You did it, Internet. The battle to fix the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been won. After all the criticism, memes, and nightmare fuel spawned from the first movie trailer, director Jeff Fowler announced that Sonic’s design will be changed.
That’s all well and good, but there are certainly more concerns about the upcoming film. It’s still largely set on Earth. The tired plot point of the military getting involved is still there. And there’s not much else tied to the Sonic the Hedgehog universe asides from the titular character himself.
Luckily, we already have something to watch right now that has the right intentions.
Sonic is a fan film by director Eddie Lebron. In it, we get a more “well-rounded” Dr. Robotnik, familiar enemies from the games, and a Sonic design that is faithful to how he should look. No human teeth here!
It’s a short movie that nails the setting down well. Robotnik declares war and is aiming to roboticize all who oppose him. A mysterious blue hedgehog named Sonic comes to the rescue to fight back. And yeah, that’s pretty much it. But you know what? That’s all you really need to get things going in a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. It can be that simple and still be good if done faithfully to the source material.
The special effects certainly leave something more to be desired which attributes to the initial criticism on Sonic’s fur. Again, though, this is a fan film which means a low budget. That also explains why we see cameos from famous Internet personalities such as James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), Doug Walker (Nostalgia Critic), and Craig Skistimas (formerly of ScrewAttack). The love for the brand is there, however, and ultimately that’s what the fans want.