey
The cringy dr. Evil-like scene is gone. Now Dr. Robotnik actually explains his intentions with the blue creature: “Whatever this creature is, I’m going to uncover the source of it’s power.” Of course we get to see Jim Carrey at his Jim Carrey-est in a series of physical moves we remember from his Riddler-days, all the way back in 1995 in Batman Forever. The crazy is in there, but it might be a great casting choice for an insane character like Dr. Robotnik. We haven’t given up on you, Jim.
4 Slo mo guided missiles are gone
Sonic is a fast dude. To replace the done-to-death slo-mo-dodging-stuff-scene, we get to see Tom and Sonic in a car. Sonic wants to go and see the worlds largest rubberband ball. When Tom says they can’t, Sonic is already out of the window and back in the car before you can blink, carrying souvenirs.
5 Failing to hide the creature is gone
Who framed Roger Rabbit did it decades ago. It was kind of funny back then. Not so much now. Apparently that message came through as well, because the duffelbag scene is no longer in the trailer. Now the guys are laying low in a bar, playing darts, with Sonic wearing a kind of cowboy outfit. After his turn with about a hundred darts, the protagonists have to run for it.
6 James Marsden
We had some things to say about our lovely James. “Why should a guy like him be in a movie like this?” Well, he’s still fine, but now the movie around him looks a lot better too. He’s less out of place. We know he can pull off playing the good guy. He’ll nail this. Let’s hope there won’t be some annoying love interest / romance sub plot for once. We know actress Tika Sumpter is in the movie, although we don’t know what her part will be. In the trailer she’s only visible in the background.
7 The military is gone
Another cliché removed. This time we just see Dr. Robotniks chasing Sonic all over. Maybe the military will still be involved, but we don’t see it in the trailer anymore.
8 Sonic’s alien backstory is explained in the first 20 seconds
Sonic wasn’t an alien in the original game and other adaptations. He was from Mobius, which was generally earth in the future, so an alternate version of earth, but still earth. Making him an alien does explain a lot of things, like his appearance and why he is on earth anyway. We get to see his home planet, which is a CG-version of the original game and we really like that.
9 The cringy ‘meow?’-scene is gone
Protagonists have to meet eachother some way or another. In the first trailer Cop Tom screamed upon encoutering a blue creature and Sonic retorted with a lame: “Meow?” Now it’s just a regular jump scare for the both of them. We can live with that.
10 Focus on friendship
The focus seems to lie a lot more on friendship. Everyone knows friends are important. Dr. Robotnik: “Why would you throw your life away to protect this silly little alien ?” Tom: “He’s my friend.” Sonic: “This is MY power and I’m using it to protect. My. Friends.” That’s a nice sentiment that transcends all generations. Of course we’ve seen the buddy-talking-creature-thing in Detective Pikachu not long ago, but we think this new Sonic the Hedgehog might be cute, funny and refreshing after all.
We’ll have to wait until februari 2020 to see if the end result is worth it, but we can see a lot of people made a lot of effort to give the fans what they want.